Despite significant efforts to support and fund more female founders, why does such a huge disparity still exist? In today’s episode, we get the male perspective from Jonathan Abrams, Co-Founder and General Partner of 8-Bit Capital and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Founders Den. We welcome Jonathan as the first male on The Girls in Tech podcast, thank him for answering all our tough questions and for great advice on how to escalate and increase venture capital for women.
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Jonathan Abrams is an engineer, entrepreneur, and investor. He is also the Co-Founder and General Partner of 8-Bit Capital—an early-stage investment firm that invests in startups which connect businesses and people in new ways—and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Founders Den, a workspace and community for startups and investors in San Francisco. He has invested in over 50 startups, including AngelList, Slideshare, and Front, and has been a mentor at Techstars and The Founder Institute. Jonathan currently serves at Girls in Tech as a board member dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.
Jonathan joins me today to discuss why the funding disparity between men and women persists in the tech industry. He shares what drives him to make a difference, support women’s’ progress in tech, and promote diversity and inclusion. He describes the companies he and 8-Bit Capital invest in and discusses the different emerging trends he sees in venture capitalism and technology. He also underscores how women can benefit from networking and joining organizations such as Girls in Tech and highlights how men can help empower women in tech.
“Men, get involved in an organization like Girls in Tech. Volunteer in some capacity, mentor, or write a check. If you’re a board member, investor, or CEO, recruit a woman to the board or introduce her to some opportunities.” – Jonathan Abrams
This Week on the Podcast
- Supporting women in tech and why Jonathan became a part of Girls in Tech
- Jonathan’s path to becoming a venture capitalist
- Why the gender gap in startup funding persists today
- What “pattern matching” means in venture capitalism and how it prevents diversity
- The power of networking and connecting with other women entrepreneurs
- How COVID-19 accelerated tech trends such as digitization and cloud migration
- Emerging cities for tech and the role of fear in entrepreneurship
- Jonathan’s advice for men who want to support women in technology
- Shifting culture in a male-dominated industry and helping men understand unconscious bias
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