Morning Coffee Nov 22 2011

White Men Still Rule Venture Capital

By julie steinberg

If you're a black man or a white or Asian woman trying to make it in venture capital, your point of view probably isn't being heard.

A new survey from the National Venture Capital Association and Dow Jones VentureSource finds that VC is still run by white males, just like it was three years ago when the survey was last conducted. Of the more than 460 respondents who said they were investors, 89% were men and 11% were women. For race specifically, 86% said they were Caucasian, 10% were Asian and 1% African American. In the 2008 study, Caucasians composed 88% of respondents.

So things haven't changed much. Myriad studies chronicle people's tendency to associate with people just like them, a practice that extends to investing and hiring and one that's been consistently condemned on Wall Street. Looks like Silicon Valley is no different when it comes to matters of inclusion.

The survey also found that VC professionals don't hop from firm to firm like Wall Streeters do. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they've worked at one firm and 30% said they've worked at two. Almost half of respondents said that in five years, they expect to be at the same firm in the same role.

All that stability is probably a welcome aspect for aspiring venture capitalists. Maintaining the status quo on gender and race, on the other hand, is just plain old stagnation.

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