This book profiles four women who helped shape Silicon Valley as we know it today. Magdalena Yesil, for example, wrote the first check to Marc Benioff, founder, chairman, and CEO of Salesforce, the $118 billion behemoth. Others women in this story were early investors in Trulia, Twitter, Facebook, and other household names.
Unfortunately, these investors and entrepreneurs are outliers in an industry dominated by men. Here are some of the wild numbers from the book:
94% of partners at venture capital firms are men
85% of tech employees at top companies are men
Less than 2% of venture dollars go to start-ups founded by women
Julian is shining light on an important story that needs to be told, and I’m excited to say that she won’t be the only one telling it. Alpha Girls is being made into a television, which somebody described as Hidden Figures meets The Social Network.
Michael Batnick is a managing partner at Ritholtz Wealth Management. He is the co-host of Animal Spirits, What Are Your Thoughts, and The Compound and Friends. For disclosure information please see here.