It’s the sort of place where one of the valley’s “most-eligible bachelors,” Gurbaksh Chahal—an entrepreneur with companies valued at hundreds of millions of dollars—is shown on a home security video beating his girlfriend for half an hour.(He received no jail time, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and received 25 hours of community service and three years’ probation.) It’s a community in which the porn-inspired, “drading” college tweets of Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snapchat, go public; where a CEO’s history of domestic violence has no repercussions but female executives get fired for tweeting about sexist jokes they overhear.It’s a place where companies routinely staff conference booths with scantily clad “code-babes” and where women are so routinely sexually harassed at conferences that codes of conduct have become de rigueur—and the subject of endless misogynistic jokes on Twitter.It is still the kind of place where investors can tweak women who ask them for financing with barbs like “I don’t like the way women think.They haven’t mastered linear thinking.” This was how one investor turned down Kathryn Tucker’s pitch for Red Rover, an app that helps parents find kid-friendly things to do, which has since launched in New York, San Francisco and Atlanta.Three high-profile sexual harassment lawsuits have been filed against Tinder, the virtual town square of hookup culture, and two of the biggest venture capital firms—Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and CMEA Capital.The complaints include a senior CMEA partner harassing a series of executive assistants like a character in , replete with sexual nicknames, trapping them in his office and frequently referring to porn and pubic hair.At Kleiner Perkins, former partner Ellen Pao says partners countenanced harassment and retaliation from a fellow partner, and excluded women from client dinner parties because they “kill the buzz.” At Tinder, a male co-founder (and ex-boyfriend) sent abusive texts and yanked co-founder Whitney Wolfe’s title because, she alleged, he told her having a woman on a board “makes the company seem like a joke.” Tinder and CMEA settled under confidential terms within months.
There are a few high-profile female entrepreneurs in the Bay Area, but despite the very visible success of corporate titans Meg Whitman, Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, who signed up with companies after they took off—their numbers are relatively minuscule.
Dana Settle is pictured age 27 at a meeting at the Mayfield Fund in 2000.
Settle worked at The Mayfield Fund, among the oldest VC firms in tech, before moving on to co-found a VC firm named Greycroft Partners.
One was a passionate, fast-talking New Yorker, the other a shy computer whiz from Syracuse, New York, and together they formed the classic hacker-hustler team behind many of the valley’s Next Big Things. That afternoon, over lunch in the California sun, they committed to an ambitious business plan.
They had been emailing each other about the idea for months, with growing conviction of its awesome potential. That summer, they would keep their day jobs at media and advertising companies, but devote many off-hours and weekends to the startup.
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