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A Male VC’s Perspective on Gender Lens Investing: Not Just Another Pretty Face

Mark Danchak and Anna Kanner co-founded Carbon6 Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm in Westport, Conn., in 2013. We visited Danchak at Macchiato, an upscale espresso bar in mid-town Manhattan, to get one man’s view of gender-lens investing. “Honestly, I just think of it as investing,” he says. Danchak doesn’t specifically pursue investments through a gender

Which Comes First, System-Change or Financial Returns from Gender Lens Investing?

Something’s gotta give. By 2025, two-thirds of private wealth will be in female hands. Yet, today, only 10 percent of venture capital financing goes to women.  What gives, or rather, who? I’ve been all over this week’s SOCAP conference rounding up views on gender lens investing. On the second morning of the conference, Criterion Institute’s Joy Anderson highlighted

The United State of Women: “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds”

Long treated as a “special interest,” women are increasingly recognized as the major driver of progress that benefits everyone. That’s my takeaway from last month’s White House Summit on the United State of Women, where the refrain from men as well as women, and across government, corporate and philanthropic sectors, was, “When women succeed, America