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An open letter to the VC who can’t find any women to work at his firm

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A venture capitalist said he'd 'hire women all day and all night' if he could find them — here are 200

Dear Michael Moritz, chairman of Sequoia Capital:

We saw in Bloomberg Business that you’re having a hard time finding capable, smart women to work for your venture capital firm. Perhaps this explains why there is only one woman featured on your company’s leadership page. And in fact, only 4 percent of senior venture capitalists are women.

You said if you could find “fabulously bright, driven women who are really interested in technology, very hungry to succeed, and can meet our performance standards,” your company would “hire them all day and night.” Perhaps a few such women exist among your 425,787 LinkedIn followers, but that’s a lot of reading, and who’s got the time?

As a service-oriented women’s media company, we’re here to help. The good news is that these women do exist (building their own companies, running major corporations, developing new technologies), and they would make excellent additions to the community.

Your interview prompted Nancy Lublin, founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line, CEO of Do Something and founder of Dress for Success, to ask her friends on Facebook to contribute some worthy candidates. She offered up five accomplished women who would make excellent candidates for any VC firm. Her network added other notables as well, referring to her list as “a little binder full of women.” In the cheer-spreading spirit of the holidays, the idea caught on like wildfire — an additional 200-plus women had been added to Nancy’s post at the time of publishing.

A venture capitalist said he'd 'hire women all day and all night' if he could find them — here are 200
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Take a look at a few that caught our eye (there are hundreds more; see below for the full list):

  1. Ayah Bdeir: founder and CEO, littleBits
  2. Beth Comstock: CMO, GE and oversaw the founding of Hulu
  3. Cori Lathan: CEO and board member at AnthroTronix
  4. Dava Newman: deputy administrator, NASA and professor of aeronautics, MIT
  5. Gina Bianchini: founder and CEO, Mightybell
  6. Heidi Messer: former COO, president of LinkShare
  7. Jennifer Hyman: co-founder and CEO, Rent the Runway
  8. Joan Sullivan: deputy mayor of education, city of Los Angeles
  9. Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler: co-founders, SoulCycle
  10. Kathryn Finney: founder and managing director, digitalundivided
  11. Lauren Zalaznick: former EVP, NBC Universal and member of the board of directors, Shazam
  12. Padmasree Warrior: board member, Box and former CTO and strategy officer, Cisco
  13. Sheila Lirio Marcelo: founder, chairwoman and CEO, Care.com

These women are the game changers behind companies like Hulu, Shazam, SoulCycle and NASA. Not bad!

We aren’t surprised. We know women are the lead adopters of technology and are therefore well versed in the digital space. We also know that women control 85 percent of purchasing decisions and represent a $14 trillion market. But with only 7 percent of venture capital funding going to women-owned businesses, we are not really represented on either side of the table. Something seems off, right?

Since you have committed to hiring female leaders, we will be tweeting an ongoing list of women who could fit the bill using #SheCouldBeaVC.

We invite anyone with ideas for candidates to chime in.

Aileen Lee, Cowboy Ventures

Alexandra Cavoulacos, The Muse

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Gilt

Alexis Maybank, Gilt

Alisa Volkman, Babble Media

Alison Gelb Pincus, One Kings Lane

Alison Rosenthal, Wealthfront Inc.

Amanda Reed, Palomar Ventures

Amy Butte Liebowitz, Fidelity Investments Strategic Advisers Fund

Amy Chang, Accompany

Amy Nichols, Dogtopia

Amy Peck, SoulCycle

Angela Zaeh, Facebook

Ann Winblad, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

Anne Raimondi, Zendesk

Anne Sempowski Ward, Thymes

Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe

Anu Duggal, F Cubed

Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post

Ashley Fieglein Johnson, Wealthfront Inc.

Ayah Bdeir, littleBits

Beth Comstock, GE

Brit Morin, Brit + Co

Carla Rummo, Serena & Lily

Carrie Hammer, Carrie Hammer

Cary Marsh, Punchfront Innovation

Christina Smolke, Smolke Lab, Stanford

Cindy Gallop, IfWeRanTheWorld

Clara Shih, Hearsay Social

Claudia Valladares Olaizola, Impact Hub Caracas

Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state

Cori Lathan, AnthroTronix

Courtney Nichols Gould, SmartyPants Vitamins

Dana Settle, Greycroft Partners

Dava Newman, NASA

Deborah Quazzo, GSV Advisors, LLC

Desiree Gruber, Full Picture, Project Runway

Desiree Vargas Wrigley, GiveForward Inc.

Diana Taylor, former New York State superintendent of banks

Diana Verde Nieto, Positiveluxury.com

Diane Brady, former content chief, Bloomberg Businessweek

Diane Greene, Google

Donna Wells, Mindflash

Elisa Camahort Page, SheKnows Media

Elizabeth Cutler, SoulCycle

Ellen Levy, Instructure

Elli Kaplan, Neurotrack

Emily C. White, Instagram

Emmanuelle Charpentier, head of research at the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden

Erin Calhoun, Discovery Communications

Eve Blossom, Wisdom Labs

Fran Hauser, Rothenberg Ventures

Gabby Etrog Cohen, SoulCycle

Geraldine Le Meur, LeWeb

Gillian Morris, Hitlist

Gina Bianchini, Mightybell

Gina Pell, TheWhatList

Gregg Renfrew, Beautycounter

Halle Tecco, Rock Health

Hayley Barna, board member Birchbox

Heidi Messer, Collective[i]

Heidi Roizen, DFJ

Helen Greiner, CyPhy Works

Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state

Holly Green, The Human Factor, Inc.

Holly Ross, Drupal Association

Jackie Yeaney, Red Hat

Jacquelyn Zehner, Women Moving Millions

Jane Chen, Embrace Innovations

Jane DeFlorio, Perry Ellis International

Jane Z. Barratt, GoldBean

Jennifer Aaker, author, The Dragonfly Effect

Jennifer Hyman, Rent the Runway

Jennifer Jaconetti Goldfarb, ipsy

Jenny Fleiss, Rent the Runway

Jenny Lefcourt, Freestyle Capital

Jenny Regan, Key Tech

Jenny Stefanotti, Public Works at Stanford

Jessi Hempel, senior writer at WIRED

Jessica Crolick Rolph, Nurture, Inc.

Jessica E. Lessin, The Information

Jessica Jackley, Kiva

Jessica Lawrence Quinn, NY Tech Meetup, The Work Revolution

Jessica Posner Odede, Shining Hope for Communities

Jessica Schell, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Jessica Scorpio, Getaround

Jessica Verrilli, Twitter

JJ Ramberg, Goodshop, MSNBC

Joana Picq, Jampp

Joanna Drake Earl, Core Ventures Group

Joanne Wilson, Gotham Gal Ventures

Jude Ower, Playmob

Judith Faulkner, Epic

Julia Cohen, Aetna

Julia Hartz, Eventbrite, Inc.

Juliana Rotich, Ushahidi

Julie Greenwald, Atlantic Records

Julie Hanna, U.S. Department of Commerce

Julie Rice, SoulCycle

Kara Swisher, Re/code

Kass Lazerow, Lazerow Ventures

Kat Cole, FOCUS Brands

Kate Aronowitz, Wealthfront Inc.

Kate Ryder, Maven

Kathryn Finney, digitalundivided

Kathryn Minshew, The Muse

Katia Beauchamp, Birchbox

Kellee Khalil, Loverly

Kristen Titus, NYC Tech Talent Pipeline at city of New York

Kristina Roth, Matisia Consultants

Kruti Patel Goyal, Etsy

Lara Hedberg Deam, Dwell

Lara Setrakian, News Deeply

Laura Baldwin, O'Reilly Media

Lauren Zalaznick, Shazam

Leila Janah, Sama and Laxmi

Leslie Dewan, Transatomic

Linda Bahnson Avey, We Are Curious, Inc.

Linda Rottenberg, Endeavor Global

Lisa Maki, PokitDok

Lisa Witter, Apolitical

Liz Heller, Personal PowerWorks

Lizzy Klein, SuperDuper

Maha Ibrahim, Canaan Partners

Majora Carter, StartUp Box

Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook

Maria Renz, Amazon.com

Mariam Naficy, Minted

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo

MaryAnne Gilmartin, Forest City Ratner Companies

Megan Smith, United States chief technology officer

Meghan Martinez, Keasy

Melanie Whelan, SoulCycle

Mellody Hobson, Ariel Investments

Michela O’Connor Abrams, Dwell

Michele Law, Open DNS

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter, Allied Crowds

Michelle Kaufmann, Michelle Kaufmann Designs

Michelle Kraus, US-Asia Innovation Gateway

Michelle Obama, U.S. first lady

Mimi Valdes, i am OTHER

Monique Nadeau, Hope Street Group

Nadine Weil, Heart of Green

Nancy Lublin, Crisis Text Line

Nicole Patrice De Member, High Orbit

Padmasree Warrior, Box

Pat Mitchell, The Paley Center for Media

Penny Pritzker, U.S. secretary of commerce

Piraye Yurttas Beim, Celmatix

Pooneh Mohajer, Tokidoki

Porter Gale, Globality

Privahini Bradoo, BlueOak

Rachel Pike, Grand Rounds

Rachel Sklar, TheLi.st

Regina Dugan, Google

Richelle Parham, former CMO, eBay

Robyn Beavers, NRG Energy

Robyn Scott, Apolitical

Sahar Hashemi, author, Switched On

Samantha Skey, SheKnows Media

Sangeeta Bhatia, Hepregen

Sara Clemens, Pandora

Sarah McVittie, Dressipi

Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Equinox

Sarah Tavel, Greylock Partners

Selina Tobaccowala, SurveyMonkey

Shane Reilly, The Guildery

Sharon Waxman, The Wrap

Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Care.com

Sheri Salata, OWN

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook

Silvia Console Battilana, Auctionomics

Sonia Survanshi McFarland, formerly head of recruiting at Dropbox

Soraya Darabi, Zady

Stacy Brown-Philpot, TaskRabbit

Stephanie DiMarco, Advent Software

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Joyus

Suna Said, Nima Capital LLC

Susan Athey, Microsoft

Susan Danziger, Ziggeo

Susan Wojcicki, YouTube

Tina Sharkey, Sherpa Foundry

Trae Vassallo, member of board of directors, Telstra

Veronica Beard, Veronica Beard

Victoria Bastide, SVT

Victoria Ransom, Google

Vivian Wu, Revlon

Wendy Ludlow Clark, The Coca-Cola Company

Wendy S. Lea, Cintrifuse

Yildiz Blackstone, Luca Luca

Zem Joaquin, Huffington Post

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