There's been some interesting feedback on the recent search for female investor-bloggers. Thanks to Matt Marshall, Kirsten Osalind, and Anne Zelenka for chiming in on the topic. Though I've got to say...there have to be more than three of us. Um...doesn't there? I will continue to maintain the list, so please do comment with any more suitable blogs that you find.
I've been noting the apparently long-standing hullabaloo over the women at Etech, and thought it would be interesting to look for blogs from venture capital women for a change. Here's where I looked, and what I found:
Linda Stone hypothesized at O'Reilly Etech today around the phenomenon of continuous partial attention. It's a way of life for many (especially those who may read this blog post), and it means that we give the same priority to multiple things at once. We get as many things done as we can, at one time. Continuous partial attention means keeping a top-level item in focus, and always being aware of what else might come up as something more important in that specific moment. We're motivated to be a part of many things, an essential node on the network. We allow ourselves to be interrupt-driven. This fits into a larger set of patterns:
On Monday, I spoke at a panel on term sheet negotiation for the Women's Technology Cluster in San Francisco. During the post-panel chitchat, I learned from WTC CEO Jennifer McFarlane that in 2004, they honored a few venture firms that had each invested in four women entrepreneurs. This represented a huge stride in funding for women entrepreneurs, and was celebrated.
It's time to share one of my many odd obsessive habits...I count women. I counted them in English and calculus classes. I counted them at New York Venture Capital Association gatherings. I counted them in business school. Comdex. Networld. Microsoft Web Tech Ed. Interop. DEMO. CEO symposia. Why? I like to order what I see. These numbers mean something to me. I like knowing what the numbers actually are. And besides, why not add things up?
At any rate, here's the first set of numbers that I have to share. I'm going to post these for a while to see if anything interesting comes of it.