I’m on the board of Girls in Tech, a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of women who are passionate about technology. Girls in Tech has more than 62,000 adult members in tech in 33 countries.
Today I was the first male guest on the Girls in Tech podcast.
Despite significant efforts to support and fund more female founders, why does such a huge disparity still exist? In today’s episode, we get the male perspective from Jonathan Abrams, Co-Founder and General Partner of 8-Bit Capital and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Founders Den. We welcome Jonathan as the first male on The Girls in Tech podcast, thank him for answering all our tough questions and for great advice on how to escalate and increase venture capital for women.
Jonathan Abrams is an engineer, entrepreneur, and investor. He is also the Co-Founder and General Partner of 8-Bit Capital—an early-stage investment firm that invests in startups which connect businesses and people in new ways—and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Founders Den, a workspace and community for startups and investors in San Francisco. He has invested in over 50 startups, including AngelList, Slideshare, and Front, and has been a mentor at Techstars and The Founder Institute. Jonathan currently serves at Girls in Tech as a board member dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.
Jonathan joins me today to discuss why the funding disparity between men and women persists in the tech industry. He shares what drives him to make a difference, support women’s’ progress in tech, and promote diversity and inclusion. He describes the companies he and 8-Bit Capital invest in and discusses the different emerging trends he sees in venture capitalism and technology. He also underscores how women can benefit from networking and joining organizations such as Girls in Tech and highlights how men can help empower women in tech.