influence of the founder’s contacts provided greater benefit to women than men, implying a double standard with regard to social capital as well.
Ku noted that these results show evidence of subtle assumptions about gender as well as support for the classic human and social capital arguments. She suggested that such gender discrepancies may be overcome by focusing on both supply-side and demand-side factors. Ku suggested that increasing the representation of women in technical fields and promoting networking opportunities for women may help supply-side factors. She further suggested that demand-side biases may be overcome by promoting gender awareness among venture capitalists and by encouraging more women to enter the venture capital industry.