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Chris Sacca: 'As a culture, we don't treat our girls as potential business leaders'

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I wonder if this is becoming a mainstream realization in Silicon Valley?:

In our culture, as guys you are constantly pitching yourself. You are trying to one-up your buddies. You are humblebragging your way through life. You are hitting on dates and puffing yourself up.

In our culture, we don’t elicit the same behaviors from women. When it comes to pitching your company, I’ve got 40 years of experience of exaggeration and putting something in the best light. This is something we need to help our girls know.

It’s a gating item: that storytelling, that puffery, that bluffing, the poker of trying to raise a round. But that’s fixable.

It is definitely something the Panda and I have personally struggled MIGHTILY with. A VC I super respect told us recently that being sincere and humble comes across as unconfident after the "blowhard founder" discount is applied.

This attitude is definitely becoming more mainstream in Silicon Valley.

I hope Chris Sacca is right that it's fixable, because you're right that we will never be blowhard founders. 

But I WANT to be a blowhard founder!!! Of course I also know there is evidence that the techniques that work for guys will totally backfire for women... but at least someone REALIZES that their behavior conforms to a set of norms and expectations, instead of thinking they are just PERSONALLY super great at something.

Right, the strategies that work for most blowhards won't work for you.

And yes, it's good to see that at least Sacca realizes behavior comes from norms and expectations. 

Chris Sacca mentioned several times on Shark Tank that he'd like to fix gender in tech.

The deal Sacca lost to Greiner was for a piece of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning center for children that was founded by two sisters, Lavanya and Melissa Jawaharlal. 

Sacca told us the two women "were some of the best pitchers I have ever seen anywhere ... I would have hired them on the spot for any job in [Lowercase Capital's] portfolio."


Have you ever heard this truism that having daughters is the universe's revenge for everything bad men have done to women in their lives? :P

I don't know about that truism, but I do believe that everything has a return.

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