CommEngReport – Jonathan Sposato

Jonathan Sposato (@jonathansposato) of geekwire.com, picmonkey.com, and wecount.org and I talk about missed opportunities for venture capitalist who don’t embrace inclusion and diversity when making funding decisions, particularly those that support women.

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As we extend leadership positions to more women, the results are even more fantastic long term. Here are some facts that we need to make much more known:

  • 80 women CEO’s that the Boston research firm Quontopian followed during a 12-year study (2002 – 2014), were observed to produce equity returns for their shareholders of 226% better than the S&P 500. (fortune article)

  • Credit Suisse found that companies with a female CEO had a return on equity averaging about 19% higher and dividend payouts about 9% higher than companies with a male CEO. (msnbc report)

  • Companies with three or more women board members outperformed companies with zero women board members by 46% (return of equity). (catalyst.org report)

  • A survey conducted by Women.VC found that female general partners at venture firms outperformed the industry average at a 3.78x a net return multiple. This is all the more impressive because women VC’s are often “ghettoed” into areas that don’t produce the highest returns; corporate VC groups, healthcare and lifesciences, or ecommerce where the largest “unicorn” valuations are rare. (pando daily article)