… constricted pipeline of Asian American startup founders and executives is concerning for a host of reasons. Mainly, the vast visibility of the community masks what many AAPIs know: that it is incredibly difficult to move up in the industry despite the effort and qualifications you may have. The self-reinforcing mechanism of the lack of role models (both VCs and founders) and constant subtle reminders of stereotypes slowly hammers away at the fringes of your job as an entrepreneur. Just look through the portfolio companies of most of the storied venture capital firms and you’ll be hard-pressed to find many AAPI CEOs, despite being closest to the technical problems and having a wide swath of co-workers. It’s a disheartening task.