Dear Charlton Media Group,
I understand that you run and own the Singapore Business Review, which recently released this awesome event featuring the “hottest” startups.
Although the 16 men you feature on your event banner I’m sure are worthy of the title, I thought I might kindly raise awareness of the oversight that you seemed to have overlooked the other half of the population.
But, thankfully, upon notifying your team, I got a swift response;
Thank you for your input.
We really take into account the funding quantum as a good measure for a start-ups’ growth trajectory, regardless of the founder’s gender identity. We believe this is one of the most objective metric by which we can assess a startup’s potential”
(“Investments in enterprises founded or co-founded by women averaged at around $935,000, less than half of the $2.1 million on average invested within those founded by men. For every dollar of funding, startups founded by women generate 78 cents while for men, this number is only 31 cents.”)
However, for the benefit of the doubt, let’s respect the argument. Let’s use funding as the only metric for success. And, while we’re at it, let’s apply the Charlton Media Group’s strategy of ignoring half the population, and present the TRUE list of the “Hottest Startups” Right Now! So here we go:
Raised S$73.62 million. Founded by Ankiti Bose.
Raised S$39.3 million. Cofounded by Pranoti Nagarkar-Israni.
Raised S$34.09 million. Founded by Rosaline Chow Koo.
Raised S$11 million to date. Founded by Roshni MC.
Raised S$13.63 million. Cofounded by Teresa (Mayeth) Condicion.
Raised S$2.2M. Founded by Nikki Ramsay.
Raised S$5.66 million. Cofounded by Gillian Tee.
Raised S$1.45M. Cofounded by Dana von der Heide.
Raised 23,809 ETH (S$27 million). Founded by Val Ji-hsuan Yap.
These multi-million dollar backed companies surely make the cut in terms of having a good “growth trajectory” … not to mention the millions of funds raised, as a solid metric to “assess their potential”….don’t you think?
What can you do to end gender inequality in tech?
For Leaders, CEOs or employees:
A great place to start is joining Project Include. Choose to not send employees to as audience members, speakers or panel members to events that will not commit to creating diverse events.
For Event organisers:
For Male Speakers:
For Female Speakers:
Choose not to attend and/or fund events that will not commit to creating diverse events.
Choose not to fund events that will not commit to creating diverse events. You make sure you have a diverse range of people representing your organisation at events you sponsor.
Work with event organisers to ensure you are meeting diverse needs. Choose to not host events that will not commit to creating diverse events.