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Yes, absolutely women and POC are pitching ideas capable of hitting home run returns. There is a lot of data from credible sources that women pitching the exact same companies, with the exact same decks get less offers and lower valuations.

There might be other factors, like the fact that women are much more likely to found alone that could be contributing but the bottom line is really sexism.

Also- even if the funding levels were equal, the toxic culture is a big issue that is driving women out of the industry.

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