The students huddled around and asked the venture capitalist what his biggest regret was. Might they, too, learn from his mistakes?

“I wish I’d moved faster,” he said. “There’s rarely a competitive advantage to solving problems slowly.”

The students nodded. One updated his Facebook with this precious wisdom just gifted to him.

Then someone asked why there weren’t any female partners at his firm.

“We’re trying,” the venture capitalist said.

“Trying’s not good enough,” the questioner said. “If this was really a priority for you, you would have made ten offers to qualified women by now.”

“Listen,” the venture capitalist said, exasperated. “These things take time. I’ve only been here for four years.”