Female Startup Founders Address Tech Industry Sexual Harassment

By Isha Salian
San Francisco Chronicle

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) 1,000 female founders and aspiring entrepreneurs recently attended The annual “Female Founders Conference” hosted by startup accelerator Y Combinator. With the topic of sexual harassment front and center in Silicon Valley this week, there was a different undertone to the gathering.

San Francisco Chronicle

The annual Female Founders Conference, hosted by the Mountain View startup accelerator Y Combinator, usually features feel-good speeches from female industry leaders on their professional journey. But this year had a darker subtext, which many of the speakers faced head-on: sexual harassment in Silicon Valley.

“We knew this was happening. Now we are acknowledging this is happening, and now calling it out and holding people accountable. I think that’s a great step forward,” said Padmasree Warrior, CEO of autonomous electric vehicle company NIO. “Now we need to say: How do we stop these things from happening in the first place?”

The conference, attended by nearly 1,000 female founders and aspiring entrepreneurs, took place at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre on June 29 — a day before the New York Times reported new accusations of harassment against venture capitalists including Lowercase Capital’s Chris Sacca and Dave McClure of 500 Startups.

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