Index on gender in VC: “It should be half”

European VC organisation Index Capital is only over dual decades aged and has 200+ companies in a investment portfolio during this indicate — though it’s still got work to do on a gender change front.

“It should be half,” concluded ubiquitous partner Jan Hammer, deliberating a company’s gender change here during TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin.

Session judge Josh Constine had forked out that a group page on Index’s website includes only dual women…


“I consider we need to correct a website,” responded Hammer initially, observant that Index in fact has 5 women operative as investment professionals — dual as beliefs — though its 9 partners are all men.

But he added: “Arguably it could be improved.”

Hammer pronounced Index has instigated a process that’s directed during perplexing to accelerate improved gender balance.

“For any position and for any employing preference we have to have equivalence of gender. And secondly for any finalist talk we have to have during slightest one of any gender,” he said, observant a process has been put in place “in a final integrate of years”.

“Obviously it’s a subject that relates to distant broader than only a try industry. It’s a financial attention during large. But also a portfolio companies.”

“If we demeanour during associate principles, we’re flattering most there,” combined Index’s Martin Mignot, who was also on a panel. “You have to know that it takes six, seven, 8 years to go from associate to partner — so it only takes time for that to drip down.”

They were also asked about a emanate of passionate nuisance that has blown adult publicly during mixed companies in a tech space this year, including some investment firms. Index itself has never had to face any coercion situations relating to passionate harassment, they said.

“The one disproportion between Index and maybe some other partnerships is that we work as a group and no portfolio association is ever arrange of stranded with only one indicate of contact,” pronounced Hammer deliberating a nuisance issue. “We work with a complement of a shade partner on any deal. So we always have dual partners.”

During a event they also discussed differences between a investment ecosystem in Europe vs a US, and overwhelmed on some areas of investment concentration — including fintech, where Hammer remarkable that some functions that have historically been over a strech of startups “because of collateral intensity” are now entrance into range.

“One stat to quote: The series 50 bank ranked by marketplace top in a universe has a $38BN value. Which arrange of shows how distant a roof is,” he pronounced on that, adding: “The sky’s a limit… There’s all to play for.”

On technologies that Index views as ‘underhyped’, Mignot remarkable that a organisation has been doing some-more in a health tech space — flagging a investment in Swedish telemedicine app startup KRY, for example.

“It feels like a really early days of fintech,” he said. “Maybe where you’re still perplexing to find your approach around a really formidable regulatory sourroundings — though things are solemnly opening up, and supervision are maybe now apropos some-more favorable, formulating some sandbox environments where startups can start to exam and iterate.

“And it feels like that’s one that’s going to open massively in a subsequent few years.”

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