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Why are almost all successful entrepeneurs male?

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Rev66 Fri 20-Nov-15 16:44:38

Has anyone else noticed how almost all successful, rich entrepeneur, especially in the tech industry, are male, even though women have exactly the same opportunites in the entrepenurial world. Even in the younger generation, there are lots of young men becoming incredibly successful entrepeneurs (for example, Nick D'Aloisio, Jack Cator) but no girls. Why is this?

EElisavetaOfBelsornia Fri 20-Nov-15 16:51:29

Giselle Bundchen, Ariana Huffington, Anita Whatsit from Body Shop, her that started Spanx, Deborah Meaden and Hilary from Dragons Den, Beyoncé, etc, etc. Of course, sexism makes it a LOT harder for women. But you probably just want to think we're inferior, do you OP?

abbieanders Fri 20-Nov-15 16:55:39

My guess is because men are brilliant, creative geniuses and women are timid plodders. The plodders then become pregnant using all their meagre creative ability to trap the brilliant entrepreneurs into parenthood and then spend all of the entrepreneurial gains on gin, fags, cakes, nails and sexy tennis coaches.

Am I close?

EElisavetaOfBelsornia Fri 20-Nov-15 17:01:53

Close, abbie, but you forgot to call them 'girls'.

TurnOffTheTv Fri 20-Nov-15 17:04:09

'but no girls' really op? hmm

abbieanders Fri 20-Nov-15 17:04:33

It's one of my, you know, girl's problems - I can never quite hit on the mot juste.

TurnOffTheTv Fri 20-Nov-15 17:04:50

And your first post as well.

abbieanders Fri 20-Nov-15 17:08:21

Hey, he was just conversating with the guys at the club* and he wondered wither any of the dimbulbs with fannies noticed this obvious discrepancy which clearly proves to his associates** what losers women are.

*red pill reddit

Shakey15000 Fri 20-Nov-15 17:14:30

Karen Brady, Kelly Hoppen

Hamishandthefoxes Fri 20-Nov-15 17:20:23

Do women have exactly the same opportunities in the entrepreneurial world? Could you provide a link to your research, it sounds very interesting.

VestalVirgin Fri 20-Nov-15 17:21:21

Oh, that's an easy one: Because men steal women's ideas.

It's that situation where a woman says something, she is ignored, and a couple of moments later, a man says the same thing, and is applauded for his genius.

There recently was a movie about that couple where the woman painted awesome pictures and the man sold them and claimed them as his, and the thing went to court and they both had to paint in front of witnesses.

grimbletart Fri 20-Nov-15 17:38:49

Like this Vesta?

VestalVirgin Fri 20-Nov-15 17:51:36

Heh, exactly. ^^

Chrysanthemum5 Fri 20-Nov-15 18:10:51

I work with student entrepreneurs and overall the difference between make and female students tends to be that the males expect support, funding etc and have no issues with asking for it. The female students tend to feel they need to be liked so they try to struggle on without accessing support. It takes time and effort to persuade the female students that asking for support does not make them a failure. The societal conditioning / gender expectations are a huge hurdle to overcome.

I've answered assuming you wanted a real answer.

PlaysWellWithOthers Fri 20-Nov-15 19:48:46

No... it's because girls are crap and only like pink and kittens and dresses and cry when their boss falls in love with them and tells them off.

Also because girls have periods and smell and are all icky.

Someone needs to get the can of trollbegone out and have a spray around.

OneMoreCasualty Fri 20-Nov-15 19:51:00

Because most investors are male and pale - and it's psychologically easier to approach "people like you"

Because the pay gap means later in life entrepreneurs have had more chance to build savings if they are male.

Because those same men network with others earning what they do (also men) who might invest in them or otherwise encourage them to go for it

Because women still typically have more caring responsibilities so find it harder to put in start up hours.


OneMoreCasualty Fri 20-Nov-15 19:55:04

Dale Murray, Eileen Burbidge, Martha Lane Fox, Dame Stephanie Shirley, Alex Deepledge, Nicola Horlick, Zenna Atkins, Lara Morgan...

YetAnotherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Nov-15 20:12:27

Well, clever ladies, we think that this poster was a GF and have acted accordingly but we like the list you've got going too much to delete.

OneMoreCasualty Fri 20-Nov-15 20:33:18

Have I mentioned lately how nice you are helen!

TesticleOfObjectivity Fri 20-Nov-15 22:14:46

Because most investors are male and pale - and it's psychologically easier to approach "people like you"

Lol. I really like that one.

sausageeggbacon111 Fri 20-Nov-15 23:47:00

Wish I could remember where I read it but there was a theory that it is because men are less risk adverse. The theory is that we through our nurturing nature are more inclined not to take risks. If you look at failed businesses I would expect the majority of failures to be men. We will look at opportunities and only take them if we are pretty sure we will be successful. Obviously this is a massive generalisation but in terms of start ups we are now seeing an increase in women starting new businesses. Hopefully in 10 to 20 years time we will see the fruit of this with increased numbers of successful women led businesses.

PlaysWellWithOthers Sat 21-Nov-15 00:01:39

Yes, gosh, that really is a massive generalisation.

NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 21-Nov-15 16:04:56

Do risk averse people have babies? Risky business, that.

NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 21-Nov-15 16:05:42

What I mean is, who gets to say what is risky and what is not?

tribpot Sat 21-Nov-15 16:18:26

Has anyone noticed how most despots and warmongers are male as well? Why is that?

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