When Sara Gates began raising venture capital for her Austin software startup this year, she was surprised by how investors reacted.
“Over and over, they would say how unusual it was for them to see a woman pitching,” said Gates, who met with half a dozen firms on both coasts. “They would say to me, ‘Wow, we just don’t see any women.’”
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Business reporter Lori Hawkins has been covering startups, entrepreneurs and venture capital investing in Central Texas since the mid-1990s. Recently, she assessed the rise of high-tech incubators as they spur the growth of more young companies.