Nothing Ventured

Women are launching more businesses than ever. So why aren't they getting a fair share of venture funds?

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs talk about "two degrees of separation"--everyone knows someone who knows a venture capitalist. The problem is, two degrees don't always get you funding. Just ask Punita Pandey, the 36-year-old founder of netCustomer.com Inc., who, like many women entrepreneurs, found herself one degree short of what really matters--firsthand ties to the financial community.

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