"CANDACE FLEMING’S résumé boasts a double major in industrial engineering and English from Stanford,
an M.B.A. from Harvard, a management position at Hewlett-Packard
and experience as president of a small software company. ..
she recalls one venture capitalist telling her that it didn’t matter that she didn’t have business cards,
because all they would say was “Mom.”
Another potential backer invited her for a weekend yachting excursion by showing her
a picture of himself on the boat — without clothes.
When a third financier discovered that her husband was also a biking enthusiast,
she says, he spent more time asking if riding affected her husband’s
reproductive capabilities than he did focusing on her business plan. ..
A company owned by a woman, she adds, “is just not the standard template.”