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Venture capital (VC) firms have been criticized for their lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in recent years. Despite a growing recognition of the need for greater DEI, progress has been slow. Only a small percentage of VC decision-makers are women or people of color, which can result in missed opportunities for investment in diverse and innovative startups.

The lack of diversity also creates a disadvantage for companies seeking funding, particularly those led by underrepresented founders. This has led to calls for more intentional efforts to improve DEI in VC firms, such as diversifying hiring practices, promoting transparency and accountability, and implementing training programs for employees. By addressing the lack of diversity in the industry, VC firms can better support a broader range of entrepreneurs and startups, and potentially generate better returns for investors.

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