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The management drama at Reddit over the
years has been nearly as combative as the site’s
infamous content. Inc. senior staff writer Christine
Lagorio-Chafkin had unprecedented access
to Reddit’s top leaders—including (from left)
co-founders Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian—
for her new book We Are the Nerds, which is
excerpted beginning on page 26.
that they have encountered bias in the process.
These fndings are stubborn and aggravating,
yet the big picture for female entrepreneurship is
far from bleak. Women are launching more companies now than in recent decades. And, as editor-at-large Kimberly Weisul notes in “What #Me Too
Means for Silicon Valley” (page 15), many of the
largest venture capital frms are now rushing to
add women to their boardrooms.
Moreover, as our inaugural Female Founders
100 list demonstrates (page 48), American business
is teeming with creative, ambitious, and thriving
women-led companies. Executive editor Danielle
Sacks and her team have assembled an all-star
roster of fascinating female founders from a vast
array of industries. Some of them, like Anne
Wojcicki of 23andMe, are already familiar to Inc.
readers. Others, like Rachel Haurwitz and Jennifer
Doudna of Caribou Biosciences and Tina Sharkey
of Brandless, are newcomers to our pages whom
we think you’ll be hearing a lot more about soon.
The world of business has been achingly slow
to create equal opportunities for women and
other underrepresented groups. But we are con-fdent that as change takes hold, the women
you’ll read about in this issue will be the women
taking the lead.
ost entrepreneurs pound a long and difcult road, but it’s well
documented that women have the toughest time. A small library’s
worth of studies has shown that female founders receive a tiny sliver
of the tens of billions in venture capital that are invested each year.
What’s worse, a depressing number of those who have tried to secure
such funding say they were discriminated against. Inc. part-
nered with our sibling publication, Fast Company, for our frst-
ever State of Women and Entrepreneurship survey (see page
53). It reveals that 62 percent of women seeking funding report
Who’ll Lead Us
In our September issue, we miscalculated the revenue
for the freight company Flexport, which resulted in
its being incorrectly ranked on the Inc. 500 list.
Flexport’s three-year growth was 15,911 percent,
and its 2017 revenue was $224.7 million. Its correct
ranking is No. 8. Inc. regrets the error.