Last week I posted an opening at OATV for our Associate position. It felt a little risky going with a process that required a personal introduction but the quality, quantity and context of the potential hires we’ve seen thus far has been nothing short of amazing. And, the hustle displayed by candidates finding clever ways to get connected to us has been inspiring.
On one dimension, the candidate pool is a wildly diverse mix of nationalities, skill sets, educational paths, professional experiences and personal interests. On another dimension they’re all exactly alike.
Save for one exception, they’re all guys.
Now, I’m a guy. And, I have no problem working with or hiring guys. But, I’m disappointed that we’re not seeing more female candidates. I know you’re out there. I know you care about company creation and the venture business just as much as the boys. I also know that you’re wildly underrepresented in our business. We’d like to see that change.
Granted, we expect the same amount of hustle out of you to get an intro. Or, if you can’t find an intro and decide break the rules by reaching out directly at least do so in a creative way (the boys that have chosen to break the rules haven’t done so with much flare). You’ll be held to the same standard as any candidate we’re evaluating, but we want you in the mix, so please apply.
We’re less than a week into the process, we’ve only interviewed 3 candidates thus far, so the window to get in the mix is still wide open.
PS- I hope this post is received in the spirit it was written. I’m the father of 4 girls and 1 boy. I want a world where every opportunity is afforded to each of them equally and want to be clear that the Associate role at OATV is one such opportunity.