In July 2019, a woman investor at a well-known venture capital firm joined one of her male colleagues at the Delhi office of a millionaire to convince him to invest in their fund. In his mid-50s, the prospective limited partner (LP) had made his wealth in financial services.
The meeting didn’t go well for her. While she and her colleague were pitching as peers, the prospective investor only spoke to the male partner, the woman investor said, requesting anonymity. “I was virtually ignored right there. Even if I would say something, the response would be directed to my male partner. Despite being on equal footing, I felt like a bystander watching them chat,” she said.