Sustainable practices have a social aspect as well and will play a significant role in business going forward. “Diversity, equity and inclusion is an incredibly important topic throughout the venture capital landscape,” says Glenn Solomon, Managing Partner at GGV Capital. “Over the next decade, our portfolio companies will hire more than 50,000 people,” he says. “If we can help them build a diverse and inclusive workforce, it could have a massive impact on society.”
Sandra Wheatley Smerdon, SVP of marketing, threat intelligence and influencer communications at Fortinet, agrees – saying their focus is on upskilling. “There’s a huge opportunity to educate and re-skill demographic groups who are underrepresented in the field.” This includes veterans, many of whom have been trained to work well under stress, making them a good fit for cybersecurity, and women, who only make up 14% of the industry right now.