AW: What do you think about the so-called “pink ghetto” debates in tech revolving around the high number of women-founded fashion and retail startups, but dearth of women in tech in general? AM: I think many of the businesses women are starting in fashion and retail or targeting mothers just happen to get more press and marketing, so I think the phenomenon is getting overemphasized. I know tremendously successful women starting businesses, especially here in Manhattan. I almost think it’s leading the way for Silicon Valley. They’re doing it in areas of data and extraction [for example], and they just don’t tend to get the attention that they deserve and have had tremendous success in the past.
But I do believe that whether you’re a man or a woman, you’ve got to go to what you know and what you love. If that’s fashion, fantastic. If that’s data and data analytics, fantastic. If it’s social networking, fantastic.