“Researchers from Columbia University and the Wharton School of Business announced the results of their study on how women and men fare when questioned on the viability of their startup ventures. They found that participants consistently faced different kinds of questions depending on their gender, with male competitors receiving more questions about their project’s potential for growth, and female competitors fielding more questions about potential risks and losses–and that this had a very measurable impact on the funding they received.
“According to Kanze, only around 2% of VC funding goes to women entrepreneurs, despite the facts that women own 38% of U.S. businesses and now represent 7% of VCs, up from 3% in 2014.
“According to the psychological theory of regulatory focus, investors adopted what’s called a promotion orientation when quizzing male entrepreneurs, which means they focused on hopes, achievements, advancement, and ideals.” She continued, “Conversely, when questioning female entrepreneurs they embraced a prevention orientation, which is concerned with safety, responsibility, security, and vigilance.”
Nick Note: Is it possible to be a Christian feminist? Last night I led a discussion on feminism. I tried my best not to mansplain feminism to a group that included women. I traced the history of the feminist movement up to the present and then offered a potentially biblical understanding. The VC culture has come under great scrutiny lately with numerous allegations of sexual harassment. In the Scriptures, we read about the effective leadership of Deborah, thebravery of Esther, the persistence of Ruth, and the courage of Mary — to name but a few. Looking back, it is quite clear: we are better today because of women’s contributions from yesterday and their visions for tomorrow (James 2:9).
“The term “Sunday scaries,” although not scientific, describes a common feeling of anxiety that builds up over the course of Sunday afternoon and evening. According to a survey conducted by job site Monster, up to 76% of Americans self-reported having “really bad” Sunday night anxiety, compared to just 47% of people around the world.
“The Sunday scaries, or blues, can be the byproduct of the anticipation of the week ahead. This is an anticipatory anxiety —not the stress in the moment, but the anticipation of what will come puts people in this fight or flight mode,” says Dr. Cooperman, adding that there’s a physiological component as well. “The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and they release adrenaline and cortisol,” she explains. “They flood the system and you have a real stress reaction and it feels like real anxiety.”
Nick Note: Do you have a case of the Mondays this morning? Kierkegaard notes: “To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self.” As you venture, you may not have time to stop and smell the flowers, but at least look at them. “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you (Matthew 6:28-30).”
“Nevada’s marriage rate has plummeted in recent decades, an extreme version of a pullback happening across the U.S. The forces that have reshaped the nation’s economic life since the 1970s have helped make marriage an institution increasingly reserved for the well-educated and more affluent.
“The wedding chapels where August works have seen business dwindle, he said, and Vegas is pushing to reverse the decline in an industry that generates as much as $3 billion in economic activity annually. In 2015 the surrounding county introduced a $14 surcharge on marriage licenses to pay for marketing,and local business leaders helped start a Wedding Chamber of Commerce last year. The data show an effort working against a broader national shift.”
Nick Note: Elvis officiants are All Shook Up in the Heartbreak Hotel because of this recent trend. Consider this: half of Americans older than 18 were married in 2014, down from 72 percent in 1960. 39 percent of married millennials report that their wedding ceremony took place in a place of worship and was administered by a religious leader. Approximately the same number, 37 percent, reported that their wedding ceremony took place somewhere other than a religious venue and was administered by someone other than a religious official. Increasingly, millennials are getting married later or cohabitating earlier. Some might attribute this to the divorce culture that they were raised in, others might argue that they are more concerned with their career, and many believe this is another instance of their lack of institutional commitment. However, Proverbs 18:22 is still true.
“In one experiment, he showed that it was possible to implant false memories by showing subjects photos of an event that they could have conceivably experienced, but didn’t. In another, he found that not only did looking at photos boost the memory of that particular event, but also impaired memories of events that happened at the same time and were not featured in the photographs. His research has shown that weaknesses in our memory are positive attributes in allowing us to think meaningfully about the future.
“Photographs have the potential to distort memory,” he says. “When we threw in photographs of events that could’ve happened within the sequence but didn’t, they would become a false memory.”
“To put that in a real world context, excessive scrolling through photos from a party last year could make you swear you remember Harry’s terrible late-night karaoke, when in fact you went home at 9pm.”
Nick Note: Nickelback wants you to look at this Photograph but that is not a good idea. Besides, what are you doing listening to Nickelback? But in all seriousness, pictures from the past have the capacity to distort our memory in the present. However, words written in the past (i.e. Scripture) have the propensity – when properly stored – of being able to keep us from sinning against Him (Psalm 119:11). This is how He reminds us of who we really are and who he really is.