Insight: Tech start-ups show little imagination on board gender diversity

File photo shows Nokia's Chief Executive Elop, Chairman of the Board Ollila, and Vice Chairman Scardino in HelsinkiBy Sarah McBride and Poornima Gupta SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – At Pinterest, the online bulletin board service that is valued near $ 3.8 billion, some 70 percent of the users are female. Male-heavy boards dominate in the start-up mecca of Silicon Valley, which prides itself on progressive thinking and putting talent first. A Reuters survey of the 10 top venture-backed start-ups, as measured by venture funds raised, shows that six do not have any women on the board, including Pinterest. Reuters' research relied on publicly available data and discussions with start-up executives and board members.



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