"Venture capitalists, who are overwhelmingly male, would rather fund a handsome guy than any woman, regardless of the female entrepreneur’s attractiveness quotient. In case it makes you feel any better, ugly men fared about as well as women. FYI, that does not make me feel any better.
The study shows:
'The entrepreneur’s business proposition and previous experience are regarded as the main criteria for investment decisions. Our research, however, documents other critical criteria that investors use to make these decisions: the gender and physical attractiveness of the entrepreneurs themselves.'
To put an even finer point on it, it seems that the pursuit of venture capital funding has become a game of Hot or Not, or perhaps its more modern equivalent, Tinder, and females need not apply."
-- "Hot or not? Why good-looking men get all the funding" via Reuters PE Hub