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The Number of Big-Name Female Hires at Kleiner Perkins Since Ellen Pao’s Lawsuit Just Doubled

Bringing the number to a whopping two, but still.
stephanie tilenius The Number of Big Name Female Hires at Kleiner Perkins Since Ellen Paos Lawsuit Just Doubled

Ms. Tilenius (Photo: LinkedIn)

The latest addition to the Kleiner Perkins team, according to AllThingsD: Google’s Stephanie Tilenius, who’ll be a new executive-in-residence. And we can’t help but notice that she’s the second splashy female hire since Ellen Pao filed her molotov cocktail of a discrimination suit. Last month, the firm poached Square’s head of product, Megan Quinn.

We’re obviously in the tank for XX in tech, and it’s especially nice to see more women in venture capital, considering the dismal numbers we found in our firm-by-firm breakdown. AllThingsD is also careful to point out that “the firm has been talking about bringing her in for months.” Ms. Tilenius comes with bona fides, too, leaving behind a gig where she spearheaded the creation of the Google Wallet. She told the site, “I wanted the ability to help scale a few start-ups, instead of building products in a large company.”

But we do hope that no one over at Sand Hill Road HQ thinks boosting their (already comparatively high) number of women on staff absolves the firm of dealing with that unpleasant little lawsuit. The brass at Kleiner Perkins would be wise to remember that “I’ve got lots of friends who are [X]” is perhaps the least-solid strategy for fending off claims of discrimination. Nor does it even entitle them to any cookies, considering that the firm’s population of female partners still stands below 30 percent. You know what they say about the king selection process in the land of the blind.

Ms. Tilenius, for her part, didn’t touch the lawsuit with so much as a ten-foot pole, apparently declining to comment on the matter.

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