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Men and women differ on how to tackle sexual harassment

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Despite the public discourse over the past year, VC firm First Round found a clear disagreement between female and male entrepreneurs in how best to address sexual harassment in the tech industry, according to a recent survey.

  • Women: more female VCs, pressure from VC firms’ own investors (known as “limited partners”), and publicly blacklisting offenders.
  • Men: sensitivity training and more media coverage of incidents when they occur.

Why it matters: The responses to the survey are telling. Women, who have endured sexism and workplace harassment for a very long time, are calling for solutions that have immediate and direct consequences for harassers. Meanwhile, men’s belief that sensitivity training is the top solution suggests they likely perceive the incidents as accidents or minor offenses that can be corrected by greater self-awareness.

More from the survey:

  • 78% of female founders vs. 48% of male founders said they've been harassed or know someone who's been sexually harassed.
  • 70% of female founders vs. 35% of male founders said sexual harassment in the industry is still underreported.
  • Men were 4 times more likely than women to say that the media has overblown the issue (22% vs. 5%).
Amy Harder 7 hours ago
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The swamp’s tug-o-war over America’s ethanol mandate

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A biofuels standard Congress passed more than a decade ago in the name of rural development, energy security and climate change has devolved into an arcane fight over market share that has nothing to do with those initial three goals.

Why it matters: The law — called the renewable fuel standard that requires refineries to blend biofuels into gasoline — is a textbook example of how regulations create winners, losers and unintended consequences.

Shane Savitsky 21 mins ago
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U.K. and E.U. agree to Brexit transition terms

Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis and the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier held a joint press conference today. Photo: Dursun Aydemir / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Negotiators for the United Kingdom and European Union have reached a deal on key terms for the Brexit transition period, which will run from March 29, 2019, the official date of Brexit, through December 31, 2020, per The Guardian. The agreement saw the U.K. make some notable concessions on contentious issues.