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Sexist VCs, Trade Wars, and Family Businesses

This week, Inc. writers and editors discuss new revelations of sexism in Silicon Valley, and to what extent the industry is capable of change.

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BY Zoe Henry - 07 Jul 2017

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Welcome to the 124th episode of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, hosted by Inc. Director of Editorial Jon Fine.

This week, senior editor Maria Aspan discusses new revelations of sexual harassment and sexism in Silicon Valley, and to what extent it may be a tipping point for the industry. On the heels of co-founder Travis Kalanick's ouster from Uber, a slew of women have come forward with allegations of gender discrimination in tech, particularly on the part of male VCs. "Named bad actors are facing consequences, very quickly," says Aspan.

Then, staff writer Zo Henry explores how possible new trade deals--including higher tariffs on Chinese imported goods--could impact small businesses in the U.S. President Trump has turned on China in recent days, at least on Twitter, and reports suggest that he plans to levy new tariffs on items including steel and aluminum.

Finally, senior editor Danielle Sacks discusses a recent feature in the July/August issue. When it comes to family-run businesses, the track record of passing the intergenerational torch is pretty grim. She looks inside the fascinating stories of Chasing Paper and Capsule, two companies that give an innovative twist on the traditional family business.

As always, you can listen to individual episodes of the Inc. Uncensored podcast on the Panoply network or on Apple Podcasts, where you can also subscribe.