tennis player Serena Williams raised a massive $111 million for her venture
capital firm Serena Ventures. But The New York Times published a report about it with a photograph
of her sister Venus Williams instead which drew a fierce response from Serena.
the “glaring mixup” provoked the readers of The New York Times to tweet, Serena
Williams, sharing the photo of the news report, tagged The New York Times on
Twitter and wrote, “No matter how far we come, we get reminded that it’s not
winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles said that this is the reason she raised
the whopping fund to “support the founders who are overlooked by engrained
systems woefully unaware of their biases.”
even I am overlooked,” she concluded, asking the newspaper to “do better”.
matter how far we come, we get reminded that it’s not enough. This is why I
raised $111M for @serenaventures. To support the founders who are overlooked by
engrained systems woefully unaware of their biases,” Williams penned on social
media. “Because even I am overlooked. You can do better, @nytimes.”
tweet received sharp reactions. NYT Business replied to her saying it was a
mistake. “It was due to an error when selecting photos for the print edition,
and it did not appear online,” the newspaper explained adding a correction will
appear in the next day’s publication.
the netizens were not happy with the NYT’s explanation. They asked for an
apology, with many calling for “this shouldn’t have happened in the first
place” and that such mistakes would “never happen for a white male”, alleging
“the bais is ingrained in their minds”.
others also wondered how the report passed various editorial stages for
proofreading before finally going for printing and yet no one noticed it to
“fix it on time”.
firm Serena Ventures manages a portfolio of over 60 angel investments, 13 of
which are unicorns, according to the fund’s blog. News agency Reuters said the
firm’s move to raise its inaugural fund comes after a recent broader sell-off
in tech stocks that is likely to put pressure on private valuations.