Om Malik, trade journalist turned Net publisher (GigaOm.com), threw a party for tech founders last night in San Francisco to announce the launch of his microsite, Foundry.com. Of course, most of the attendees were men -- Marc Andreesen, David Sifry, Kevin Rose, Bram Cohen, James HotorNot Hong, and the ubiquitous Michael Arrington. Although I saw Kim Polese's name on the guest list, she was a no show. Most of the women except for Andreesen's cofounder Gina Bianchini and triple-time CEO Mable Yee were either waitresses, reporters (Carleen Hawn is an editor with Foundry), or somewhere inbetween, such as myself.
Besides Om, there were lots of founders hailing from India, who like Om, had learned to tweak the Silicon Valley startup-system to achieve success. Although I've never been to India, it seems to me from working with Indian clients that their culture fosters an entrepreneurial adventurism perfectly adaptable to the valley ethos.
Sometimes it seems as if there is more similarity between Indian and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs than between U.S. tech founders of different genders.