On Wednesday, the NVCA task force released its inaugural report highlighting the steps the association and its member firms have taken toward that end. The NVCA hasn’t set specific diversity goals, nor does it hold its member firms accountable to promises to include more women and minorities, the report illustrates a shift in the conversation and a growing realization that the status quo must change.

“To change the ratio of the business will take a fair amount of time, and that’s why, to me, this is the beginning,” Venky Ganesan, chairman of the NVCA board and managing director of Menlo Ventures, said in an interview. “This is the opening of the discussion. But what I think is gratifying is people recognize its importance.”

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