And last month , a New York version , billed as The Women of Silicon Alley Summit , showcased 21 female entrepreneurs–including Pamela Kleier , CEO of c-z.com , a Kentucky-based Web site featuring construction materials
, the event helped counter the discrimination she
felt from venture capitalists– not as a woman , but as a Southerner.There's a geographic bias in the dot-com world , she
says.If it doesn't happen on the West Coast , it's probably not a valid concept..
Still , in the wake of the high-tech market meltdown in recent weeks , some women worry that , at the very moment they are finally landing invitations to the inner sanctums of venture capital , the party is winding down.