Monday, April 16, 2018

Build a Network

Six winners of the 2018 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, five are women, share their lessons learned along the path to success.

One is:
The lesson she [Jennifer Pahlka, head of Code for America] has learned, she says, is "when you start out, it can be lonely. You need a network. A network is beautiful. You need support [think of the Women Presidents' Organization], you need emotional support during the tough times." It can be colleagues, other entrepreneurs, friends and family: "Nobody does this alone."
Other lessons range from leading with love to learning something new.  Read them all here.

Monday, April 09, 2018

VCs Evaluate Entrepreneurs Differently When It Comes to Gender

In a two-part study, authors Malin Malmstrom, Aija Voitkane, Jeaneth Johansson and Joakim Wincent observed that venture capitalists adopt markedly different stereotypical notions of female and male entrepreneurs during their decision-making processes.
These stereotypical notions, which cast men as having traits better suited to starting successful companies, don’t hold up when compared with venture performance data from annual reports. In other words, there is no statistical evidence that a host of myths about female entrepreneurs is true.
Learn more here.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Zero Limits

Lisa Schiffman, Global Leader and Founder, EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™, identifies six steps the most successful women entrepreneurs undertake to break through to scale.  Her insights come from a decade of working with female entrepreneurs.  Every growth-minded entrepreneur can benefit from heeding this advice.

One point she makes is to consider outside funding.
Historically, women have lacked access to outside cash to fuel their companies’ growth. This is one reason they are more likely than men to bootstrap. In fact, according to the 2017 Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) Business Outlook Survey, 68% of female CEOs and owners of multimillion-dollar companies used their personal savings to launch their businesses.
Learn more here.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Be Intentional About Your Public Speaking Goals

How do you go from having zero skill to mastering your craft? It’s not just about putting in the hours. It’s about the right kind of practice and monitoring your progress along the way. It turns out any skill can be gained quickly through what I call progressive mastery.

Here are the 10 steps to progressive mastery Brendon Burchar followed to learn public speaking.

Monday, March 19, 2018

RIP: Theresa D'Angelo, Founder of Three Businesses

Theresa D’Angelo received a patent in 2015 for a device inspired by the cover for a swimming pool. Her daughter, Madelaine, described it as “a people catcher.”  She died March 10, 2018 in her Grand Island home after seven-year battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was 59.

“She loved to work and loved being an entrepreneur,” her daughter said.

D'Angelo was the founder of three businesses:  Rail Services, Complete Auto Network and Complete Personnel Solutions.
She [Theresa] was a board member of the New York Staffing Association and a member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the Women’s Presidents Organization. An advocate for inclusion and diversity, she encouraged young women in their careers.
Learn more about gifted entrepreneur and problem-solver Theresa D'Angelo here.  May she rest in peace (RIP).

Monday, March 05, 2018

5 Things Tory Burch Wants You to Know About Business Ownership

Through her work, designer Tory Burch has met hundreds of small-business owners from New York to Shanghai.  Below, she shares the advice that has helped her over the last 14 years.
  1. Believe in yourself.
  2. Buckle up and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work.
  3. Be open to new ideas.
  4. Seek out opportunities.
  5. Think bigger.
Full article here on what Tory wants you to know.