Tag Archive: Business

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    by Angie Chang

    How to Start a Business: Rinse and Repeat

    Anyone, no matter how young or old, can be an entrepreneur. You just need to have ideas, perseverance, and an iterative framework to test your ideas until you find one that makes money (ie. creates revenue).

    By Jennifer Arguello (Co-Founder, Latino Startup Alliance)

    Think about an app or gadget you love to use. Is it Instagram? Is it Snapchat? Your smart phone? Whatever it is, at some point it did not exist. At some point someone out there decided that there was something missing in the world or they wanted to make the world a better place.

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    by Angie Chang

    How To Turn Your Passion Into A Business Model (Coolhaus)

    Unable to afford a brick and mortar storefront, the young entrepreneurial duo bought a second-hand truck and split their time baking cookies and making ice cream in Freya’s mom’s kitchen during the Fall of 2008. They launched their first food truck one year later, and they’ve been using Google Apps ever since to scale their business to Austin, New York, and Miami. Most recently, CoolHaus announced its first ice cream truck in Dallas, with additional launches slated for this summer.

    By Natasha Case (Co-Founder & CEO, Coolhaus)

    While finishing up grad school for architecture, I was looking forward to building my professional career with real projects and clients. I wanted my first job to be the kind of position where I could not only apply my training, but also make connections with the public. Within 6 months of starting my first job, the recession hit.

    I realized I might have to get more creative with my career path to survive the changing economy.

    Luckily, I had been developing

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    by Angie Chang

    From Startup To Successful: Building A Profitable Business In A Competitive Industry

    Six tips for establishing revenue for your business success.

    By Barbara Grant (Founder & President, Retrofit Pilates)

    Being a successful entrepreneur takes more than just talent.

    These days, the key to a business’ profitability is based on a number of factors, many of which, though obvious, are often overlooked by those starting out. With a precarious economy and less dollars available from consumers, potential customers and suppliers, small business owners need to be even more strategic than ever in order to build their business into a profitable and viable enterprise.

    Following are six key strategies

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    by Angie Chang

    For Women Starting Tech Companies, Brilliance Is Mandatory

    By Carla Rover (Writer, The Advertising Technology Review)

    There are two sides to the post-feminist world for women creating startups technology companies.

    Here’s the good part: most investors, at least publicly, acknowledge the need for a more diverse field of leadership in the startup community.

    Here’s the bad part: women may have to do a little extra homework to get over the industry’s age-old tradition of choosing leaders based on their educational or demographic similarities

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    by Angie Chang

    How to Ask Smart Questions

    By Penelope Trunk (Co-Founder, Brazen Careerist)

    After I realized that the most underrated skill is asking good questions, I realized that I am not very good at it. I don’t ask for help enough because I don’t know what question to ask. And also, I worry the question will be bad and then the person won’t want to help me again.

    So I started forcing myself to ask for help. Like, I put myself on a schedule. And the result was not so much that I got good help (I did) but what I really got was good at asking questions. Because I thought so much about it.

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    by Angie Chang

    Do You Talk Business? (Language and Women’s Place)

    By Isabella A. Woods (Contributing Writer, Women 2.0)

    Women are from Venus or any of the gazillions of relationship self-help books on the same theme?

    Different things are important to us and we communicate our concerns differently.

    But for women in business, their normal way of operating may be damaging the health and affecting the perception of their business. This may be one reason why the glass ceiling still operates for some women: an inability to talk the language of business

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    by Angie Chang

    How to Build a Business that Resonates with Purpose

    By Amanda Aitken (Creator, The Girl’s Guide to Web Design)

    The biggest lesson I’ve learned in my career is that the moment you decide to challenge convention, everything changes. The usual perception is that different is dangerous. But the opposite is really true: When you dare to be different, everything flows. Your “right people” notice you — and want to work with you. Opportunities present themselves. Doors swing open, and struggle bites the dust.

    It may seem strange and mysterious, but there’s a distinct reason this happens, and it has to do with resonance

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    by Angie Chang

    Women in the Workplace: Over-Mentored and Under-Sponsored

    By Phyllis Korkki (Contributing Writer, The New York Times)

    A rich source of female talent exists just below top management, says Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founding president of the Center for Work-Life Policy, a research organization.

    But women have become stuck in this layer because they tend to lack a sponsor at the top to advocate for them.

    Sponsors are different from mentors, who lend friendly advice and allow workers to share their quandaries and challenges. Sponsors make a direct bet on the promotion

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    by Angie Chang

    How to be a Tech Entrepreneur Without Knowing How to Program

    By Laura Forrest (Marketing Manager, Mozilla)

    Don’t have a computer science degree? Don’t worry.

    Don’t let that stop you from founding your own start-up. There are many examples of successful non-technical co-founders who didn’t let the lack of knowing a programming language stop them from creating something great.

    In this case study, we look at Victoria Ransom who co-founded Wildfire along with Alain Chuard in 2008. Together they took an idea and transformed it into a thriving venture-backed company 140 employees strong. Enter Victoria Ransom:

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    by Angie Chang

    Defying Stereotypes: 10% Tipping Point for Women Angel Investors

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Researchers at the University of New Hampshire Center for Venture Research found that women angel investors gain strength in their numbers. They defy the stereotype of women as cautious investors — stereotypes that are prevalent when women consist of less than 10% of an angel group.

    “In the context of this research, this means that when there are few women in an angel group, the stereotype of cautious investing is accentuated. As the number of women increases, there is less of a stereotype

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    by Angie Chang

    Startup Quote: Wendy Tan White on Building a Successful Startup

    Wendy Tan White quote“Sustaining a successful business is a hell of a lot of work, and staying hungry is half the battle.”
    – Wendy Tan White (Founder & CEO, Moonfruit)

    Wendy Tan White founded the design-led DIY website builder Moonfruit for total design control.

    She is on the frontpage of StartupQuote today!

    Wendy also serves as a Mentor at 500 Startups and Astia, and was a Contributing Writer for Women 2.0.

    Wendy wrote the popular post Never Been a Better Time for Women Entrepreneurs for Women 2.0 earlier this year.

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    by Angie Chang

    Getting Value from “The Dinosaurs”

    By Carissa Ganelli (Founder & CEO, Commerce Drivers)

    Why would a mobile commerce startup founder title a blog post, “The Dinosaurs”? Am I referring to the Steven Spielberg, “Jurassic Park”-type dinosaur? No.

    I’m referring to very successful business people who have a wealth of traditional business and maybe even startup experience but know very little about tech startups. They exude confidence in their advice and recommendations because they’ve built successful businesses. The dinosaur part comes into play when they try to apply rules from the past to today’s tech startup environment.

    Here’s what I’ve learned from Dinosaurs. They have some good advice that you should heed. They also have a bunch of outdated or inaccurate info that you would do well to ignore. Where to draw the line is up to your good judgment.

    The good advice:

    • Cash is important to a startup. The number one reason startups fail is due to
      running out of cash.
    • You might need a demo (not a video) to show the PowerPoint-phobic how the
      product would work in real life and to show your product is beyond the idea stage.
    • Your pitch deck should be around 15 pages. You need to provide a good overview of the concept with supporting facts like market size, barriers to entry,
      and deal terms to whet the investors’ appetite. Investors can request more detailed information from you if they are interested in pursuing it further.

    Not such good advice: