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Tag Archive: Entrepreneurs
Read through what the founder of BizeeBee & Femgineer has to say about her experience as an entrepreneur.
Everyone feels like giving up at some point in their career, but it is all in how you deal with it.
You can say all the right words, but if you don’t exude confidence, investors won’t believe in you — or your product.
What kind of speakers will you see at our City Meetups? A founder who spoke at a Chicago event shares the surprises she encountered working remotely.
Can’t decide what kind of ticket to buy? Our CEO breaks down the various options.
Take smart money, know when to pivot and delegate: our LA Founder Friday speaker shares the lessons she’s learned along the way.
Make yourself some tea and grab some popcorn, here’s a list of feature films recommended by other entrepreneurs to keep you inspired for your nights in during chilly fall evenings.
A CEO coach compiles a checklist for entrepreneurs based on reoccurring themes that have emerged again and again over coffee dates with founders.
The growing legions of more than 42 million independent contractors have few options except expensive off-site daycare or even more expensive nannies. So a co-working space with childcare is the natural next step for our freelance nation.
There is something to be said about working in a company when you get out of college or even graduate school before immediately jumping into your own startup.
By Joanne Wilson (Blogger & Angel Investor, Gotham Gal)
The more I talk to investors and entrepreneurs, the more I have come to think that there is something to be said about working in a company first. There is no doubt a handful of entrepreneurs who have been at some type of business or another since they were able to walk and that is a unique breed. They have an innate understanding on how to grow a business and understand when the business needs to be tweaked.
Yet there are also many entrepreneurs who are stubborn and refuse to do it any other way but their own.
On March 22-23, 2012 in Santa Clara, CA, BlogHer will host their second annual event designed for women who want to start something, whether their goal is to strike out on their own with a brilliant idea, or to bring an entrepreneurial approach to innovation within a company…something often called “intrapreneurism”.
Women 2.0 community members receive 10% off tickets by registering here.
Attend BlogHer Entrepreneurs and bet on yourself and your big ideas!
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Women 2.0 and the Kauffman Foundation are together working toward improving the economic welfare of our nation by boosting high-growth entrepreneurs.
This year, the Kauffman Foundation discovered a “jobs leak,” illustrated entrepreneurs’ contributions and recommended policy reforms for growth. They also looked at research focused on annual startup rates, legal reforms for economic growth and job creation trends.
Here are the highlights from 2011:
By A. Lauren Abele (COO, Pipeline Fellowship)
The Pipeline Fellowship, which trains women philanthropists to become angel investors, has opened a call for applications from women social entrepreneurs interested in presenting their businesses to its Boston and NYC Pipeline Fellows.
Women-led startups will present to investors who “get” their social mission, as well as their for-profit business structure, and will have the opportunity to secure an investment up to $50,000 by the Pipeline Fellows.
Founder Friday Mixer (November 4 in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York, Madrid and Barcelona)
By Sepideh Nasiri (Corporate Sponsorships & Events Director, Women 2.0)
Women 2.0 is hosting six global Founder Friday networking mixers for women entrepreneurs and their friends on Friday, November 4, 2011 in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York, Madrid and Barcelona. Thanks to our sponsors AOL, Ellas 2.0, Press Club and Pourtal for helping make this possible!
By Rachel Sklar (Founder, Change The Ratio)
The time is once again upon us: Y Combinator applications are due tomorrow. From there, Paul Graham and company will choose the next crop of Y Combinator startups, which will converge on Silicon Valley in January 2012 to innovate, iterate, develop, learn and build — and take a sweet check from Ron Conway and Yuri Milner while they’re at it.
The money isn’t why, if you’re an early-stage startup, you should find Y Combinator appealing. (If you’re the real deal, I’m pretty sure it’s not.) It’s because that program pulls together
By Gina Bianchini (Guest Contributor, Fortune)
I know beyond Zuckerberg at Facebook and Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Google (GOOG). What is the background of social and consumer technology founders, my peer group? Are they more technical than I am?
And by the way, did they get it right on their first try, or did they fail first and try again?
If you disregard gender, they actually look a lot more like me than like Mark Zuckerberg, who was a computer science
By Lisa Suennen (Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Psilos Group)
VentureBeat recently asked: “Do teens make good founders?”
As the parent of a teenager, my immediate thought was, “Yeah, sure, right after they clean up their rooms and set the table, they can be totally awesome founders, as long as they can tear themselves away from the latest installment of the Twilight series.” What do I know? As it turns out, some kids actually do get off the couch and take action to be the next Steve Jobs.
The VentureBeat post was about an entrepreneurial incubator put together by Teens in Tech, an 8-week summer
By Sharon Vosmek (CEO, Astia)
Entrepreneurs –- we want to remind you that Astia’s application deadline of August 15 is quickly approaching! We know the life of an entrepreneur means that you are always busy and searching for those spare minutes but now is a great time to apply to Astia! Applying by August 15 provides an opportunity to participate in our not to be missed Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Program*, October 10-15, 2011.
Apply now to benefit from the programming, advisory services, investor connections and peer-to-peer network designed by Astia to accelerate growth.
By Sarah Tavel (Senior Associate, Bessemer Venture Partners)
The other day, a very talented NYC-based entrepreneur asked me if I could grab lunch with him. He’s the CEO of a company whose user growth is the quintessential “hockey stick” ramp (so much so, that when he sent me the graph of his user growth, I actually photoshopped a picture of a hockey stick on to the graph of his user growth and sent it to him – it was an exact match!). Needless to say, I was happy to catch-up. At lunch, it turned out he wanted to discuss some ideas he had around his business model before his board meeting the next day. As we chatted, I remembered a 2×2 I had learned in my brief stint as a consultant.
The basic premise is that everyone goes through four stages of learning. First, a person starts in stage 1, the “enthusiastic beginner.” We’ve all been there…. You think you have all the answers but really, “you don’t know what you don’t know”. For example, I remember the first term sheet I ever drafted; I thought it was a piece of cake. It probably took me 30 minutes to complete a draft. Then I got redline back from the Partner with whom I was working. Clearly, I didn’t know what the heck I was doing!
To learn and progress as a person and leader, you must have this moment of humility. This “learning moment” is when a person opens themselves up to learn and progresses to stage 2. Stage 2 is the “struggling learner.” You suck, and you realize it. Nonetheless, gradually, you push through, learn, and move to stage 3, the “cautious contributor.” Some positive feedback later, and you start to realize your own competence and you become a “peak performer.”
All people start in Stage 1, but some never leave.