If you’re interested in bringing people together to learn from innovators who’ll be sharing lessons for profitably practicing Lean Startup methods within all kinds of organizations, we hope you’ll consider hosting an event. By Sarah Milstein (Co-Host, The Lean Startup Conference) As co-host of The Lean Startup Conference (December 3-4, 2012 in San Francisco), I’ve worked hard with my co-host, Eric Ries, to ensure women and other people typically under-represented at entrepreneurship conferences are very much a part of this event.
We’re seeking people who can deliver great talks, whether they’ve ever spoken at a conference before.
By Eric Ries & Sarah Milstein (Co-Hosts, The Lean Startup Conference)
Now we’re starting to reach out to speakers. We’re aiming for a mix of people: those well known for their work on lean startups and those who aren’t yet prominent but are applying Lean Startup techniques and have valuable lessons to share. And, although this should probably go without saying, we’ll say it anyway: we’re seeking people who can deliver great talks, whether they’ve ever spoken at a conference before.
What small adjustment or change could you or do you want to make in your personal in professional life?
By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women’s Capital Connection)
The idiom “Put your best foot forward” generally refers to making a great impression. But, watching Aries Merritt — the 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medalist in the 110 meter hurdles — made me think of different use for the phrase.
In an interview with NBC, Aries credited his arrival to the top of his game to a small change in the way he starts a race. Rather than starting his race with his right foot, he now starts with his left foot. This tiny adjustment, while not noticeable to most people, changed his stride, allowed him to “run to the best of his ability”
Editor’s note: Jessica Bishop was a 2010 PITCH finalist – Apply for the PITCH NYC Startup Competition by August 31, 2012 for your chance to present onstage in November at our conference.
By Jessica Bishop (Founder, Klink Mobile)
Feeling low on energy working on your startup? Maybe you just need to move in a new direction.
In 2010, I was the CEO and co-founder of Prepay Nation, a company that made international mobile money transfers possible though technology integrated with top-up machines housed in brick-and-mortar establishments. It was my job to check in on how the top-up technology was functioning and how customers were responding so that I could steer the company in the right direction. Consequently, I spent a lot of time traveling
By Anjali Tuljapurkar Cameron (Founder & CEO, TripLark)
Yes, you read it right. Inspiration overload. It happens to many new entrepreneurs. Knowing we’ll get nowhere by sitting alone at home, we attend every networking event and conference in the vicinity. Add blogs, books and business columns – and your brain is deluged with an endless slew of you-can-do-it stories. Returning home at night, you feel more inspired than ever but often still confused or questioning how you’ll ever get there.
I know this feeling intimately as the founder of TripLark, a new travel planning site. Having finally made more sense of what will provide me with the most learning and connections, here are a few
By Anna Billstrom (Developer, Momentus Media)
Editor’s note: Founder and CEO of Lark, Julia Hu’s editorial on pitching for venture capital as a woman is an excellent read on women starting companies and raising VC.
As usual, Penelope Trunk is fanning the flames and creating controversy (Part 1 is here). Her latest is in TechCrunch, “Stop Telling Women to Start Startups” (ironically linked to by a female startup CEO friend of mine).
If you don’t know Penelope Trunk, she had a blog 10 years ago about job-hunting (based on
By Renee DiResta (Associate, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures)
I’ve said before — Startup Weekends are a lot of fun. Participants come together as a team, find a compelling idea, define and attempt to implement a minimum viable product, and come up with a plan to take the idea to market, all within 54 hours. So far, I’ve attended three as a developer. At Women 2.0’s recent Startup Weekend, I had the opportunity to participate from the other side of the table.
This time around, I was an advisor. Every team I spoke to asked me the same question: “What should our business model be?”
By Eric Ries (Contributing Writer, TechCrunch)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t have missed the recent dust-up over race and Silicon Valley. Like almost every discussion of diversity and meritocracy in this town, it turned ugly fast. One side says: “All I see is white men. Therefore, people like Michael Arrington must be racist.” The other responds, “Silicon Valley is a colorblind meritocracy. If there were qualified women or minority candidates, we’d welcome them.”
I’d like to say a few words about this, but I want to do so under special ground rules.
This is a big week for startups. Eric Ries’s book “The Lean Startup” launches today. As part of his book launch, there is a huge promotion on his blog. The prizes are ridiculous and come from Amazon AWS, KissMetrics, Assistly, Pivotal Tracker, etc. For example, buy 5 books for $96 to over $2,200 more in other prizes. Buy the book in bulk, evangelize the lean startup methodology!
Women 2.0 readers get a free “Tier Upgrade” when buying a deal on the book (except AWS credits) this week only!