What marks a great entrepreneur is not necessarily the idea, but how well the idea is executed.
By Jennie Lees (Product Manager, Google)
The spark of inspiration strikes at the strangest times. Whether it’s a flash of insight in the shower, or a puzzle piece clicking into place, we all know the wonderful moment that marks the birth of a new idea.
However, taking that idea and trying to make it actually happen can be a frustrating rather than a rewarding process
By Joshua Henderson (Director of Programming, Springboard Enterprises)
There are incredible things happening in the startup world for women entrepreneurs.
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.
By Baat Enosh (VP Operations, Founder Labs)
For the past 4 years, I’ve been living and breathing “Women In Tech” conversations. I’ve been working with Women 2.0, Founder Labs, and the National Center for Women & IT, focusing on getting more women to get into computing and found startups.
The conversation is complex and at time confusing. We are definitely in the middle of a revolution, and no doubt the outcome will produce a more equal and better world. But the question is — how do we get there? Which parts of the puzzle do we need to focus on, and how do we do it?
By Alicia Liu (Participant, Founder Labs)
It all went down exactly a week before demo day.
4:00pm: our team was getting ready to present our progress taking part in Founder Labs to Dave McClure, of 500 Startups, and John Malloy, of Blue Run Ventures. We were 4 weeks in, with only 1 more week to go before final demo day before an audience of investors and advisors, and we were scrambling.
We had been exploring various ideas, everything from point-of-sale systems to social enterprise, and weren’t making much
By Resmi Arjunanpillai (VP Marketing, Founder Labs)
Sponsor an educational video series from Founder Labs and get one hour of 1:1 time with startup luminaries and VCs like Steve Blank, Eric Ries and Ann Miura-Ko: Details here.
Founder Labs is a pre-incubator focused on the first phase of launching a mobile startup. In five weeks, Founder Labs participants build a founding team, validate an idea and create a working prototype of their product, creating successful companies like Spoondate and Cake Health.
By Sheba Najmi (Participant, Founder Labs)
Customer research really is an art.
I’ve seen fewer than a handful of excellent user experience researchers who have an innate knack for it. Unfortunately, more often than not, qualitative research is muddied by:
- users wishing to please the researcher
- unmindful leading questions by researchers, and
- artificial settings and tasks that obfuscate true usage patterns.
By Ellen Lee (Contributing Writer, Intuit Blog)
When it comes to women working in Silicon Valley technology businesses -— particularly women at the helm — the numbers remain painfully small.
Less than 5 percent of tech startups are founded by female entrepreneurs, estimates Shaherose Charania, co-founder and CEO of Women 2.0, an organization that helps foster female tech entrepreneurs.