The first-time CEO of Zola, which just landed venture backing to update a time-honored tradition, offers some advice for early-stage entrepreneurs.
These women not only took an opportunity and made it happen, but they navigated successfully the hyper-growth phase that brings a whole new set of challenges to early stage companies.
By Deborah Jackson (Founder & CEO, Plum Alley)
At JumpThru, we have a bookshelf full of business books that cover topics such as entrepreneurship, game theory, lean start-up methodology, innovation and disruption.
These books have provided us with guidance, inspiration and new thinking on a broad range of topics. Many of these books have been released in the last 12 months and most are written by men and some are written by women like Dr. Louann Brizendine who wrote The Female Brain, a must read to reset your thinking about how the male and female brain work.
For a thorough list of technical women founding companies (CTOs, CEOs, VPs of engineering and more), check out this list.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Of the five finalists for Entrepreneur Magazine’s ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR award, there is a female founder – Limor Fried.
The MIT-educated electrical engineer (pictured) started electronics hobbyist company Adafruit Industries to distribute DIY electronics toys like littleBits and Arduino items. Vote for her for “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the eponymous magazine – go on, go do it!
By narrowing its focus to women, Yahoo can beat the pants off its competitors.
By Dave McClure (Founder & Partner, 500 Startups)
I’d like to write a different open letter to Marissa Mayer that plays to both her strengths, as well as those of Yahoo. It’s a bit off the wall, but if you think it thru with me, I bet you’ll agree with the strategy.
Yahoo has struggled for the last 6-7 years – with what it stands for, who’s running the show, how to keep its employees, how to compete with Google, and how to take advantage of its amazing assets in content, communications, and community around the world. The last really bold move Yahoo made was probably acquiring Flickr (aside from turning down the Microsoft acquisition
“It’s essential for the industry to attract people with deep technology skills and keep them so that it can benefit from the hacker attitude of developing an idea, making it quickly, and iterating on it – and not just build sites that simply display fashion and never evolve.”
By Sindy Sagastume (Founder, The Odd Slipper)
Last Saturday I had the chance to attend NYC Fashion Hack Day hosted by Gilt Groupe, Tumblr and Apigee. The event turned out exactly what I thought and hoped it would be, except for the part where our team would win.
Though I have limited technical background, hackathons sound amazing. It can be intimidating for women, especially those like me, to strike up conversation and join a team. So when I learned about this event, my initial reaction was blissful joy. Somehow this didn’t seem as intimidating – most likely because I was so excited
Empowering women in business, startups mixing fashion and feminism are celebrating a renaissance.
By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)
Many of those not in the know think of fashion as a trap for women. Uncomfortable shoes. Impossible body images. Shallow spendy status symbols. Magazine layouts of size zero 6 foot tall women juxtaposed with an ad for weight loss.
There is a large part of fashion that I grapple with that doesn’t leave me feeling very empowered. There is an incredibly empowering side of fashion: self-expression. Though I romanticize the historical cuts, I couldn’t think of a better time to live in where I have all of the tools available for me to express
By Jack D. Hidary (Co-Founder, Dice)
A recent article in San Francisco Magazine highlights a new crop of women-led startups in the Bay Area.
By Jazmin Hupp (Director of Awesome, Tekserve)
With few female entrepreneurs to look to, MIT Sloan hosted a panel on how women can go big with their own businesses. The panel included Joanna Rees (Founder of VSP Capital), Katrina Markoff (Founder of Vosges Haut-Chocolat), Alexandra Wilkis Wilson (Founder of Gilt Groupe), and was moderated by Fredricka Whitfield (Anchor, CNN).
What Is Getting In the Way?
Joanna thinks that fear and giving up after set-backs get in women’s way. Some women quit after their first major
By Elissa Rose (Assistant Editor, Women 2.0)
What do Tumblr and Gilt Groupe have in common? How about Kickstarter and Foursquare? They are a few of 400 tech startups, many of which have been funded in New York City in the last two years. 31 health care companies, 37 finance startups, and 145 shopping and advertising startups are buttressing existing NYC industries. They’re sharing the space with 225 consumer internet, enterprise software, and media and entertainment startups.
There is a startup hub forming within blocks of venture capital investors in Midtown
By Patricia Calfee (Founder, Roses & Rye)
When I first had the idea to create a luxury daily deals site more than one advisor urged us to go mainstream. “Be more like Groupon,” they pushed. Instead, I followed my instinct, holding firm to Coco Channel’s dictum: “To be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
I had seen this wisdom play out early in my career.