Payal left the stability of a traditional profession to pursue her dream of entrepreneurship in her native country. Here’s what she learned along the way.
Tag Archive: Lessons Learned
One year into his role as a VC, Hunter Walk shares his advice on how to avoid the typical first-time VC mistakes.
Quitting is different than giving up. Persisting is useless if you’re on the wrong path.
With graduation right around the corner — and the continued popularity of Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In – many young women are trying to figure out the right career path.
This is my story of how I almost won $20k.
By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders)
This weekend I participated in the AT&T Mobile HTML5 Hackathon. I had very mixed feelings in the beginning about my participation for multiple reasons.
The first reason in which I was against participating is because I have a number of uncompleted apps from previous hackathons that I have yet to complete, and I didn’t want another incomplete project. But the top prize was $20k.
The second reason in which I was against participating
By Thomas Korte (Founder & Managing Partner, AngelPad)
I was invited this week to judge the Women 2.0 PITCH Competition. I blocked out the day with one goal: give a lot of feedback and advice to entrepreneurs. And I am glad I did.
The conference was unlike any I have attended in recent years. 1000 women-tech entrepreneurs, many of them not from Silicon Valley, skipped Valentine’s Day to listen to the learnings, inspirational and success stories of fellow women entrepreneurs. 99% of the audience were women and Dave McClure, Naval Ravikant, Jeff Clavier and myself were the only men on stage.
By Audrey Fischer (Participant, Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011)
Editor’s note: These are 11 tips & tricks direct from a Startup Weekend attendee. As always, the freshest startup advice is picked daily here at Women 2.0.
- Brainstorm before before you arrive.Think about how you can contribute. I initially thought Startup Weekend was all about taking the improvisation route, figuring it out as you go along. In retrospect, I could have saved myself time over the weekend by taking full inventory of my skills ahead of time, and maybe even
By Tania Yuki (Founder, Wimlink)
Are there three things you’d like to accomplish in your career or business that for some reason or other you haven’t been able to accomplish? What do you think stops you from achieving these things? Not enough time, not enough support, information, opportunity, something else?
That something else may just be a gentle but persistent unwillingness to put yourself out there and pull the trigger. There are many reasons belying this, mostly along the lines of fear of failure and lack of trust. After all, what if you got it wrong?
By Lindsay Harper (Founder, Swayable)
F.ounders Dublin was truly the most amazing networking experience I’ve ever had. Having an extensive background in experience marketing, this high praise to be sure. I’m still trying to fully process the entire experience a full 2 days after being home.
I was invited to attend F.ounders last spring, and am very honored to have been included in the 150 founders from around the world. Seattle was represented by myself and Werner Vogels, Amazon CTO.
The structure of this global event is brilliant — 3 tiers of founders; those that have built era0defining companies, those who’s companies
By Cassie Phillipps (Executive Producer, Failcon)
Editor’s note: In 2006, we met Holly Liu who had just co-founded Kabam, a Google Ventures -funded social gaming startup that today employs over 400 across offices in San Francisco and Redwood City (California), Beijing (China), and Luxembourg.
Holly talks to Cassie at Failcon about turning mistakes and failures into learnings and future growth.
Holly Liu: The funny thing about failure is
By Elizabeth Kiehner (Co-Founder & Principal, Thornberg & Forester)
Having already started a successful design studio in New York, I am interested in launching yet another business. Thornberg & Forester is a creative boutique launched four and a half years ago with just three of us in a co-working space.
We are now 15 people strong and are in the middle of our best year ever from a financial standpoint. We are also entering a new phase and getting back into start-up mode by investing in our own IP and application development. Many design firms are conceiving of and selling their own products and platforms.