Tag Archive: Mentor
Seven tips on maintaining a good relationship with a mentor whether they are online or offline.
Asking for advice when it comes to running your own business just makes good sense. So what’s the best way to go about finding a mentor who can really help you achieve your goals?
Join us at a Bay Area mixer to learn about mentorship opportunities.
By Abby Bobé (Marketing, BlackGirlsCODE)
Have you ever listened to an eight year old share her excitement and passion for technology and computer programming?
Thankfully we have over 750 underrepresented young girls who can share their amazing experiences with you. Ranging from ages six to seventeen, Black Girls CODE is a global movement empowering girls of color in the world of technology.
“You should have had more women on that panel”
By Heather Harde (Vice Chairman, sf.citi)
“You didn’t have enough female-founder companies competing in the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt”… “You didn’t have enough women nominees for the Crunchies Awards”… “Your blog is not doing enough to advance women in technology”…
These were all regular refrains I heard when I was the CEO of TechCrunch for five years.
In the past, writing iPhone apps were a stretch for me, and now I was creating one. Code Camp removed my fear and surrounded me with encouragement.
Do you have a support network? That is, do you have a group of people that you rely on, who are there to provide you the encouragement you need as an entrepreneur?
November 14′s PITCH Conference will hold mentoring over lunch.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
We have over two dozen mentors joining us on November 14 at PITCH NYC Conference – have face time with them over lunch!
From investors to entrepreneurs, from product experts to marketing gurus, our mentors will cover topics from funding to growth, idea generation to lean startup practices, from product marketing to product design, these mentors will be coming
Research shows that women gravitate toward women-led companies.
By Blake Landau (Founder, Artemis)
Get Satisfaction Vice President of Marketing Azita Martin never realized she was the only woman in the room, until she wasn’t. “Now that I’m here at Get Satisfaction, I realize how refreshing it is. You don’t realize how weird being the only woman actually is until you go somewhere else where there is not only another woman, but a woman CEO,” she said.
When you were a teenager, did you have a female mentor or role model who showed you that girls can grow up to be programmers, entrepreneurs, and leaders?
By Dara Olmsted (Director of Development, Iridescent)
Help the next generation of girls learn to code and start companies – sign up to be a Technovation Challenge mentor today. This year, Technovation is going global and we have hundreds of teams from around the world who need strong, female mentors like you to inspire and lead them. No experience necessary – we will train you.
Mentors and mentees should heed the sacrosanct 70-20-10 rule.
By Herminia Ibarra (Contributor, Harvard Business Review)
A new McKinsey study reports statistically what we already knew from personal experience: that mid-career and senior women tend to be found disproportionally in staff jobs, or “pink ghettos,” relative to men.
The report tells us that 50% to 65% of women at the vice-president level and higher are in staff roles, compared with only 41% to 48% of men, who are more likely to be in the line jobs that lead to the top.
This subtler gender gap — one that is difficult to detect
By Joanne Lang (Founder & CEO, AboutOne)
It’s been an amazing journey to get AboutOne where it is today. Through the process of developing an award winning app and raising an over-subscribed Series A with lead investors Golden Seeds, I’ve navigated quite a few hurdles and learned many lessons while juggling my roles as tech start up founder and mom to my four young boys.
As I celebrate the closing of my first series A funded by Golden Seeds and MAG, I thought I would give you a sneak peak at five lessons I’ve learned about the funding process.
By Jennifer Arguello (Product Manager, Mozilla & Mentor, Technovation Challenge)
Are your successes in life due to other people helping you? Do you wish you had more role models growing up to show you what you know now? Would you like to inspire the next generation of female high-tech leaders?
If you answered yes to these questions, then you should consider becoming a Technovation Challenge mentor.
The mission of the Technovation Challenge is to promote women in technology by giving girls the skills and confidence
By Franck Nouyrigat (Co-Founder & CTO, Startup Weekend)
In the last couple of years, I have seen more and more incubators growing and more and more “mentors” helping them. My concern is in regard to the drop of quality I see in mentoring — not to mention that most of the entrepreneurs don’t know how to recognize a bad one…
I agree with the semantic differences between a teacher, mentor and coach (here to simplify, I just call them mentors as most of the people falsely do).
By Shannon McClenaghan (Co-Founder & VP Corporate Development, Vectiv)
Mentors are important at all career stages, especially if you are an entrepreneur.
My mentor was Katharine Graham, the owner and publisher of the Washington Post, and was one of the best mentors I’ve ever had.
I was introduced to Katharine Graham just after selling Vectiv, the software company I co-founded in 1998. After $23MM, we needed another round of capital and our investors had stepped up with a term sheet. We were thrilled. Then, as
By Christine Silva (Director of Research, Catalyst)
By now, you probably know how important it is to have a mentor — someone who provides career advice and suggestions. Indeed, recent Catalyst research shows that women were actually more likely than men to have mentors -— so we’ve got that message loud and clear. What not everyone realizes, though, is that a sponsor -— someone who is senior in your organization, has clout at the decision-making table, and actively advocates on your behalf when it comes to promotions or development opportunities —- is critical to getting ahead.
By Nilofer Merchant (Contributing Writer, Harvard Business Review)
As an investor, a corporate board member, etc, my role is primarily that of achieving growth by asking (hopefully smart) questions, and giving advice.
After many years of giving advice, I can say people “take” advice in five ways. Four waste the effort (time/money) and one works.
It’s a skill to know how to give advice. However it is ALSO a skill to take advice. I believe this skill to know how to take (good) advice is a key differential between those that cross that finish line
By Cassie Phillipps (Executive Producer, Failcon)
I believe it’s not that women need more mentors; it’s that we need to change our relationship with mentors. Erin Wolf made the distinction, and I think it is very valid, that “Women get Mentored. Men Get Sponsored.” If you want to get ahead in business, you need to find mentors who are far more advanced than you, who can (and will) actively influence things in your favor.
This also reflects the problem with the statistic above: that only 25% of people had active mentors. If someone has not agreed that they are your mentor, they will not go to bat for you or seek
By Darah Hansen (Contributing Writer, Vancouver Sun)
Catalyst has published a new study linking women’s career success to on-the-job sponsorship by someone in a key position:
“Good sponsors can supercharge a woman’s career by providing her with access to essential networks, bringing her achievements to the attention of senior-level executives, and recommending her for key assignments,” Ilene H. Lang, President and CEO of Catalyst, said in a media release.
“Effective sponsors also provide career coaching and
By Danielle Strachman (Program Director, Thiel Fellowship: 20 Under 20)
At the Thiel Foundation, we’re inspired by the difference that our Fellows want to make in the world. I am personally humbled by their projects and look forward to hearing about their latest innovations, hopes, and milestones while they travel down this new path.
Before accepting this opportunity, many Fellows were tracked to pursue their studies in universities and colleges. But now with the help of the Fellowship, they’re charting an independent course determined not by class credit or stale major requirements but by their ability to bring forth a vision on their own