After a successful career in tech, one woman looks back and realizes she missed a whole lot of networking opportunities.
Our new events intern meets female entrepreneurs from around the world and reflects on the power of women networking together.
“Women and men tend to network differently,” observed Anne Day, founder and president of Company of Women, a network for entrepreneurs in the GTA. “For women it is more about building relationships, while for men it is much more transactional,” she added.
RocksBox founder Meaghan Rose shares what she’s learned from the challenges and triumphs she experienced fundraising while being a woman.
By Meaghan Rose (Founder & CEO, RocksBox)
It’s not the same. It just isn’t. Fundraising for your startup is going to be harder for you than a male counterpart with the same business. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way that can help you succeed despite the challenges.
These tips are applicable for networking whenever you are trying to engage your partner and form an important immediate connection as a foundation of a future follow up.
By Vadim Slavin (Managing Partner, Monthly Ventures)
I recently read a post by Fred Kofman, a professor of leadership and coaching, titled “7 Steps to Prove That You Are Listening”. It was addressing men, husbands, fathers suggesting how to open up the channel of communications with their wives, daughters, significant others. What was interesting is that I realized this was the intent only after getting to the end of the post. I read the whole thing with the impression that the tips were for effective networking for anyone.
Did you know March 8 is International Women’s Day? Celebrate with Women 2.0 at your local Founder Friday event this March 8!
By Sepideh Nasiri (Vice President of All Things Offline, Women 2.0)
Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 with Women 2.0 at Founder Friday events held in 17 cities around the world on March 8!
Founder Friday is a Women 2.0 networking event promoting the creation of new networks
Women 2.0 encourages me to build a healthy nucleus for a cell that aspires to thrive.
By Katrina Salas-Padilla (Contributing Writer, Women 2.0)
To a budding entrepreneur what could be sexier than intimate contact with the coveted almighty power of a willing investor? One might argue that a computer engineer and UX designer duo might give networking with an angel investor a run for its money on the ‘sexy’ meter.
However, it would only be a matter of time
Online connections give entrepreneurs access to a global network of founders, mentors and advisors.
By Lesa Mitchell (Vice President, Kauffman Foundation)
In 1950, Ewing Kauffman launched his pharmaceutical company, Marion Laboratories Inc., in the basement of his modest home in Kansas City. During his first year in business, he had sales of $36,000 and a net profit of $1,000. By the time he sold his company to Merrell Dow in 1989, it had become a global diversified healthcare giant with nearly $1 billion in sales.
In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak launched Apple. The first world headquarters for their world-changing venture was Jobs’ family garage.
Business networking interactions are intended to result in business!
By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women’s Capital Connection)
One of the most cited and real barriers to women’s professional and business success relates to networking: not enough, not the right type, and not enough access. The other problem some women have is how they interact at networking events.
When I observe women (myself included) at networking events globally and coach women about networking, I most often see and hear women exhibit almost a singular focus on connecting with people and building relationships, practically at the expense of getting referrals and doing business.
By Lauren Perkins (Founder & CEO, Perks Consulting)
Networking events are a fantastic way to meet new business prospects, potential partners, and leverage relationships within your existing network for referrals.
These events can certainly seem intimidating if you don’t have an action plan to keep you focused and on task.
To make the most of networking opportunities, business women can treat each event as they would treat a date. Following the same rules that you would typically follow on a date provides some guidance for how to prepare for the event, what to do