In a recent interview about women entrepreneurship, Linda Alepin, Founding Director of Global Women’s Leadership Network and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University, pointed to women leaders’ ability to take risks and to transform their roles from doers to enablers as the keys to growing their businesses beyond the $500,000 threshold.
By Nancy Lin (Founder & Host, Business Reinvention)
When I was a first grader, I used to walk to school by myself. It was a time when it was still safe for kids to walk around the neighborhood on their own. Every day after school, I navigated through winding alleys, finding new routes to get home. It was sort of an urban expedition for a little kid. One day I was so lost I almost didn’t make it home. Then there was another day when I got bit by a dog. But most of the time, I had a chance to explore and be curious, and I managed to find my way home.
In a 2011 study, researchers found that innovative executives spend 50% more time on discovery activities than their counterparts. Discovery activities include associating, questioning, observing, experimenting and networking.
By Nancy Lin (Founder & Host, Business Reinvention)
As pace of technology advancement picks up, innovation continues to be one of the most urgent issues for businesses today.
In 2006, I decided to write a book about my experience raising money in Africa for my project. The idea to write books
Rather than encouraging and welcoming entrepreneurs, America is turning them away in droves.
By Cari E. Guittard (Contributor, Periscope Post)
Steve Jobs, the late Apple CEO and the kind of entrepreneur America should be encouraging.
Here in the United States for the past several years, supporting entrepreneurship has been touted as a high priority by President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and numerous leaders in the private and NGO sectors. There have been countless symposiums, conferences, white papers, speeches, and programs dedicated to understanding and then finding ways to support entrepreneurs.
By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women’s Capital Connection)
The news about the latest iPad and Apple’s dividend payout these past few days has gotten me thinking again about the genius of Steve Jobs.
When I read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson last fall, I was struck by three aspects of his life that seemed to me to hold valuable career advice and lessons for women professionals and entrepreneurs.
- Steve Jobs cried a lot! Apparently he cried when he was happy, mad, sad, or frustrated. Now, crying is not (in and of itself) a thing of which to be proud, and tears
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
This week, we learned that social networking site Pinterest reached record-breaking pageviews in an ungodly amount of time. Almost simultaneously, we heard that Pinterest has been generating revenue – a feat achieved by few early-stage startups.
Alicia Navarro‘s venture-funded startup Skimlinks powers the monetization of Pinterest’s pins through affiliate marketing.
By Sarah Granger (Contributor, San Francisco Chronicle)
It’s no secret that San Francisco and Silicon Valley’s tech demographics skew heavily on the side of men. Rather than continue quietly observing this cultural inequity, over the past few years, more voices have brought attention to the issue.
Through increased publicity, thanks to speeches by leaders like Sheryl Sandberg and articles like this month’s feature in San Francisco magazine, the conversation around women entrepreneurs is beginning to change. Still, some of the discussion is going in the wrong direction – focusing only at those at the very top
By Elizabeth Boylan (Art Director, VectorBloom Technologies)
Apple was founded 35 years ago, the same month I was born. I went a round-about route from studying chemistry, business and then fine art, to happening upon Jobs’ Stanford commencement speech when I was a new mother 3 years ago. I watched it on my MacBook Pro.
The lessons Steve presented about connecting the dots and following your dreams came as a relief as I wasn’t sure if I had wasted time chasing after passing interests in my twenties. I was at home with a very young daughter and no definite way to provide for myself financially in a career I loved.
By Christina Vuleta (Founder, 40:20)
There has been a lot of ink lately on “Who Will Be the Next Steve Jobs?” from an article in the Wall Street Journal to a myriad of other articles and blog posts. It’s part of a larger discussion on why there aren’t more women starting high-growth companies and in leadership positions across the board.
It’s a good discussion. But that’s not what I am writing about today. Today I’m talking about hiring.
The qualities The Wall Street Journal suggests
By Swathy Prithivi (Head of Corporate Development, Sonim Technologies)
In “Who Will Be the Next Steve Jobs?” in the Wall Street Journal, Vinod Khosla, entrepreneur and venture capitalist extraordinaire, lists two key characteristics of “would-be revolutionaries” — unbridled confidence and arrogance.
A recent tweet by Silicon Valley scholar Vivek Wadhwa says: “More than 50% of Silicon Valley is foreign born. Less than 5% women… A lot needs to be fixed.”
To me, these things are the two sides of the same coin.
By Jean Hsu (Android Developer, Pulse)
The Pulse office was jolted suddenly this afternoon as coworkers announced the news coming in from Twitter. Was it a rumor? A few minutes later, TechCrunch and other sources posted confirmations, but many of us were still in disbelief.
Where would we all have been in a world without Steve Jobs? Many of us would never have met each other, and I’m almost certain we wouldn’t have been in that office working together on Pulse.
The ability of one man to have