A leadership coach shares a few of the top tips from her work with tech startups and CEOs.
Tag Archive: Tips & Tricks
By stopping we can see more clearly, be more effective, and make better choices.
By Camille Preston (Founder & CEO, AIM Leadership)
We’ve all had those days where we feel like we move a thousand miles an hour, nonstop, only to find our to-do list longer at the end of the day than it was at the beginning. Days like this leave us drained and dejected, and a little mystified.
How can it be, working that hard for 8+ hours, we could still be further behind than when we started? How is this possible, given how much we do every day?
Well, here’s the reason: activity does not always equal productivity. Truly productive
Have a vision and put the right resources together and operationalize something!
By Christina Vuleta (Founder, 40:20)
Today I’m sharing a little inspiration from a 40-something woman entrepreneur who is living proof of the power of believing in yourself.
After years of working in technology in the 90s and fighting against a “can’t do” corporate culture she left to start her own company.
The most important thing she brought with her was knowing that she had to shed the defensive behavior that can accrue when you work in a caustic environment. She knew she just had to believe that anything is possible.
Bathrooms are good places for customer engagement. QR code placement on bathroom door, maybe?
By Adriana Galue (Co-Founder, Mint Consulting)
For those of us who spend most of our modern lives in front of a computer following trends, it has become very clear that social media has created a tremendous opportunity for brands to engage directly with customers. Depending on the budget, brands are now able to follow their customer base to the extent of understanding what motivates, interests and engages an individual.
When limiting budget is a concern, how do you increase
Empretec’s formula for success is built around 10 Personal Entrepreneurial Competencies.
By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women’s Capital Connection)
Melissa De León, founder of Panama Gourmet, a company which produces gluten-free foods, just won the 2012 UNCTAD Empretec Women in Business Award. This award honors businesswomen from developing countries who have founded successful firms, created jobs, and become role models in their communities. The finalists for this year’s award were women from Brazil, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Jordan, Nigeria, Panama, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
A focus on 10 key entrepreneurial competencies was key to her success.
What I know now that I wish I had known in my 20somethings.
By Christina Vuleta (Founder, 40:20)
These five insights come from a 40-something woman who went from investment banking to starting her own business in her mid thirties. Her thoughts on what she learned as an investment banker that continues to help her and her business thrive today:
Tip #1 – Learn On The Job
“Approach your job as an education. If you look at it as a job it is a missed education. If it’s not an education, move on. In investment banking I learned how to be a great professional, a trouble shooter. I learned how to interact with CEOs. I learned
By Larry Chiang (CEO, Duck9 & Stanford University EIR)
I’m a supermodel man. As a representative of the male supermodel community, I can say we have lots of similarities to women. Recently, I started to say things women say. I did this for fun but also to gauge effectiveness and play.
In playing, I learned the equivalent of a year in business school. These are things they can’t teach / won’t teach.
Here are my insights and here is what you, as a burgeoning fem-preneur, should pay attention to on our specific transition from pre-entrepreneur to founder.
By Anjali Tuljapurkar Cameron (Founder & CEO, TripLark)
Yes, you read it right. Inspiration overload. It happens to many new entrepreneurs. Knowing we’ll get nowhere by sitting alone at home, we attend every networking event and conference in the vicinity. Add blogs, books and business columns – and your brain is deluged with an endless slew of you-can-do-it stories. Returning home at night, you feel more inspired than ever but often still confused or questioning how you’ll ever get there.
I know this feeling intimately as the founder of TripLark, a new travel planning site. Having finally made more sense of what will provide me with the most learning and connections, here are a few
By Debra Benton (President, Benton Management Resources)
Asking questions seems to be very basic advice. Yet it is shocking the number of times a day you chose to “tell” instead of “ask”. The most successful leaders ask more then they tell.
People like you better if you ask them things rather than tell them things.
You don’t ask to impress, interrogate, intimidate, dominate, embarrass, put people in the corner, ‘nail’ others on something, catch people off guard, be nosy, or verbally stalk.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder and CEO of Care.com, talks about Women 2.0 and female entrepreneurship. She admits it is a challenging and lonely road, and supports Women 2.0’s goal of cultivating a support network for early-stage entrepreneurs.
Marcelo advises entrepreneurs not let challenges in one’s head overcome them – for example, you don’t have to have clean dishes at home. She believes having the wrong vision in one’s head – one of perfection – will prevent you from moving forward and taking risks.
By Sonya Lee (User Experience Design Consultant, Mowie Media)
Being Asian, I have learned from my Chinese parents and family to aim for perfection. The viral Troll.me image of “You are the 99? Why not 100%?” strikes a deep cord in my soul because it is so true!
By Jenna Hannon (Writer, TechZulu)
Just like the sky scraping investment banks of Wall Street, the technology industry tends to be a sausage party. A Silicon Valley conference is a room full of suits, with the occasional skirt suite. So when I heard about Women 2.0 PITCH Conference & Competition at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, I couldn’t help but feel like it might be a hall of crickets with a few passionate women warming the front row. I was mistaken.
A 50 car line stacked up the street from the conference entrance filled with women idling, applying mascara, brushing their hair, and finishing early morning conference calls.
By Jazmin Hupp (Director of Awesome, Tekserve)
Marissa Mayer (VP of Google Local/Maps/Localization) spoke at the MIT Sloan Women in Management Conference today. Known for being the first female engineer hired by Google in 1999, she spoke about how challenges at Google has shaped the advice she gives.
“Passion is a gender neutralizing force.”
At Google, Marissa says, she wasn’t treated like a women. She is just a Geek at Google and “Google is a great place to be a Geek.”
By Dana Rosenberg (Startup Enthusiast, Self)
For startups, the design element is becoming more important than ever. Consumers are developing an appreciation for design that is driving their purchase and engagement decisions. Simultaneously, the expanding global market for mobile and interactive web services is creating a need for designers to take on new interfaces and evolving challenges.
By Joyce Chuang (Marketing Coordinator, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP)
For those who have started a company and have seen the challenges first hand, you have an idea of just how much energy and effort goes into creating and building a company. Not only do you have to worry about establishing it, but at some point you’ll have to find investors to fund it, build a team, hire and fire employees, and so much more.
What if someone could provide you with a road map for it all? We can’t, but we can offer some suggestions and advice.
Our panel with
By Jazmin Hupp (Director of Awesome, Tekserve)
Startup Weekends and Hackathons are held all over the world.
Check out the Startup Weekend event list and signup for their mailing list. If you’re unsure about participating your first time around, contact the local organizers and offer to volunteer for the weekend.
Here are 4 reasons why you should attend Startup Weekend:
By Dyuman Bhatt (CEO, Red Seraphim)
Just after college, I took my first job in retail sales as a part of a management training program. While there was a lot to learn, one issue that stood out was the inescapable daily reality of sexual harassment.
The company did its best to train its managers and entry level employees to deal with the matter, but there was no sense of prevention. For almost all women working there, it wasn’t a matter of if they would be sexually harassed, but more a matter of when. Sometimes, it was a sleazy customer asking,
By Karen Song (Developer, Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011)
Last weekend, I attended a Hosting Bootcamp in Los Angeles that kicked me into gear. I had originally signed up for Lean Startup Machine weekend, but due to room constraints, the venue was not able to accomodate my team and I decided to jet down to LA instead.
The experience proved to be extremely valuable – and I learned a lot of information that is helping the Stylematic team to deliver wonderful presentations and establish our brand. Incidentally, Stylematic had a slew of presentations due this week. We were invited to speak on a panel at Fashion and Tech SF as well as do a demo rehearsal pitch at Startup Monthly.
By Brittany Haas (Co-Founder, Something Borrowed NY)
I am miserable since I’m missing out on the #wefestival going on right now. I was accepted…and elated! What a wonderful opportunity to learn from my idols and meet with other aspiring entrepreneurs.
Unfortunately, I’m heading off to Paris on Friday with my full-time company for market. We’ve been swamped here (…we’re talking 9am-1am days swamped) and it would be totally irresponsible of me to take off a day, just two days before we jump on a plane and have 2 full on crazy, busy weeks.
Enter the boo/hisses here… I know… nobody feels bad
By Sonia Kapadia (Founder & CEO, Taste Savant)
While I’ve been working on my startup, I’ve received a lot of advice, some good, and some bad. One of the pieces of advice most people mention is to “move fast.”
Time is of the essence and everyday that you haven’t launched is an opportunity for your competition to get stronger, and a lost opportunity to learn from your users. And so, that’s what I’ve been doing — moving fast.
Here is the downside to moving fast, you make a lot of mistakes. Here is the upside, you learn from those mistakes quickly and move