Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Stand Up For Female Entrepreneurs

Always something ...
After defending women entrepreneurs and their math abilities, Michelle Greer (pictured) was called illogical, idiotic, arrogant, angry, a troll, and the ...
Read the entire piece here:

Woman Defends Female Entrepreneurs on TechCrunch and Gets Called ...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Women Step It Up in Hi-Tech Entrepreneurship

Are things getting better for women versus a decade ago, especially in the tech industry? Some think so.

A new whitepaper published by Illuminate Ventures and entitled, "High Performance Entrepreneurs: Women in High Tech - Summary," states:
... that many more women are starting companies, taking them public and providing investors with bigger returns on smaller investments.

... Growing Influence in Tech: Women-owned or led firms are the fastest growing sector of new venture creation in the U.S., growing at five times the rate of all new firms between 1997 and 2006 – now representing nearly 50% of all privately held businesses.

... Fewer Failures: Despite often being capital-constrained, women-owned businesses are more likely to survive the transition from raw start-up to established company than the average.
To receive the complete whitepaper (you must register first), go here.

Related resource: An interview with Cindy Padnos, founding Managing Director of Illuminate Ventures.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Unstoppable Women Entrepreneurs

Check out these gutsy women entrepreneur innovators on what it took to put them in the driver's seat to success.

Tips From Unstoppable Women Entrepreneurs

Some great pearls of wisdom:

“You don’t stop moving because things are slow, and if they’re not slow, you create some down time to prepare your playing field.”

“Key in going out on my own was doing it for the right reasons. Being angry or disgusted at something is not reason to make a change,” she said. Being an entrepreneur “is about the love of something, not hate.”

“Take a risk early on because there are a lot of opportunities to learn—even if you fail initially,” Peitler said. “Failure isn’t the end game, but another learning opportunity."

“Failing actually goes with entrepreneurship; most, if not all entrepreneurs, have gone out of business and retooled and reinvested. Failing is only failure if you stop trying.”

“Share what you’ve learned with the people around you,” she said. Some Krupp wisdom: “Follow your instincts and your gut.

“Parlay. Parlay. Parlay. Never miss an opportunity; ‘no’ is not an answer.”

Friday, August 20, 2010

The F Word: Failure

One of the single biggest stumbling blocks to business owners is the 'F' word: Failure.

It's not so much what it is but rather what to do about it should it occur. Some call it resiliency, others refer to it as bounce or lessons learned. However you define it, failure is a necessary ingredient to running a healthy business.

Find out why here:

American Express OPEN Forum
Making the Most of Failure by Laurel Delaney

Monday, August 16, 2010

I Vote for Ginny Rometty to Run IBM

Sometimes you just have to put yourself out there and support a woman to advance in corporate America!

Read more here.

Pictured: Ginny Rometty, IBM

Posted by: Official Escape From Corporate America blog

Friday, August 13, 2010

Think BIG

Theresa Daytner (pictured) is running her third business, Daytner Construction Group, a Mt. Airy, Md. construction management firm that had 2009 revenue of $3.5 million. She credits much of her success to her willingness to seek out business relationships with entrepreneurs who think big.

Read the entire article here.

She is missing out on one important peer-to-peer learning organization: Women Presidents' Organization.

Full disclosure: I serve as the Chicago Chapter Chair for WPO.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Work: An Extension of Who You Are

To all working women, this one's for you.

Immediate download of PDF file: The Reality of the Working Woman

• With research partner JWT and Ad Age Insights survey on attitudes of today's working women.

Publish date: June 6th, 2010
By: Mya Frazier
Word Count: 12,000

Posted by: the official Escape From Corporate America blog

Friday, August 06, 2010

Women Rebels With a Cause = Entrepreneurship

Frances Osborne provides her suggestions on books about female adventurers (much like women entrepreneurs) that offer a thrilling ride. These are each worth a look.

1. Rebel Heart
By Mary S. Lovell
Norton, 1995

2. Mistress of Modernism
By Mary V. Dearborn
Houghton Mifflin, 2004

3. A Voyage in the Sunbeam
By Annie Allnutt Brassey

4. To War With Whitaker
By Hermione Ranfurly
Heinemann, 1994

5. Gertrude Bell
By Georgina Howell
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007

Go here for the entire writeup.