Month: January 2012

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5 Principles For Attracting The Right (Leadership) Attention

By Tania Yuki (Founder, wimlink) How are you doing as a leader?

Whether you manage hundreds of people or you want to get promoted to a leadership role, merely being terrific at your job will not cut it. Yes, even if you’re terrific.

Too many options compete for everyone's attention, and they continue to expand daily. Therefore, it is critical to ensure you are rising above the noise and focusing on what matters, so you can support, impress and hold the attention of those

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Why The Global Economy Needs Businesses To Invest In Women

By Melanne Verveer & Kim Azzarelli (Contributors, The Daily Beast) Businesses are starting to understand what development experts have long known: investing in women pays dividends. Women are more likely than men to put their income back into their communities, driving illiteracy and mortality rates down and GDP up.

Now a corporate revolution is at hand, one that is moving beyond philanthropy, making women partners in business at all levels. This was an important theme at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, which hosted a plenary session entitled “Women as the Way Forward” on the potential impact of women on the global economy.

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Startup Funding: Angel, VCs, And What Fits For Your Venture

By Steph Palmeri (Senior Associate, SoftTech VC) The team at Women 2.0 is compiling a book - "101 Questions About Launching Your Company".

"101 questions," you say?

"Yes, and answers!" from female investors, founders, and CEOs about starting a new venture.

Here’s an early peek. By no means exhaustive, I hope this piece will provide a helpful starting point for first-time founders (women and men) navigating the cloudy waters of raising capital.

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A Former Web Engineer, CEO Amanda Steinberg Talks DailyWorth

By Amanda Steinberg (Founder & CEO, DailyWorth) I’ve always been interested in creating businesses, inspired by my single mother, who always stressed the importance of financial self-sufficiency. I launched my first e-commerce website when I was 21, and throughout the years built Web agencies like CitySoft and Soapbxx to $1 million-plus in revenue.

As a web engineer throughout my twenties, I worked as the programmer and lead technical strategist to many venture-backed Internet startup companies in New York City.

I learned what makes an Internet startup successful:

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ShopRepublic Founder Found Entrepreneurship In Opportunities

By Angels Sastre (Founder, ShopRepublic) Editor's note: ShopRepublic founder Angels Sastre is co-hosting Founder Friday Barcelona on February 3, 2012. Join the wait list here.

For some reason, I have always been quite restless - I am not really a stay-at-home person. It must be my catalan-phoenician genes that always make me want to explore the world. I remember convincing my dad at 16 to go to the police station to sign up a permit for me to travel alone to France and cross the border by myself.

When I was 21, I had finished my degree in Business Administration and started working in

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Sh*t Startup People Say (And Sh*T VentureBeat Gets Pitched)

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0) From the editorial staff at VentureBeat - "because people send us stuff like this all day" - Jolie O'Dell and the team at VentureBeat bring you the video of "Sh*t startup people say".

Here are our top 10 lines from the video:

1.) "The leading company in the blow-dryer only segment of the beauty industry.." 2.) "Pivot!" 3.) "And if it doesn't work out, we'll just pivot." 4.) "We're an Airbnb for coffee."

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5 Tools For Getting Started As A Micropreneur

By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders) "A micropreneur is an entrepreneur willing to accept the risk of starting and managing the type of business that remains small, lets them do the kind of work they want to do, and offers them a balanced lifestyle." – InvestorDictionary.com

Or you could substitute this definition with a more urban definition like: A micropreneur is someone who has a “side hustle.”

One of my favorite things about following the startup industry is discovering tools that can be used by

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Women Entrepreneurs In New York City Find Investment, Network (Ellie Cachette And Deborah Jackson Interviewed On ABC TV)

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0) From New York City, ConsumerBell Founder & CEO Ellie Cachette along with JumpThru Founder & CEO Deborah Jackson talk with Diana Williams of ABC 7 about women entrepreneurs, finding funding and the ecosystem for women entrepreneurs.

When asked about venture-funded startups, Deborah Jackson said:

"The statistics will show you that women do not raise as much money as men raise. I suspect that's because part of the product that the women tend to create is the products that women understand, and people tend to invest

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10 Startup Lessons Learned From House Of Mikko

By Kai Freeman (Co-Founder, House of Mikko) Editor's note: House of Mikko co-founder Kai Freeman is co-hosting Founder Friday New York on February 3, 2012. FREE RSVP for the event here. Some days I can hardly believe that this is my life. I am doing what I love. I think back to the days that I sat in my cubicle and wished for something bigger. But I did nothing about it, until one day at work I was told by my manager that I think too much and that I shouldn't rock the boat. That night I went home and started studying for the GMAT.

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Starting Up In Barcelona: Muuby, Internet Trends And… Instagram

By Marta Alonso (Founder, Muuby) Editor's note: Muuby founder Marta Alonso is co-hosting Founder Friday Barcelona on February 3, 2012. Join the wait list here.

I left college three yaers ago to find my first job as a journalist, and soon began to work as a web consultant at EsadeCreapolis.

I remember perfectly every day that went by, learning new concepts at breakneck speeds. There, I met Ivan Caballero, who a few months later became my business partner and source of inspiration.

Our startup Muuby started as a means of working

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Career Mom: The Benefits To Kids

By Laura Yecies (CEO, SugarSync) A key part of parenting is being a role model for your children. I believe that one of the reasons I have been comfortable with my decision to work full-time while my children are growing up is that that is what I saw my mother do.

I never felt like it was a negative having a mom who worked. In fact I was (am) proud of her and even felt special talking about her work in school and with my friends.

I think its no coincidence that my husband is

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And The Oscar Goes To… A Man (Gender Bias at the Top)

By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls' Network) The Academy Award nominees came out on Tuesday, and to no one's surprise, this was not a good year for women in Hollywood. As they have been for the Oscars' 83-year history, the (non-gendered) prestige categories -- Best Picture and Best Director -- were dominated by men.

Of the producers for Best Picture nominees currently on the Academy Award website, 14 are men, and three are women. All of the Best Picture nominees are directed by men. So is everyone nominated for a Best Director award.

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Friday Roundup: Women Entrepreneurs Make News This Week

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0) This week, Vivek Wadhwa on Inc.com featured and pictured Shaherose Charania in a story titled "The Face of Success: Women And Venture Capital".

Meanwhile, Women 2.0 PITCH Conference speaker Danielle Fong (pictured, right) is touted in Forbes magazine as a "24-year old wunderkind" and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla said he knew within 15 minutes that he wanted to invest, noting her "off-the-charts brilliance". Khosla has invested $15M in Danielle's energy startup.

Asked what the word "success" means on Forbes

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Tech Never Looked So Good! Tweet For A Free Ticket

By Danika Patrick (Innovation Lead, AT&T, Foundry) Join us for a unique night of powerful women and a bunch of laughs!

Join us on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 7pm @ Microsoft in Mountain View for a PanelProv event. Learn from a diverse panel of women in a range of roles from strategy at Fortune 500 companies to serial entrepreneurs, matched up with a once in a lifetime Improv show based directly on the content created during the panel discussion.

Celebrating women of technology, teamed up with local improvisors to bring you insight and humor about diversity, lifestyle, and pant suits.

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NY Tech Day Is April 19 – A Science Fair For… Startups!

By Erica Virtue (Marketing Coordinator, NY Tech Day) Calling all women entrepreneurs! NY Tech Day, a revolutionary one-day expo created specifically for New York City-based tech startups, is confirmed for Thursday, April 19, 2012 in the Flatiron District. In line with the openness of the NY tech community, Tech Day is free to attend.

Launching a startup is not an easy process, but Tech Day plans to simplify that by creating an event that benefits startups of all sizes and gives them the opportunity to directly interact with the community. Startups can demo a new

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