Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur
111 views | +0 today
Follow
Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur
Live life fully as an adventure and a profession.
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

'Age is not a barrier': Woman, 91, lands dream job in Silicon Valley

'Age is not a barrier': Woman, 91, lands dream job in Silicon Valley | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
While growing up during the Great Depression, Barbara Beskind was an inventor by necessity who hoped to become one professionally.  Eight...
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

If you are a Gen-X parent you are probably all too familiar with the plight of too few women in STEM careers,  and the current movement to inspire more young girls to cultivate their interests in the sciences. Or maybe you are just someone passing through the seasons of life wondering what if they'd had the internet when I was young. Bottom line, no matter where you are in your life 91-year-old Beskind's story will inspire you with a full dose of modern day American Dream possibilities. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Your iPhone's Afterlife

Your iPhone's Afterlife | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
The secret to China's booming electronic-waste recycling business: clever and highly profitable reuse
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Taking waste and finding or creating value from it is its own level of innovation. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Chopsticks Get A Makeover

Chopsticks Get A Makeover | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
Japanese design firm Nendo redesigned chopsticks to solve the utensils' major flaw. It only took 4000 years.
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Never underestimate the power of good design, nor believe an product beyond improving. 

In today's digital age, much time can be spent on upgrading or adding features to a product / site. Truth is consumers / users prefer that their problems be solved first over simply offering them frills.  

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

5 Visions For What Families Will Look Like In 2030

5 Visions For What Families Will Look Like In 2030 | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
Nomadic young professionals active older couples and even groups of single parents living together in microcommunities. What kind of family will you...
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Understanding that these movements are already underway in a variety of forms (example http://valleywag.gawker.com/cult-watch-startup-kids-living-together-in-un-sexy-lux-1466811740) allows for entrepreneurs to capilize on the shift, providing fresh solutions to problems yet realized and branding them accordingly. 

In otherwords, don't look to 2030 for things to evolve. The evolution is already here, the terms will simply be an accepted cliche by 2030. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Bad money habits from childhood

Bad money habits from childhood | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
How your upbringing can lead to bad money habits.
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Money habits aren't always about what we know. Life experience influences our behaviors and numerous ways. What are we teaching our youth? 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Immigrants lacking papers work legally — as their own bosses

Immigrants lacking papers work legally — as their own bosses | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
PHOENIX — At just 20 years of age, Carla Chavarria sits at the helm of a thriving graphic design business, launching branding and media campaigns for national organizations. Some of her projects are so large she has to hire staff.
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Told her adopted country was "the land of opportunity" as long as she worked hard, obeyed laws and went to school, Carla Chavarria proves that hard work, creativity and ambition do pay. The advantage the US currently offers to illegal immigrants is not in the form of healthcare or welfare, but in the form of inspiration and opportunity that American youth often take for granted. 

 

Despite your thoughts on immigration, consider what it means to promote good behavior, education, ambition and enterprise as a society. 

 

#masteryourdestiny #enterprisingyouth #workethics #immigration #LLC 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Do what works | eSK

Stephanie Katcher's insight:

eSK offers some insights on the realities of organization function and dysfunction. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Settle up not down – Career Goals | Project Eve

Settle up not down – Career Goals | Project Eve | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it

Project Eve and founder of Avidity Association, psychotherapist Jacqueline Potter, BSc.

Stephanie Katcher's insight:

"To ensure you are minimising fear and maximising success, your goals should be aligned with your beliefs and passions." -Jacqueline Potter, psychotherapist and entrepreneur. 

For a brief article Potter hits the big musts for empowering yourself to evolve:

1) Set standards.

2) Communicate needs to others.

3) Choose how you want to feel and go from there.

4) Practice, practice, practice.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Obama to urge Congress to shutter Fannie, Freddie

Obama to urge Congress to shutter Fannie, Freddie | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama, seeking to buffer taxpayers from future housing market downturns, will urge Congress this week to back bipartisan efforts to shutter Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the...
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

What are the potential repercussions with a five year wind-down plan for Fannie and Freddie? 

 

"Fannie and Freddie currently own or guarantee half of all U.S. mortgages and back nearly 90 percent of new ones (Pace, 2013)." 

 

While there was a time I would have simply cheered for joy hearing that Fannie and Freddie were to be shuttered, I am far more cautious in celebrating post government bail-out.  Essentially the government is getting out of the mortgage business and returning the burden back to the private sector. I guess the better questions are who will be snapping up this burden, and how much mortgage reform has occurred since the 2008 collapse. 

 

#mortgages #Fannie #Freddie #shutter #opportunity 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

15 Business Etiquette Rules Every Professional Needs to Know | Slideshow

15 Business Etiquette Rules Every Professional Needs to Know | Slideshow | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
From how to introduce yourself to what to order at restaurants, these are the social rules to follow when establishing business relationships.
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

While some may believe etiquette is too antiquated to teach, the reality is etiquette started early means not having to retrain behaviors to mesh into the world of successful leaders and entrepreneurs. Put simply having proper etiquette engrained early allows an individual more confidence in social interactions AND the freedom to put more brain power toward listening and observation. Brush up on your business etiquette with this quick bit from entrepreneur.com.

 

#étiquette #entrepreneur  #startearly #benatural

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Social Taboos Make Great Business Opportunities

Social Taboos Make Great Business Opportunities | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
Hello Flo's new video: The Campy Gyno--possible the best tampon commercial ever.
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Money to be made in addressing social taboos...
Dear parents, please bookmark this article to share with your teens for two reasons:
 

1) It may crack the ice and help you approach development issues that you need to discuss with your youth. (Fostering communication is always a win-win!)
 

2) This is an magnificent entrepreneurial teaching moment for youth and adults alike. 

#memes #success #uncomfortabletopics #puberty #menses #entrepreneurial #teachingmoment #branding  

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Acute Designs: Let's talk about pricing

Acute Designs: Let's talk about pricing | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Great infographic and explanation of pricing structures for homemade goods. A reality check for those entrepreneurs who think they have something but have yet to face the reality of what "cost" really means. While retail should be 4x cost, it doesn't mean the market will support that price. The question is not whether to adjust the price but to instead evaluate your costs and target market. That is IF you really want to build a business. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Bonnie: Melting Pot Candy

Bonnie: Melting Pot Candy | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
Melting Pot Candy is a family business that creates small batches of hand stirred toffee in three varieties.
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

While many Americans turned to at home businesses with the recent economic downturn, Bonnie shares how her entrepreneurial nature was forged in childhood. She like many others chose to follow the path of others until that no longer satisified her. and now she is following her dreams with the motto "Soon to be World Famous." 

 

Whether you contribute to Bonnie's Kiva loan effort, place an order for her already renouned Jalepeno Toffee (which you can always just ship to my office), or read and share her story, know that you are taking an action that says, 'I believe in the power of the entrepreneurial spirit.' 

#MeltingPotCandy #MadeInOregon #geniustreat 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Is it Time To Go Analog?

Is it Time To Go Analog? | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
While old print brands try expanding their online presence, the cooking directory Allrecipes.com is going in reverse: Its new print magazine debuts...
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Our lives are both digital and analog, evolving product solutions for each shows a brand's ability to stretch their expertise to meet the needs of their customers' lives. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster–part 1 of 3

Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster–part 1 of 3 | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
When Customer Development and the Lean Startup were just a sketch on the napkin, Dino Vendetti, a VC at Bay Partners, was one of the first venture capitalists I shared my ideas with. Dino and I kep...
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Lots of metros hope to capitalize on similar aspirations, and others that should be. What's the real potential for startup cluster development? --Bend OR as a case study...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

How to design products without being a product designer

How to design products without being a product designer | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
eleMount Founder and CEO Jose Sanchez is turning an obsession into a business.
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Product design isn't limited to just those with the title or an Industrial Design education. Learning to critique / evaluate current solutions, practice development theories (Sanchez applied Apple's Sir Jonathan Ive's methods), and then find a solution that others are willing to pay for, BOOM! Time to launch your #Kickstarter...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

How Much Does Color Define A Logo?

Graphic designer Paula Rupolo swapped the colors of competing brands' logos. Blue Coke anyone?
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Fundamentals of orchestrating a logo. The idea is to be recognizable on an instictual level. Youth should be encouraged to question iconography, typology, and color theory in order to understand what works and what doesn't.  Beyond the explorative interest there is the curious lesson about defining oneself before making certain choices. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

How I Taught My Kids Valuable Lessons in Earning

How I Taught My Kids Valuable Lessons in Earning | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
Amanda Steinberg offers lessons in earning from her kids’ toy sale.
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Yes! Here are a few entrepreneurial lessons to learn by age 7. And don't neglect the comment section where you can gleen other bits like teaching your kids that the "marketing department" gets 15% for promoting the sale. 

#EntrepreneurialYouth #TeachEmYoung  

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Creating a Company Vision

Creating a Company Vision | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
Do you have a vision of where your company will be in three years? In five? 10? Here’s a sure-fire way to get clear about the future you want.
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Great way to help entrepreneurs grasp the difference / importance of a vision statement. I.E. why a mission statement is not enough. 

#getreal #timetodreamisnow #makeityourbiz 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025

8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025 | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
New technologies will change the kinds of jobs people have in the coming years. Don't be surprised if one day you've taken on the position of...
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

The jobs proposed are truly not that far off.  In fact it's easy to follow how #FastCompany sees current trends, needs, and behaviors cultivating these new positions. Ultimately an interesting seed to plant upon their audience; which begs the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" 

 

#nevergrowup #justgrow #explore #innovate #evolve #enterprise

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

[Renegade Thoughts] The men who love My Little Pony

[Renegade Thoughts] The men who love My Little Pony | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it

Corporate Regegade Matthew Goldfarb introduces his tribe to the life lessons of Brony (aka My Little Pony lovers and LARPs)...

Stephanie Katcher's insight:

While Goldfarb may have a million take-aways from the experience, these are mine:

Don't underestimate the power of play at any age.Creativity is genius in action. "Just because people in your immediate surroundings find you weird or different, it doesn’t mean you have to listen to them. Your people are out there. You just have to be willing to look and find them.* -Matthew Goldfarb, Corporate Renegade Founder. #Brony #renegade #creativemarkets #power #play #lifelesson #mylittlepony #subcultures 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Obama administration overrules Apple import ban

Obama administration overrules Apple import ban | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
By The Associated Press President Obama's trade representative has vetoed a ban on imports of some Apple iPads and older iPhones, reversing a ruling in favor of rival Samsung...
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

My father handed me my first business case law to read when I was nine. Reading over this article, I couldn't help but think Dad would've quizzed me quite a bit on the issues at hand here. Not because I'm a lawyer, but because the complexities are worth discussing. 

 

When we are young we expect elders and governing bodies to up-hold what is right and wrong. As we mature, we discover the guidelines for businesses are complicated by years of legal precedents and contemporary societal demands. It can be overwhelming, and not so different than maturity itself. 

 

Rather than shield our youth from the discussions we don't have set answers for, we should open the discussion. The idea of global competition, branding bias (not nearly as volatile as other ethnic biases), shared information for development (patent licensing), importing bans (the good and bad), and even the discussion of patenting as a whole, can allow for enlightening discussions and multiple teaching or discovery moments for both parent and child. 

 

Encourage youth to be analytical, to confront the biases held with facts, to understand the benefits and costs of collaboration, and more so to predict what should happen next to improve the situation for everyone. 

 

#startyoung #entrepreneur #IP #legal #lifeskills #mentoring #neverTOOold #businesslaw #Apple #Samsung

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

Teaching Entrepreneurship as a way to tackle youth unemployment

Teaching Entrepreneurship as a way to tackle youth unemployment | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurship is not your average subject, in my opinion it’s the single most exciting topic you can ever encounter! For one, you don’t just learn about Entrepreneurship like you would with most...
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

A child doesn't need to be able to spell entrepreneurship to begin learning and benefitting from the priciples of entrepreneurship. Belonging to society and having purpose are what drive civic responsibility why not allow teens the opportunity to fully participate and society to benefit from a more experienced workforce as they grow?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

DIY Summer Style Ideas - Earth911.com

DIY Summer Style Ideas - Earth911.com | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
11. Revamp old dress shoes with unlikely materials After a failed spray paint refashion attempt, blogger Lana Red of Lana Red Studio decided to try another method to revive a worn-out pair of dress shoes she scored for $3.
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Too often we think of fashion trends as mere consumption instigators. Instead we should be encouraging our young or inner fashionistas to re-vamp what we no longer love into something we can fall in love with all over again. Worst case scenario? It's a short lived affair or there's no chemistry and the item gets sent off to #Goodwill. Or better yet the aspiring designer launches their own Etsy store! Either way it's a win. The budget gets saved, items are up-cycled and repurposed, creativity gets exercised, art is born and at the bare minimum the closet gets revived. 

#earth911 #revamp #upcycle #budget #hotTrend #BarbieWouldBeProud #etsystore #pinIT #entrepreneurialthinking #fashionista #savetheworld

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Stephanie Katcher
Scoop.it!

PHOTOS: How Ford is 'Growing' Its Own Car Parts - Earth911.com

PHOTOS: How Ford is 'Growing' Its Own Car Parts - Earth911.com | Barbie taught me to be an Entrepreneur | Scoop.it
Here's a run-down of how the American auto giant is using natural materials like soybeans, coconut fiber and wheat to cut plastic use, reduce CO2 emissions and improve vehicle fuel economy.
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

Excited to see Kenaf mentioned amongst other great organic resources that are more sustainable than predecessors. Bamboo has gotten far more attention in the past decade. Question is who will think two steps further ahead and leverage Ford's initiative to "grow" their parts. 

more...
No comment yet.