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7 Rock Star Female Founders Share Their Best Startup Advice

7 Rock Star Female Founders Share Their Best Startup Advice | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Seven successful women share hard-won advice for staying the course.

There's proof in the data. According to Bloomberg and research by Lesa Mitchell and Professor Vivek Wadhwa, women-led high-tech startups are more capital efficient, achieve 35 percent higher return on investment, and generate 12 percent higher revenue than male-owned companies when venture-backed. Despite these facts, women receive less venture funding and hold fewer C-level positions and fewer partner seats at VCs than men.

This is changing for the better. From Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) to Sophia Amarosa (Founder of NastyGal), women are leading and inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs and leaders. My grandmother was a ceiling-buster at GE and became one of the first women managers at the iconic company. My mother blazed a trail for women during her career in technology and telecommunication. They've inspired me to follow in their footsteps and contribute to the voice for gender equality by celebrating and highlighting highly successful female founders, CEOs and investors.

I have interviewed six all-star female entrepreneurs to learn how they achieved their success and share valuable advice. The key takeaways are as follows. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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There is power in #data. #Women led startups perform better.

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Watch The Inspiring Movie ‘CODEGIRL’ For Free On YouTube Until November 5th

Watch The Inspiring Movie ‘CODEGIRL’ For Free On YouTube Until November 5th | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Alphabet, which backs diversity in all facets of technology, is helping to shed light on a specific project...a film called "CODEGIRL". It comes via filmmaker Lesley Chilcott, who you might be familiar with from her work on “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Waiting for Superman.”

As an extension of Google’s “Made With Code” project, the new documentary is being shared, free of charge, on YouTube until November 5th. The film will be in theaters in the next few weeks.

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There is a tremendous shortage of #coders all over the world. #Women have a great opportunity here. Watch the documentary.

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3 Things Men Can Learn From Women That Will Make Their Business More Successful

3 Things Men Can Learn From Women That Will Make Their Business More Successful | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Men could learn a lot from women about building strong customer relationships. Here are three things we learned from women business owners that could help all entrepreneurs increase their success.

Before I founded Web.com, I watched as my wife faced many challenges as she launched and built her own business into a thriving company. The resources she needed to help her business grow online weren't either readily available or didn't exist, and it was a hard path to success. Her experience was a large part of what inspired me to found Web.com because I wanted to provide those resources to help entrepreneurs succeed.

Recently, Web.com commissioned a survey of 3,000 consumers and small business owners about how small businesses are building relationships with customers online and through social media. Forty percent of the small business owners surveyed were women, and it became apparent to me that the popular saying "Men are from Mars; women are from Venus" doesn't just apply to romantic relationships. It also holds true for business relationships, and how male and female business owners have notably different priorities for interacting with their customers online.

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Definitely, businesses managed by women will be different than men's businesses. It's good for both to see why. Good article.

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Startup Validation Hacks - The Hacker Chick Blog

Startup Validation Hacks - The Hacker Chick Blog | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Is your startup going to be a business… or a hobby? How can you tell?!

Below is a video of the presentation I did at Harvard Innovation Lab last month – I initially called it Creating Your Minimum Viable Product, but it’s really about: how can I validate that I’m creating a viable business (as opposed to a very expensive, time consuming hobby) before going off and building it?

I include a bunch of case studies of what other startups have done – successful or otherwise – and provide some tools to help you along the way. Hope you enjoy!



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Via Pantelis Chiotellis
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Do you have a promising #startup or just wasting time and money?

Here is a great video from one of the top #women in #tech in Boston.

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30 Women Who Have Revolutionized A Male-Dominated Industry | TechCrunch

30 Women Who Have Revolutionized A Male-Dominated Industry | TechCrunch | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

The tech industry has a gender problem, but fortunately there are still women who have broken through the glass ceiling.

Some of them are CEO’s at household-name companies, others are up-and-coming stars with fresh, industry changing ideas.

Approximately 5 percent of America’s Fortune 500 Companies are led by women. Though this might seem small, it proves one thing: women are taking up the reins and leading their companies — something nearly unheard of until a few decades ago. The days of pure patriarchy are gone as women usher in a new age of female-run enterprises.

More importantly, women in the business world are helping others achieve their goals- a move that could improve the outlook for women in technology.

This piece is dedicated to the women who’ve served as the architects for modern technology, and to all the girls who will continue on with the legacy. Read more: click image or title.





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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Women have made it to the top, some of them are not very well known, others are in the limelight. Great list.

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How Tech is Leveling the Playing Field for Women Entrepreneurs | Business on GOOD

How Tech is Leveling the Playing Field for Women Entrepreneurs | Business on GOOD | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Finding entrepreneurs to jumpstart your small business is an old game, but the chances of bumping into the right one—between one looking to ride your idea and one looking to rig it with horsepower—depend on your gender and income level, a survey by the Kauffman Foundation has found.

The difference between the two is crucial. Most Americans are familiar with the run-of-the-mill entrepreneur, engaged in so-called “subsistence entrepreneurship”—or someone looking to support a business and maintain its livelihood.

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Via Deb Bailey
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Great article on 'Good' that shows that women are 'at least' as much succesful as men and are more savvy with funding money than their counterparts. Hopefully investors will take this information into account.

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