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March 2015

How Lean Startup Can Work For Brick-And-Mortar Stores

If it breaks, someone needs to fix it. The rising popularity of expensive, damage-prone smartphones has made cell phone repair a big business — $1.4 billion in the United States alone, according to IBISWorld’s Cell Phone Repair market research report. These devices have fragile LCD touchscreens, inaccessible batteries and other breakable parts that make them more susceptible to damage and more in need for repair. The industry is highly fragmented and small operators dominate.

Lauren Fairbanks and her partner, Alex Mouravskiy, recognized an opportunity. This is where they wanted to make their mark.

Read all of How Lean Startup Can Work For Brick-And-Mortar Stores on Forbes.com. 

Connectional Intelligence Helps Crowdfunders Succeed

Connectional Intelligence is the ability to combine knowledge, ambition and human capital, forging connections on a global scale that create unprecedented value and meaning. It is the secret sauce for crowdfunding success.

The book Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence by Erica Dhawan and Saj-Nicole Joni explains how connectedness give us the power to solve big problems, turn dreams into realities, create products and much more. The women I interviewed for Stand Out In the Crowd: How Women (and Men) Benefit From Equity Crowdfunding, have connectional intelligence.

Read all of Connectional Intelligence Helps Crowdfunders Succeed on Forbes.com.

Inspiring Women To Be All They Can Be

“The times they are a- changin’.” Women are starting more than 1,200 new businesses a day, up from an average of 740 a day in 2013, according to The 2014 State of Women-Owned Business Report. Four out of 10 new firms are now started by women.

What is not changing is the percent of women who are growing their businesses beyond $1 million. It is one-third the percent of men who make the break-through. As they say, seeing is believing. “Women and girls aren’t seeing enough successful women entrepreneurs in the media, especially women of color,” said Erin Bagwell. She’s changing that by creating a film, Dream, Girl, showcasing 12 women entrepreneurs who are strong, effective, savvy leaders.

Read all of Inspiring Women To Be All They Can Be on Forbes.com.

Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs in Europe

Being a woman entrepreneur with a high-growth business ain’t easy in the U.S. — the #1 country in the world for women entrepreneurship according to Gender GEDI — but it’s even harder  in the Europe.

Gender GEDI is diagnostic tool that comprehensively identifies and analyzes the conditions that foster high potential female entrepreneurship development. Broadly speaking, Entrepreneurial Environment focuses on assessing the “entrepreneurial spirit and culture” of a given society as well as the presence of institutions to support entrepreneurial startups.

Read all of Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs in Europe on Forbes.com.