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How To Ensure An Angel Or VC Is The Right Match For You

Like marriage, the relationship between an entrepreneur and her investor can go wrong. The relationship is more than just money and it’s important to know if you’re compatible. “You may not be getting married forever, but you are shacking up for a long time,” said Lori Hoberman, Chair of the Emerging Companies / Venture Capital practice, Chadbourne & Parke.

8 Entrepreneurial Lessons From A Two-Time Olympic Champion

Bet you didn’t know that playing sports frequently lays the foundation for women’s entrepreneurial success, according to From elite female athletes to exceptional leaders: For all the places sport will take you. Participation in sports correlates with leadership success. A whopping 80% of women executives played sports growing up, and 69% said sports helped them develop leadership skills that contributed to their professional success, according to From the Locker Room to the Boardroom: A Survey on Sports in the Lives of Women Business Executives.

How To Learn To Speak 'Entrepreneur' Like A Native

Julia Pimsleur grew up speaking both English and French. No surprise, her parents developed the highly regarded Pimsleur Method of teaching foreign languages for adults. She knew the benefits of being bilingual — better memory, analytic abilities, and problem-solving skills. She also recognized the value of being multilingual in an increasingly integrated global economy.

Money's There If Small Businesses Know Where To Look

The number of women starting businesses is soaring — it’s 50% higher than the overall rate of startup businesses. But the percentage of women-owned businesses that break through the $1 million glass ceiling is less than one third the rate for  businesses led by men.

Does Entrepreneurship Need To Be In Your Genes?

As a consultant who helps small businesses grow and as a teacher of entrepreneurship (Kauffman FastTrac facilitator and former adjunct professor at The New School), I get asked all the time if entrepreneurs are born, made or accidental. Ruta Aidis, project director of The Gender Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (Gender-GEDI) and I are discussing whether U.S. high-growth women entrepreneurs are born, made or come apart through happenstance as part of the research she is doing. I’m helping her flesh out her quantitative research in 30 countries with case studies about how U.S. women lead their companies to greatness.

4 Steps To Scratching Your Entrepreneurial Itch

Female entrepreneurs get it: Women have become the power users of technologies such as the internet, mobile, and social networking.

“Female users are the unsung heroines behind the most engaging, fastest growing, and most valuable consumer internet and e-commerce companies.  Especially when it comes to social and shopping, women rule the Internet,” wrote Aileen Lee in TechCrunch. Lee is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm.

A Surefire Way To Increase The Number Of Jobs Created In The Tech Sector

When you’re successful, you don’t think  about changing the way you do things. But, more and more, data is showing that changing the way technology companies do things could improve their success. The technology sector is not tapping all the know-how that is available to it. Imagine how many more jobs would be created if the industry grew to its full potential!

7 Lessons Finding Love Can Teach You About Business

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day so it only seems natural that I do a story about the business of love.

Overwork, binge working, and when to say "go home"

By Carrie Winans

“It took about 200 years for unions to get us a 40 hour work week and it took smartphones about 5 years to completely take them away” – Bob Sullivan, NBC Nightly News.

What do the United States, Argentina, and Sudan have in common? Surprisingly, it’s overworked employees. With no required time off each week, these nations share a chronic overwork epidemic.

Want Venture Capital? Here Are 10 Must-Haves

Think you want to raise venture capital? You’d better be prepared to deliver a pretty big return on investment to VCs. Before you waste your time and that of the VC by asking for a meeting, make sure your business can leap the bar set by VCs.



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