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  • Monday, September 20, 2021 4:00 AM | Anonymous

    Every journey to success starts with a dream. But how do you get from where you are now to where you want to be? One way to increase your chances is by following in the footsteps of those who’ve already walked the path. And so to help you take those all-important first steps, the researchers from OnDeck collected the best pieces of business advice from 15 of the world’s greatest female founders and CEOs.

    • It's OK To Fail

    Whitney Wolfe Herd is one highly successful CEO who embraces her failures. "When you accept that failure is a good thing, it can actually be a huge propeller toward success," says the Bumble Founder and CEO.

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra is another high-flying businesswoman who isn't afraid to show her vulnerable side. "It's OK to admit what you don't know," urges Barra. "It's OK to ask for help. And it's OK to listen to the people you lead."

    • Stay Grounded

    Indra Nooyi has a list of accolades she could boast about. She earned an MBA from Yale Business School, sits on the board of Amazon, and regularly features in the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. But the former CEO of PepsiCo doesn't let any of this go to her head. Instead, she is always willing to listen and learn. "Just because you're CEO, don't think you've landed," warns Indra. "You should always be learning about the way you think."

    • Working Smart Beats Working Hard

    Hard work matters. But the real key to success is combining hard work with smart work. In other words, focus on productivity rather than hours clocked.

    This is how Flickr’s boss Caterina Fake approaches her day. "So often people are working hard on the wrong thing," says Fake. "[But] working on the right thing is more important than working hard."

    Karen Young, the founder of Oui the People, has some similar advice for aspiring CEOs. She says, "The simplest time management skill as an entrepreneur comes down to understanding what's most important."

    • Forget About Perfection

    "Perfection is the enemy," warns LeanIn Founder Sheryl Sandberg. "Trying to do it all and expecting it can all be done right is a recipe for disappointment."

    Sandberg's approach involves learning how to let go and delegate tasks to those more qualified than you. And that's something Helen Robertson mastered a long time ago. The Expedia Cruise boss has no ego when it comes to surrounding herself with the best people. "You never have to feel like the smartest person in the room, '' says Helen. "Building a good team requires you to hire people that may know more in a certain subject than you do."

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  • Monday, September 13, 2021 5:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Great Resignation is launching a new crop of women entrepreneurs who are reveling in their new-found freedom.

    It’s in all the headlines, “The Great Resignation” – why millions of people are quitting their jobs and declining to go back to “business as usual” pre-pandemic. While this affects both men and women, statistics show that women are leaving at a higher rate than men.

    As of May, 1.8 million of the five million women who lost their jobs in 2020 have yet to return.

    In a recent Mckinsey Report, one out of four women were considering leaving corporate due to burnout. Those women spanned all levels in the organization, but burnout and exhaustion increased with seniority.

    There are a number of reasons for this:

    • Women carry an unequal share of the burden of caring for children and homes. The pandemic stretched them too thin and something had to give.
    • Working from home sheds new light on the fact that one can be equally, if not more, productive working from home than commuting to an office.
    • While on lockdown, we lived integrated lives – enjoying more balance and flexibility with how we spend our time. We balanced home schooling, caring for elderly parents, and housework – all while remaining productive at work.

    The question is, will women ever return to the office?

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  • Monday, September 06, 2021 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    The first step in starting a business has two components: doing something and then saying, "I'm doing this." Many female entrepreneurs struggle with the second part. I know I did.

    One of the hardest things about starting a business is overcoming your doubts and believing your dream can eventually become a reality. For a number of reasons, taking those crucial first steps can be especially hard for female founders.

    The first step in starting a business has two components: Doing something to get the ball rolling, and then saying, “I'm doing this.” Many female entrepreneurs struggle with the second part. I know I did. Here are a few ways to get unstuck.

    Push yourself to "brag"

    Making a declaration about what you’re doing is just as important as what you’re actually doing to start your business. It cements your commitment and starts the networking process of attracting like-minded people and organizations.

    When I was starting The Dyrt, I found this step really difficult and constantly felt like an imposter. In 2013, I didn’t see a lot of other female entrepreneurs, and I constantly felt intimidated. I would now tell my 2013 self that most founders of all genders feel this way, even if the male entrepreneurs we encounter aren’t articulating this feeling and seem to have all the confidence in the world. 

    I remember feeling very disinclined to stand up and declare. It seemed like we should wait until we had a rock-solid accomplishment to say anything about it. But it’s almost impossible to get momentum for a new business while keeping it a secret.

    The solution here for female founders is often just having awareness of this dynamic. Recognize that making a declaration may be uncomfortable and push through it. There’s no need to brag or exaggerate, though it will feel like you are. Just say what you’ve done and what you’re doing.

    You also don’t have to speak at a conference or post on every social-media account you have. Sharing your visions in one-on-one conversations is often just as powerful or more so than declaring on a large stage. Clarity matters more than reach at this stage.

    Be matter of fact about the potential you see for your business and the actions you’ve taken so far. Don’t undercut your declaration with self-deprecation. This is easier said than done and something I am constantly striving to get better at. You can acknowledge that it won’t be easy or that you’re just starting out, but own where you’re going and the steps you’ve taken.

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  • Monday, August 30, 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Women-led startups received just 2.3% of VC funding in 2020, and that’s a problem not just for female founders, but for the U.S. economy as a whole. Here’s what investors can—and should—do about it.

    I had an interesting experience during our recent fundraise when a male VC friend remarked that our team should consider changing the name of the fund. “Your returns are great,” he said, “but funding only women-led companies is a hard sell to institutional investors.”

    His comment encapsulated exactly what continues to be the most significant hurdle for female entrepreneurs today. Many investors view female-founded companies as “impact investments,” versus an opportunity to generate alpha returns—or excess returns earned on an investment above the benchmark return—within an asset class that has been historically under-appreciated.

    Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen incredible momentum from a diverse cohort of growth-stage female-founded companies for the first time in history. This February, 31-year-old Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd took her company public and become the 22nd woman ever to do so. She created a different role model of success in bright yellow, holding her one-year-old son as she rang the NASDAQ bell. In May, FIGS became the first company to go public led by two female co-founders in the healthcare apparel space. A month later, in June, Anne Wojcicki led genetic testing company 23&Me’s public offering that valued the company at $3.5 billion. Just this August, Hello Sunshine, a female-founded media company building content specifically for female audiences, was acquired for an estimated $900 million, and Maven Clinic, the largest virtual clinic for womens’ and family care was valued at $1B. These companies vary by sector, founder experience, and focus, and demonstrate that we’re on the cusp of a real inflection point. The opportunity is apparent that there’s real money to be made investing in women, yet investors themselves have not caught up.

    Despite these examples of success, we continue to see women face many of the same challenges when it comes to actually raise capital. Women-led startups received just 2.3% of VC funding in 2020. To put that in absolute terms, that 2.3% breaks down to roughly $3.7 billion going towards women, as opposed to the $160 billion that male founders receive. In today’s day and age, this is archaic. We know diversity matters, and that diverse perspectives generate more favorable outcomes. And while organizations have spoken quite loudly about their commitments to inclusivity, the dollars have not been put to work.

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  • Monday, August 23, 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    The nearly 13 million small businesses owned by women nationwide are essential to the U.S. economy. Accounting for 42% of U.S. small businesses, they employ nearly 9.4 million people and generate $1.9 trillion in revenue annually.

    Healthy and growing women-owned businesses are vital to an inclusive economic recovery, yet women entrepreneurs face distinct challenges, including fewer resources and less access to professional networks, on top of having a greater share of caregiving duties.

    “For many small businesses, having access to trusted experts in areas like marketing, business planning, technology and legal can be a critical turning point for getting back to growth,” says Jenny Flores, head of Small Business Growth Philanthropy at Wells Fargo. Right now, the company is deploying over $55 million from its Open for Business Fund to 93 nonprofits across the country to provide more women and diverse entrepreneurs with resources.

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  • Monday, August 16, 2021 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    It can feel like entrepreneurs have superhuman powers, juggling a plethora of activities while us mere mortals just want to flop on the sofa. But thanks to UK based card payments provider, Dojo, we can see the secrets of their success. So, notebooks and pens at the ready, here are the top four habits of female entrepreneurs.

    1. Sleep

    OK – pretty essential for all of us just to survive. But studying their biographies, social media and interviews, Dojo found that adhering to strict sleep patterns was also vital for our entrepreneurs’ success. And while most of us already know this, it also seems, quality is more important than quantity.

    For female entrepreneurs like Kim Kardashian, waking up at 5.45am is an essential part of her routine. Getting up at (literally) the crack of dawn is also a habit of Whitney Wolfe-Herd, founder of dating app Bumble. Interestingly, Wolfe-Herd prefers to follow the circadian rhythm. This means she follows the natural 24-hour sleep-wake cycle and rises with the sun (no blackout blinds in her bedroom then).

    There’s a lot to be said about this approach. For example, the Sleep Foundation says a ‘stable cycle’ helps us deal with more daytime activity while a disrupted pattern affects not just sleep, but metabolism and mental wellbeing. 

    2. Preparation and organization

    Preparedness was another common trait shared by the female entrepreneurs Dojo analyzed.

    Part of this means reducing what’s called ‘decision fatigue’. In other words, planning stuff so you don’t end up wrestling with simple decisions that you spend hours deliberating.

    Examples include planning what you wear or what you’re going to have for lunch the day before (Kim K does both). Einstein did a similar thing and owned multiples of the same outfit so he didn’t waste time thinking about clothes. Vogue editor, Anna Wintour is also known to take the same approach although her wardrobe is significantly more exciting than Einstein’s was. 

    Preparation and preparedness isn’t just about clothes and food. It comes down to simply planning ahead. For example, if you’ve got a meeting, read the agenda, make notes of questions beforehand, and clarify your thoughts and opinions. Not only will it better prepare you, you’ll be able to participate in a meaningful way (it really does work).

    3. Diet and exercise

    This isn’t about being on a diet or submitting yourself to a gruelling gym schedule  — but about eating well and keeping fit.

    In fact, Dojo found that fitness entrepreneur and influencer Kayla Itsines said her diet was so important, her entire schedule is based around all her meals. But despite most of us knowing the benefits of fruit and veggies, 36% of the British population is overweight. More than quarter (28%) are obese. Needless to say, that can lead to all sorts of health problems including type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. The latter can also lead to heart disease and even stroke. 

    4. Dedicated ‘me’ time and being happy

    Nearly all the female entrepreneurs analyzed set aside time for themselves. It shows that no matter how busy you are, you’re never too busy to look after yourself. Whether it’s setting time to exercise or just having a long bath, it’s crucial to recharge and relax.  

    You don’t even have to ‘do’ anything. Tidy-up queen Marie Kondo takes time to meditate. As does Beyoncé and Oprah Winfrey who both use the time to reflect and give ‘gratitudes’.  

    Singer and make-up entrepreneur Rihanna also says happiness is key to her success. With an estimated $1.7 billion (£1.2 billion) fortune, who are we to argue. 

    And when you look at the entrepreneurs Dojo studied, it’s clear that their success lies in taking a passion, skill or talent and nurturing it. Fundamentally, it’s about being happy in what you do and finding an optimum work-life balance that suits you.

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  • Monday, August 09, 2021 5:00 AM | Anonymous

    August is National Black Business Month, a month in which black businesses and entrepreneurs are recognized and celebrated for their success, milestones, and historic progress.

    According to the annual business survey data“Black or African Americans own about 124,551 businesses, and about 28.5% or 35,547 of these businesses are in the healthcare and social support sector, which is the highest percentage of the minority group.”

    Throughout history, black companies have systematically racist, redlining, as evidenced by the Tulsa massacre in which the economically prosperous black community in Tulsa’s Greenwood district was attacked and destroyed in 1921. And even endured violence.

    Over the past year and a half, the pandemic has forced many businesses to shut down, which has had a disproportionate impact on black businesses. 40 percent drop Black business ownership.

    Nevertheless, the black business continues to grow and succeed.by Yelp Local Economic Impact ReportDespite the setbacks caused by the pandemic, black and female-owned businesses have been patient. According to the report, the percentage of people searching for black-owned businesses on Yelp in the United States increased by 3,085%.

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  • Monday, August 02, 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Self-employed women lost almost double the income of their male counterparts during the pandemic. But, despite this, they remain optimistic about the future of their business, new research suggests.

    Analysis of more than 2,000 sole-traders, freelancers and micro-business owners showed that women lost 20 per cent of their income. In comparison, men lost 11 per cent.

    The news comes after academics said that the female self-employed have been overlooked by government support schemes, with female take-up of the SEISS grant lower than male take-up.

    Those who said the pandemic has effected their income lost an estimated 15 per cent. Demand for products and services was the main reason, according to research released by the business insurer, Superscript.

    Women have also endured a greater mental toll than men. Over half of women surveyed say that their mental wellbeing has suffered due to the pandemic.

    Despite a difficult period, the self-employed are becoming more optimistic as covid restrictions lift. Female and male respondents showed similar optimism, with females being slightly more hopeful.

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  • Monday, July 26, 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous


    Victoria Marcouillier, an emerging American tech entrepreneur and founder of BrandWell has revealed some of the most remarkable secrets of her inspiring journey in a recent interview. From a side-hustler to building her own company as a CEO, Victoria is becoming an inspiration and a role model for many aspiring female entrepreneurs around the world. In addition, the female tech founder is also a loving mother and wife, and she is now sharing her amazing success story with the world and inspiring the next generation of women business leaders. Victoria is now using her business and her podcast to share her inspiring journey as a side-hustler to a CEO, with an aim to help others create the same realities for themselves.

    “My goal is to come alongside women who are starting businesses and give them everything they need to show up confident and to grow their business,” Victoria said while talking about her goals with BrandWell. “We take great pride in offering coaching, branding, website design, and even a free podcast so that we can meet women at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey.” She added. BrandWell is a one-of-a-kind woman-owned and all-female team company that specializes in brand and website design for its growing number of clients worldwide.

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  • Monday, July 19, 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous


    An Entrepreneur/Female Founder is a women who jumps off of a cliff (taking a chance on herself) and builds either an airplane or a parachute on the way down. 

    So SHE will either soar to success or learn a valuable lesson while landing to try again! 

    That is an Entrepreneur/Female Founder.... Just Fearless Entrepreneur/Female Founder!

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