As a woman entrepreneur, I appreciate this article. I think Kate's #1 point about building connections is critical, especially leveraging your network when starting out and growing. And remember to give back when you do have something to offer and take the time to go to coffee or have a phone call when someone reaches out. It goes both ways.
Great article. Do good and you will do well - a wise friend told me this once and it is key - lead with information, connect, or advice - give do not take.
Also, do something once a day that is outside your comfort zone - pick up that phone, reach out on email, learn something new.
When I think of women in technology, I think of three names: Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman and Marissa Mayer. If I thought really hard, I might remember Carol Bartz and Diane Greene. Sort of a mixed bag.
If Marissa Mayer returns Yahoo! to first class status, she will deserve every accolade and nobody can say anything bad about her. If she doesn't, she'll be another over-priced, over-hyped, no-performance, no-talent Yahoo! CEO who will be mostly remembered as Larry Page's ex-girlfriend.
If Marissa Mayer fails, she could set women in technology back 15 years. Women really need her to become another Diane Greene, not a Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman or Carol Bartz.
Agreed, there has never been a better time to be a young female entrepreneur and tapping in to resources seems to be the core of successful startups and entrepreneur’s dreams everywhere. As crowdfunding takes its place as the “go to” for raising capital, I believe women and entrepreneurs in general should familiarize themselves quickly, which is why I have elected to attend the largest Crowdfunding Bootcamp of the year in Vegas. The event is this upcoming October and will be filled with industry leaders offering advice and sharing their experiences as well as a cash/prize pitch competition. I hope to lots of aspiring women there, please visit http://www.crowdfundingroadmap.com/bootcamp/.
Lovely insight, thank you Kate!
I'm very young and just starting my career - you've made me realize that I need a mentor. It's not easy or convenient to pick up the phone and ask for guidance over coffee, but it's headed straight to the top of my to-do list.
If we want to change the world for the better, women are our best investment
I value my female entrepreneur networks SO highly. Thanks for this inspiring article and for a few new resources and networks.
I have currently involved myself in a fantastic network marketing company which is primarily dominated by women. A Health and Wellness company which provides botanically based, safe and beneficial line of Swedish skin care which is presented on top of a fair and inspiring business model. Point behind this message is that I watch these women each day / every meeting tell stories of how they have changed their lives by choosing to do something different and walk against the traffic of a 9-5 day job. It is very inspiring to hear that they have turned a plan B side project into their primary source of income which not only matched their current pay but has surpassed their partner's significantly enough where they can decide whether to work at their now Plan B 9-5pm job or not. Entrepreneurship is about leveraging your time and boosting your financial position and I am proud to sit in on those meetings dominated by women because they are showing me how I can develop my business better than I have ever experienced before.
Thanks very much for this article. Four months ago, I made a totally crazy, bold move of resigning from a full-time position that was draining my enthusiasm for life and passion for living. I'm now a one-woman show with a growing strategic consultancy and the founder of an online start-up. I now look forward to get up in the morning, discovering parts of me I never knew existed. I totally agree with the importance of networking. I used to be a wallflower but now I find it so much easier to talk about my passion to strangers! Perhaps because I'm in love with what I do and just couldn't wait to share it. Good article again!
I really appreciate your 4 pieces of advice, with the links in the first item. I've tended to do it all alone (and I know I am not alone with that tendency), and it's a journey that's hard, lonely and less joyful. I encourage us all to follow your advice and celebrate the results of community when aligning with women who come into their power.
Minor: You probably meant "Don't forgo funding" instead of "forego".
That notwithstanding, I find this blog very useful.
The Time is Now! We must get more girls 15+ into the mindset of leading, owning, venturing and being socially responsible! Great article.
Interesting and very useful article. Thanks for posting this one.