Kylie

About Kylie Grenier

As a technologist and a writer, I enjoy making technology accessible to the non-technical reader and relevant to the goals of the organization.

Get Your Startup Off the Ground!

By |January 2nd, 2013|

Many entrepreneurs strike out on their own because they are sick and tired of process getting in the way.  They think that innovative and successful founders eliminate the onerous processes that slow the corporate machine.  However, effective use of process is how you will get your startup off the ground.

Recently, WomenLaunch hosted author Alexander Cowan […]

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A More Credible Pitch

By |November 24th, 2012|

When you are a startup founder, it seems the more speaking you do, the fewer opportunities you have to receive professional feedback on presentation skill rather than content.  At our first fall Meetup, WomenLaunch was fortunate to host Stanford Professor Matt Abrahams who offered immediately useful advice about presentations skills.  Since we were gathered for a […]

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Startup Hiring Advice from a Legal Expert

By |July 16th, 2012|

Many founders have been employees of a business, but they’ve never run their own business.  Because we’ve been employees, we think that we know how it works.  I was at Startup Boot Camp last month sponsored by Procopio’s Emerging Growth & Technology Practice, and I learned some great tips from Attorney Wendy L. Tucker.  We […]

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Crowdfunding: Is this new wave right for your business?

By |July 4th, 2012|

WomenLaunchers have been eager to discuss crowdfunding since the jobs bill was signed in April.  On a recent call, we had a chance to outline the basics and have a lively discussion about the potential of this funding source.  If you missed that call, check out our discussion guide and read on.

Here are the basics:

Effective […]

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Insights from an Angel Investor

By |June 8th, 2012|

Earlier this week, we had our third pitch practice event for 2012.  In addition to informative pitches, WomenLaunch hosted its first event speaker.  Allyn Taylor, a Director at Golden Seeds, shared her experiences and some criteria for evaluating a pitch, here are the key insights that I took away:

1. Have a killer idea:  showcase what is disruptive […]

Practical Advice from Women in Venture Capital

By |May 16th, 2012|

San Francisco is, once again, the hotbed of startup activity.  I was at the Professional Business Women of California’s annual conference held in San Francisco yesterday, and I attended a Panel Discussion called Trailblazing Women Driving Innovation:  Women in Venture Capital.  At this mainstream event, attended by over 3000 business women, financing a startup was […]

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8 Traits of the Successful Founder

By |May 14th, 2012|

Earlier this month, I attended two startup events that conveyed surprisingly similar messages about what makes a successful founder.  The first event had 4 startup accelerator pundits talking about the companies that they mentor.  In most cases, the accelerators are interested in passionate entrepreneurs with 5-7 years of work experience who have a product.  They […]

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4 Tips for Evaluating Founding Teams

By |May 14th, 2012|

Our May 2, 2012 programmed call focused on Evaluating the Founding Team.  WomenLaunchers agree that establishing a deep level of trust is crucial to the success of the founding team.  Many team members worked together for several years at corporate jobs, others are wife & husband teams that have a well-established sense of trust.  Some founding teams […]

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3 Tips for Selecting Board Members and Advisors

By |May 11th, 2012|

On April 4, 2012 WomenLaunch held it’s first programmed call.  The topic was Boards: Directors and Advisors for Your Startup.  There is ample information available on this topic throughout the startup community.  So, we grabbed some of the best advice to create the  discussion guide above and learned a few new tips from the women […]

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