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Operate at the edge of your competence

By |March 13th, 2017|

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
—T.S. Eliot
Leap Challenge this week:

How far out of your comfort zone are you stepping? Could you step just a little farther?
What would be possible if you just took the step without knowing where you’d land? Just one […]

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Mary Meeker’s Presentation on Internet Trends 2016

By |June 7th, 2016|

Mary Meeker, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is one of the best at capturing what’s going on in startups, the web, and investments.

Here’s her latest presentation on internet trends for 2016:

 

 

2016 Internet Trends Report from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

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Know who you’re pitching to…

By |January 24th, 2016|

“If you want to understand how a lion hunts, don’t go to the zoo. Go to the jungle.” – Jim Stengel
Leap Challenge this week:

When you’re prepping for a conversation or a pitch, ask yourself: Who am I talking to? What do they most care about? How can I tailor my comments specifically to them?
Act like […]

It Takes a Village to Get a Startup Off the Ground

By |January 18th, 2016|

Sometimes we forget that the most powerful actions we can take to get customers are in person and local.
To be everywhere is to be nowhere.     — Seneca
Leap Challenge for this week:

How are you taking advantage of your local connections and communities to get customers for your new business?
How hyperfocused and hyperlocal are you in your marketing or […]

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Mary Meeker’s Presentation on the State of the Web

By |May 28th, 2015|

Mary Meeker, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is one of the best at capturing what’s going on in startups, the web, and investments.

Here’s her latest presentation on internet trends for 2015:

2015 Internet Trends Report from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

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Picture success – way beyond just solving a problem…

By |April 12th, 2015|

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Success depends on your consistency…

By |April 6th, 2015|

“Getting an audience is hard. Sustaining an audience is hard. It demands a consistency of thought, of purpose, and of action over a long period of time.”
– Bruce Springsteen
Your Challenge to Leap In this week:

  Where are you being inconsistent in your business?
  What can you do to become 100% reliable where it matters?
  What can your audience, above all else, depend […]

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Feel the pain the way your customer does

By |March 24th, 2015|

We’re missing something important if we’re not feeling our customer’s pain like they do…

“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.”
– Daniel H. Pink
Your Leap Challenge […]

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International Women’s Day – Wow a Whole Day!

By |March 17th, 2015|

Happy International Women’s Day on Sunday! Women are amazing aren’t we?
Your Leap Challenge for the week:

Connect with at least one more women entrepreneur and high five each other for being in the game of business.
Take action to make another woman in business more successful by:

Giving her more visibility
Giving her your own business
Recommending her online and in […]

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Sometimes…A Girl Just Has To Pivot

By |March 8th, 2015|

 

“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run”

– Kenny Rogers, The Gambler
Your Leap Challenge for the week:

Are you taking a structured approach to putting your business puzzle together?
Is there something you’re changing a lot? Something you’re not changing at all?  Why?
Have you got […]

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Failing Gracefully and Getting Wise…

By |February 23rd, 2015|

 

“Courage is grace under pressure.”

– Ernest Hemingway
Your LEAP Challenge for this week:

Are you making up stuff about what it means for you to have failures?  Why?
How can you bring more grace to the challenges you face every day?
What are some failures you’ve had that are starting to build some wisdom?
What new directions could you create […]

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The Power of Saying “Let’s Go Make Some Money”

By |February 16th, 2015|

 
Your Leap Challenge for this week:

Go high five 3 other women in business and say with energy and enthusiasm: “Let’s Go Make Some Money!”
Take a look at any beliefs you might have about having a single-minded focus about generating money.
Review your business revenue streams – current ones or ones you’re projecting when you reach critical mass – […]

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What Are Your Groundhog Day Moments Like in Your Business?

By |February 9th, 2015|

Today was Groundhog Day – not the movie – but the day that the Pennsylvania Germans celebrate as foretelling the winter weather season, that is also known as Imbolc in the Gaelic tradition and Candlemas as a celebration of Jesus in Catholicism.In every observance of this special day, February 2, is the celebration of the budding […]

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What Are You Not Doing FOR Your Business Because of Your Own Anxiety?

By |February 2nd, 2015|

What are you NOT doing for your business because you’ve never done it before?Starting a business isn’t for the faint of heart.  You know that… The journey is full of frustration, upset, highs, and lows.  We all make mistakes, learn from the experience, refine our skills, and get advice from our friends and mentors.

Often there […]

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Are You Focused on Your Need or on Value to Your Customers?

By |January 26th, 2015|

Are you committed to getting value into the hands of your customers or satisfying your need to get it just right?
How do you know when it’s time to stop improving your product or service (or even your content) and just send it out into the world?
Many of us tend to want to spend a lot […]

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Do You Know Your Customer As Well As You Know Your Best Friend?

By |January 19th, 2015|

Do you know what your customer would serve if they had a dinner party?

Key to Capturing Attention
Maybe that sounds like a strange question to you… That question is a tried and true one for anyone in the business of capturing the attention of customers through promotion – traditionally and with social media.
And for a new […]

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How Will You Keep Score For Your Business in 2015?

By |January 12th, 2015|

All of business is a game and all the startup ventures merely players…
What role does your business play in the game?  And how are you keeping score?  How will you know if you’re making progress?
We’re starting a new year and this is a GREAT time to reassess all kinds of things.  One you might want […]

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Who Are You Being FOR Your Business?

By |January 5th, 2015|

You are not your business.
This may or may not seem obvious to you.  That’s ok.  But take a moment to think about it.
Most entrepreneurs identify themselves with their business in such as way as to take personally any of the failures or successes the business experiences.  A certain amount of that is a good thing […]

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What Will Your Customers Remember About Your Business?

By |December 29th, 2014|

The most valuable part of any business is repeat customers.  You’ve already spent your resources acquiring them, so more interactions and business from them is more profit for you.
Critical to generating repeat business is to create a memorable experience for first time buyers or users AND existing customers.  And they’re probably only going to associate […]

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Who Is Your Go-To Person for Support and Coaching?

By |December 22nd, 2014|

Who is your go-to person when your business day is falling apart?

We all have those moments, days, weeks, or sometimes months, when things fall apart.  And that happens regularly if you’re pushing the edge in your new business.  That’s a good thing.

But…you need to have someone you can trust to be there when it occasionally all […]

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Let’s Talk About Vision for Your Business!

By |December 15th, 2014|

Having a vision is one of the first steps you took in the journey of creating your business.  A vision is critical to setting direction and staying on track and in the game.

Have you thought about using your vision as a guidepost to setting your weekly goals and objectives?  And are you using your vision […]

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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 […]

Mary Meeker’s Presentation on the State of the Web

By |June 2nd, 2012|

Mary Meeker, managing director at Morgan Stanley, is one of the best at capturing what’s going on in startups, the web, and investments.  Here’s her latest presentation from Business Insider:

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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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SVForum Event Feb 6: Your Idea, Team, and Getting Started

By |January 27th, 2012|

SV Forum is having an event Feb 6: Getting Going on the New Venture in 2012:
Choosing the Right Idea, Building the Team and Getting the Venture Started

Register here: http://bit.ly/Feb6SVStartup

Starting a new venture in the middle of a historic economic downturn is not for the faint of heart, but fortunately many have gone before you and you can […]

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Women Entrepreneurs Meeting January 11

By |January 18th, 2012|

WomenLaunch Webex Meeting Notes

January 11

Attendees: 8 of us were on webex and the phone

Intentions of our initiative in coming together:

Connection
Resources
Mentoring younger women – high school
Visibility
Access to capital

Agenda:

Jan 25 event – reminder

WomenLaunch website – as a resource

Ning tie in for connecting just around startups

Next meeting

Jan 25 event

In the process of securing the room
Format is: intro, practice […]

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Our First Organizing Meeting

By |January 6th, 2012|

Our first webex meeting was held Wednesday, December 14, 2011.

We had 9 attendees, all from the TEDxBayArea Women Global Entrepreneurs Event on December 8.  We connected through the LinkedIn group created for the participants in that event.

Intentions and interests:

Connection
Resources
Mentoring younger women – high school
Visibility
Access to capital

Agenda:

Intro
Ideas
Actions – volunteers
Next steps

Ideas:

Practice pitching with each other at face […]

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