Category: Small Business

Seize the Opportunity to Drive Gender Diversity in Tech

Erin PlattsBy Erin Platts, Head of Relationship Banking in Europe, Silicon Valley Bank

While we’ve come some way in narrowing the gender gap in the tech world, Silicon Valley Bank’s latest survey on the subject, the Women in Technology Leadership 2019 report, got me thinking about how to capitalize on the positive momentum we’re seeing.

After all, those of us in the tech ecosystem use that very mindset every day to fuel innovation. So here are five challenges the study brought to light and the opportunities I think they can provide to leaders looking to improve gender parity: Read More

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5 Smart Steps For Future Entrepreneurs

Ann Miura-Ko, a founding partner of Floodgate

So you have a great idea for a business. What’s your next move?

First, take an honest assessment of your personality. Claire Lee, head of early stage banking at Silicon Valley Bank, has noticed three traits in successful entrepreneurs.

“Number one is adaptability: the ability to pivot, really be open to feedback and advice, knowing which to take and which to ignore,” Lee says. “Number two, and perhaps as important, is resilience and grit—you’ve really got to develop a thick skin. And third is resourcefulness—being able to leverage your network, know where to get help and not be afraid to ask for help, is critical.”

Did you check all three boxes? Great! Here are five more starter steps to help you forge a path forward: Read More

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9 Mantras to Help You Turn Your Idea into a Business

Nathalie Molina Niño, CEO of BRAVA Investments

While starting a business, you’ll find yourself talking yourself into, and out of, a lot of choices. From idea to full-fledged enterprise, these mantras from real founders and executives will help you stay strong along the way. Pick and repeat the ones that speak to you the most.

#1. Corner yourself with courage—and go.

“You’ve got to somehow corner yourself, so that quitting is off the table,” says Jessica Honegger, founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection. “One way to do that is by linking yourself to someone else’s success, so that if you quit, you’re not just quitting on yourself.” Read More

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How Every Woman Can Be “Self-Made”—with Nely Galán

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Nely Galán

After emigrating from Cuba at the age of 4, Nely Galán became the first Latina president of entertainment for a major TV network, an Emmy award-winning producer, and New York Times best-selling author. In her words, she became “Self-Made,” and now she wants to teach every woman how to do it. Tune in to hear her story, the strategies that drove her success, and why she thinks the time has never been better for women to claim their power.

+ Ask Nely YOUR questions during a live Q&A on Tuesday, May 21st @ 1:00pm EDT!

+ Check out the free “Self Made Mastery” webinar series Nely mentions in the podcast

 

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2019 Session | Think Like a Founder: Your Questions on Entrepreneurship Answered

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People of all different backgrounds should have the opportunity to participate in, shape, and successfully found companies that can change the world. But Silicon Valley can be a tough place for women. The challenges are well known, but tried and true advice on creating opportunities and overcoming obstacles can be harder to find. If  you work in tech, are an entrepreneur, or are trying to move your big idea forward, come learn from some powerful women about what it takes to succeed in the Valley. They will share their tips on developing an entrepreneurial mindset, skillset, and toolset that can be applied to your startup or organization of all kinds. Read More

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2019 Session | Radical Candor: Better Relationships at Work

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The relationships you have with your team are at the center of being a great leader. In her best-selling book Radical Candor, author Kim Scott outlined a new framework for being an amazing boss and colleague that centers on challenging directly while showing that you care personally. In this workshop, learn how to better fulfill your core responsibilities as a leader by creating a culture of feedback, helping the people on your team achieve their fullest potential, and driving results collaboratively. This workshop is for anyone who wants to give high-quality feedback, communicate clearly and directly, and build better relationships at work. Read More

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2019 Session | Pioneering Equity & Diversity in Your Organization

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Are you waiting for diversity gaps to be addressed in your organization? It’s time to create the changes you want to see. Each of us, regardless of positional power, has a role to play in affecting organizational change. Join this conversation for a fresh perspective on driving diversity, including practical strategies to tackle structural bias individually and organizationally. Sharing best practices and lessons learned from their first-hand experiences, this panel of experts will examine what works, what doesn’t, and what each of us can do right now to create systems in which all people can thrive. Read More

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This Entrepreneur Was Sued for Hosting Events for Women

Claire Wasserman, founder of Ladies Get Paid, a career development platform, is committed to closing the wage and leadership gap. If anyone is about equity and inclusion, it is Claire.

So imagine her disbelief when she was informed last October that she was being sued for sex discrimination.  Read More

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How Women Entrepreneurs Can Beat the Odds

By Claire Lee, Head, Early Stage Practice, Silicon Valley Bank

The numbers continue to be depressing and disappointing. Startups that are founded by women get between 2 percent and 4 percent of venture capital globally. Compiled from more than 1,000 tech and life science executives, our “Women in Technology Leadership 2018” report highlights the issues and confirms what I am seeing firsthand at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) Read More

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Startup Savvy: How to Raise Cash on Kickstarter

Ten years ago, Kathy Strahs had at least one thing in common with Oprah Winfrey: Strahs’ panini press, a Christmas present from her sister, was one of her favorite things, too. Home with a new baby, Strahs got busy in the kitchen and started blogging about her recipes for the appliance.

“I really enjoyed the creative process and would stay up late and work through the night,” recalls the former marketer. “I had never been a workaholic before, but for the first time I loved what I was doing and felt invigorated.”

Her aptly named blog, Panini Happy, eventually led to a cookbook on the same topic. When her next idea, The 8×8 Cookbook, wasn’t picked up—“Publishers didn’t think the panini press person could sell books about an 8 x 8 inch pan”—Strahs decided to publish the book herself and start a publishing company, Burnt Cheese Press. Read More

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