Claire Lee

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

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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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

EXPERT EXCHANGE | Innovative Leaders Forging New Pathways

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At the heart of the Valley’s culture is disruption, regardless of gender, age or ethnicity. Join this dynamic panel to hear unique perspectives on forging new pathways, disrupting the norm, whether in business, in life or in the world. You’ll take away insights and inspiration for challenging stereotypes, taking risks and making the seemingly impossible a reality.

Moderator:

Claire Lee, managing director, Silicon Valley Bank

Speakers:

Shuly Galili, founding partner, UpWest Labs
Elizabeth Gore, Dell entrepreneur in residence, Dell
Laura Kennedy, VP Corporate Development, Techstars
Les Matthews, senior vice president, digital partnerships

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