May 2019 Newsletter

Seize the Opportunity to Drive Gender Diversity in Tech

By 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 … [ more ]

5 Smart Steps For Future Entrepreneurs

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, … [ more ]

9 Mantras to Help You Turn Your Idea into a Business

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, … [ more ]