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15 04, 2016

The Road to Entrepreneurship Starts Early

By |April 15th, 2016|women entrepreneurs|0 Comments

Here is a note from Harmony Perry, age 7. Daughter and granddaughter of an entrepreneur. Harmony’s mother learnt at 13 that she would never work for anybody else (well, you do work for your customers’ - wise grandma said). Harmony wants to have a band. She took piano lessons, takes dancing lessons, and fell in [...]

1 04, 2016

Ungapping the Gap

By |April 1st, 2016|women entrepreneurs|0 Comments

There is indeed something fun about gaps. For those of us multi-gapped people, it is confusing to figure out which gap is gapping more. Do I choose the gender gap, or the nationality gap? Or the age gap? Alicia Castillo Holley on her STEM journey and resilience. Multi-gapping or single-gapping, gaps are all part of [...]

29 03, 2016

How are we going to part ways and feel great about it?

By |March 29th, 2016|women entrepreneurs|0 Comments

There is a type of  professional relationship where the whole goal is to part ways and feel great about it.   It shifts the paradigms of wining by competing to wining by collaborating; it bridges disparate powers or knowledge, capital, and connections; it dissolves the barriers of poor/rich, old/young, experienced/inexperienced, influential/unknown; it invigorates the economy, empowers [...]

29 03, 2016

Getting Funded by Acts, not Hope: Intention, Confidence, and Competence

By |March 29th, 2016|women entrepreneurs|0 Comments

With sooo many conversations about raising VISIBILITY of Women professionals in all fields, chances are that Unprepared Women Entrepreneurs that are trying to get funded will also be … more VISIBLE.  I like to use the term getting funded and not raising capital because it includes debt, and other forms of funding.   Watching people unprepared is painful, [...]

17 02, 2016

That first step

By |February 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I like first steps – they remind me of change, diversity, and the irresistible pull of uncertainty. And this post is specially written for a friend taking first steps. I dag into my materials of a book written long time ago – here is the illustration – made by Laurie Barrows for the book on [...]

17 02, 2016

What Kind of Funder is Best for Your Idea?

By |February 17th, 2016|angel investing, funding, venture capital|0 Comments

I get tens of projects every month and see with great sadness and frustration how great proposals target the wrong type of funding. You wouldn’t sell ice to eskimos or diapers to babies, right? Eskimos might not perceive the value in ice and babies don’t have the capacity to make a purchase (their parents do). [...]

10 02, 2016


By |February 10th, 2016|angel investing, women entrepreneurs|0 Comments

Data shows that women-led firms are similar to others in terms of the way they secure capital to start or acquire a company.  According to the National Women’s Business Council, the majority of women entrepreneurs used personal or family savings to start or acquire their firms and, the primary source of funding for women-owned business [...]

17 07, 2015

Stop thinking, start acting

By |July 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Norris Krueger developed the Theory of Entrepreneurial Intention: To move from thinking into acting, and, more importantly, to understand how entrepreneurs form images about opportunities, and then take appropriate actions to turn those dreams into goals (and subsequently into realities). Krueger expands this a little further, we don’t need only entrepreneurs to start something (new) [...]

17 12, 2014

Lessons from the course

By |December 17th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Silicon Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Ever since 2011, Silicon Valley forum and BayBrasil organize a talk with international female entrepreneurs. I was invited by gracious hosts: Francince Gordon, Sonja London, Margarise Correa, and delightful partner Apigee, and joined by Almaz Negash, from Erithrea; Chiara Giovenzana, from Italy; Sharon Savariego, from Israel, and Silvia [...]

17 12, 2014

The real value of my class

By |December 17th, 2014|learning|0 Comments

English: Mission Santa Clara de Asís, on the campus of Santa Clara University in California. Français : La mission Santa Clara de Asís, sur le campus de l'Université de Santa Clara, en Californie (États-Unis). (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Today I finished my course at Santa Clara University. This is the email I sent my [...]