Archive for September, 2010

How to Leverage Your Time On Social Media

These best practice shortcuts will help you get more things done in less time while using social media to grow your business global.

I wrote this piece for Verio (full disclosure:  Verio is a client of mine and I am a satisfied customer of Verio through

6 Ways to Leverage Your Time using Social Media

Photo credit:  Laurel Delaney.  Photo was taken over the weekend in Rogers Park, Illinois, about seven miles North of downtown Chicago.  I thought the clouds were magnificent.  Hope you feel the same and that it’s a nice break for you.  Enjoy.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Gender Revolution in Mumbai and Delhi, India

Revathi Siddhartha Roy unleashed a gender revolution when she ferried her first passenger from the international airport in Mumbai, India in 2007. She was powering the only cab service by women and for women in India:  Forsche.  As fate would have it, three years later she is struggling to keep it on the roads as both banks and micro-credit institutions have refused her loans.

Revathi Siddhartha Roy says:

‘The banks have refused me loans on the premise that girls who aspire to become taxi drivers are not economically viable.”

Read her story here.

Related articles:

Banks Shut Door on India’s All-Women Cab Service

Indian Banks Refuse Loan to an ‘All-Women Cab’ Service

And let us not forget about, who enables loans to entrepreneurs across the globe for as little as $25.  These are loans that changes lives.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Take a Peek at Oprah’s OWN Global Network

Oprah’s OWN — Oprah Winfrey Network — is more than a television network, it’s a 24/7 cable network of people just like you, me or anyone else on this planet who is interested in self-discovery.  OWN is designed to bring more better into your worldly life.  Launch date is set for 1/1/11.

Check it out here.

Illustration credit here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

How a Small-Town Indiana Girl Made Burberry a Global Success Story

With her no-nonsense Midwestern (a Ball State University graduate) sensibility, American businesswoman Angela Ahrendts (pictured above) has brought the U.S. $2 billion iconic fashion label Burberry to the top of its global game in just four short years.

Read about how she is propelling the company into the digital age (shouldn’t we all?) without comprising the brand’s soul or her own.

Earning Her Stripes by Nancy Bass

Photography credit:  Frederike Helwig

Related story: Off the Catwalk, Burberry Gets a Makeover

Posted by: Laurel Delaney

Look Out Oprah, Here Comes Yang Lan

One of China’s biggest celebrities, T.V. host Yang Lan (pictured and her reality show is New Girl in the Office), wants to become the Oprah of China.  Think she can do it?

Yang has created new programming for TV — including one of the first shows targeting women — and set up sites on the burgeoning Chinese-language Web. She has bought print publications; she sells credit cards; she’s even hawking a co-branded jewelry line with Celine Dion. She and her husband, Bruno Wu, are one of China’s richest couples; Forbes has estimated their wealth at about $300 million. All of which has led the foreign press — and her own handlers — to rarely miss an opportunity to call her the Oprah of China.

Read her story about fame and ambition:  “A Star in the East” — Fast Company Magazine

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Onetime Penniless Sweatshop Worker in China Takes on the Global Economy

Self-made billionaire Zhang Xin (pictured), CEO of Soho China, is betting hundreds of millions of dollars on new buildings in Beijing and Shanghai.

Zhang, 44, personifies the explosive rise of China, from the poverty of Mao Zedong’s communist rule to the riches of state-controlled capitalism in the world’s second-biggest economy.

At age 30, armed with a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge in England and connections from working at Goldman Sachs, Zhang founded Soho China with her husband, Pan Shiyi. The company became central Beijing’s biggest developer about a decade later in 2005.

Read more about her rags to riches story here — going from mindless factory work to building the largest property development in China — to learn tips (areas of focus) on what it takes to grow a business global.

Photo credit:  Seattle Times Newspaper (Bloomberg Markets magazine)

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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