Archive for October, 2011

Best Internet Entrepreneurs in the World: Women

Find out why women make excellent entrepreneurs in the digital age.  Part of the growth for woman-owned businesses can be attributed to:

  • Sheer necessity
  • Balance of career and family
  • Four essential skills (listening, collaboration, communication and low risk-taking)

Read the entire article here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Three Women Are Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize

Photo courtesy of: Ahmed Jadallah/Scanpix

And the winners are:  Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni rights campaigner Tawakkul Karman (pictured).

All of them have been recognized by the Norwegian Nobel Committee for their “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

Congratulations to Ellen, Leymah and Tawakkul.  We are very proud of you and thank you for the important work you do on behalf of women throughout our world.

Read more here.

Photo of:  Tawakkul Karman

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney



The Case of a Shortage of Foreign Female Entrepreneurs in the U.S.A.

Where are the foreign female entrepreneurs?

The article, “Why aren’t there more foreign female entrepreneurs?” by Priya Alagiri examines the reason why there is a shortage of foreign women entrepreneurs in the United States.

One reason stated is:

The foreign women I interviewed also said that they’ve found it difficult to succeed because the “silicon ceiling” inhibits them from obtaining funding from private investors. According to them, investors are mostly white American men who gravitate toward their own. Investors themselves have said, quite bluntly, that there does exist a bias against funding women, let alone immigrant women. One investor, for example, has said that “a ton of us decide not to invest, support, promote or work with women because of this whole ‘marriage / pregnancy’ hurdle that most women will face in their career.”

Read the entire article here.

Photo credit here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Reinventor of Our Planet: Steve Jobs

Photo courtesy: ©Laurel Delaney 2010, “Apple store, Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL U.S.A.”

Always giving his best work to the world, Steve Jobs died October 5, 2011 (1955-2011).  His death triggered a remembrance to reading a wonderful On Excellence column by Tom Peters in 1993 (I saved all of his hard copy columns back then that were published in the Chicago Tribune – this particular one can be found here online) and he said the following about Steve Jobs:

Photo: Steve Jobs courtesy Technorati

Take Steve Jobs, one of Fortune’s seven nasties. I’ve seen him, in his days at Apple, lose his cool on occasion. Not a particularly pretty sight.

Yet I was thoroughly taken aback by one of Jobs’ “excesses,” as chronicled by Fortune. A subordinate at Next Computer was showing Jobs shades of green for the company’s logo. More precisely, she produced some 37 shades of green before coming upon one that pleased the master. “Oh, come on,” the minion recalled thinking, “green is green.”

Oh no it isn’t!

Almost every step Jobs took at Apple (and Next) broke the mold; moreover, it defied industry tradition as set by the all-powerful, undisputed master of the universe (IBM). To say Jobs was fighting an uphill battle is to suggest that Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight across the Atlantic was “challenging.” Jobs was reviled and ridiculed. Yet he reinvented the computer world, in a way that makes Bill Gates’ more recent contributions at Microsoft seem meager by comparison.

How did Jobs do it? By worrying about which shade of green was “right.” He triumphed with the Apple II. Then the Macintosh. It was precisely his stratospheric standards (“insanely great” was a common Jobsism in days past) that allowed him and his enormously spirited teams to push past the existing frontier time and time again.

No sir. Green is not green. Not if you’re reinventing the planet. Which is not to applaud his tirades. But it is to suggest that for every disaffected Apple or Next employee burned by Jobs, there are probably 10 who by age 28 achieved Neil Armstrong-like lifetime highs at his side. Perhaps the bitterness of some stems from the subliminal realization they’ll never soar so high again. It’s a nightmare for a 28-year-old software designer, just as it is for 30-year-old Michael Jordan.

My two best bosses were my two toughest bosses. Neither was a screamer, although one came reasonably close. Both practiced psychological terrorism-though neither knew he was doing so.

Both set mercilessly high standards for themselves. And neither believed in barriers to achievement, including acts of God (which were seen simply as opportunities to demonstrate one’s mettle as never before).

We will miss Steve Jobs.  But his legacy as the master creator will live on within each of us as we continue to give our best work to the world.  May he rest in peace.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

The 3rd Annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network in India

Dell™, along with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women and Endeavor, announced it will host the third annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) June 17-19, 2012, in New Delhi, India.

The three-day event will connect female founders, CEOs and leaders of high-growth businesses in the world’s top markets to share best practices and challenges, and to celebrate the impact women-owned businesses have on the global economy.

“For these entrepreneurs to compete in today’s global landscape, they need to expand their networks, access new sources of capital and explore how technology can help them innovate,” said Dell chief marketing officer Karen Quintos. “This is exactly the goal of The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, and we’re absolutely committed to empowering these women and their businesses to succeed and grow.”

Learn more here.

Women Powering Business | Dell

Photo courtesy Dell.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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