Archive for October, 2012

From a Man Who Runs An Online Dating Service

Joshua Pompey (his site is here) shares three things he learned from running his own company.  Here’s one.

1. Be extremely weary of hiring overseas help.

If there is one mistake I wish more than anything I could take back, it would be hiring help overseas to perform SEO tasks.

The idea of cheap help is appealing to anyone.  Workers overseas will charge us fractions of what we would pay for U.S. based help.

The problem is, how much can we really trust a complete stranger from another country?

I learned this the hard way.

In one situation, I not only received a penalty from Google due to a man I hired to work for me, but when I confronted him about it he threatened to destroy my website if I didn’t send him one hundred dollars!  Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place.   I either had to allow myself to be extorted or would have to risk my entire site being messed with!

My point is, hiring someone overseas can be effective for certain tasks in which not much trust is involved.  But be careful whom you hire.  The consequences may not be worth the money you are saving.

Agree or disagree?  I welcome your feedback.

Note:  Pompey defines his site as World’s Greatest Male Online Dating Advice – Attract Women Guaranteed

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

The Mighty World Entrepreneurship Forum 2012

©Laurel Delaney, “Lyon, France”

I am getting ready to attend the 5th edition of the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Lyon, France where thought-leaders from around the world (200 participants from 59 countries) gather to discuss this year’s theme:  entrepreneurial ecosystems.

It is well recognized that entrepreneurs cannot succeed in a vacuum. They need customers, partners, suppliers, employees, legal, financial and educational institutions, as well as governmental bodies and proper infrastructure.  Ecosystems are made of environment, actors and interactions.  This year the participants of the forum will discuss this thematic through an around-the tour of ecosystems highlighting:   Highly resource-endowed ecosystems …  read more here.

The World Entrepreneurship Forum is the first global think-tank devoted to entrepreneurship creating wealth and social justice.  Full disclosure:  I am a charter member of WEF.

You can track the event’s activities (in some cases LIVE) at the World Entrepreneurship Forum website (

World Entrepreneurship Forum Twitter handle:  @WEntFr

And mine is:  @LaurelDelaney

I’ll do my best to report out.  If I get too busy, I’ll share my findings when I return to Chicago.  Meanwhile, have a great week!

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Rebel With a Shoe Cause

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu (video clip), 33, launched a shoe company called soleRebels ( out of Africa.  This is no ordinary tale.

“I kept hearing over and over the phrase ‘poverty alleviation,”’ said Ms. Tilahun, now a footwear mogul whose company grossed $2 million in sales this past year. “The media, preoccupied with a singular narrative about ‘Africa’ that missed the story of Africa — part of a larger spectrum of endless entities that have monopolized Africa’s image, our brand.”

With soleRebels, she said proudly, “We’ve inverted the whole paradigm.”

According to the International Monetary Fund, Africa will have the fastest-growing economy of any continent over the next five years.  Much of this growth will be spurred by women entrepreneurs.  But up until now, it’s not been easy for African women.

Read the entire story here.

Illustration credit:  soleRebels (featured footwear)

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Malaysia Wants 200 Women Exporters by 2015

The Malaysia External Trade Development Corp. (Matrade) wants to produce 200 new women exporters via the Women Exporters Development Programme (WEDP) by 2015.

We will produce 24 export-driven women entrepreneurs a year and we aim to achieve our target by 2015,” he told reporters after launching the “Malaysia Women in Export Directory” here today.

Read the entire article here.  Related piece here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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