About Geri Stengel

Geri Stengel is president of Ventureneer, a marketing research company targeting small business. Geri is a regular Forbes contributor, consultant, Kauffman facilitator and the author of Forget the Glass Ceiling: Building Your Business Without One.

VC or Angel: Who Should You Go to for the Funding You Need?

Three kinds of equity investors support entrepreneurs: venture capitalists, angels, and friends and family. While friends and family want to make money, their investment in your business is also motivated by love. This article is focused on investors [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:47+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|Startup Culture|

How Workplace Design Helps Business Agility

When I think of agility, I think of entrepreneurs responding quickly and deftly to marketplace conditions. I think of entrepreneurs bringing new products to market or modifying existing ones. I think about entrepreneurs targeting new markets, expandi [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:48+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Productivity, Startup Culture, Workplace Design|

Power Up Your Business By Focusing on ‘Why’

Focusing on “Why” your company does what it does powers up your passion and your business. Inspirational leaders understand this. Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King and the Wright brothers all started with why, according to Simon Sinek, an ethnographer a [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:48+00:00 September 17th, 2015|Startup Culture|

6 Must-Have Personality Traits for an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs solve problems by creating new products or new ways of doing things. It takes a very special person to do this well—one with very specific personality traits. Based on personal observations and interviews, I’ve come up with six must-hav [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:48+00:00 September 11th, 2015|Startup Culture|

How Starting with “Why?” Leads Entrepreneurs to Success

Why are some companies more innovative, more profitable, and inspire greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? It’s because they start by asking “why,” according to Simon Sinek, an ethnographer, author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders I [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:49+00:00 August 31st, 2015|Startup Culture|

Agile Mindset Sets Entrepreneurs Apart From C-Suite Execs

The agile mindset of entrepreneurs and their ability to learn and pivot quickly gives them a leadership edge over corporate executives. According to The Korn Ferry Institute, there are three main attributes associated with agile learning: tolerance o [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:49+00:00 August 11th, 2015|Startup Culture|

How Optimism Will Make You a More Successful Entrepreneur

Are entrepreneurs biased? Swedish researchers think so. And I’m not talking about gender, race or religion. I’m talking about a predisposition to seeing the economy (production and consumption of goods and services) more optimistically than others. E [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:50+00:00 July 16th, 2015|Startup Culture|

Susan Cain’s “Quiet” Sheds Light on Introverts in Business

Our personality—where we fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum—has a profound impact on our leadership ability, our ability to ask “what if,” whether we learn from our mistakes and on the work environments we prefer, according to Quiet: The Power [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:52+00:00 June 25th, 2015|Productivity, Workplace Design|

Equity Crowdfunding + Women Entrepreneurs (Infographic)

According to new research, Stand Out In the Crowd: How Women (and Men) Benefit From Equity Crowdfunding, women entrepreneurs are not making use of crowdfunding platforms to raise equity financing publicly. Equity crowdfunding pools money from a group [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:53+00:00 May 6th, 2015|Startup Culture|

8 Ways to Ensure Your Pitch Doesn’t Land on Deaf Ears

You’ve met someone on an elevator (hence the name elevator pitch) or at an event. You want to engage him or her in conversation that will, perhaps, lead to a follow-up meeting that could, in turn, lead to a sale or funding or a partnership. You have [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:54+00:00 April 16th, 2015|Startup Culture|