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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.

8 Tips to Create an Effective Advisory Board

Entrepreneurs don’t need to go it alone. Assemble a top-notch board of advisers, and you’ll create a powerful asset with potential to make a huge difference in your business. Board members can provide advice, inform you of current and future marketplace trends, facilitate funding, recruit talent or suggest alliances. The great thing is, you’re in the driver's seat.  Member selection

By | March 17th, 2015|Startup Culture|

6 Ways to Profit From Failure

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” - Robert F. Kennedy “Failure is not an option” is a phrase from yesteryear. Our culture has shifted. Books on innovation and entrepreneurship now tout failure as our greatest teacher. Failure has become synonymous with learning. That’s the hype. But the truth is, fear of failure paralyzes people so

By | February 19th, 2015|Startup Culture|

10 Ways to Catch a Venture Capitalist’s Eye

To get investment from venture capitalists, your company has to measure up—and the standards are high. Does your company have what it takes? Here are 10 ways to stand out and catch a venture capitalist's eye: 1. Your target market is $1 billion or more. Mona Bijoor, of JOOR, raised $20.5 million by making a match between brands and retailers in

By | February 11th, 2015|Startup Culture|

Pivot: How Changing Direction Can Lead to Success

What should you do if your startup is in trouble? Eric Ries, entrepreneur, author and pioneer of the Lean Startup movement, advises a changing direction, a pivot, so that “the failure of the initial idea isn’t the failure of the company.” Many startups spend lots of time developing a product or service they think people want without ever getting feedback

By | January 26th, 2015|Startup Culture|

Want to innovate? 7 Tips From Steve Jobs

There’s no doubt about it—Steve Jobs was a great entrepreneur and an incredible innovator. His innovations didn’t just impact one industry, but five: technology, music, telecommunications, entertainment (he funded Pixar and became its CEO and chairman) and retail. In his book The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs, author Carmine Gallo identifies seven principles that drove Jobs’ success. Whether you’re just

By | January 12th, 2015|Startup Culture|

Collaboration: It’s About Space as Much as Culture

The open office can foster team-building and collaboration, nurture a strong culture and save on rent, but it has its downsides. Noise levels and lack of desk privacy can lower productivity and creativity. So how do you take the best of open-space design and ensure collaboration without decreasing productivity? While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, here are seven tips to creating a great

By | December 23rd, 2014|Startup Culture|

How Business Culture Can Improve Lives and Help Your Bottom-Line

Culture has the ability to transform not just businesses but the people who work in the businesses, even in the most unlikely situations. “The impact of behavioral standards plays a huge role in how an organization functions,” writes Josh Linkner in The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. Father Greg Boyle, executive director of Homeboy Industries, illustrates how cultural

By | August 20th, 2014|Startup Culture|

How to Take Back Your Life in an Always-On World

Absenteeism, turnover, diminished productivity, and medical, legal and insurance coverage are expensive -- costing businesses $300 billion per year. Those costs can be reduced dramatically by making employee wellbeing a business priority. People with thriving wellbeing have 41% lower health-related costs compared with those who scored in the middle of the pack, according to Gallup’s Tom Rath and Jim Harter,

By | August 13th, 2014|Productivity|

7 Ways Your Office Space Can Improve Productivity

Today, people are under pressure from the size of their workloads to the amount of information they handle, said Beatriz Arantes, senior research Steelcase, turnstone’s parent company. Add to that, the number, variety and location of people worked with and need to be “on” most of the time, and you’ve got a pressure cooker. Employees average nearly 6 hours a day sitting at

By | August 6th, 2014|Productivity|

5 Reasons Women Entrepreneurs Are So Happy

American women entrepreneurs are among the happiest people in the world. Their happiness levels surge as they grow their businesses, according to the  2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) U.S. Report. American women entrepreneurs ranked their well-being higher than other women in the U.S., higher than women entrepreneurs in other countries and higher than men. 1. Being your own boss Ellen Winkler,

By | July 30th, 2014|Wellbeing|
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