I remember the first offline meeting Joyce Sullivan and I had. It was a sunny afternoon in 2010 and we met in Madison Square Park. The conversation flowed easily because we had chatted for ages online—it just took longer for us to move that online conversation offline! Joyce, like me, started her professional life in the world of office towers, IT
For many reasons, any entrepreneur should consider raising money through a rewards-based crowdfunding campaign on sites such as Indiegogo, Kickstarter and Plum Alley. However, the case is even more compelling for women. Typically, women have a harder time raising capital ‒ whether equity or debt ‒ than their male counterparts. Not so for crowdfunding. Hebrew University found that female entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs set on grabbing top talent and injecting their company with startup culture often start by creating spaces to have fun with their teams. They want to create a workplace that projects a sense of passion and puts their personality on display. They want to differentiate themselves from the startup down the street and larger companies drawing from the same talent pool, and
Designing a collaborative office space packed with personality can feel like a daunting task—especially when it means convincing stakeholders that your workplace needs an update. But the connection between an engaging, creative workplace and a thriving culture that successfully attracts and retains is well documented. A turnstone Omnibus survey of over 500 small business owners or managers reports that 80% feel their
Her title may read founder or retail strategist or pop-up architect, but let me just say this: Melissa Gonzalez is THE guru when it comes to pop-up strategy, design and implementation. Award-winning pop-ups with big brands If you live in New York City, Austin or Los Angeles (or summer in the Hamptons), you may have experienced one of the "retailing everywhere"
It has been said that entrepreneurship is a lonely journey, but the most successful entrepreneurs and small business owners don’t do it alone. They benefit from having a strong community around them. Communities offer entrepreneurs and small business owners affirmation that they can succeed, and provide them know-how, advice and role models. Being around others who think bigger, who think
Introverts often get a bad rap, especially in entrepreneurship. Investors, employees and vendors who provide goods and services at a discount to startups are attracted to people who have the gift of gab. Even our work environment has been optimized for extroverts. Open space design, for example, has been heralded for optimizing collaboration and nurturing a strong culture while saving on rent.
Banks have been reluctant to lend money to startups and small businesses, but that doesn’t mean funding is unavailable. The truth is, even before the financial crisis, banks were holding back. According to The State of Small Business Lending: Credit Access during the Recovery and How Technology May Change the Game, the economic crisis from which we are emerging only accelerated
Energizing a sense of startup culture might take more than a ping pong table in the office or a periodic potluck, but every small step matters if you're looking to shape the way people think and feel about their workplace. And statistics show that those thoughts and feelings really do matter. Not only does great culture attract and retain talent, but
Ian Sanders and I were introduced in November 2012, in the lobby of a swanky London Hotel. A freelance journalist at the time, Ian was on assignment from The Financial Times to write a piece on female startup founders. At the time, I was the founder of a startup accelerator focused exclusively on investing in gender diverse founding teams, and
Culture has long made headlines as the "it" factor for increasing engagement in the office and helping to attract and retain the brightest young minds and hottest talent in the field. But nailing down exactly what engagement and culture should look like—and whether you're talking about emotional or cognitive culture—is another issue altogether. According to Deloitte University Press, 87% of organizations cite
This year we expanded our focus on the blog to talk about the issues most important to entrepreneurs in emerging businesses and to intrapreneurs, the disruptive minds spearheading innovation in legacy companies. Here are fifteen of our favorite posts from 2015: Startup Culture Workplaces
Good news! The United States is adding jobs. The bad news is that the competition for office space is driving up the cost of real estate. Rising real estate costs are especially impacting places like the Bay area, New York City, DC, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago. “People, followed by real estate, are a company’s most expensive assets,” said George Grace,
Startups know that connecting, networking and collaborating are key to success. Accelerators, incubators and coworking spaces all facilitate interaction in different ways. So how do you know what is right for you? The answer is, of course, it depends. To start your evaluation process, you need to know how each works and what value they offer. A description of each
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 whose motivations are less complicated: angels and venture capitalists. They just want a return on their investment. These investors have a lot in