Calling all aspiring and current women entrepreneurs!
We are so excited for national Women's Entrepreneurship Day on November 19th. We are doing this event on this very special day in San Diego. The line up of speakers and honorees are incredible.
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No tickets will be sold at the door! Online only! You don't want to miss this!
Women entrepreneurs believe in a holistic way of witnessing favorable outcomes, where genders are not defining success.
With women in engineering, computer, and science being paid 79.2% of men’s annual median earning, marching towards gender parity comes across as stepping into a slow boat to China. However, letting the very notion of disdain and revolving statistics slide, there are many women trying hard to buck the trend. From being an acclaimed name in healthcare industry to taking the tech world by storm, many women have given thumbs up to aspiring women entrepreneurs globally.
We all start somewhere, they say! And, I strongly second that as there is no magical pill, which can enter your system and throw you out of your cubicle confinement to the world of business. We all should start somewhere and it becomes a must when you are determined to stand against disdaining norms and related statistics. Being a women entrepreneur myself, ensuring unruffled working of all the processes taking place at my venture capital firm comes across as an imperative task to me. Not just this, supporting women entrepreneurs and being a part of organizations, empowering women worldwide comes out as a moral obligation to me. I am pretty sure this is the story of many women entrepreneurs today.
Leading Women Entrepreneurs Redefining Success In The Entrepreneurial World
No! It is not just men on the leading business charts anymore. Women entrepreneurs believe in a holistic way of witnessing favorable outcomes, where genders are not defining success. The massive number of female-led startups and names like Lori Greiner and Barbara Corcoran certainly put a stamp on the very thought.
It is amazing to see women bringing up the diverse lines of businesses, doing nothing by halves and aspiring other young minds around. From retail industry to tech, I believe women are throwing signs of mastery in every field. Not only this, as per a study, women are also better at introducing unique products and services to the customers than men, i.e. 40% compared to 35%, ensuring that the bigger chunk of investor dollars is not confined by the gender precedence.
If I have to take a few, Oprah Winfrey is a name that comes first to my mind. With 25 seasons of “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, one of the longest-running daytime talk shows ever aired, Oprah Winfrey has succeeded as a show host, producer, philanthropist, and an actress. Net worth of around $3 billion makes her one of the richest and most popular women entrepreneurs in the world.
Another name that comes to my mind is Wang Laichun, one of the world’s youngest self-made female billionaires and the chairman of Luxshare, electronics manufacturers that supply parts to Apple.
Cher Wang, co-founder of HTC; Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx; and Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, are a few names among others that have redefined success in the diverse world of entrepreneurship and business.
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“When someone tells you that something can’t be done, all it really means is that it hasn’t been done before.” ~ Lori Greiner
The digital age has transformed how business is conducted in powerful ways. Thanks to new technology, more educational resources, and alternative fundraising options, it’s now easier than ever to start a business. With so many people launching new startups, savvy business investors like Shark Tank’s Lori Greiner are speaking out and advising entrepreneurs on how to be successful in this digital age.
I had the unique opportunity to interview the “Queen of QVC” about how entrepreneurship has evolved, mistakes to avoid when pitching investors, and her surprising advice for women entrepreneurs.
Lori Greiner's rise in the digital ageGreiner took advantage of the digital stage early on when she launched “Lori Greiner’s Clever and Unique Creations” on QVC in 2000. “There are so many venues that can play a role in your selling strategy, but in my opinion, there is simply no better selling medium for a new inventor than a shopping channel like QVC,” Greiner told me. “Once you know how to market something out of a certain medium, then it becomes easier to continue marketing other products out of that same medium.”
Using her flair to communicate and present well on air, Greiner leveraged her QVC success into becoming a Shark Tank investor and a mentor and role model for entrepreneurs worldwide.
“The emphasis on entrepreneurship has grown tremendously over the last five years,” says Greiner. “Everybody can relate to having an idea they think could be worth millions, but several years ago people probably never seriously considered that it would be possible to get it off the ground, but now we’re showing that it can happen.”
What makes a great Shark Tank pitch?
Having witnessed hundreds of pitches on Shark Tank and thousands personally, Greiner concisely revealed what constitutes a great pitch. “Be energetic, captivating, honest and informative, but brief. A great pitch is when a person can describe what their business or product is within two sentences,” Greiner advised. “Draw the investors in with enthusiasm and passion. Remember that whoever you’re pitching has spent either little or no time thinking about your product, which you may think is the greatest on the market. Be succinct and to the point, but make it exciting and informative.”
When I asked Greiner if she felt that investing in the entrepreneur was more important than investing in the product, she responded, “I look at both the product being pitched as well as the entrepreneur pitching it, as they are equally important to me. For the product or business, I look for several different things…
“For the entrepreneur, I love to see someone who is energetic, passionate, honest and driven. I want to feel that they will do whatever it takes to make their business a success,” Greiner said.
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New exhibition at the National Museum of African American History places Winfrey and her storied career at the centre of the American story.
The first thing that becomes apparent walking into the new Oprah Winfrey exhibition at the National Museum of African American History and Culture is that Winfrey isn’t there. No photos, no quotes or memorabilia, no clips from her decades-long career.
That’s notable given that it is a first of its kind dedication to one of the biggest personalities in American culture at the nation’s premier museum dedicated to the African American experience. One of the world’s wealthiest women and a self-made billionaire who grew up wearing potato sacks in the Jim Crow south, Winfrey is still relevant decades after she first came on the screen – with some even calling for her to run for president now.
Oprah Winfrey 'definitely' rules out 2020 run for US president But the story on display in the new temporary exhibition, Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture, which opens its doors to the general public on 8 June, is one that’s bigger than Winfrey– and her story is huge. As exhibit co-curator Kathleen Kendrick put it to the Guardian: “It’s about Oprah, but you don’t see Oprah.”
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