Kiva cofounder Jessica Jackley received a Visionary Award at SVForum in Silicon Valley this month. She joins an impressive roster of honorees that includes Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Padmasree Warrior.
Jackley took a few moments to share tips for aspiring entrepreneurs and some clues about her latest startup, launching this fall.
She enthuses about Silicon Valley being "an incredibly special pocket of the world" where "people have a great capacity to imagine new futures."
"So many people here have the resources and skills to make these new stories unfold, become real," she adds.
Here are some highlights of our conversation.
Tips for aspiring entrepreneurs:
1. Be passionate
Do something you are passionate about and have a vision for.
2. Start small
Remember Kiva began with seven entrepreneurs and a little over $3,000. It recently surpassed the $500,000,000 mark in microloans to entrepreneurs around the world, serving almost 2 million Kiva users in 76 countries. The average loan amount is $10.
3. Be excellent
Serve one person, or one community well and build from there. Be thoughtful, intentional and think about the details. Study and absorb what's unfolding in front of you, and be present.
Check out the full story at Fresh Dialogues and learn more about the exciting new startup she's launching this Fall.
Find out more about other SVForum visionary award winners and check back soon at Fresh Dialogues for new interviews with other 2014 honorees: Stanford's Tina Seilig, VC Tim Draper and Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America.
This video is part of a special "Inspiring Women" series at Fresh Dialogues featuring Meryl Streep, Sheryl Sandberg, Jennifer Granholm, Maureen Dowd, and Belva Davis. Check out the YouTube video series here.
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Why are this week's new carbon rules critical to our future?
As EPA's Gina McCarthy described it, "We have a moral obligation to the next generation to ensure the world we leave is healthy & vibrant."
Others might be more direct: It's climate change, stupid!
I recently interviewed CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl and she shared her emotional reaction to climate change. She witnessed the rapid ice melt in Greenland and reported about it for Years of Living Dangerously, the documentary series on climate change.
"I thought global warming needed an alarm bell rung before I went, but it was extremely emotional for me to see first hand the ice melt," says Stahl. "Knowing what it's going to do for the rest of the planet."
She's talking primarily about global sea level rises, but there's also the devastation that will occur due to rising temperatures, widespread drought and the increasing frequency of deadly storms like Hurricane Sandy.
Find out more about Stahl's report for the Years of Living Dangerously series here. It's produced by David Cameron and features reports from Tom Friedman, Matt Damon, Jessica Alba and Don Cheadle.
The interview was recorded at the Foothill College Celebrity Forum Series in Silicon Valley on May 15, 2014.
Here's my interview with Lesley Stahl on Barbara Walters' legacy.
Last night, I caught up with acclaimed journalist Lesley Stahl to discuss Barbara Walters' retirement. Here's Stahl's tribute to her television colleague and fellow crasher of the boys' club:
"Barbara has been a pioneer all along," Stahl says. "Even in hanging in there to the age of 84, she's still leading the way."
The 60 Minutes correspondent and former White House correspondent for the Carter, Reagan and George H. Bush administrations gives a historic perspective on Barbara Walters' groundbreaking role in TV journalism.
"When she started, when I started, it was generally assumed women couldn't last in television news beyond the age of 40," Stahl says. "Then it was 50, then Barbara reached 60... Barbara is 84, it's fabulous!"
At 72, the vivacious Lesley Stahl continues to report news-making reports for 60 Minutes as well as Years of Living Dangerously. In her early days, her producers told her to ''never, ever, ever smile.'' She famously wrote in her biography, Reporting Live, that when she started work at 60 Minutes in 1991, joining septuagenarian colleagues like Morley Safer, she felt younger, "There simply is not a better job or a better shop in all of television news -- possibly in all of journalism."
The interview was recorded backstage at the Flint Center in Cupertino, minutes before Lesley Stahl took the stage with her 60 Minutes colleague Bob Simon, for Foothill College's Celebrity Forum Series. Special thanks to host Dick Henning and Foothill College President Judy Miner for their warm welcome.
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1. Adopt Happy People Habits
Look on the bright side, be grateful, exercise, eat well, invest in deep friendships and be authetic.
2. Embrace Good Stress
Sometimes short-term stress, for example appearing on a panel at Stanford, can be a good thing. Embrace it and don't let the fear overcome you. Remember Yoda: Fear is the path to the dark side.
3. Find Meaning in Your Life
Be a generous giver and do what makes you feel good (i.e. philanthropy, volunteering, giving back). Give the gift of an experience not things. (E.g. treat your wee nephews to a night at the Lion King Musical -- trust me, it's the best birthday present ever!)
4. Be Creative
Don't opt out of creativity in 4th grade! Nurture your small creative successes and you will have better ideas, confidence, tenacity and less insecurity.
5. Don't expect to be happy all the time
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