You don't have to wear pink designer clothes, resemble Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde, or say "like" between every sentence to build a fashion startup. It's clear that the world of fashion is a multi-billion dollar industry with just as many tech opportunities as any other business.
We all know women have had billion-dollar ideas. But it is challenging to go from billion-dollar idea up the long and arduous path of venture capitalist acceptance than ends in billion-dollar company. And not one woman has made it yet.
Women have to overcome the insecurities that appear when there is a perception of somehow falling behind others. We have to realize that there's room for everyone at the table and that we all won't take the same path to get there.
Like many successful women I've met, Sandra Peterson, CEO of Bayer CropScience, describes herself as a leader who tries to "inspire an organization to achieve a higher purpose than just making sales and profitability targets."
Sandra Peterson, 52 and a New York City native, has an impressive resume showcasing her wealth of experience running product lines, businesses and entire divisions for the likes of Whirlpool, Nabisco, Merck-Medco and, finally, Bayer.
Rather than fighting the system, Mary decided to play their game. She went to a large acting agency and combed through hundreds of headshots of men. She was looking for the seasoned "corporate" type who might be able to play the role of president of her company.
I applaud all higher-ambition leaders. And maybe now that the concept has made it into the Harvard Business Review, women's natural style of understated and values-based leadership will gain more respect.
Golden Seeds makes investments in early stage high growth companies led by women. We want women to have more power and influence within companies -- and ownership in them -- with opportunities to make companies great places to work for women.
I've started to familiarize myself with the terminology necessary to operate in this world of building a business. I realized that women in particular are very disadvantaged by not knowing this language.