Y Combinator's Female Founder Conference couldn't have come at a better time. Silicon Valley has been inundated with negative stories about the role women play in the region. Female Founders Conference gave us the other side of the story.
Over the years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet and become friends with some incredibly successful entrepreneurs. I discovered many of them like to face a challenge head-on and will not stop at anything until their goals are accomplished.
Christopher Michel (Twitter: @chrismichel) is a writer, explorer, investor and a serial entrepreneur who has has started and also invested in a number of companies. Michel's three distinct careers have taught him many lessons on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
Every tech startup dreams of being the next billion dollar acquisition success story. Tech startups are being acquired at an incredible rate -- companies want to own a piece of the "next big thing" and they are not afraid of throwing money at something they feel will be a home run.
Do not fall into the trap of thinking you can do it all. Running a business requires a variety of skills and experience, and a savvy entrepreneur will build their team to balance their own weaknesses. Make sure your core team includes people who bring something to the table.
While the word "innovation" means different things to different people, our expert panel agreed that startups can help large corporations develop and offer new products, new processes and ultimately cultivate a more innovative mindset.
I'm not here to stir up controversy so I won't go into the fact that recent studies have shown that women investors have out-performed their male counterparts by a decent margin over the past few years.
How can something disastrous to your health and expensive like narcotics have such a huge following? Through uncomplicated and effective growth hacking. Here are three things you can learn from the marketing environment for drugs.
Professional networking, both online and in person, is a necessary ongoing strategy for startup entrepreneurs. While every business is unique and has different needs, building the business through networking is always a beneficial plan.
A standing joke in Silicon Valley is that the smartest people go into online advertising, virtual currency, or dumb online games. Fortunately, there are many tech start-ups that are solving real problems -- and many entrepreneurs who care.
As 2015 gets underway there is no doubt that the startup sector is succeeding outside of Silicon Valley and the northeast region of the United States. Much of this growth and entrepreneur success is coming from the country's heartland.
Until late last year, people who wanted to participate in a forum at The City Club of Cleveland had to drive to 850 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, park the car, take the elevator to the second floor, sit down in a chair, and wait for the mike.
Almost every large company understands that it needs to deal with ever-increasing external threats by continually innovating. To ensure their survival and growth, corporations need to keep inventing new business models. This challenge requires new organizational structures and skills.
This past weekend was the 20th Cyberposium, an annual conference bringing together CEOs, CTOs, founders, and entrepreneurs to drive forward the discussion on the intersection of technology and media with business and society.
I urge everyone to think about women in tech differently and realize the true potential that is half of the world's population. Do you know other rock star women entrepreneurs who are breaking boundaries?