Quartz and PitchBook have compiled an index of 200 rising women founders in the US, with criteria including startup valuations of at least $50 million or venture capital fundraising of at least $5 million. The list includes Shan-Lyn Ma of Zola, Young Sohn of Vlocity and Neha Narkhede of Confluent.
More than half of the US population is female, yet women receive only a small percentage of total venture capital dollars. Some women business founders have seized opportunity by starting companies that focus on neglected areas of the market.
The number of women-owned companies grew 2.8% in 2016, twice the rate of men-owned companies, according to the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, and a report from Wells Fargo says jobs at women-owned firms have grown 11% since 2012, while jobs at men-owned companies have grown 3%. Wells Fargo also notes that women own 20% of all businesses now, an increase from 16% in 2007.
Molly Reno, her sister and their mother are opening The Studio, a creative art hub that will offer craft and art classes, lecture series, gallery exhibitions and private event space in Trenton, Mich. They want The Studio to be the spot local people go to for socializing and for exploring art.
For the many small businesses and nonprofits, Fall is the time to prepare for and launch into the race towards year-end goals.Timing is everything, which is why it is important to take this time to really develop strong relationships with your customers and supporters using email marketing. If you wait too long to build this trust, it could be too late to affect your year-end goals. Learn more.
When it comes to email marketing, first impressions can make or break customer relationships. And with the end of the year fast approaching, those impressions are vital in order to finish out the year strong. Build strong relationships with quality email subscribers from the beginning with Welcome emails that leave lasting impressions. Learn more.
Data tracking marketing habits suggest that social media ads are still getting results and that Facebook Messenger may present interesting opportunities, writes Lisa Clark. Marketers may turn to Pinterest and Snapchat in the future, Clark writes.
Getting Engaged: Give Your Employees a Reason to Commit to You
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Sales emails should be sent with the goal of getting a response, not immediately closing a deal, writes Sabrina Ferraioli. To that end, keep your emails short and personalized while leading with the value your company can provide to gain the reader's interest.
Leaders shouldn't hesitate to turn to their teams if unsure about a decision or the next step to take with a project, writes Sara Saddington. "I'm confident that for the most part, they will repay you with loyalty, dedication, hard work, and excitement," she writes.
Employees are more open to training when leaders share how it helped them and why curiosity and growth are valued, writes Kristi Hedges, a leadership coach and Georgetown University faculty member. "People benefit most and feel empowered when you allow them to weigh in on what learning opportunities are of the greatest interest to them," she writes.
A coalition of organizations has launched a multimillion-dollar campaign to amplify the voices of businesses, farmers and families affected by tariffs. The coalition, called Americans for Free Trade, will reach out to Congress, hold grassroots events across the country and use digital media campaigns to educate Americans about the importance of free trade.
Longer maternity leaves lead to unintentional negative career outcomes for women, including related to promotion potential, pay and leadership ability, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. The study found that letters of recommendation and "keep in touch" programs can mitigate the effects, the study concludes.
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