Comments on: Will the next Google be started by a woman? Grow your own Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:32:24 +0000 hourly 1 By: JulieLenzerKirk Mon, 23 Aug 2010 16:25:44 +0000 There is a program just starting to expand into other cities and locations from it’s birthplace in Maryland (via an NSF grant in 2005). It is called ACTiVATE and it specifically geared to mid-career women to ‘incubate’ them through not only coming up with an idea (which could involve licenseing a technology from a university or federal lab) but through fail-fast feasibility analysis and business planning.

It isn’t about some equality issue, it is about economic opportunity as you (Tereza) pointed out. And it isn’t about asking for favors or freebies, these women that have been through our ACTiVATE program are smart, successful career women (and some entrepreneurs and post-docs) who need tools, connections, and knowledge on how to start a business. The program and results speak for themselves and are only going to get better as we expand. s/activate.

And I also agree with LenaWest that we need to get more women at the funding table. We’re working on building that pipeline!

By: lenawest Thu, 19 Aug 2010 23:57:37 +0000 Very interesting insights and points, Tereza.

I chatted over iced green tea today with a very prominent woman in the online marketing space and one of the things I shared with her was:

These numbers are EXACTLY why women need to be AT THE FUNDING TABLE.

I think it’s critical that women business owners get funded, for sure, AND we need to be at the deal table with partners who won’t give us the side-eye if we decide to fund two, three, four or 20 women-led startups in a row!

Those who control the means control the outcome.

I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.

By: msksboyd Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:14:36 +0000 It is interesting that the comments on this topic are so different. One need only spend five minutes understanding that the first commenter has a firm grasp on what is happening in the workplace, and the second seems to be a person whose job it is to stir up comments. Thanks CV for your comment and for the cool work you are doing at Authentic Organizations.

As for what Tereza suggests can be accomplished? “Our country is in desperate need of jobs. Innovation creates jobs. And great ideas can come from the most unexpected of places.” I am a 50 year old mom, with life and industry experience, who is an innovative thinker.

Here’s an idea: Why don’t a couple of committed, innovative, hard ball playing women get out in the market and build a business framework that facilitates women owned businesses with tools, and support and advice and when it makes sense….money.

That business could impact the growth of our economy and our society in a positive way. What is so bad about that?

By: dinarebecca Wed, 18 Aug 2010 21:43:11 +0000 Thank you for the great post and thoughtful idea, Tereza. It’s true there is a start-up entrepreneur stereotype and also true that is changing over time, thanks in part to VCs like Bain Capital Ventures, which has invested in many women founded and/or run businesses in the past few years. FirstAdvisor, women entrepreneurs are not asking for pampering – I encourage you to read more on the subject and to reread Tereza’s piece thoughtfully.

By: FirstAdvisor Wed, 18 Aug 2010 05:01:34 +0000 This essay reads like the wishful thinking of circular reasoning. Women would do better at startups if only the world of men would change the entire system of capitalism to accommodate the weaknesses of women. The only trouble is that flawed reasoning based on nothing but fallacies is a well-known character trait of females. Most males are familar with the motif by the age of 12, and it becomes increasingly difficult for females to fool them after that age. The image that females would succeed more if only men would pamper, indulge and give them more for free, doesn’t honestly make a lot of rational sense. But it is typical of what comes out of a female brain.

By: cvharquail Tue, 17 Aug 2010 19:39:54 +0000 I love the idea of a tech/start-up incubator that would be intentionally designed to be inclusive of all kinds of individual entrepreneurs. The ‘two white guy nerds in a garage’ is a nice meme, but it isn’t reality. Reality is moms with MBAs & kids, 50 yr olds with life & industry experience, innovative thinkers with deep connections to a client community… all wanting to build real businesses. I’d love to see NYC make an investment in a project like this, so that VCs could invest in entrepreneurs outside the ‘same old same old’.
CV Harquail,