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Geri Stengel

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:10pm
It shouldn’t be lonely at the top. Successful entrepreneurs rely on a lot of people to help them scale their businesses.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 5:05pm
Women investing in women are filling a funding gap but to close the gap, institutional players need to step up to the plate, too.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 5:10pm

Finding another female-founded tech startup with ambitions to scale in Arizona is like looking for the mythical unicorn, said Vicki Mayo, cofounder of TouchPoint Solution, a wearable technology that reduces the stress response.

So when she heard about Project Entrepreneur’s Summit in Los Angeles, where women entrepreneurs had the chance to connect with one another and workshop their ideas with investors, she jumped for joy. Project Entrepreneur is a partnership between Rent the Runway co-founders Jennifer Hyman and Jenny Fleiss and UBS. Both companies are on a mission: to break traditional barriers women face in growing their companies big.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 5:10pm
“Learn from your mistakes” is an old adage with a new name — agility — and it's helping businesses grow.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 5:05pm
Women control a lot of money and with that money comes the power to control how the world works. They’re making it work for other women.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 5:15pm

The financing system for women entrepreneurs is broken. Whether looking for a loan or equity financing, women have a tougher time getting financing than men. But they aren’t sitting idly back, waiting for the system to get fixed. They are coming up with their own solutions. After all, for an entrepreneur, a challenge is an opportunity.

Because it’s Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m focusing on solutions that Latinas are creating to fix the financing system. Two weeks ago, I highlighted Cat Berman’s CNote, which raises money from people who want to get higher interest rates than a bank savings account by investing in Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs invest in minority- and women-owned businesses. This week, I highlight Nathalie Molina Niño, CEO of BRAVA Investments, a Berkshire Hathaway-like holding company (holdco). that invests in companies that serve women.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 5:10pm
Money makes the world go round and women entrepreneurs, especially those of color, need more so they can serve new markets.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 11:35am

Making money shouldn’t be just for the rich. Catherine Berman, a serial entrepreneur and former managing director at Charles Schwab, wanted to create financial products for everyone, not just the  wealthy few. She teamed with Yuliya Tarasava, who had decades of experience creating financial products on Wall Street. Together, they founded CNote.

Mike Ivancie

Woman investing via CNote.

They particularly wanted to serve women and millennials, who tend to be “over-savers,” putting a higher proportion of their investment portfolio in savings rather than the stock market, Berman explained. She is CNote’s CEO.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 11:35am
Growing doesn’t mean doing more of the same. It means using what you know in new ways.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:35am
A new approach to leadership development gives companies innovative solutions to problems as well as a pipeline to potential employees.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:35am
Stepping into the unknown, whether it's a new country or a new business requires a keen sense of risk management.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 5:10pm

Not everyone ignores women’s innovations. One trade group in the toy industry recognizes that women know what kids — and their parents — want. To encourage innovation, Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) provides what entrepreneurs need: access to decision-makers and mentors to help them overcome obstacles.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 11:35am
To make the next growth spurt happen, you may need to rethink the way you hire.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 11:35am

When diverse perspectives are applied to financing, doors open for entrepreneurs. Last week, I wrote The Next Business Revolution: Diversity and how it fuels innovation and enhances employee engagement. This week, I look at how the diverse makeup of one company has created finance options for innovations that might otherwise never get to market … and why more companies are going to follow their lead.

Entrepreneurial women have been limited in their ability to bring their innovations to market because they are only able to raise about 50% of the capital that men raise

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 5:10pm
To keep growing, businesses have to latch on to major societal shifts. The shift has started. Are you ready?
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 11:35am

Want a great return on your investment? Invest in women! I’ve written about:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 11:35am
Women know what women need and that goes for ways to navigate the pitfalls of entrepreneurship.
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 2:54pm

Cities play a unique and critical role as the breeding grounds for entrepreneurs who start and grow innovative scalable companies that drive economic growth and create jobs, according to research by Richard FloridaJane Jacobs and Paul Romer. The density of interactions among people, the diversity of people — women, minorities, LGBTQ and immigrants — as well as the tolerance — for new ideas, breaking established norms, ambiguity, pivots and even failure — stimulates and encourages breakthrough ideas.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:32pm
Don’t lose yourself and your health on the way to business success. It’s tough but here’s how to do it.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 12:31am
Men, step up and do your part. Write the stories, take the pledges, get out of the frat house. Women need your help and you need their businesses.
I write about the success factors of women entrepreneurs. I am president of Ventureneer, a digital media and market research company that helps corporations reach small businesses through thought leadership. My book, Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One, provides women entrepreneurs practical advice for overcoming the barrier they face. I was named a 2012 and 2013 Small Business Influencer for my articles about the success factors of women entrepreneurs