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Desperately Seeking Funding Susan? Read this and weep…

Desperately Seeking Funding Susan? Read this and weep…

Ouch. I came across this Harvard Business Review article the other day by a group of Swedish researchers (Malmstrom, Johansson and Wincent) – they recorded Venture Capitalists’ (VC) conversations and analysed how differently the VCs spoke about male and female entrepreneurs. It’s uncomfortable reading…the language these VC guys used (and yes, no question, it will usually be guys) to describe male and females was radically different. (When writing this I accidentally wrote “tragically” instead of “radically” at first. Freudian slip? Maybe…but then maybe tragic is the right word.) The research showed that the VCs produced typical stereotypes of women as…

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New Mentoring Programme for Scottish Women in Business

New Mentoring Programme for Scottish Women in Business

Great new mentoring programme for women in business from Women’s Enterprise Scotland and Scottish Chambers of Commerce. Mentoring is so important for women in business. If you haven’t¬†got one yet, or just simply want to find out more, or want to mentor other ambitious women, please sign up now here.  

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Business Plan – A Necessary Evil

Business Plan – A Necessary Evil

Over the past few months I have been doing a lot of business planning work for¬†technology companies looking to raise¬†finance. Lots of research, lots of analysis (and paralysis), lots of decisions…and lots of stress. Here’s the only thing¬†that you really need to know about business plans. And that is, that as soon as you have done them,¬†THEY ARE WRONG!!! A business plan is just that – a plan. It’s not a promise, it’s not definitive, it’s not set in tablets of stone, it’s not something that you will achieve¬†no matter what. It’s a well-researched plan of action,¬†based on the best…

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Inspiration for Female Entrepreneurs

Inspiration for Female Entrepreneurs

Hello and welcome to my first musings! Although I’ve¬†worked with and invested in start up¬†technology companies for so many years now, I confess to being a total newbie to blogging. But, in the spirit of “Leaning In” and being encouraged to get online after a recent talk¬†I¬†did on “Brains, Beauty and Balls in Business”¬†at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, so¬†here goes… Let’s start with what I mean by these three Bs…because I firmly believe that for a female to¬†succeed in business you have to have all three. Brains: it’s not about what you know, it’s about knowing what you don’t know…

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Top Tip – Learn To Sell

Top Tip – Learn To Sell

Learn To Sell! I am frequently asked by entrepreneurs what is the best way to fund their business. Is it through friends and family, debt, equity, crowdfunding…or something else? Well, whilst I understand that many businesses need an injection of cash to fund early development costs and fuel growth, I have to say that by far and away the best way to fund your business is through sales. Yes, the hard graft of turning the products or services that you have conceived¬†through blood, sweat and tears,¬†into¬†pounds and pence. Sales is at the heart of any business – without it there…

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