How inspiring it was this morning, May 10, 2008, to see a whole room [tent] full of eager, young women, all determined to move forward with their ideas which will turn into full fledged businesses – and the women are counting on this. The back of the room had a clothes line hung along the wall, full of napkins, on which business plans and ideas had been developed.
The good part of the event was also that the attendees reflected the population of the Valley – Indians, Chinese, Turkish, British, Americans, Romanians, French and so on.
Lately, I’ve gone to a few events in women’s organizations, and I was surprised at the unique culture of just white women in the room, but today there were definitely lots of different nationalities and cultural varieties in the group. And what united them was their dedication, their focus and high tech.
Besides the fireside chat that was eloquently led by well-known Chris Shipley [Demo] interviewing Rachel Payne from Google.org , we got a bulleted list of good advice from entrepreneurs who had been there, who had gone up the hill and arrived panting, but victorious.
Amy Love [Protege Performance Group]:
Build an inner circle
Share your dreams – take the risk, dream big
Have confidence and energy and stay the time (hang in there…, don’t give up).
Jwala Karnik [Jwala Group]
Be open to inspiration
Open your mouth – talk to people, have the vision, be excited
Just take the first step
Maggie Hirsch [VoiceMap]
Passion – be totally committed
Focus – direct all your energy to making your business successful
Fearlessness – do things you’ve never done, just try them.