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Women get more questions on risk from startup vcs than men do--and far less money

A major factor contributing to the "enormous gender gap" in venture capital funding is the way questions are framed when competing startups face VC scrutiny. A recent study reveals that male competitors are asked more questions about potential for growth, while female competitors face questions about potential risks and losses, and this impacts how much funding female entrepreneurs receive. Despite the gender bias shown by the positive or negative framing of questions, the study also highlights ...
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Trust = Success = #businessworthy

On 16 May 2017 the Oslo Business for Peace Award Ceremony took place in the Norwegian capital. The Business for Peace Foundation was established with a vision that the purpose of all business leaders is to improve society, i.e. be #businessworthy, which means they must ethically and responsibly create economic value whilst creating value for society. The Oslo Business for Peace Award aims to be the highest form of recognition given by society to individual business leaders for outstanding #busin...
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How I became a podcaster

​Hosting my own podcast wasn't even on my radar until I received a call from Randy Cantrell. Keep in mind that I didn't know Randy from Adam, and he didn't know me either. He had read the Power of Peers, liked the book, and is a huge fan of peer groups for business leaders. I had a lot going on at the time, so it actually took me awhile to engage in any kind of real dialogue with him. I'm so happy I finally did.After a few conversations and an impressive video he put together for me, explaining ...
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How CEOs can delegate more effectively

John C. Maxwell, internationally recognized leadership expert, said, “If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.”While delegating sounds like an easy enough task, that isn’t always the case. Many CEOs struggle with delegation.To help you build a strong team and get more work done, we look at how CEOs can delegate more effectively.Why delegate?Delegating tasks ensures you’re spreading the work around. It a...
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What stands between where you are and where you want to be

​If you've worked with me or heard me speak at an event, you'll know how much I love and are inspired by…… people who take action,… people who show commitment to becoming the best version of themselves,… and people who are consistent in the way they apply themselves and in the way they are willing to explore the unknown.The latter very much represents the fact that nearly everything meaningful in life is a marathon.We can let complacency, indecision and inaction steal years of our life from us, ...
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In love with Ladera

​I travel a lot and I stay in many different hotels, but rarely do I come across one that shapes the odds in its favour in such a unique way as the Ladera in Santiago, Chile.A bug-bear of mine when staying in hotels is having to pay extra for wifi and drinking water. In this day and age surely all hotels should be offering complimentary wifi and drinking water to guests. I believe providing just these two things can be enough to make a hotel be more competitive.To shape the odds in its favour th...
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Uber under the spotlight

Love or loathe Uber, there's no mistaking the quinticorn's success and Silicon Valley rock star status. And despite being shrouded in scandal and controversy, the company has changed how many of us travel forever and for the better.Valued at more than USD 50 billion at the end of last year with plans to raise another couple of billion dollars that would value the company at more than USD 60 billion, the company's app delivers an average of two million rides a day across 58 countries. It's a boom...
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Empredil rocks Santiago de Chile

I'm writing this blog post from Santiago in Chile where I'm attending the Empredil conference with Rahfeal Gordon, who's giving a keynote speech on Friday to more than 600 people at Chile's most prestigious school Nido de Aguilas, which is an international school with about 1,500 pupils and a theatre that seats 750 where the two-day event will take place. I'm literally blown away by what I've seen so far. Founded three years ago in Mexico by then 15-year old Diego Garza, who is Rahfeal's mentee ...
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One of the greatest determinants of success

​"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least." – Goethe.In the late 1960s, a psychologist called Walter Mischel presented a challenge to around 650 four-year-old children over a period of several years.In what has since become known as the famous "marshmallow test", each was offered two options: to eat the one marshmallow sitting in front of them on the table immediately, or, have two marshmallows to eat if they were willing to wait until the researcher retu...
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5 Conditions for #ShapingtheOdds With Your Peer Group

​Last time, I offered a framework, or a reinforcing loop if you will, that illustrated how peer groups for entrepreneurs work so well. This week, I'd like to share the five conditions, that are necessary for a group to drive the reinforcing loop I introduced in that post.Turns out, you can't just throw a bunch of people in a room, cross your fingers, and trust that group members will spontaneously engage in the process of learning, sharing, applying and achieving. Because of this, we need to loo...
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