Stop talking, start innovating

Talk about innovation is everywhere – in board rooms, conferences, employee meetings and university classes. In 2019, it is estimated that billions of dollars will be spent developing innovation competency in corporations, ministries and society. However, to gain real returns, business leaders must stop talking and start being innovative daily in their actions, decisions and management approaches. In Silicon Valley, innovation comes through action. To be innovative, leaders must:   1. Be cu...
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How #MeToo has forced venture capital to become more inclusive

The male dominated power structure in Silicon Valley has not only been making it hard for female founders to raise funding, it's also led to them facing inappropriate advances from male venture capitalists. Although recent figures highlight the "overwhelmingly male, overwhelming white" nature of the industry, some of that is finally changing as venture capital firms start to hire female partners, writes Kimerberly Weisul. Here, she looks at the sexism that's been rife in Silicon Valley's venture...
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What Silicon Valley still gets wrong about innovation

While the southern San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California has long been synonymous with innovation and technology, Silicon Valley can't afford to rest on its laurels. New tech hubs are emerging worldwide as credible rivals with vibrant startup ecosystems and more progressive attitudes. Meanwhile very little has changed in Silicon Valley, which remains "mired in myth and stale stereotype," says Vivek Wahhwa. Here, he dispels the key myths about entrepreneurs, women founders ...
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Why these 6 Twitter powerhouses want diversity of company ownership made public

A group of female investors is on a mission to increase diversity in Silicon Valley by persuading leaders to make public who owns what in their startups. The #Angels investment collective—comprising six current and former Twitter senior managers—want startups to disclose the diversity of their capitalization (cap) tables, which show the founders' and investors' percentage of ownership. Here, Catherine Clifford shares how this call for greater transparency aims to increase diversity and start cha...
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Want to run a successful business? Hire more women

Silicon Valley may be forward-looking when it comes to technology, yet it remains remarkably backward when it comes to gender. Women represent half the population, drive 70 to 80 per cent of consumer purchases, yet they remain hugely underrepresented among the technology and leadership roles of Silicon Valley. And those who are there often experience hostility in some form or another. Emily Canal shares here an edited excerpt from a book by journalist Emily Chang in which Chang explores how wome...
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4 things I learned from building a startup outside Silicon Valley

Northern California's Silicon Valley is synonymous with technology, innovation, and entrepreneurial culture. It's home to some of the world's biggest high-tech corporations and has the densest population of startups. With its vast talent pool, high concentration of investors and mentors, and supportive infrastructure, it was once considered the only place to build a tech startup. With the growth of successful startup hubs in other U.S. cities however, Silicon Valley isn't the only choice an...
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4 keys to bringing more women into the tech industry

Surveys repeatedly indicate that women are often paid less than men for the same jobs across Silicon Valley. Recent court cases highlighting inequality in pay and opportunities for promotion, together with reports of pervasive harassment, are also intensifying the debate around gender discrimination in the tech industry. Despite considerable progress, there are still problems encouraging diversity in tech and yet addressing imbalances "isn't as difficult as many might assume." says Monica Eaton-...
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Facebook village? Social media giant to build 'social housing'

Facebook is looking to build 1,5000 homes in Menlo Park in a bid to tackle the increasing pressure on San Franciso Bay Area housing. The massive influx of staff employed by high tech companies has led to a growing demand for housing and forced thousands of other workers to move out of the area due to huge hikes in rent, which have more than tripled in Menlo Park since Facebook moved its headquarters there in 2011. While local residents are concerned about growing inequality in the area, Menlo Pa...
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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 bo...
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Grinding it out in Silicon Valley

During the 2016 Global Startup Grind Conference in Redwood City CA, leading investors including Marc Andreeassen, Tim Draper and Vinod Khosla shared insights, success stories and advice with thousands of entrepreneurs. Key highlights from the two days are as follows: Tide is turning with reduction in valuations and capital After strong post-recession growth in funding and valuations, ‘the tide is going out’ potentially leaving behind many dying unicorn companies. While many factors are contribut...
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