Joana Picq's latest venture, Jampp Mobile, was last week named winner of the Mobile Startup Rally at The Next Web’s first ever USA Conference, making us even more excited to announce that she has signed up to advise members of our community as a NextAdvisor in our Business Advice Programme.
A serial entrepreneur in LATAM & Europe and former COO at The NextWomen, Joana is a civil engineer turned tech fanatic.
Joana is currently a partner at Jampp Mobile, the leading Latin American advertising solution for the monetization of virtual currency on social networks and mobile apps. Operating in LATAM, US, Europe and soon South Africa, Jampp is a mobile marketing specialist that works solely on performance.
Michelle Wright, who has just signed up as a NextAdvisor for our Business Advice Programme, looks at some of the best female business networks, both internationally and in the UK.
In the turbulent journey of running a start up business, there is nothing so leveling as networking with other entrepreneurs, finding out the realities, sharing information and realizing that however challenging it feels for you as an individual, everyone is facing similar issues.
The technical aspects of running a business are universal, whatever the industry, and whilst we can increase our operational knowledge from courses and training, in my experience, the real encouragement to keep going comes from networking with others, building emotional connections and confidence and gaining peer support.
The NextWomen 'How-to' Theme
Chloe Macintosh is the Co-Founder & Creative Director at MADE.com, a business which has grown from zero to a hundred employees in three years, making Chloe the perfect person to speak to about how to grow a business.
Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, Founder of online members only travel club Passepartout Homes Ltd, explains how launching her own business was the answer she was looking for in terms of balancing her work and family life, and shares some of the lessons she has learned along the way.
I’ve come a long way. Since launching my business in December 2012 and concentrating on it full time since April 2013, I’ve come a long way. The site, Passepartout Homes, started with just 5 properties; it now offers over 60 fine holiday rental villas around the globe.
I have learnt to cover everything from web design, copywriting, marketing, PR, advertising, accounting, solving IT issues, understanding social media (and trying not to waste too much time updating my posts), researching the market, writing a blog and more.
I also discovered along the way that to be picked up by the press you have to buy your way in. Who would have imagined? I thought you just had to be good looking and interesting to grab the attention of journalists and bloggers. I have had some nice press coverage though. Most recently I have been interviewed by A Luxury Travel Blog and a couple of our properties have been mentioned by this very well respected travel site as among the best places to stay.
We are so excited about the relaunch of our Business Advice Programme and all the amazing NextAdvisors we have lined up, ready to give you the expertise you need to make your business fly!
Beth Schmidt is the founder of Wishbone, a scalable web platform that links at-risk high school students with the online donor community to fund their educational dreams.
A Kauffman Labs Education Ventures Fellow, Beth was recently celebrated on Forbes’ 2013 “30 Under 30” list for her work in education.
Estelle spoke to Beth about her advice for female social entrepreneurs; how the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities helps students identify and pursue their passions and career goals; and the most pressing issue facing today's young women.
The NextWomen ‘How-to’ Theme
When we asked you, our community, which topics you’d like us to cover in this month’s ‘how-to’ theme, the subject you most wanted advice on was “how to find a co-founder”. Who better to ask than serial entrepreneur Joana Picq, previously COO at The NextWomen?
Joana is a civil engineer turned serial entrepreneur and tech fanatic. She worked for 8 years as an International Business Manager; at IBM in Rio, Microsoft in Paris & Munich (incubating acquired software companies across Europe, Middle East and Africa), then VMware in London (running OEM Alliances at EMEA level), before moving to the web industry and becoming an entrepreneur.
Now based between Rio, NYC, Europe and Cape Town, Joana is currently a partner at Jampp, leading the new digital advertising era of mobile. She also acts as a Global Ambassador for startup accelerator Papaya Ventures and is an active mentor/advisor to over 10 accelerators globally, including Dreamit (NYC), LeCamping (Paris) and 21212 (Rio).
We spoke to Joana about whether an entrepreneur should always seek a co-founder; the successful partnerships she admires; and whether gut feeling, complementary skills or the business idea is most important when choosing someone to found a business with.
Fashion entrepreneur Emeline Coates talks to us about her French influence, the importance of ethical trading and the pressures of starting a business during a recession...
My handbag label Torula was born in 2008, after initially starting out as a weekend venture. The business expanded rapidly into a full-time job but it was never a radical decision I made one day. I loved handbags, started playing around with ideas and designs, had a couple made, sold them on Portobello Road Market and gradually discovered something that I really enjoyed doing. The rest is, as they say, history.
We are so excited about the relaunch of our Business Advice Programme and all the amazing NextAdvisors we have lined up, ready to give you the expertise you need to make your business fly! Amongst them is Polly Gowers, CEO and Founder of Everyclick and one of the best connected women in British business!
To celebrate and showcase the wonderful high profile entrepreneurs, investors and experts who have signed up to provide advice to our community, we'll be publishing articles and interiews with them from the archives.
Here is our interview with Polly Gowers from 2011.
For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here.
Polly Gowers is CEO and Founder of Everyclick, which has recently launched its Give As You Live service. Give as you Live lets internet users raise funds for their chosen charities for free as they shop online. With every purchase a consumer makes from 1,300 leading retailers, a donation is made to any of the UK’s 220,000 charities, as chosen by the shopper.
To date, over £2m has been disbursed to a wide range of charities through Everyclick’s technology platform.
Polly has been shortlisted for Director magazine’s Best Connected Women in British Business competition, alongside names such as Martha Lane Fox and Sarah Browne.
This is what Polly had to say when we interviewed her:
Clover Lewis, who attended the fourth We Own It Summit as a reporter for The NextWomen, shares the top six inspirational and useful takeaways from the event.
Highlights for participants of the WOIS included several thought-provoking keynotes from entrepreneurial women like Janneke Niesson (Twitter: @janneke_improve), responding with expertise to the myriad of questions the audience fielded to them. Further highlights included 15 discussion salons held over the 2 days, with all attendees invited to engage in discussions covering a wide range of Summit-focused topics. Needless to say, each salon I attended was packed and lively, with speakers, panellists, and attendees all energetically contributing to the discussions and talks.
As this was the first WOIS I’ve attended (but certainly not my last!), I am excited to share this ‘mash up’ of interviews, high calibre advice, and inspirations gathered from the WOIS 2013 discussion: