I often get asked the question: What are the elements of the “perfect pitch”?
My straight answer is that an awesome soup can only be made if the right ingredients are present in the kitchen.
Sophisticated slides only lead to investment if there is an attractive opportunity underneath. Attractive opportunities come in market disruption shape.
Jemma Caldwell, founder of Tanami, encourages The Next Women readers to take the plunge into the business world.
Catherine Levene is the Co-Founder and CEO of Artspace, an online marketplace for contemporary art, offering collectors and aspiring collectors access to unique and edition artwork from the world’s top contemporary artists.
Earlier this year, Artspace undertook successful $2.5 million Series A and $8.5 million Series B funding rounds.
As a digital media innovator and entrepreneur with more than 15 years experience building successful online media companies, Catherine is responsible for the joint vision of Artspace as well as the overall day-to-day management of the company.
Prior to launching Artspace, Catherine held the position of COO and General Manager of DailyCandy, a leading daily e-mail and website targeted to women that focuses on the latest trends in fashion, food and culture.
Prior to joining DailyCandy, Catherine was part of the executive team at start-up shopping search engine, TheFind.com, where she served as Senior Vice President of Product and General Manager of Content and Distribution. In addition, Catherine spent seven years at New York Times Digital (NYTD), building the online properties of the New York Times Company, including nytimes.com. Catherine currently advises early stage Internet companies in media and commerce, sits on the boards of TheFind.com and RenttheRunway.com and is an advisor to LearnVest.com.
Business angel investing is changing. Once it was largely a solo activity, undertaken below the radar. Now angels are increasingly joining together in manager-led angel groups to invest together. New research from the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School takes an in-depth look at angel investing in the light of these changes.
One of the most rewarding experiences that a business owner can have is welcoming a brand new employee to their staff. In most cases, new employees being added to the fold is a sign that the business is growing in more ways than one – especially when it comes to the increasing demand of its customers.
Leadership became a hot topic in the 1970s, and both the business world and the academic world have been busy discussing it ever since. We are bombarded from all sides with books, articles, training courses, surveys, conferences. If you do a Google search on “Leadership” today you will get over 500 million results worldwide, and over 16 million for the UK alone. Amazon.co.uk offers close on 19,000 books on the topic.
So, what is the definition of Leadership? There are many! John Adair, one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership and leadership development, has this to say: ‘Leadership, like all personal relations, always has something unknown, something mysterious about it’.
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In India, there is no shortage of talented female social entrepreneurs. Women like Ela Bhatt, who in 1972 founded SEWA, the world’s first and largest trade union for undocumented women workers, as well as Women’s World Banking in 1979 - have been inspiring and leading women for generations.
Hina Shah, founder of The International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (ICECD), has worked for over 25 years on scaling micro, small, and medium size businesses across 21 states of India.
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Begümhan Doğan Faralyalı is the Chairwoman of Doğan Holding, one of Turkey’s top industrial conglomerates.