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9/19/2018

Focus on the tasks at which you excel and delegate or outsource the rest to reduce the stress you feel in the workplace, writes Lauren Hellicar. Establishing boundaries between work and personal life and creating a support network can also help.

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Lauren Hellicar
9/19/2018

Quartz and PitchBook have compiled an index of 200 rising women founders in the US, with criteria including startup valuations of at least $50 million or venture capital fundraising of at least $5 million. The list includes Shan-Lyn Ma of Zola, Young Sohn of Vlocity and Neha Narkhede of Confluent.

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Quartz
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Young Sohn, Zola, PitchBook
9/19/2018

The number of women-owned companies grew 2.8% in 2016, twice the rate of men-owned companies, according to the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, and a report from Wells Fargo says jobs at women-owned firms have grown 11% since 2012, while jobs at men-owned companies have grown 3%. Wells Fargo also notes that women own 20% of all businesses now, an increase from 16% in 2007.

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Yahoo
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Wells Fargo
9/19/2018

Molly Reno, her sister and their mother are opening The Studio, a creative art hub that will offer craft and art classes, lecture series, gallery exhibitions and private event space in Trenton, Mich. They want The Studio to be the spot local people go to for socializing and for exploring art.

9/19/2018

Experienced entrepreneurs can provide useful "process knowledge" to their younger peers, making them valuable additions to the team, says Chip Conley, who joined Airbnb in 2013. "It's that element of understanding people and processes well enough to know, for example, the best way to create an alliance with someone who might be opposed to you," he explains.

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Fortune
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Chip Conley, Airbnb
9/19/2018

The potential of the underlying market is critical to the eventual success or failure of a founding team, says Elad Gil, author of "High Growth Handbook." Entrepreneurs can uncover valuable ideas by examining assumptions, solving real-world problems that they have encountered and taking a product-focused approach, he writes.

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First Round Review
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Elad Gil
9/19/2018

Surging interest in the cryptocurrency space has been accompanied by an increase in so-called PR professionals who use unscrupulous media relations tactics, writes John Biggs. Bad PR pros "produce little more than spam, and their efforts begin and end with pressing the 'Send' button," he notes.

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TechCrunch
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John Biggs, ICO
9/18/2018

Sales experiences are rarely linear and often fail to follow a straightforward journey from start to finish, which makes it even more important for sales representatives to be agile, writes David Brock. "Providing clarity, structure, and simplification, helping reduce the chaos is, perhaps, the greatest value sales people can provide," Brock writes.

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David Brock
9/18/2018

Southwest Airlines does things a little differently, such as letting passengers pick any open seat on the plane. This article offers tips to newbies on how to adapt.

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USA Today
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Southwest Airlines
9/18/2018

Letting go of certain everyday tasks is part of becoming a leader who can focus on bigger-picture priorities, writes Joel Garfinkle. "It's a lot easier to think about bigger goals and a long-term plan when you have other people to discuss with and to challenge your thinking," he writes.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
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