Increase your Productivity with these Applications

curated from Inc.

Time is a very valuable resource for a lot of entrepreneurs. There are endless emails to sort and answer, prospect lists to build, and people to call. And if you’re not getting enough sleep, because of your busy schedule, the risks of you making the wrong decisions are pretty high. Here is when productivity apps save the day.

StartupChicks founder Jennifer Bonnett swears by Feedly and IFTTT. “I automate content marketing. I use Feedly to peruse relevant blogs. Then, when I save for later, IFTTT automatically saves to an Evernote folder. My virtual assistant picks up articles in that folder and writes a synopsis for our blog, with a link to the original source. automatically posts to Twitter and Facebook, which in turn automatically retweets/likes as me personally,” she adds.

Here are other apps that you can take advantage of:

  • 99designs
    It is a marketplace for graphic design, including logo design, web design and other design contests.
  • Xero
    Xero is online accounting software for small businesses. You can use it to manage invoicing, bank reconciliation, bookkeeping and more.
  • CallRail
    It is a call tracking and analytics for online and offline marketing campaigns.
  • Upwork
    This site allows you to outsource well-defined tasks such as data entry, research, design, and content.

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Women Entrepreneurs and Angel Investing

curated from Forbes

Even though venture capital metrics involving women-run business is disheartening, angel records in 2014 show a brighter future for women entrepreneurs. Here are some of the numbers:

  • 26% of all angels were women, increasing by an impressive 43% from the previous year.
  • 36% of all companies seeking funding were women, increasing by a whopping 83% from the previous year.
  • 28% of all companies receiving funding were women-run, a substantial 44% increase.
  • 15% of all women-run companies succeeded in raising capital vs 22% for their male counterparts.

Angels, who are accredited investors and have a net worth that is greater than $1 million, are very vital in the survival of early stage companies. 37 Angels, founded by Angel Lee, is one of the communities of women investors that invests in male and female-led startups. Other groups that provide leadership training and capital to women entrepreneurs are Springboard Enterprises, Astia, Pipeline Fellowship, Golden Seeds, Belle Capital, Boldcap Ventures, Illuminate Ventures, and Broadway Angels.

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Stashd Founder Jessica Wilson and Her “Screw It, Let’s Do It” Mantra

curated from Forbes

Jessica Wilson’s story started two years ago when she travelled from Australia to Silicon Valley. She didn’t have any immediate plans or friends that would help her out. She recalls looking at her iPhone with Sir Richard Branson as screensaver and the quote that says, “Screw it, let’s do it.” Wilson says that this life changing journey. She got her aha! moment during this trip while bicycling around the Google HQ campus. She already knew that fashion tech is the industry that she wants to belong to.

Fast forward to this year and she finally got the chance to go back to Google HQ and even travel to Necker Island to pitch her ideas to Branson. She got into a partnership with Caitlin Iles, the current Managing Director of Artesian Venture Partners. They developed and polished their idea with coconut water in hand. And as soon as they are able to develop a clear image of their concept, they decided to go with the screw it, let’s do it” mantra. And they got their “Yes” from Richard Branson.

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Why Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Meyer Encourages Boldness

curated from Forbes

When Marissa Meyer left Google in July 2012, her former boss, Google founder Sergey Brin, gave her a very important advice. That is, to be bold. And that’s exactly what guided her when she made the move to acquire Tumblr and made a strategic partnership with Alibaba.

Meyer says that, “If you want to do something transformational and make a difference in your own life and the lives of others, then you need to make bold choices, not just safe incremental ones. Sergey knew the thing I’d need the biggest push on was to be bold.”

And even though this is a helpful piece of advice, it is still important to weigh up the risk of not being bold. You need to know what is at stake and what it would cost you to stick to the safe path. I guess it boils down to being courageous and trading the security of the known for the possibility of something even better.

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How BlockCypher Went From Zero Users to Processing 1M+ API Calls Per Day

curated from Women2.0

BlockCypher is a Bitcoin web service that enables developers to easily build block chain applications. Its founders, Catheryne Nicholson and Matthieu Riou, are testaments of how dedication, sheer will and belief can take you places.

When they were interviewed for YC S14, Sam Altman told them that they did not think BlockCypher could ever inspire Bitcoin developers to build on top of them. Even after the rejection, they persevered and got their first user during the Boost Bitcoin Hackaton.

Fast forward and they’re now processing an average of over 1 million API calls per day. They have grown from one user to hundreds, from a smattering of API calls per month to 1.5 million per hour at times. Companies from all over the world are now using their web services to build Bitcoin POS, remittances, exchanges, lending, ATMs, merchant services, wallets, gaming, registries, analytics, and more.

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Success Tips for Female Entrepreneurs

curated from Project Eve

There are more women who are taking a leap at becoming successful entrepreneurs. And though it is not an easy path to take, the rewards will be great. You can be your own boss and you can rest from the daily 9-5 slog.

Here are five tips that you can do in order to succeed:

  1. Be confident in your ability and business plan

The success of any business depends on the personnel driving it forward, and as an entrepreneur this will begin with you. Have a clear vision for growth.

  1. Be innovative

Being innovative is the key if you want your company to stand out from the crowd.

  1. Be Social

You should never underestimate the power of your network, from close friends to business acquaintances; there is a huge pool to tap into as you build your company.

  1. Learn to delegate

Trusting your staff with certain responsibilities is also very important for your success.

  1. Be inspired

Take inspiration from your family life and be inspired to do well for their security, and take inspiration from those who have already achieved what you aspire to.

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Apply Now to Get a Chance to Take Your Tech Careers to a New Level

curated from General Assembly

General Assembly (GA) will fly four women to San Francisco this September for a week of dynamic opportunities to explore the tech sector in depth. The educational journey will be on September 13th until the 18th. After the week, GA will keep working with them to nurture their progress.

What’s in store for you if you get selected:

  1. Flights, Hotels, and Cars. Get complimentary round-trip airfare to SF, as well as five nights of accommodations and car-service credits
  2. AMAs. Meet women who work at leading tech companies like LinkedIn, Twitter, and 500 Startups.
  3. Company Tours. Tour the campuses and offices of Silicon Valley, including guided tours of Facebook and Twitter’s offices in Menlo Park and San Francisco, and a tour and sitdown with Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig.
  4. Peer Mentoring. Get paired with a peer mentor through our partner, Glassbreakers, for one-on-one mentoring sessions and advice on achieving career goals.
  5. Conference Passes. Receive a complimentary pass to Startup Summit at the Dreamforce tech conference, taking place September 15 –September 16.
  6. Lunch with VIPs. Culminate a week of learning and growing by meeting inspirational women working at the executive level in tech.

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10 Life Lessons For Getting Where You Want To Go

curated from Forbes

Gillian Zoe Segal, author of Getting There: A Book of Mentors, shared some of the lessons that the women entrepreneurs learned on their rise to the top.

1.) Dare to fail.
2.) To stand out, take the risk of doing something new and different.
3.) Visualize where you want to go.
4.) Share with people who can help you, shield yourself from naysayers.
5.) Never take “no” as an answer.
6.) Physical confidence leads to emotional confidence.
7.) Go with your gut.
8.) There is always a way.
9.) Show traction for your idea.
10.) The devil is in the detail.

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Things that Keep Self-Made Women Hungry and Motivated

curated from Forbes

When Andrea Gendelman, cofounder and CEO of BeVisible asked four self-made women from multiple generations (20s to the 50s) on what makes them hungry and motivated, the answers show that it is more than a seat in the corner office.

Create A Place To Belong. Rachel Armstrong (34) is the founder, executive director and attorney at Farm Commons, where she creates a community of support and resources for sustainability-minded farmers.

“Humans desperately need to belong. My first job at 15 years old taught what it meant, through hard work and purpose, to belong to a community of people. I’ve been hungry for that ever since.”

Give Back To The Community. Deepti Sharma Kapur (28), founder and CEO of FoodtoEat

“I want to make an impact on the world. I’ve been extremely fortunate with my strong support network and the opportunities I’ve gained, but the fact is that my experiences are disproportionate to what most people face. I want to give back to my community – either through FoodtoEat with its mission of sustaining the local restaurant community – or through direct community service.”

Share Stories That Will Change The World. Maria Hinojosa (53) founder, president, executive producer and anchor of NPR’s Latino USA & PBS America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, Founder and CEO of Futuro Media Group.

“So what keeps me hungry is not giving up this space to share my own voice, and ultimately, opening up the rest of our country for the future that’s already here and telling these stories that show the irrevocable demographic changes in our country.”

Empower A Billion Women. Ingrid Vanderveldt (44) founder and CEO Ingrid Vanderveldt LLC, EBW2020:

“What keeps me hungry is the drive to create a global sustainable future by empowering a billion women by 2020.”

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Marlena Stell and How Her Love for Makeup Turned into a $10M Business

curated from Forbes

Everything started from a YouTube channel called Makeup Geek where Marlena Stell taught cosmetics application. When that became a hit, she quit her teaching job and currently, Stell’s makeup enterprise grosses $1 million monthly.

This is a transcript of an interview that was done from her Sacramento, California office.

How do you go from being a music teacher to a makeup entrepreneur?

Ever since I was a little girl I was interested in makeup. While studying music education at Pensacola Christian College, I minored in stage makeup, doing makeup for special events as a side gig. I married soon after college, moved to Michigan and got a teaching job — but I was still passionate about educating women about makeup. Immediately after launching my YouTube channel in 2008, it took off. In addition to doing application tutorials, I have always reviewed products very candidly. I was frustrated because I mentioned cosmetic brands all the time and drove product sales, but I didn’t make any money from it. Today there are commission affiliate programs, but those didn’t exist back then.

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