Creativity: Exploration and Growth

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Creativity: Exploration and Growthartists, creativity, expression, future, jobs, Sir Ken Robinson

by vanessaalexandra on August 20, 2013 with 0 comment

Sir Ken Robinson addresses a big pain point in our education system and how it kills creativity.  I danced in high school and always enjoyed creative expression.  A few months ago, I met with an investor and she spot on identified that I was excited by creative intelligence.  It is painfully true – I am …

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Traffic Problems World Wide: Cities Need Better Solutions

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Traffic Problems World Wide: Cities Need Better Solutionsbig problems, cities, commute, complex, Costa Rica, future, New York, traffic, urban planning

by vanessaalexandra on August 19, 2013 with 0 comment

Costa Rica has a population of 4.7 million and covers 19,730 square miles.  That is roughly bigger than if you were to combine New Hampshire and Vermont, and it is smaller than 41 of our US states.   I am told by my airBnB host that Monday traffic is very heavy and backs up on his …

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Leaving Corporate: Before taking the Big Leap

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Leaving Corporate: Before taking the Big Leapcareers, change, ERA, jobs, Lean In, networking, opportunity, startups, VC

by vanessaalexandra on August 16, 2013 with 0 comment

Leaping from corporate, where your world is comfortable, is tough to do.  I had a dinner with former colleagues recently and I asked one if he felt challenged at work and if he was learning, he became very tense and rigidly responded, “No comment.”  Apparently I hit a nerve, but I had not seen this …

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Action Items from Meetings, Encounters and "Coffees"!

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Action Items from Meetings, Encounters and "Coffees"!early stage, learn, meeting goals, mentors, startups, value

by vanessaalexandra on August 15, 2013 with 0 comment

In my experience of meeting with companies and colleagues in the startup / early stage venture community, I found that meetings were great to learn about each other, but quickly realized that connections are not made if action items do not follow.   Entrepreneurs and peers alike do not always have this element when wrapping …

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How Startups get to Screening at New York Angels

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How Startups get to Screening at New York Angelsangel investors, capital raise, funding, fundraising, New York Angels, plan, startups

by vanessaalexandra on August 14, 2013 with 0 comment

Once an application is submitted, the investors are involved from the beginning of the process.  Applications for funding are reviewed by industry experts.  This process works and we have funded companies from a cold application.  It is rare, but it has happened.   Referrals It helps if you know one of the angels and they …

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Part of Getting It Done: The Element of Time

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Part of Getting It Done: The Element of Timededicate, growth, improvement, learn, meeting goals, optimize, plan, value

by vanessaalexandra on August 13, 2013 with 0 comment

Part of getting it done is having tangible concrete action items to help you get where you need to be.  I was speaking with a friend that has a major project to take on and whilst we discuss the first big action item, I ask (knowing his bad habits), “When will you have it done?” …

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DreamIt Demo Day: Positive Differences

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DreamIt Demo Day: Positive Differencesdemo day, DreamIt, early stage, fashion, games, geolocation, New York, pitching, startups

by vanessaalexandra on August 12, 2013 with 0 comment

Dreamit Demo Day was this past Wednesday, the same day I was less than well hence the delay.  There were a total of 15 companies and they did not do music intros or have a cheering section.  Each had their well prepared pitch and a table setup for investors and press to visit.  Most accelerators plan on having well …

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Mental Exercise: Lumosity Recommendation

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Mental Exercise: Lumosity Recommendationgames, human brain, improvement, learn, optimize, practice, value

by vanessaalexandra on August 9, 2013 with 0 comment

Work is a type of mental exercise and it sometimes is not the right kind the brain needs in a given moment.  It’s why people will want to sometimes listen to music while they work, or prefer having careers that focus on using a different part of their brain; from a financial professional to a …

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Gary’s Red Tie and Why you should Sponsor

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Gary’s Red Tie and Why you should Sponsorbranding, New York, opportunity, startups

by vanessaalexandra on August 8, 2013 with 0 comment

There are certain pillars in the startup community that are worth mentioning.  Gary Sharma is such a pillar and his guide is the best you could subscribe to learn of events in the startup space.  It is curated, informative and welcoming.  If you are trying to break into the startup space, Gary’s Guide provides listings …

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