“I’m starting a fund….” – Yes, so is everyone else

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“I’m starting a fund….” – Yes, so is everyone else Entrepreneur, funding, fundraising, VC

by vanessaalexandra on October 16, 2013 with 0 comment

I am not  starting a fund, but I continue to hear people begin conversations this way.  Though people have advised that I should start a fund or run a fund, and there are others that simply say, ‘you do not want to start a fund.’  People with 3 to 4 funds have a very different …

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Teaching Entrepreneurship

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Teaching Entrepreneurship business, developers, meeting goals, plan, product

by vanessaalexandra on September 30, 2013 with 0 comment

Entrepreneurship is on the rise in University curriculum and more people want to crack the code to be the next big success.  There are also education options online, adult education courses, meetups and heaps of books to tell you how to be successful.  Many of the good young entrepreneurs I meet are working hard, building …

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Migration Success and a DDoS Attack

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Migration Success and a DDoS Attack branding, business, code, developers

by vanessaalexandra on September 27, 2013 with 0 comment

I took a Blogging for Business class at GA ages ago and there is nothing more practical to getting your blog done than  simply doing it.  I had been writing daily for the summer and with enough comments and encouragement, I have migrated to WordPress – land of blogs and on a self-hosting service. As advised, …

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timeSpace, the New York Times Accelerator Demo Day

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timeSpace, the New York Times Accelerator Demo Day demo day

by vanessaalexandra on September 13, 2013 with 0 comment

It was very quiet and delightfully thorough.  The entrepreneurs were able to thoughtfully present and unveil their products.  They were able to talk through what they developed, detail  features, talk to you about their clients and pilot customer test cases.  You could actually get a sense of the person presenting.  No mention of fundraising details, …

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@Coursera: Tool to Support Professional Growth

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@Coursera: Tool to Support Professional Growth careers, code, developers, education, growth, improvement, learn, meeting goals, online courses, Women

by vanessaalexandra on September 5, 2013 with 0 comment

In planning and revising your short term and long term career goals, education is key.  For career education, I read books and have taken courses at General Assembly.  Everything else related to my career learning is work experience based and from attending talks/meetups/panel discussions/etc.   Coursera is an exciting tool that provides free access to …

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Goals and Career Growth: Explore, Plan, Do!

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Goals and Career Growth: Explore, Plan, Do! careers, growth, Lean In, learn, meeting goals, plan, Women

by vanessaalexandra on September 3, 2013 with 0 comment

New Year Resolutions are common and I never understood waiting until the end of the year to revisit your goals.  I revisit goals for personal and professional growth regularly.  Luckily we have Labor Day to make us New Yorkers feel like we are all going back to school and we can revisit what we want …

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Creativity: Exploration and Growth

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Creativity: Exploration and Growth artists, 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 Solutions big 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 Leap careers, 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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