“If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way.”—Jane Goodall, via Konstantina’s piece on the Sandbox Network, “Prove them Wrong. Make it Happen.”
“Women receive a disproportionately low amount of venture capital dollars — only approximately 11%, according to 2010 data analyzed by the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire. While gender bias may contribute to this matter, other data shows that women also tend not to seek external private investment. Women do, however, tend to make use of U.S. Small Business Administration loans.”—Via “Financing Female Entrepreneurs,” Forbes.
“Asking someone to make an impact investment isn’t a move along a rational economic scale, with each step proving marginally more attractive. It’s asking someone to do two things instead of one: create a new pocket and invest out of that pocket with us.”—Acumen Fund’s Sasha Dichter via Fast Company.
“It is better to lead from behind and put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”— Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom (via nettra)
“The philosophy of Beyonce’s alter ego Sasha Fierce, as traced through her song lyrics and performances, is focused on the empowering experience of women earning money for their own individual uplift. Her heroines don’t reject consumerism, they dominate it; they don’t abandon traditional romantic love, they demand it. Again Susan Douglas’s analysis seems apt: “The images we see on television, in the movies, and in advertising… insist that purchasing power and sexual power are much more gratifying than political or economic power.”—On whether Beyonce's Girls Run the World song & other pop culture references to women empowerment are all that they’re chalked up to be. Via Guernica Mag.
“My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be. She filled our house with love and fun and books and music, unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith. As she guided me through these incredible eighteen years, I don’t think she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her.”—
“Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”—Steve Jobs, the now former CEO of Apple, during his 2005 Stanford Commencement.
“Leadership in social enterprise relies on ethics, integrity and expertise which one might expect, but also on empathy and passion…without these traits leaders in our sector struggle to make a positive impact, rarely establish strong support systems and lack motivation to nurture new leaders. Social enterprises need serial solution-finders, networkers with keen communications skills and empathy to lead the way, and to effectively “sell the vision” of the large scale impact which can be achieved.”—Very true, via “Strong Leadership is Crucial for Social Enterprises,” Guardian.
“One lesson I’ve learned from this is as a society we must teach our young women to love themselves enough to leave.”— Noreen Iqbal, the cousin of Nazish Noorani, who was killed by her husband in New Jersey last week. “Staying in an Abusive Marriage,” The New York Times (via azmatzahra)
“Innovation is about solving problems. When you base your business on an existing model you can focus on what works and what doesn’t work for consumers (rather than focus on creating the business model). You can focus on consumers unmet needs and create an innovative product or service to meet those needs.”—Dr. Larina Kase, a business psychologist, via “9 Reasons Why it Pays to Imitate,” Inc.
“The artist is the man in any field, scientific or humanistic, who grasps the implications of his actions and of new knowledge in his own time. He is the man of integral awareness.”—Marshall McLuhan - Understanding Media (1964) (Or the woman.)
“Dhaka, Bangladesh, is poised to become one of most populous cities in the world that requires new buildings to collect rainwater on their roofs… Dhaka’s population—more than 15 million people—requires 2.4 billion liters of water a day, but the city can only produce 2.1 billion liters. Stored rainwater can provide an alternative to polluted rivers and dwindling groundwater supplies for drinking.”—Via GOOD, on Rainwater Harvesting in large urban cities.
“Understand that the more deeply you hold your ideals, the more you are morally obligated to be pragmatic. Because ideals that are not implemented do nothing but make you feel morally superior. They never fed a hungry kid, they never cleaned up a polluted river, they never built a road that got people anywhere. So yeah, you should be pragmatic after you are idealistic. Pragmatism in the service of idealism is what you need. Idealism without pragmatism is just a way to flatter your ego.”—Barney Frank (via Yi Wei)
“High on their list of grievances was the absence of a strong rule of law: Entrepreneurs have limited legal recourse if a competitor steals their IP, or an investor violates a contract. Pakistani entrepreneurs also struggle to attract talent, both because they can’t offer new hires equity and the prospect of big IPO…&people working outside of Pakistan often refuse to relocate there, due to safety concerns. VCs, angels and incubators are nonexistent, and banks rarely give commercial loans. But for entrepreneurs… the promise of doing business in Pakistan outweighs the frustration.”—Helen Coster for Forbes.
“Walking home from Tottenham Hale tube station at approx 22:00, many people were seen walking by with hands full of looted goods. If they were heading for the tube station, most of them were not from Tottenham, meaning a lot of people must have informed them to come to Tottenham specifically for the riot/looting”—An eyewitness account from the London riots over the weekend. Via the Guardian's coverage.
“Last year, a study seriously dented the conventional wisdom about job creation. It found that a disproportionate share of jobs are created not by big or small business, but by fast-growing new businesses who occupy a middle space between the two. These “gazelles” are less than 1 percent of all companies, but generate 10 percent of new jobs every year.”—Via GOOD, on a study conducted by the Kauffman Foundation, on the impact of “gazelle” companies on the economy.
“Defining your company as a “consultancy” will announce to the market you are a collection of people who have banded together around an area of expertise. “Consultancies” rarely get acquired, and when they do, it is usually with an earn-out. Replace “consultancy” with “business” or “company.”—Advice that I need to take, mayhaps? Should i2i be a consultancy or an intermediary? (Via Inc., “How to Avoid the C Word.”)