Headlines that Affect You

If you are young + entrepreneurial and/or female + entrepreneurial, these are the headlines that are affecting how you build, grow, and sustain your businesses from around the world from a variety of publications.

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Are you getting “aggressive” this holiday season? What are you doing to make sure your potential customer spends her holiday dollars with you, and not someone else?

Show Notes & Links

Holiday Sales Update: read more

“The National Retail Federation estimated the average shopper spent $407.02 over the weekend, or 3.9 percent less than during the same weekend last year, because of lower prices it said would persist through the rest of the season.”

“ComScore has forecast a 16 percent jump in online sales for the season, helped by greater use of mobile devices.”

Amazon Prime by Drones?

Shoutout to Kaelah Bee:  ebook, Honeybean boutique, photography, custom wood signs – product and diverse offerings for people that resonate with her

2013 IS ALMOST OVER. GET YOUR PRODUCTIVITY GAME IN ORDER

“I don’t worry about canceling meetings and moving things around.” — Alexa Von Tobel, CEO of LearnVest”

… “I also don’t worship my schedule. It’s really easy to let your calendar start dictating what happens, as opposed to you dictating what’s important for the company.”

Host:
Jennifer Donogh believes in building community online through shared experiences. She produces live webcasts for brands that bring their tribes together over video, with conversations stretching across social platforms.

She has experience supporting and leading small businesses and female founders through Ovaleye and Young Female Entrepreneurs. Find her featured in Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, and the White House’s Champions of Change program.

Jenn is a wife and mom who loves spending time with family. When she’s not behind or in front of the camera, Jenn is usually taking video of her toddler riding his bike, skating with dad, or rocking out with his grandparents.

About Jenn Cast:
Daily webcast show for young women who are interested in entrepreneurship, lifestyle design, and self-development (plus, a little fun). Hosted by Jennifer Donogh.

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GIRLS! (Jenn Cast 009)

November 21, 2013

jenn009-siteViral video sensation, GoldieBlox is marketing their toys as the anti-pink products for girls. Do you buy it? What about Microsoft’s productizing their anti-Google campaign, Scroogled? Be sure to leave your comments below!

Show Notes & Links:

Answer this YFE’s question re: licensing and giving up equity in exchange for helping her company scale

Tweet with us on December 8th for #YFElove’s viewing of Love Actually

Come to tonight’s #YFEchat LIVE (every Thursday at 6p/9e) on YFElive.com

Find #jenncast and other YFE podcasts on iTunes. Please rate, comment & subscribe to help us grow our audience!

Geekwire reports on Microsoft creating products out of their Scroogled campaign

Nick Soman, founder of LikeBright wants us to stop complaining

New GoldieBlox viral video reaches 6 million + viewers in days

Watch it here:

Host:
Jennifer Donogh believes in building community online through shared experiences. She produces live webcasts for brands that bring their tribes together over video, with conversations stretching across social platforms.

She has experience supporting and leading small businesses and female founders through Ovaleye and Young Female Entrepreneurs. Find her featured in Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, and the White House’s Champions of Change program.

Jenn is a wife and mom who loves spending time with family. When she’s not behind or in front of the camera, Jenn is usually taking video of her toddler riding his bike, skating with dad, or rocking out with his grandparents.

Replays available on:
Youtube and iTunes Video | Audio

About Jenn Cast:
Daily webcast show for young women who are interested in entrepreneurship, lifestyle design, and self-development (plus, a little fun). Hosted by Jennifer Donogh.

Image Courtesy GoldieBox Video

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Is the Lululemon founder putting the blame back on their customer again?

This morning we discussed that the bigger problem in Lululemon’s yoga pant debacle, is that they have strayed from their brand promise of high quality. Last week their founder was asked how their company was doing after recalling a large percentage of their inventory over a lack of coverage. His reply was…

The thing is… frankly some women’s bodies just don’t work for it… it’s really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there… the use.

Why bring it back to the customer and not just own the fact that their promised high quality was not there?

Today, he again came out with another statement that brings the blame back to the customer. The original issue here was that the pant wasn’t a high quality product for their customers… the people that built the culture in the first place like he says here:

I ask you to stay in the conversation that is above the fray. I ask you to prove that the culture that you have built cannot be chipped away.

What do you think? Is Lululemon blaming their customer again?

Answer in the comments below.

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Erin Condren on The Today Show

September 29, 2013

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erincondrenYFE is thrilled to welcome Erin Condren on #YFEchat LIVE. If you haven’t been introduced to her custom stationary products yet, check out her recent feature on The Today Show.

The Today Show explains that ErinCondren.com grows 1,000 customers every 2 days! That’s a long way from printing custom stationary for friends and family from her personal printer. Here are two tips we pulled from her short interview that anyone can apply in their businesses today:

1. Give people more than they expected
She mentioned realizing early on that the most valuable thing she had was her time. So, early on, if she was going to make one of something she decided she would always make another. The more product her customers shared with others, the more her business would spread. Much like the Zappo’s mantra of over-delivering, Erin Condren’s habit of doing the same proved to be effective.

2. Learn how to maximize your time
As a mom of two, Erin explained that she would start the coffee pot at 7:30 when her kids went to bed and work through the night, fulfilling orders. Many of her products are built around the needs of busy moms who own businesses like herself.

Find out more and add Erin’s #YFEchat LIVE appearance to your calendar here.

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Check out what your fellow YFEs have been writing in the past week. We asked you on Facebook if you had published anything lately and got some awesome responses. Here are some of them.

Pop over to the blog posts and take a moment to get to know the women behind the writing.

dinner looks like dessert

Featured post:
Meal planning? Add this recipe to your grocery list from fellow YFE, Sarah of Beyond the Batter (pic courtesy the blog post).

Vegetable Lasagna Cupcakes

I know. Too cute.

And did I mention it’s packed with veggies and homemade tomato sauce?

Okay, okay. I’ll stop bragging now. Hop over to BeyondtheBatter.org for more…

More blog headlines written by your fellow, young female entrepreneurs:

Wear Your Damn Tutu

What I learnt from Steve Jobs…

Stress, Frustration & Zig Zagging Your Way to Success

HOW TO BE MORE SUCCESSFUL AND TRAVEL THE WORLD

Getter Better Sleep Tonight

To Tweet Or Not To RE-Tweet! Using Twitter Wisely, Especially During Your Job Search!

Marketing Budget Tips

The Law of Attraction in Business

How to Do a Love Meditation (the right way)

Freedom in Business and Adventure in Life: The 30-Day Blog Challenge, Day 3

Dilemmas, Solutions and Provence

Your First Draft Sucks

Wanted: Mum of two to work from home; flexible hours; great salary; benefits inc. taking summer holidays off

We’ll ask the community again on Wednesday for their latest blog post on Facebook this week, so be sure to like YFE on Facebook and watch for the post.

PS. Did you miss last week’s YFE live webcasts? Watch the replays below…

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Today’s ACTION item (grab our free ACTION Calendar and follow along with your fellow YFEs) is to flip through a magazine for inspiration.

While flipping through Glamour Magazine‘s July issue at the gym this morning I stopped on a called out quote that is a favorite of their cover girl, Lily Collins.

“Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.” – Elmer G. Letterman

While I love to devour Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc, and Success Magazine– it’s often the non-entrepreneurial based magazines that inspire me most. Pop over to Glamour to read her interview. She talks about rejection and perseverance, which is a fitting lesson for all of us.

Glamour Magazine July

A popular YFE response to ‘what magazine are you reading today’ has been Inc. How about you?

About our ACTION Calendar // Tweet, Tout, Instagram, or Facebook how you’re taking ACTION and tag it with #YFEchat to connect with other young, female entrepreneurs like you!

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Check out what your fellow YFEs have been writing in the past week. We asked you on Facebook if you had published anything lately and got some awesome responses. Here are some of them.

Pop over to the blog posts and take a moment to get to know the women behind the writing.

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Complete with animated GIFs, check out Donna and Nailah’s post–
5 Things You Learn When You’re a Community Manager

We live for BuzzFeed around here. So, today we’ve decided to pay homage to our very favorite site with our own gif-tastic list: 5 things you learn when you’re a community manager.

1. People love some free stuff. Hop over to DonnaandNailah.com for more…

How to Talk to a Friend About Her Not-Awesome Relationship

The Cost of Ignoring Your Gut Instinct

Moving Day: Part Five OR Welcome to the Tower!

It’s Okay To Want To Be Rich

a shimmering mission

SIX REASONS GMAIL’S NEW FILTERS MIGHT BE GOOD FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Who you date is a function of your self-esteem

Branching Out with Greenlight Yourself and CultureFphiles

How to have Lots of Ideas

5 Things to Outsource When You’re Working and Traveling

Harvard-Bound Young Canadian Innovation Award Winner

The Body is Power

Stress Relief Foods

Get Out of a Rut: Effective Ways to Kickstart Motivation NOW

How to choose the best food for your four-legged

IS KIBBLE THE IDEAL FOOD FOR YOUR DOG? THINK AGAIN.

Top 5 Music Therapy Services of Austin moments of the summer (thus far!)

Destination of Choice #1: PARIS, FRANCE – Part 4

PhoneGap: The Good, The Bad and The Weird

MY FRIENDSHIP RESEARCH

The good, the bad and the ugly: Knowing what’s in your body care products

We’ll ask the community again on Wednesday for their latest blog post on Facebook this week, so be sure to like YFE on Facebook and watch for the post.

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Empact, in partnership with Startup America and others, is showcasing 100 “top entrepreneurs in the US age 30 and under with revenues over $100,000.”

The list they have gathered as of today, with a looming deadline of August 7th is impressive. Diamond engagement ring designer, office furniture distributor, and an Intern Queen to name just a few are among the 203 entrepreneurs that are under thirty who have applied.

While the list is impressive, it’s also very much male dominated with only 20% of ownership coming from women, which is why YFE is reminding you all that if you meet the criteria below, to please apply today.

The criteria for applying includes:

  • 100% of the founders must be 30 years or younger as of October 1, 2012.
  • Business must have over $100,000 in revenue for 2011 or year-to-date in 2012.
  • Located in the United States.
  • Public companies are not eligible.

You will be in good company with the average age of applicants being 27. There is no application fee and if chosen for the top 100, you will be recognized at an event at the White House in September.

I know more of you should be on this list, so be sure to apply today. Come back to the YFE Facebook Page and share your link when its up so we can all put our votes in for you.

Click here to apply.

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Fresh Links Friday

April 6, 2012

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Happy Passover and Easter weekend to those of you who are observing the holidays! Heading into the weekend, take some time to read the following articles that are relevant to entrepreneurial women in their 20s and 30s and let YFE know what you think.

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fix young america

Last week a friend of YFE, The Young Entrepreneurs Council, launched it’s latest campaign #FixYoungAmerica, advocating for entrepreneurship as a solution for the un-employment, under-employment, and student loan debt problems that faces our youth today.

Hear from the founder of The YEC, Scott Gerber below, or read his statement in Time Magazine titled “How Entrepreneurship Can Fix Young America.”

From policy ideas and educational programs, to private sector solutions and philanthropic activities, the #FixYoungAmerica initiative will provide politicians, educators, community leaders, executives, ordinary citizens and young people with best practices and tangible solutions — directly from the very leaders who have proven their effectiveness — that reveal how government, academia, nonprofits, the private sector and ordinary citizens we can ALL work together to spark an entrepreneurial revolution and rebuild the American dream for millions of young people.

The YEC has stated that the campaign’s goals include:

  • Put a copy of the book into the hands of every politician, college president and applicable leader in America;
  • Testify in a Congressional hearing about issues facing young entrepreneurs, and the solutions that can help them;
  • Set up a round-table meeting to discuss #FYA solutions with President Obama and other government leaders;
  • Rally support for our initiative and its goals from major U.S. corporations, celebrities and noteworthy entrepreneurs;
  • Gain traction in the mainstream media for the solutions presented in order to generate greater awareness for the campaign;
  • Raise enough funds to bring the campaign to the masses and deliver our message to decision makers across the United States;
  • Get hundreds of additional proven solutions from individuals and organizations not included in the book or campaign, to further our objective to #FixYoungAmerica.

Last week I shared a story on the YFE Facebook Page of a group of women who banded together to create a source of income for themselves that has grown from being a small group of seamstresses creating goods for their local town, into a cooperative amongst forty women that export their garments through partnerships between large brands like Anthropologie and Nicole Miller. There are hundreds of similar stories where women have joined together to lift themselves out of poverty, which has in turn given back to their community in countless ways.

While our personal stories may differ, if you are here reading this, chances are you have the desire to take control over your own financial well being, you have something you are passionate about, or you want to help others. We are all very much alike in that way.

The big picture solution to the problems that young Americans face today is that we work together. We continue to collaborate in growing our businesses while not only encouraging others that have an interest in entrepreneurship to get started, but also in working to make it easier for them than it was for us.

Collaboration is just half of the battle. There needs to be someone that is leading the march, inspiring us all to work harder, smarter, faster while looking out for our peers along the way. The YEC is that leader; they are organizing the cooperative that will help us all succeed.

For “an entrepreneurial revolution” that will “rebuild the American dream for millions of young people” to take place we need to all contribute. My question to you then is, what solution to #fixyoungamerica are you bringing to the table?

Show up tomorrow night (Thursday, March 15th) at 6p/9e at http://on.fb.me/yfetv for a YFE live stream with guest, Ryan Paugh, the Chief Of Staff and Community Director for the YEC. He will be live answering questions you contribute over Facebook. Stay informed and be active in what is being done in our community.

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Make sure you stick around after Ryan to hear from two women that recently graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and immediately founded their own company (get the scoop).

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