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Project Entrepreneur expands accelerator program to help more women entrepreneurs build scalable companies

Mashable

Since launching in 2015, Project Entrepreneur -- a media partner of Mashable -- has trained more than 1,200 aspiring entrepreneurs representing 131 U.S. cities. Its annual venture competition has yielded an alumnae community of nearly 400 women entrepreneurs, with the 2016 finalists reporting $10 million raised in seed and pre-seed funding.


#changetheworld - technology visionaries - Discussion

#artificialintelligence

As an Entrepreneur and Founder, you initially believe naïvely with "rose-colored glasses" that you will change the world. You want to create products and services that benefit society and humanity. To maintain this humility and integrity, you have to be more than an average entrepreneur as you are going to have your naysayers and haters. We once heard a legendary VC note that they don't invest in exit plans, they invest in great Entrepreneurs and Founders who want to build sustainable, built-to-last businesses. The difference is in the time span as one is short-term thinking and the other is long-term thinking.


ABC just dropped a some new shows on its revamped app

Mashable

ABC rolled out new shows on its app this week, including offerings from from YouTuber Lisa Schwartz and relationship guru Matthew Hussey. The launch of the shows comes a little over a month after ABC revamped the app. ABC is not the first to dabble in bite-sized content offerings for mobile-first audiences. Others, including Bravo, have upped their efforts to reach cord-cutters. SEE ALSO: ABC orders more shows for app, including one from Viola Davis' production company In addition to the new short series, ABC's app will have episodes of current on-air shows -- including Modern Family and Quantico -- and full seasons of 38 "throwback" shows, and a redesigned user interface exclusively for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV.


SoftBank has a lesson for startups with WeWork coup: Your dreams had better be profitable

The Japan Times

Masayoshi Son, long known as a free-spending benefactor who encouraged startup founders to pursue their dreams even if it meant losing billions of dollars, had a different message for entrepreneurs last week: Your dreams had better be profitable. The chief executive officer of SoftBank Group Corp. told company leaders gathered at the five-star Langham resort in Pasadena, California, that they need to become profitable soon and stressed the importance of good governance, according to a person who attended the event. Public investors aren't going to tolerate gimmicks, like super-voting rights or complicated share structures, that privilege founders over other stakeholders, he said, adding they should get in shape years before they consider going public. The "or else" part of the message became clear just days later when SoftBank led the ouster of WeWork's controversial co-founder, Adam Neumann. The co-working giant's plans to go public this month imploded, with investors balking at paying a premium for a money-losing real estate venture controlled by an eccentric founder.


Investors could make another £500m a year by backing disabled founders

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A survey of more than 200 UK entrepreneurs living with a disability, who have either recently sought or received funding, found that 84% of respondents believe they don't have equal access to the same opportunities and resources as non-disabled entrepreneurs.