As an entrepreneur, one of the earliest lessons I’ve learned is that big wins are the collection of many small steps. Many people have asked me how, as a solo founder, I managed to build a company with a customer base of 70+.
I wish I had a glamorous answer, but I don’t. The truth is that my company is the outcome of five years of 13-16 hour days and many, many dead-ends, and a whole lot of hustle. My secret is that I’ve positioned each and every day as a baby step forward—an attitude that is even more critical now, since I’m working with my technical co-founder (and husband) to continue our core consulting and content creation business and bootstrap a series of products.
We stay sane by focusing on the small wins. Here are the tips that have helped us:
Meet Tayo Akinyemi, one of four Women on the Rise winners who will be flying to San Francisco this fall for a week-long educational journey!
Tayo is the Executive Director of AfriLabs, a pan-African network of tech innovation hubs with 40 hubs in 18 countries. She is an African entrepreneurship and innovation enthusiast who began her career at an NGO dedicated to advancing women in corporate business. Since then she has focused, with varying degrees of success, on understanding how businesses are built and sustained for impact. Tayo has an MBA from Cornell University and a BA from Princeton University.
Keep up with Tayo on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Meet Leigh Nicholson, one of four Women on the Rise winners who will be flying to San Francisco this fall for a week-long educational journey!
Leigh is completing her PhD in cellular and gynecological oncology at Sydney University, Australia. She is particularly interested in how technological and software advancements influence the future of biological research. To share her latest research, Leigh occasionally writes for publications about science and tech.
Keep up with Leigh on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Across the country, universities are feeling a pinch. The cost of operating a university is rising, and increases in tuition can’t keep up. Across the country, students are also feeling a pinch. Tuition is rising, and the long-promised value of a higher degree is becoming more dubious for some as student debt, unemployment and under-employment rates soar.To combat these issues, universities and third party companies have placed higher education under the microscope—questioning, analyzing, and experimenting with new models.
While the reform in vogue changes year-to-year, the largest changes of the past decade have centered around online learning. From 2U
enabling universities to put their own degree programs online, to the MOOCs offering university courses to the world for free, to the emergence of the Minerva Project
, the most prominent trends have been spurred by the digital age. These initiatives largely take the same structural approach to teaching but have moved the medium of instructional delivery online. Many see online learning as a potential catalyst for the unbundling of universities as students choose to pick-and-choose which elements of a higher education experience they need.
A recent Georgetown University graduate, Nikhil Wagh decided to join his old high school friend in founding SaladPower, the “world’s first truly drinkable salad,” to provide a healthy and affordable juice option. However, Nikhil soon realized that he was lacking some fundamental business skills that would help him bring the company to the next level. Now, as COO, he’s helping SaladPower onboard retailers across the East Coast!
Keep up with SaladPower on Twitter @saladpower.
Here is how it happens. You see the CEO in the hallway and he stops you. He then says, “I was thinking about this the other day—I have a great new idea for a feature.” You nod politely and walk back to your desk—feeling sick to your stomach along the way.
Growing up, Paige Edmiston was surrounded by an innovative and dedicated family who helped her appreciate the importance of creativity and entrepreneurship. As an adult, she has found her passion in helping young people achieve their dreams.With help from GA’s Digital Marketing course, Paige has found a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who have helped her support and grow her startup, The Sidekick Collective, which seeks to identify and invest in the superheroes of tomorrow. Continue reading
Over the past few months, we’ve been working with Burning Glass Technologies to study today’s most in-demand jobs, the skills required to land them, and the places in which these opportunities are most available. Our new report, “Blurring Lines: How Business and Technology Skills Are Merging to Create High Opportunity Hybrid Jobs,” concludes that many of these roles—in fields like web development, data science, and digital marketing—demand both technical and business acumen.
Marketers are analyzing more complicated data sets, developers are building websites and apps that are functional and drive the bottom line—business and technology do not function in a vacuum, and skilled professionals are expected to develop both sets of skills.
These hybrid jobs are among the fastest growing and best careers in today’s job market—more than 250,000 positions were open in the last year alone, and the average starting salary is upwards of $100,000. Continue reading
Raffi Khatchadourian is a Mathematical Economics major and incoming junior at Colgate University. A self-starter and talented entrepreneur, Raffi has established himself as the COO of indify, an emerging music startup, before many of his peers have even declared their major. Back in January, Raffi attended GA’s week-long Business Accelerator program in partnership with Colgate University. Since then, he and his co-founders have gone on to win $10,000 in funding from Colgate University’s Entrepreneur Weekend Shark Tank and $15,000 from Colgate University’s Entrepreneurs Fund. Read on to learn how this young entrepreneur transformed his passion for music and data into a successful early-stage startup.
Follow Raffi @DeadliestKhatch and his startup at @_indify. Continue reading
Founders from 11 startups that participated in the GA/500 Startups accelerator program in June in San Francisco.
Back in January, we announced our landmark partnership with 500 Startups to develop an accelerator prep program designed exclusively for GA alumni. The month-long training program accepted 11 startups, which each received $8,000 in seed money as well as a $2,000 tuition credit from 500 startups to get them on the fast track to triumph.
The partnership is a natural extension of our entrepreneurial roots and aligns with our mission to empower individuals to pursue work they love.
Since the program ended in June, we caught up with the founders, who represent a range of GA courses and campuses around the world. Read on to see what they learned from the experience, and what comes next. Continue reading