An innovative and ground-breaking new book brings together wisdom from several established and up and coming women business leaders in sharing their candid and introspective insights on how to become a successful entrepreneur.From getting started on concept, building technology, hiring, getting funded and scale, to finally launching a business with success, this book is a must-own for every budding entrepreneur. The list of contributors includes Harvard MBA’s, a college dropout, several Forbes 30 title holders, million dollar startups and pioneers in technology. These women started companies from scratch, scaled their organizations to span across several continents, raised millions of dollars, faced failure but came out victorious and loved every minute of the challenge. These inspirational, gritty, audacious and passionate women, in spite of naysayers or failures, have chosen to create their own flow and act on their ideas and convictions. Their stories are inspirational for anyone wanting to start their own business.
Foreword – Joanna Shields, UK Minister for Internet Safety & Security; Former Chair of Tech City UK
Introduction – Charu Sharma
Chapter 1: What is Entrepreneurship? – Noor Siddiqui, CEO of Remedy (San Francisco)
Chapter 2: How Do You Know When to Take the Plunge? – Annie Ryu, Global Village Fruit (Boston)
Chapter 3: How to Get Started – Cathy Atkins & Courtney Hurst, Metis Communications (Boston)
Chapter 4: How to Turn Passion into a Business – Kajal Desai, Doonya (Houston)
Chapter 5: Think Inside the Box and Create Your Role – Andra Keay, Robotlaunch.com (San Francisco)
Chapter 6: How to Leverage Being an Introvert – Ariel Marcy, steamgalaxy.com (San Francisco)
Chapter 7: Does Corporate Experience Help? – Brittany Hodak, Cofounder of ZinePak (New York)
Chapter 8: How to Scale and Get Funded – Sarah Wood, Unruly (London)
Chapter 9: How Do You Grow and Empower Your Team? – Angie Chang, Women 2.0 & Hackbright Academy (San Francisco)
Chapter 10: How to Ensure Quality Control and Cater to Customer Needs – Robyn Exton, Dattch.com (London)
Chapter 11: How Do You Handle Culture As You Scale? – Rebecca Parsons, Thoughtworks (Seattle)
Chapter 12: How Software is Built—and Why You Should Care – Rebecca Webster-Miller, Speak Write Code & Devbootcamp NYC (New York)
Chapter 13: Why and How Do You Get More Women in Tech? – Alaina Percival, Women Who Code (San Francisco)
Chapter 14: What Happens When You Fail? – Christina Wallace, Quincy & Start-up Institute NYC (New York City/Harvard Business School)
Afterword – Kimber Lockhart, CTO of One Medical Group & Formerly at Box/Increo
Charu Sharma is an award-winning entrepreneur, explorer and author based in Silicon Valley. With 5 National Awards, expeditions to all 7 continents, over 600 stage shows, and two startups, this prodigy was enlisted as a “Power Woman” alongside such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Gandhi, and Melinda Gates by Youth Incorporated magazine in March 2012.
Charu built two startup companies from her college dorm room before getting recruited by LinkedIn. Charu realized that other young women around her were seeking traditional career paths because they did not have exposure to the entrepreneurial path or access to the right female mentors. To solve this, Charu brought together audacious women entrepreneurs and founded the Go Against the Flow movement- through her book, documentary film and Huffington Post Q&A series- to inspire other millennial women to take intelligent risks and consider building their own startup companies.
Charu grew up in Mumbai and went on to study Economics and Physics at Mount Holyoke College in USA on a scholarship; she holds business certificates from Stanford and Dartmouth. She organized TEDxRiverNorth in Chicago, and she has spoken at two TEDx conferences on risk-taking and entrepreneurship respectively. Charu holds black-belts in Karate and Taekwondo; she has penned a travel memoir Far From Shore. She enjoys adventure sports, ballroom dancing and reading philosophy in her free time.