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If it’s not implicit bias, then why do female entrepreneurs struggle to access venture capital?
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Stereotypes around gender roles can make the uncertainties of entrepreneurship much harder to deal with

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“Your entire life as an entrepreneur is figuring out little games every day… and there are always tricks”

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Technology firms that are not even party to a patent fight are hit with shrapnel

For leaders of new ventures, adversity is just another lesson to absorb. “The second you start to frame things on the dark side, it inhibits future action”
connected nodes
They look like programming tools but they act as a powerful bridge to digital platforms and unimagined opportunities
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When first-time entrepreneurs can learn from adversity and act proactively, the odds of business survival soar
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You can learn a lot from distant competitors that your closest rivals overlook
killing innovation
The practice of buying out the competition just to neutralize potential disruption has implications for both consumers and future innovation
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A market-hardened venture capitalist schools a couple of budding entrepreneurs, and learns a thing or two in the process

While design thinking has been associated with technology firms and start-ups, it is powerfully attractive to managers and leaders at established organizations such as retailers, banks, or government departments that are not necessarily based on technology yet are in the midst of change.

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They look like mission-focused champions who can balance stakeholder needs and stick to disciplined processes
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Intrapreneurs have feet in two worlds and it’s up to leaders to help them stay balanced
How internal innovators can make their case and claim precious resources, and how leaders can create the space for them to succeed

Smith School of Business

Goodes Hall, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6

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