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In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of May 12, 2019

  • 5.17.2019

Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

The Anti-Silicon Valley Formula: How Companies Succeed Despite Not Following the Silicon Valley Playbook
We hear a lot about the traditional Silicon Valley startup life cycle—grow fast, for forgiveness, secure venture funding, and, obviously, be in California. But that’s not the only way to be successful as a startup. This AlleyWatch article describes two tech companies who followed very different paths, and yet still had success by Silicon Valley standards.

Entrepreneurship Defined: What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur
Being an entrepreneur is hard. It can feel like fighting an uphill battle, and it’s easy to doubt whether you’ve made the right decision. If you’re feeling like you could use a little inspiration, check out this article from Business News Daily, where 25 successful entrepreneurs share what qualities they think got them to where they are today.

Bad News: The Fashion Industry is Actually Slowing Down on Sustainability
The fashion industry generated 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gases in 2015, which is more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. And despite flashy headlines about sustainable practices some fashion brands are switching to, the industry as a whole is stalling out on any improvements in the area. This article by FastCompany talks about a recent report detailing sustainability in the fashion industry, and what consumers and entrepreneurs can do to help out.

More Than $1 Billion in New Capital Has Been Earmarked for Women Entrepreneurs. Here’s Where to Find It
It’s always exciting to see women helping women in business, especially since as it stands now, female CEOs get only about 3 percent of venture capital globally, despite the fact that founding teams with at least one woman outperform all-male teams, when measured by their companies’ gain in valuation, by 63%. This Inc.com article talks about the funds trying to disrupt this pattern, and why they see doing so to be such a lucrative opportunity.

Why It’s Time for Entrepreneurs to Eliminate the Stigma Around Mental Health
According to a study by a faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, 72% of entrepreneurs surveyed self-reported mental health concerns. With the pressure entrepreneurs face, and the unique stresses of starting a business on your own, these numbers, while not surprising, are startling. This article from Forbes discusses measures that the startup and business community as a whole should embrace when thinking about mental illness, and how we can help those around us who may need support.

Links compiled by Meghan Muncey.