Despite all the recent news about the toxic environment for women entrepreneurs, especially in Silicon Valley, new research from Dell finds that many of the best cities for women entrepreneurs are in the United States. Indeed, the Bay Area is ranked second out of 50 cities, with New York taking the top slot. Those cities are followed by London, Boston, and Stockholm. Among the top 10 cities, six are in the United States, two are in Europe, one is in Canada and one is in Asia.
Flybridge Capital Partners is taking a small, yet potentially important, step toward making venture capital a more reasonable and inclusive place for women. On Wednesday, the firm announced the creation of the XFactor Fund, a pre-seed stage fund that will invest solely in women entrepreneurs. The fund, and the amounts to be invested, are relatively small. The fund has $3 million, and it plans to invest $100,000 in 30 different companies.
In 1996, Maxine Clark left her job as president of Payless ShoeSource, then part of the May Department Stores Co., to return to St. Louis. Clark wanted to do something entrepreneurial but didn't have an idea -- until a 10-year-old provided one. She was out shopping with Katie, the daughter of a friend, when both became frustrated that they couldn't find a stuffed toy Katie wanted. Then Katie said, "We could just make one ourselves." Clark's life was about to change forever.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".