What Startups Can Learn from Fortune 500 Mentoring Programs

Today, as much as 71 percent of all Fortune 500 companies have implemented a mentoring program where mentors and mentees seek active participation. This speaks volumes on just how beneficial such a program can be for companies when done right. Numerous studies have found that mentoring programs can reduce turnover and significantly increase employee engagement. …

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7 Business Truths Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

In order to ensure that you are on the right track, you must absorb and process all feedback, good and bad. Many founders have shipwrecked their companies simply because of their resistance to hearing bad news, despite warning signs during initial meetings with friends, family, colleagues, and business associates. Keeping an open mind is necessary for entrepreneurs to build products and services that address an actual market. 

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Ice Cream, Entrepreneurship, and Mentoring

Yesterday, the “Let’s get the Taharka Brothers’ ice cream truck on the road!” campaign to raise funds through Kickstarter was a big crowd-sourcing success: they asked for $28,000 but raised $34,557 in a thirty day period. Why present the entrepreneurial success of a small ice cream company in a MentorCloud blog post? On 16 July 2013, …

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AAUW, IISc Presentations by MentorCloud

This has been a traveling summer for Team MentorCloud: In June, Katy Dickinson presented at the the American Association of University Women (AAUW) national convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Other presenters at this remarkable event included Lilly Ledbetter, Linda Alepin, and US Senator Olympia Snowe. On behalf of MentorCloud, Katy Dickinson presented an “Online Mentoring” Special Interest Group (SIG) with Deepti Gudipati, Director, Leadership Programs at AAUW. More …

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TiE Mentoring Success Metrics

TiEcon “The World’s Largest Conference for Entrepreneurs” was held 17-18 May 2013 in the Silicon Valley, California. MentorCloud powered the TiE Silicon Valley MentorConnect program presented as part of TiEcon.  MentorConnect has several elements, including a web-based platform (MentorCloud) and a series of speed mentoring events called Open Mentoring Sessions.  Two such sessions were held recently, one in December 2012 …

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TiEcon Women’s Forum, Innovation

  While  MentorCloud was at TiEcon “The World’s Largest Conference for Entrepreneurs” last weekend mostly to help run the MentorConnect program and to meet current and future customers, we did get to see some of the presentations in between doing business.  I attended several presentations of the TiEcon Women’s Forum – including the fascinating keynote by Maya Strelar-Migotti, Vice President and …

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Tips from a first-time entrepreneur: Questions to ask during a mentoring session…

TiEcon 2013: The world’s largest conference for entrepreneurs is almost here (May 17-18, 2013), and MentorCloud is proud to be strategic partner of TiE. My own entrepreneurial-gene got turned on when I attended TiEcon few years ago, and the e-journey has been fantastic ever since, leading up to MentorCloud. At this year’s TiEcon, more than 250 mentoring …

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