We asked the members of the 2020 Female Founders 100 for their best advice about coming up with, and testing, the idea that will form the foundation of your company. These are the highlights.

Malai
Question everyone about everything, and seek out reasons why you might be wrong. Then go with your gut.

SweetBio
If 90 percent of people think your idea is a good one, you’re already too late.

Anna Sheffield
It’s important to just take those bold leaps in the beginning, even if it is a little terrifying, and know that if you don’t make the perfect thing the first time, that’s OK. You’ll continue to improve. Starting on that path will lead you to where you need to go.

CQ Fluency
Think big, but choose wisely.

Everlywell
Remember that even some of the biggest companies didn’t realize, at the beginning, that they could address a global mass

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a woman sitting on a bench: Elisabete Miranda


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Elisabete Miranda

Elisabete Miranda had to start over again when she moved to the U.S. from Brazil in 1994. She turned what she learned about translation into a business.

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When Elisabete Miranda immigrated to the United States from Brazil in 1994, she learned how a life’s experience can get lost in translation. In Brazil, she’d been a respected serial entrepreneur and vice president of her local chamber of commerce. In the U.S., she felt like one more Latin American woman who didn’t speak the language. “When you move to another country, it’s like you become a stupid person,” she says with a laugh, recalling her first days in the States. “You have to suck it up and do what you need to do.”

What Miranda needed to do, she believed,

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a person standing posing for the camera: Tracee Ellis Ross


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Tracee Ellis Ross

Pattern is the hair care line she’d always wanted but no one had created–until now.

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As an entrepreneur, Tracee Ellis Ross would seem to have some clear advantages: She’s an award-winning actor, producer, and activist–and the daughter of Diana Ross. Yet her first steps into starting her own business brought her the same frustration and rage that so many founders–especially female founders–know all too well. A few years ago, Ross brought the idea for Pattern, a hair care line for curly, coily, and tight-textured hair, to her contact at her talent agency. “She made me cry,” recalls Ross. “She was like, ‘Why would anyone want hair products from you? You’re an actor.’ ” Like many entrepreneurs, Ross was motivated by her own experience: She knew, from years of trying to mold her hair to society’s idea of beauty–and damaging it

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Clare Muscutt, Jess and Lily Ratty, Varsa Amin
Clare Muscutt, Jess and Lily Ratty, Varsa Amin

From caravans to kitchen tables, and podcast production to pregnancy, I’ve been speaking to many women in and around the technology sector about how they have adapted to the challenges of working during the coronavirus pandemic.

Research suggests women across the world have shouldered more family and household responsibilities than men as the coronavirus pandemic continues, alongside their working lives.

And they share their inspirations, frustrations but also their optimism.

“I have a new business and a new life,” says Clare Muscutt, who lost work, her relationship and her flatmate as lockdown hit.

Wednesday is Ada Lovelace Day – an annual celebration of women working in the male-dominated science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) sectors.

And, this year, it has a very different vibe.

Varsha Amin, technology and digital skills coach, Hampshire

Initially it felt like business was paused. Confidence went.

I’ve

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nine bosses

More jobs are being lost as Coronavirus lockdowns hit the economy.

For the jobs that remain, the question is, how to stand out as an applicant?

We ask nine top bosses for their thoughts.

Holly Tucker, founder of Not On The High Street: ‘I want to be wowed’

Holly Tucker MBE, founder of Holly & Co and Notonthehighstreet
Holly Tucker MBE, founder of Holly & Co and Notonthehighstreet

When you apply for a job with Ms Tucker, founder of online marketplace Not On The High Street, she’s looking for one thing: “Creativity.”

She says: “I want to be wowed by the application, whatever the role. I want to see the care, attention to detail and creativity in their application that I will want to see from them in their job every day.”

She suggests a handwritten letter or an imaginative design as a good starting place.

“Some of my favourite CVs have gone the extra mile and showcased

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Daven Cuban

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Parlay Life
Parlay Life

Las vegas, United States, Oct. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Millions of people love watching sports. 

The competition, the ebbs and flows, the cheering, and above all the camaraderie built amongst a group watching a game together. Now imagine if you could watch your favorite sport and make a living doing it. Imagine you could win money because your favorite sports team won a game. This isn’t just a fantasy, in fact it’s possible and you can do it too! Meet Daven Cuban, a family man, a devoted sports consultant, and selfless individual who turned his talent and passion for sports into a career that helps turn sports fans into investors. 

Stay tuned, Nvule Studios, will cover Daven, a successful sports consultant based in Las Vegas, to give you the information you need to start finding the best value in sports. 

Meet Daven Cuban: 

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With advances in technology over the past decade, we’ve changed the way we live and behave. The internet is no longer just a source of information and entertainment — we spend more time in the cyber world now than ever before.

Online dating is one social activity that has grown dramatically. Today, there are many sites and apps for people who want to find their life partners from the comfort of their couch.

The increasing number of people who prefer to develop relationships through interactions on websites offers entrepreneurs an exciting business opportunity.

So, what do you need to do to start and build a successful online dating service? Let these strategies be your guide.

Choose the right business model

Do you want to charge a fee or offer complimentary membership and earn from advertisers?

You’ll

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With just weeks to go before the November election, a sleeper U.S. Senate race in a deeply Republican state is starting to garner some attention.

A poll released on Sept. 28 showed Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan with a razor-thin 1 point lead over his main challenger, Al Gross, an orthopedic surgeon. 

While Gross is technically an independent, Democrats are backing him as part of the party’s efforts to gain a majority in the closely divided Senate. And their battle has been roiled by a series of controversies, including leaked videos and a dispute over an alleged bear attack. 

Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) speaks during a Senate Armed Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. May 7, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via reuters)
Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on May 7. (Al Drago/Pool via Reuters)

Gross, whose father was the state’s Democratic attorney general in the 1970s, has leaned on his colorful background in his effort to unseat Sullivan. His ads have described him as having been “born

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Amazon Prime Day moved from July to October this year, giving consumers a jump on the holiday shopping season and offering some early deals for small business owners. Sales from the 48-hour shopping event, which runs from 12:00 am PT on Tuesday, October 13 to 11:59 pm PT on Wednesday, October 14, totaled more than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined last year.

Here are some of the best Prime Day deals for business owners this year.

1. L-shaped desk

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If you need new workstations at your office or are looking to upgrade your home office, this L-shaped desk from home office furniture brand DlandHome has ample working space and room for multiple devices or monitors. The desk is priced at $139, but Amazon Prime members can get $30 off starting at 8:20 am ET on Tuesday, October 13.

2. Ring light

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Need to create a more professional

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GRAPEVINE, Texas, Oct. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GameStop is rolling-out deep holiday savings early this year with the launch of its first-ever ‘1Up’ 48-Hour sale. Beginning Oct. 13, at 12AM CST, gamers, collectors and gift-givers will receive (online only) significant discounts on the hottest video game and pop culture collectibles merchandise on www.gamestop.com and the newly redesigned and recently launched GameStop mobile app, which offers more personalized and localized experiences, enhanced product find-ability, daily deals, digital wall capabilities, a gaming news hub and much more.

GameStop is not stopping there, as the holiday savings continue with the popular PRO Days event, which begins Oct 15 – 16 for PowerUp Rewards Pro members. Pro members can save more than $1,000 in exclusive deals on video game hardware, software, accessories, and pop culture merchandise, like statues, board games, and other collectible items. GameStop is extending the PRO Days sale to Oct.

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