I3PDX: Include. Innovate. Invest – Come and meet, Ivo Lukas, Our CEO/Founder of 24Notion

A series to promote diversity in technology and entrepreneurship.
Include. Innovate. Invest. PORTLAND.
The first Include. Innovate. Invest. PORTLAND (I3PDX) Event was attended by almost 200 diverse business and community leaders and technology professionals committed to growing the next generation of leaders in our innovation economy.  Our partners and attendees identified the desire for more structured networking time and a better understanding of available business and startup resources.So this next event offers:

Q & A with startup & business resources:Portland Seed Fund
Portland Incubator Experiment
Startup PDX Challenge
TiE Oregon
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
Small Business Development Center
PDC Business DevelopmentSmall group discussions on access to capital, finding your team, networks, building your brand, and startup life with:

Marcelino Alvarez, Uncorked Studios
Michael Gray, Globesherpa
D’Wayne Edwards, Pensole Academy
Paula Hayes, Hue Noir Cosmetics
Grace Andrews, Graph Alchemist
Justin Yuen, FMYI
Jon Maroney, Amplify United
Diane Fraiman, Voyager Capital
Bill Lynch, Former CTO Jive Software, PDC Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Ivo Lukas, 24Notion
Paola Moretto, Nouvola
Mara Zepeda, Switchboard

Learn more about the 2014 Startup PDX Challenge.

 

Our Founder/CEO, Ivo Lukas will be there to help you answer any Qs. Join us to celebrate entrepreneurship in Oregon! Follow her on twitter @MsSonicFlare

Tom Holce 2013 Awards: Outstanding Entrepreneurship in Oregon

The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) held its annual Tom Holce awards event Tuesday night. 24Notion represented as a patron sponsor(4th consecutive years), so we got to enjoy the night and celebrate with the OEN community. Want the scoop on the awards, who won them, and what finalists say sets Oregon apart from other entrepreneurship communities? Read on to find out!

The night opened with a full hour of networking and dinner in the Hilton ballroom. As the program began, OEN Executive Director and President, Linda Weston, presented the Volunteers of the Year Award to Brent Bullock of Perkins Coie and Shelley Gunton of Chez Marie. The spirit of volunteering and helping others was a thread that ran through the whole night. Next, the emcees—Nitin Khanna of MergerTech and Scott Kveton of Urban Airship—delighted the crowd with some laughs and presented the main awards, complete with beautiful video montages of all of the finalists.

 

 

Development Stage Company Award

Wildfang is a fashion and lifestyle brand that embraces tomboy style and culture. CEO and CMO Emma Mcilroy accepted the award on behalf of the company, saying that she didn’t prepare a speech since winning was unexpected.

Working Capital Stage Company

Janrain is a leading provider of user management solutions, using technology to help clients leverage the Internet. Larry Drebes founded Janrain in 2005 and now, eight years later, the company is recognized in the Working Capital Stage category.

Growth Stage Company Award

Coaxis is a software company that specializes in construction-specific enterprise resource planning for its large client base in the construction industry.  Jay Haladay, the CEO of Coaxis, cited the company’s successful implementation as a success factor since “vision without execution is hallucination.”

2013 OEN Lifetime Achievement Award

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honored Paul Gulick, who embodies everything that OEN looks for in candidates: an experienced entrepreneur, an investor, mentor, and philanthropist. Gulick has a strong background in technology and innovation, and is currently on multiple boards of directors and advisory positions with Children’s Cancer Association, Oregon State University Venture Accelerator, Northwest Analytics inc. and CompView Inc.

Individual Achievement Award

Mat Ellis, the CEO and Founder of Cloudability, accepted the Individual Achievement Award. Cloudability is a cloud management company that helps clients run lean cloud systems, reducing costs and waste. Ellis hails from the UK but now resides in Portland. He said during his acceptance that it “really says something” about the Oregon entrepreneurial community when two foreigners were accepting awards (the other was Emma Mcilroy of Wildfang).

What Ellis pointed out about the Oregon entrepreneurial community is really unique. The community is very supportive and encouraging—the perfect, fertile entrepreneurship environment. This is why the work that OEN has done—connecting entrepreneurs with networks of support and collaboration—is so vital, and what makes it special.

We never know what the future holds, but one thing is for sure: It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur in Oregon!

 

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Article written by Jillian Toda

24Notion partners up with U.S. Department of State in empowering girls through technology

In the last months, we have been hard at work to create a synergy through our Corporate Social Reponsibilities and our new effort at 24Notion and Girls In Tech. This summer we are partnering up with the U.S. Department of State in one of the amazing new initiative.  News Release is here

“U.S. Department of State Empowering Girls in the Middle East and North Africa Through Technology”.

Come see our leader, Ivo lukas, Founder/CEO of 24Notion & Chief Innovation officer/Global Mentorship programs of Girls in Tech will be speaking on July 16th in Washington DC at the Microsoft HQ with other top women leaders in the technology/entrepreneurship arena about the value of Mentorship and how you could become the next generation leader(s). This event is a VIP/private exclusive event only.

If media/journalist/bloggers are interested in being invited, please email pr@24notion.tv or ivo@24notion.tv

follow @techgirls @24Notion @girlsintech

More info below-

From June 25 – July 18, these tech-savvy teenagers from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen will engage with their American counterparts in the classroom and the community, working on their technical development and leadership skills. They will participate in an iD TechCamp, an interactive technology and computer camp, at Towson University; meet with leading U.S. technology companies in Washington, DC, and New York, NY; and take part in community service activities. The TechGirls will be also be mentored by representatives from top technology companies, making important personal contacts and expanding their networks to compete equally in an often male-dominated field. The TechGirls Program is administered by Legacy International.

TechGirls was first announced in 2011, on the heels of the successful first year of TechWomen, a mentoring program that pairs emerging female leaders with top American women in the technology sector.

Working to ensure a diverse experience, the Department has teamed up with several private sector partners, including: 24Notion, ALIVE!, Inc., AT&T, Bully Pulpit Interactive, Code4Charity, the DC Digital Divas Dinner, DoSomething.org, Facebook, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Girls in Tech, Girls Who Code, Google, OhMyGov Inc., Precision Network, Relief International, TechChange, Women Innovate Mobile, Yahoo!, and Verizon Communications. The State Department is also pleased to collaborate with the White House, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA), and the Federal Communications Commission for the TechGirls program.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today that 27 TechGirlsfrom eight Middle Eastern countries and the Palestinian Territories will arrive in Washington DC on June 25 for a three-week exchange. TechGirls provides girls from the Middle East and North Africa with the knowledge and resources to pursue higher education and careers in technology. This program builds on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world.

 

Women Entrepreneurs: Pitch Your Idea

Tell your story and be bold is my motto.

As entrepreneurs, innovators, and simply ideators, you must keep pushing the envelope. Perseverance and creativity are the name of the game. A recent Wall Street Journal study and article, “Women Executives Make Venture-backed Companies More Successful,” finds that “Venture-backed companies that include females as senior executives are more likely to succeed than companies where only males are in charge.”

Whether you are bootstrapping or pitching to get VC/angel investors, you must keep in mind two things about your business pitch: keep your story simple and sweet. I’ve been asked lately about what the top “must haves” for women are when pitching their businesses and/or ideas. There have to be some formulas for success, right? As women in a male-dominated industry, we should be sharing these trade secrets with each other!

Do women pitch differently than men? What makes our style different from men? The answer would be there are no gender differences in pitching your idea to an investor. Bottom line: whether you are men or women, you must do your due diligence in understanding your product and services. Only then can you know how your VCs/audience will see or react to your pitch, and you can effectively make persuasive arguments to cater to them.

One thing to understand is that you will undoubtedly get the door shut in your face. In fact, I’ve chatted with one entrepreneur who said, “I’ve pitched to over 25 VCs and they all said no.” I would say to do your homework! Learn about who the VCs you’re pitching to are. One size doesn’t fit all! You must know who they are and if they’ll even give your business model a glance so that you can strategize. Lastly, never give up!

With that in mind, here are my top 5 must-haves.

How to Pitch Your Ideas

WHAT/WHY/WHO/HOW/WHEN

1. What is your idea? Explain and elaborate about your concept
2. Why will this idea work? Explain your inspiration and the data to back it up
3. Who are your competitors? Or is there a similar concept?
4. How would this idea make your consumer’s life easier over your competitors? The next question would be how you get your Return of Investment(ROI)–you have to explain the benefits!
5. When will this launch? Explain your launch milestones and strategy behind them

I would love to hear your stories of your successful pitches! Tell me about your top advice to all of the entrepreneurs out there who are ready to tell their story in the comment section.

Check out the full study here by Dow Jones VentureSource

 Published on HuffPost

Defining Your Own Success: Your Life, Your Way

Published on HuffPost

Over the last couple months, we’ve heard a lot of buzz around and amplified discussions about women on top. Here, I’m talking about women leaders in the tech sector. There are a lot of questions coming out of these discussions, with people asking things like: “Why aren’t there more women on top?” “Why isn’t there more gender equality in today’s workforce?” “What’s the biggest hurdle that women face?” And “How do we women overcome those challenges?” Well, I’ve addressed some of these issues before, and there has been plenty of dialogue on these topics already. There is still more to uncover, though, which is why I would like to explore something new.

My question: In today’s era of “women on top,” is it considered unsuccessful for women to be stay-at-home moms? My answer: most definitely NOT.

Stay with me here — I know what you’re thinking. You probably think that women homemakers are being subjected to some type of backwards role of domesticity, that by being stay-at-home moms women are somehow stopping their progress. But, think about this. The tech business landscape is changing and making room for women, but this has also never really happened before. The shift to “women on top” businesses means that lifestyles of top leaders may also need to shift. My take? Define your own success. Whether you are working and moving up the ladder or raising your child at home — both are equally successful.

Recent articles and posts about this outlook have been swarming around the internet, as well as panel discussions across the country. This was an especially hot topic when Marissa Mayer was recruited as President and CEO of Yahoo. Mayer faced a large challenge in her new position: dealing with the public and employees about her ban on remote work settings. Then, an article popped up about Mayer’s private life, painting her own office-work balance negatively. I was taken aback that banning remote work would have anything to do with Mayer’s private family life, but this has risen as a hotly debated issue. It’s true that the ban may be a large burden on some employees, but this may have happened because of the burden Mayer carries as a woman on top. I think we must be supportive in her decision. Yahoo was on top at some point before it diminished over the years. Now, as Mayer rolls up her sleeves to prove herself in this important role, the world is watching (and watching closely). Do I believe that she is banning all remote settings work? No, I don’t think so. I think she is trying to bring Yahoo back up to the way it used to be, a leading company. For Mayer, success is optimizing the performance of her team in a collaborative way. This is great for Yahoo — but still isn’t the only definition of success women can have.

One of my friends recently decided that she’ll raise her little girl at home. She is a PhD at heart and is very noble in society. After her first child, though, she couldn’t stand the fact that she’d be away from her daughter. Both my friend and her husband made a very tough decision. She decided she would raise her daughter rather than pursue more opportunities in her field. Was it worth it? She is climbing up the ladder of her own family’s success…and she loves every minute of it. To me, that’s a success!

The interesting part about this discussion, whether positive or negative is that we have the tendency to judge and create our own conclusions of what success looks like for others. Why are we so shortsighted about the idea of choice and the freedom to choose our own paths? We don’t necessarily need to get caught up in the rat race. Yes, it’s very noble when a woman decides to stay at home and raise her children. And yes, it is very noble if she decides to reenter the workforce later on. At the end of the day, define your own success and be proud of your own accomplishments for you and your family.

I attended a function where the panel had a specific discussion on whether women are less ambitious than men. Is it true that we are not as aggressive as men? I think there are a lot of factors in all of this. It’s based on each individual personality. Sure, we might be faced with gender inequality at some point, but we shouldn’t be judging ourselves and others by criteria based on gender biases. Too often we get caught up in the idea of men vs. women, but this is too surface level; we must get to the roots of it. After all, success isn’t defined by who is more or less aggressive.

I recently ran into this article. I think the phrase “you are your own worst enemy” really is true because we criticize and judge others without the full story. Here’s an interesting fact about my career: I’ve had around a dozen bosses — half men and women — and some of the women bosses I’ve had have been horrible. Of course, I’ve been blessed to have some great bosses and mentors as well. All of the male bosses that I’ve had were supportive and wanted to see me succeed, yet some of my female bosses were demeaning and unappreciative. Do I dwell upon it? No! I’ve just realized that those bosses were of some personalities and characteristics that I don’t work well with. All of this taught me how to encourage other women aspiring to be leaders. As a result, I’m extremely passionate about building relationships and mentoring others, especially with fellow women. This is my definition of success!

Whether you’re a woman who wants to stay at home or go to work, define your own success so that you can achieve it. It all comes down to choice! You get to choose the path you want to take. Life should, indeed, be greater than just the sum of your choices — it’s the value you get from being successful in your own way.