Mentorship

Picking Provocative Partners

By Poornima Vijayshanker We all know the common adage ‘no man is an island’. This applies to our professional lives as well as our personal ones. The people who we choose to partner with for a project can lead to progress or peril! Choosing a partner is indeed a difficult decision - you want someone you can rely on during the best and worst of times, who complements you well, and who can also nudge you when you know you need it. Too ... Read more

Prioritizing for Passion

By Poornima Vijayashanker  I often jump right out of bed and get to work (I’m writing this post at 5:50am PST). Some people would say it’s easy for me because I’m an “early bird”, but a few years ago I preferred to start my day later, and I had the option to. Instead of waking up early, I’d stay up later and was much more of a “night owl”.I became an early bird out of necessity. My commitments to work and my ... Read more

Uncomfortable Co-Founder Conversations

By Poornima Vijayashanker I recently met up with a friend of mine to have tea and catch up in San Francisco. I hadn't seen him since he had sold his last company a year ago, and he was really eager to get to work on his next project. As he was telling me his idea I got excited, because I had heard this same concept only two weeks prior - a friend of mine in Seattle had already built the prototype ... Read more

It’s OK to ASK for Help

By Poornima Vijayashanker - Get free updates of new posts here  Too often we get overwhelmed because we think we have to solve every problem alone! Asking for help seems like a sign of weakness, you feel like you're burdening someone by taking up their time, or worse yet you might have overlooked the importance of building up a support system. However, one of the hallmark traits of successful people is to be OK with asking for help when they need it. In ... Read more

Doing what you LOVE can be tiring!

By Poornima Vijayashanker  Almost 2 years ago Sarah Coronado, the founder of Lotus Premium Denim, reached out to me via email. She wanted to meet up and ask me for some guidance. So I agreed to meet up with her. At the start of our first meeting, she handed me a pair of Lotus jeans to try on. I could already tell I’d like this woman... The jeans fit like a glove, and I’d soon discover that they’d become my favorite pair! During our ... Read more

Busy Work vs. Actual Work

By Poornima Vijayashanker Recently a young woman named Margaret reached out and asked me for some guidance regarding her business. So I took the time to walk through her product, and then did a deep dive into the numbers behind her business as it related to customers, revenue, expenses, etc. Before I sat down to give her any advice, I asked Margaret what she wanted, and her response was to scale her business. She wanted more. More customers and revenue. And she wanted to ... Read more

Lesson 3: How to go from Uncertainty to Clarity

This is the third and final lesson in the series: How to Deal with Uncertainty By Poornima Vijayashanker In the previous lesson Maria Molfino and I talked the illusion of feeling like we’re the only ones and one simple step to feeling less alone. If you missed the last lesson here it is. In this lesson we’re going to share some steps to moving forward, past uncertainty, and getting closer to clarity! We'll talk specifically about the importance of aligning insight + action, also known ... Read more

Complement Your Hard Work with Help

By Poornima Vijayashanker You've spent time working hard, really hard, but you don't always see the results you want. Even after being patient and waiting weeks, months, even years you are left wondering, "What it's going to take to get to the next level?" This is a common question people ask themselves during the course of their careers or while they're building a business. The truth is you cannot get to the next level alone. You need help brainstorming and solving problems. Help ... Read more

Why would a man be interested in working with Femgineer?

By Poornima Vijayashanker The other day I was invited to an intimate networking event for startup founders in San Francisco. We each shared what our companies did, and I of course mentioned that I am working on Femgineer, we provide education services to tech professionals. While our mission is to get more women into technical leadership positions, we do educate both men and women. We do this because we believe in diverse teams. Then I went on to tell them that slightly more than ... Read more

Finding a Fit: How to Evaluate Company Culture and the Opportunity

This past week we kicked off the first Femgineer Forum of the year hosted at ModCloth. The topic was on Finding a Fit: How to Evaluate a Company’s Culture and the Opportunity. My favorite part of every forum is to listen to the employees at the host company tell the story of their path, and why they choose to come and work at the host company. At this forum, I couldn’t have been more captivated than I was by Sarah Wohl, who is ... Read more
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