Author Archives: Ruta

How homophily hurts high-growth entrepreneurship

Homophily refers to the tendency for people to form connections with others like themselves. This tendency has been found to occur broadly across age, race and political inclination. Homophily has also been found to influence many types of relationships ranging from … Continue reading

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Getting it Done: Barbara Kasoff – Champion for Women’s Business Advocacy

Even when public sector institutions commit to policies that include a gender perspective, the knowledge and capacity are often lacking to ensure that women will be able to benefit from the specific initiative or intervention. More involvement is needed to … Continue reading

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Effective Business Environment Reform: A Gendered Perspective

In developing countries, projects or interventions tend to address the needs of women at the base of the pyramid or micro-business owners. In contrast, very few initiatives focus on the gendered effects of the regulatory, business or investment environment on … Continue reading

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Trump and Women’s Entrepreneurship in the US: Gender, Elitism and Privilege

To date, Trump’s biggest influence on his ideas regarding women entrepreneurs has arguably been his entrepreneur daughter Ivanka Trump. Trump may also base his notions of women’s entrepreneurship on his own experiences as an entrepreneur. In this regard, both Trump … Continue reading

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She Started It — a film about entrepreneurs that happen to be women

She Started It – a film about entrepreneurs that happen to be women Is a film that highlights resilience, perseverance and grit of five entrepreneurs. Their companies, approaches and backgrounds are different, but they share one thing in common, they … Continue reading

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Making women business owners visible: World Bank’s Doing Business Index adds gender

The World Bank’s Doing Business Index (DBI) has helped reduce burdens for business development worldwide. Since its creation in 2004, over 600 reforms have been recorded for easing the requirements for starting a business and 443 reforms for tax-related issues. … Continue reading

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Women and Gender Lens Investing – Measurement Matters!

There is growing interest among investors and wealth management funds in the US to identify gender oriented investment opportunities. Especially given a recent article in Fast Company which uncovers the nasty effects of gender bias on investment decisions. Aided by the growth … Continue reading

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