Not every entrepreneur who builds a business from the ground up plans to “sell out” to venture capitalists and walk away. But once some of them see that long string of zeros at the bottom of a term sheet, they follow that route.
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The term “digital divide” was first coined in 2001 by political scientists to describe how uneven access to the internet would create a population of left-behind “information have-nots.” Fifteen years later, the focus for technologists – whether they originate from the White House, Silicon Valley, or grassroots initiatives like Albany Can Code – isn’t on increasing the diversity of people who have access to the internet; it’s on increasing diversity among those who have jobs in the tech sector.
Gaurav Agarwala, an EO Kolkata member and Managing Director of Neora Hydro, Ltd.
Sometimes as an entrepreneur, you learn your greatest lessons outside of business. I recently shared in an experience that reminded me just how powerful togetherness can be, especially when it comes to the EO community we know and love.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan made headlines this fall when they pledged to donate 99% of their monetary wealth to charity throughout their lifetimes. The couple joins a myriad of other billionaires who have made public pledges through Bill Gates’ and Warren Buffett’s “The Giving Pledge.” While the site explains there are no legal commitments inherent in these pledges, each donor(s) wrote a pledge letter that is attached to their profile on the website.
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We’re wrapping up our month of celebrating your #TotalE experiences, all of which are impacted by business, family, community and ourselves. In return, entrepreneurs offer those in their lives a unique perspective and an impactful presence.