Project Eve, launched just a month ago by two recovering investment bankers, is dedicated to furthering women’s understanding about business and overcoming hindrances to action.
Sorry, guys. Of the nearly 1,000 members only a couple are men (who I’m convinced are trolling for dates). Co-founder Kim Oksenberg says the reason for this is to allow women to communicate, collaborate,and share actionable solutions minus the “sharp elbows.”
She says, “The male-dominated start-up community can be intimidating; it seems to thrive on competition and bravado. Meridith (co-founder Meridith Dennes) and I wanted to create a safe, positive, constructive forum for women to discuss and fully develop their ideas before having to defend them.”
In addition to relieving some of the fear and uncertainty tied to starting a business, Project Eve provides its members access to hard to find business resources, the ability to develop relationships with people previously thought out of reach, and a receptive platform to demonstrate their expertise, market, and grow their business.
Having spent some time on the social network (I am, after all, a woman entrepreneur), I’d describe it as LinkedIn Groups on steroids. While you can create lists of other women who work in similar industries, I think the real value is in having access to other business owners where you need to outsource or partner. LinkedIn doesn’t allow you to do that without joining a myriad of groups and digging through all of its members.
The site also features members in order to help grow and build your following and sends a daily email with those asking for help, which you can answer easily and quickly if you have the expertise they need.
Complete with videos, discussion forums, and Q&A sections, you can find information on VC funding, growth, accounts receivables, and even juggling everything.
Project Eve launched just three weeks ago and already has 630 members, which shows there clearly is a need for women business leaders to have an outlet for discussion, resources, and community.
I recommend joining the site. It won’t be a huge suck of your time; rather you’ll easily find things of value.
This article was initially posted to Spin Sucks under the title “Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Have Social Network“.
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Gini Dietrich is the founder and chief executive officer of Arment Dietrich, author of Spin Sucks, and founder of Spin Sucks Pro. In addition to Twitter, she can be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+.