When Cathy Tao, a effervescent, switched-on and high-powered founder of TourBoarding, told me that there is someone who is more dynamic than her, I immediately paid attention. Yue-Sai Kan is referred by Cathy as the Oprah Winfrey of China and her candid insights revealed that the principles of success is similar in the East and West
By Cathy Tao
Men should sit up and listen to Yue-Sai Kan. Really. They’ve poured millions of dollars, euros, pounds, and yen into business investments in China, only to leave empty-handed with nothing to show for all their locker-room deal mongering, Harvard MBAs, and old boys’ network introductions. More often than not, a hastily engineered exit is the only male ego-reassuring, reputation saving coup possible. China is a difficult nut to crack. Yet Yue-Sai has not only flourished without any of the above advantages, she has enjoyed sustained success over a long period of time. In the process, she has built an unassailable brand around her own name and personality.
Innovation is not always a bed of roses – as our expert writer and founder of Girls in Tech Adriana Gascoigne explains below – how less can be more.
The advancements of technology and our ability to connect in an instant and share our lives with the rest of the world seems to have left some people very isolated and anti-social. With all of the real-time connection to technology, primary relationships are disconnecting, or worse, not even forming at all. Human attachment influences every aspect of human development: mind, body, emotions, social ability, values and productivity*.
I’m always amazed with the number of people who pull out their smart phones while dining with friends, families centered around video or social gaming as a primary source of entertainment, teens wanting to IM or spend multiple hours social networking or even worse, couples bringing their laptops or iPads to the bedroom ‘needing’ to connect, share and communicate with friends and followers before and after bedtime (talk about a romance-killer) – What is “normal” when it comes to technology usage?
It’s no surprise that female CEOs in tech are underrepresented; however, this statistic is changing rapidly. In a recent American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses report found that between 1997 and 2011, the number of businesses in the US increased by 34%, but the number of women-owned firms increased by 50%; Compared to a growth rate of just 25% for male-owned firms and has allowed businesses owned by females to reach 49% of US firms.