Movers&Shakers – How this amazing Mompreneur raised $6 million for her babysitting startup

Some people have dismissed Sheryl Sandberg’s message because they think she is too “privileged” to push women to take control of their careers and their businesses.

So, I thought you would like to hear from someone just like you, that is absolutely crushing it in Silicon Valley.

Check out this episode of #Movers&Shakers where I interview Lynn Perkins, the CEO and founder of UrbanSitter about her $6 million capital raise, dealing with doubters, and being a woman in the Valley.

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MoneyMonday – Women, Wealth & Sheryl Sandberg

Women face a number of unique challenges when it comes to money, starting with issues in the workplace. Women still make 80 cents on the dollar compared to men, and only 4% of fortune 500 CEOs are women.

So what can women do about this? Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg shares a number of her thoughts in her new book “Lean In”

Check out this week’s #MoneyMonday for a few salient points from the book, and my 3 tips that women can implement TODAY to begin taking charge of their success and ultimately their wealth.

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March Money Madness Round 1 Recap


The Market

It was a great week to have the opening round of March Money Madness as the market performed very well.  The S&P500 Index closed the week at 1,404, topping 1,400 for the first time since the financial crisis in 2008.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 13,232, and is now less than 1000 points away from it’s all time closing high of 14,164 reached in 2007.

The Nasdaq Composite Index passed 3,000 for the first time since the tech bubble in 2000.

Key Takeaways From Each Region

RIMM + 5.89% defeats NFLX +.76%

It’s quite a shocker that the 16 seed, Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIMM), knocked off Netflix (NFLX) in the first round of March Money Madness. RIMM’s stock has plummeted 75% over the past year as the popularity of its handheld devices has lost ground to the Apple iPhone. However, the stock was up almost 6% last week amid speculation that Samsung is looking to make a minority investment in the company and to develop phones based on RIM’s “BB10″ operating system.

AAPL +7.41% defeats AMZN +.4%

Apple shares rode the wave of its release of the new iPad and defeated Amazon by a wide margin.  Apple shares also nudged over the 600 mark for the first time this week as the stock continues its meteoric rise.

Financial Region

In the Financial Region, it was clearly about banks versus non banks as Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley & Goldman Sachs all won their match ups.  Investors apparently gained more confidence in the country’s financial institutions as most of them passed the stress test from the Federal Reserve, although Citigroup shares rose despite failing the test.

ETFC +14.17% defeats BK +7.67%

ETrade was one of the non banks that was able to take out a bank this week.  The company released a report highlighting that its trading activity was up 16% over the previous month.  This is not surprising as investors tend to trade more when the market misdoing well.

MoneyMonday – Blue Ivy Carter is a Lucky Baby!

Guess who just hit the genetic lottery? Beyonce and Jay Z have their first child.

You’re not as lucky? Here’s how to create your own luck and success.

Start your own business or make money freelancing.

This week’s stores:

Beyonce and Jay Z have daughter:

Economy created 200k jobs in December:

Freelance Sites:

TYGA Gives Back to the Youth in Pittsburgh

One of the perks of working with a star like Tyga is being able to help him not only realize his dreams but to inspire other to achieve theirs.

It was awesome to take advantage of his tour stop in Pittsburgh to connect him with high school students in the area where he encouraged them to focus on their education.

We even brought some of our other folks like Weslye Saunders from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Check out the video below so see the impact Tyga had on these amazing students in Pittsburgh!



#MoneyMonday – Occupy This!


The #Occupy movement is taking over America! We’ll maybe it’s not quite that big, but people are taking notice.

Here’s my take on it and what it means to you.

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Steve Jobs, Business iCon, Dies at Age 56


You can learn a great deal from Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple who died on October 5, 2011. Here’s a quick review of a great book on Mr. Jobs that will help you find your greatness. Had no idea he would be gone so soon.

iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business
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6 celebrities who lost everything

6 celebrities that lost everything

I was quoted in this great piece by Heather Larson for  Here’s an excerpt, and you can check out the full article on

Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas excelled at football, setting several records that may never be broken. However, he lacked business sense. He invested in bowling alleys, land deals, an air freight company, a circuit-board manufacturer and restaurants — all unsuccessfully. In 1991, he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

“Expertise in one area does not translate into success in another,” says Rob Wilson, vice president of Blazer Capital Management in Pittsburgh. “Unitas should have partnered with a trustworthy individual who knew how to run a successful bowling alley or experts in other businesses he wanted to invest in, instead of venturing out on his own.”