by MEGHAN CASSERLY | AUG. 21, 2013
Despite the fact that the U.S. boasts over 8.6 million women-led businesses with a cumulative $1.3 trillion in revenues (not to mention that the number of women-owned businesses is growing at one and a half times the national average), one of the most oft-repeated challenges of women entrepreneurs is a perceived lack of support for their business ambitions. Whether it’s women’s storied reluctance to look for help or to find the support necessary to make their dreams a reality, the idea is propagated that if you’re a woman starting a business, you’re on your own.
I, for one, don’t buy it.
This week, I published our fourth annual 100 Best Websites For Women list, and when pulling together and vetting the nearly 3,000 suggestions from our online community, I was delighted as always at how many of them were geared towards small business owners and women in the high-stakes startup space.
Of course, they can’t all make the cut. 100 is, despite being a big number, surprisingly small when you’re whittling down such awesome destinations. Left off this list then—through no fault by these amazing sites—are resources like Project Eve, In Good Company and offerings from our friends at HuffPost, Mashable, PandoDaily and more, all valuable destinations for women launching, scaling an celebrating the success of their own endeavors. The bottom line: there is no shortage of great online offerings for women in business, whether they’re gender neutral (like WSJ or FastCompany or–oh God–FORBES) or female-facing like the sites you’ll find here.
On that: would you believe there’s such diverse offerings for women on the web? Brian Goldberg probably is. When he launched The Bustle this month he seemed mystified by the complex interests of ladyfolk. He told my colleague Jeff Bercovici:
What fascinates me as I spend a lot of time talking about women with what they want to read…I used to have this attitude of ‘Oh, a woman who likes beauty probably likes fashion, probably likes interior design, probably loves pop culture, and health and whatnot.’ But that’s not accurate. My girlfriend is really into health and yoga and fitness but she’s not into fashion. And I know women who are really into fashion but not into beauty. So, my cousin is obsessed with fashion but she’s not one of these girls who spends an hour putting on her face. And yet I know women who spend an hour putting on their face but don’t really care that much about yoga. And I know women who are really into interior design but don’t care about fashion. And it seems crazy.
Can you believe then, readers, that there are women who are looking for content online to support them as they build new businesses, even as they remain interested in world news, politics, health and (gasp!) a great hairstyle option? Would you believe such content exists? Would you believe that women—white, black, gay, straight, married moms and swinging singles—can all find relevant information on the web about entrepreneurship?
Of course you can. Here, from the 2013 list of the 100 Best Websites for Women, the top 10 web resources for female founders. If you’re just starting out, raising capital or cutting the ribbon, these sites will be there every step of the way.
The Boss Network: A community of entrepreneurial women who support each other through conversation, online and event-based networking. A recent must-read on the blog: Exit Strategy: How to Pursue Your Passion without Sacrificing Your Paycheck.
Change The Ratio: The tumblr presence of the Change The Ratio campaign, which aims to tip the scales on women on the corporate and entrepreneurial level, features updates from women’s events and inspirational content. Like this recent quote on diversity: “There are many pro-active things you can do, once you are focused on diversity. And the sooner you get going the better off your team will be.”
Chic CEO: A slick site for women with the entrepreneur bug. Advice covers everything from patents and copyrights to the pros and cons of buying a franchise, but a particular emphasis on downloadable tools (think business plan outlines and contracts) makes this a must-visit. Resource? Check.
Daily Muse: An advice hub for the Gen-Y careerist, the content side of The Muse (also worth a visit for those of us on the job hunt) features spot-on advice for entrepreneurs as well. Maybe because the founders, Y Combinator alums, are still in the thick of it.
NEW Dutiee: This website dedicated to “all things social good” provides advice for social entrepreneurs, nonprofit success stories and must have ethically-manufactured goods. A recent profile of Katie Meyer, founder of the nonprofit More than Me, has great insights on using a plethora of social tools to promote your mission.
NEW Founding Moms: Offline meetups match with online resources to allow mom entrepreneurs to connect, exchange and learn from each other. But the tool of all tools is the Founding Kit, a (not-free) resource for first-time founders and existing business owners that includes everything from logo design to copyright advice to health insurance info.
Ladies Who Launch: An active and engaging site for female entrepreneurs that provides a resources for starting, building and running a business. The strength of the organization is heavily rooted in PR–not so surprising as founder Victoria Colligan, once a corporate attorney, has a background in marketing. High-end wedding gowns, no less! (Yes, Colligan was an original Amsale girl).
NEW Recessionista: They call it “financial news you don’t need a dictionary for,” but we’re not convinced that’s the best description. There’s career-talk, sure, but also entrepreneurial gems in hiding. Check out: Three Secrets of the Self-Employed
Women 2.0: With daily content on women in technology, Women 2.0 has made its mission to increase the number of female founders of tech startups with inspiration, information and education. Content (Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Women in the Future of Work), events (the incredible Founder Friday) and access to a helluva job board make this site invaluable for tech-focused founders.
Women Entrepreneur: The female arm of Entrepreneur.com, this site is a resource for current and aspiring women business owners, featuring in-depth profiles of success stories as well as up-to-date advice on funding. does a lack of confidence really hold back female entrepreneurs? Ugh. We hope not.
Everyday millions of people around the world use subway systems to move through their cities, and as a result, public transportation organizations across the globe have put time, effort, and money into making these systems efficient and cost effective. Increasingly, subway tunnels have become a place for art. Many artsy subway systems have become tourist attractions in themselves, featuring some of the world’s most talented artists. From cities we would expect like New York and Paris to some less likely places like North Korea and Russia, take a look at these 15 Subway Systems With Awesome Art Collections.
In this ‘Trep Talk Extra, the multimillionaire young entrepreneur explains why you don’t need a new idea to launch a successful startup.
NOW SLATED TO OPEN JULY 17, 2015
The Oscar®-winning star joins Henry Cavill in the first ever onscreen match-up of DC Comics’ most iconic characters.
BURBANK, CA, August 22, 2013 – Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne. Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in “Man of Steel.” The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.
Last month’s surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled discussion and debate—among fans as well as in the media—about who would put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.
Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster “Man of Steel,” which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing. The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.
Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent. The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
In the announcement, Silverman stated, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”
Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”
Kroll added, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”
Affleck recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number of directing honors. In 2010, he starred in and directed the hit crime thriller “The Town.” His recent acting work also includes “The Company Men,” “State of Play,” and “Hollywoodland,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Earlier in his career, Affleck starred in and co-wrote (with Matt Damon) “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay.
The new Super Hero film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers. Production is expected to begin in 2014.
The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.
It was a few minutes after midnight when the models walked in—a signal that the party at Las Vegas superclub Hakkasan was just beginning. About two dozen of them took their places along the banquettes behind the DJ booth, dancing and smiling at the 3,000 gyrating bodies on the floor before them.
Moments later, Tijs “Tiësto” Verwest strode to the stage. He donned a pair of headphones, raised his right hand and the music swelled ever louder as a sea of cell phones rose to snap his picture, the thick air bathed in blue by the strobe lights overhead.
“In America, dance music is booming,” Tiësto told FORBES after the show. “At the moment … it’s the most exciting genre.”
The Dutch DJ earned $32 million over the past 12 months, good enough for second place on this year’s Electronic Cash Kings list—the top spot goes to Calvin Harris who pulled in $46 million. Like Tiësto, he played well over 100 shows and picked up nightly fees in excess of $200,000, but ranks No. 1 thanks to hits penned for the likes of Rihanna and LMFAO, as well as a hefty publishing advance. “The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years,” he tells FORBES. “I happened to be in the right place at the right time.”
Harris and Tiësto have plenty of company. David Guetta ranks third at $30 million, boosted both by live shows and collaborations with the likes of The Black-Eyed Peas and Usher. Even at age 45, the Frenchman shows little signs of slowing, playing more than 120 shows over the past year. Swedish House Mafia ranks fourth with $25 million. Though the members of the electronic supergroup called an end to their communal career in March 2013, they earned enough in an abbreviated year to make our list without factoring in their solo earnings. Mouse-helmeted Deadmau5 rounds out the top five at $21 million, boosted by lucrative live shows, recorded music and massive merchandise licensing deals.
Other big names on the list include six-time Grammy winner Skrillex, former Jersey Shore star DJ Pauly D and 23-year-old Avicii, the youngest DJ on our list. All in all, electronic music’s 12 top earners pulled in $268 million over the past year—more than the combined gross domestic product of island nations Kiribati and Tuvalu—thanks mostly to six-figure nightly fees paid out by superclubs from Vegas to Ibiza.
“The money you get for DJing at these places has gone to extremes,” admits Avicii
Forbes annual earnings estimates include income from live shows, endorsements, merchandise sales, recorded music sales, external business ventures and, in the case of DJ Pauly D, television (we included him on this list because, like his fellow Electronic Cash Kings, he makes at least half his cash from DJ gigs). Sources include Songkick, Pollstar, RIAA, promoters, managers, lawyers and some of the artists themselves.
As for the 44-year-old Tiësto, the electronic music boom in the United States has resulted in the highest earnings of his career, at least as long as FORBES has been tracking them. Could there be a bubble on the horizon? Perhaps. But for now, he and his DJ brethren are enjoying the ride, particularly in Sin City. “I think Las Vegas is really taking over from Ibiza this year,” says Tiësto. “You can already see … all the DJs having their residence there now. It’s going to be interesting to see how that develops. But it looks really good.”