Premal Shah

In 2010, Kiva’s biggest challenge and greatest accomplishment was growth. We needed to almost double our staff just to keep up with demand, which was a challenge to keep up with! Our biggest accomplishment was that we were able to keep up with this growth. We also grew our management ...

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Premal Shah

What tops my 2011 To Do List? Until recently, Kiva has focused largely on enabling microloans to entrepreneurs. In 2010 we added student loans, and in 2011 we plan to extend the micro-lending model to new, non-traditional markets: water loans, green energy loans, and ...

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Candace Nelson

What was my toughest challenge & greatest accomplishment in 2010? I grew the Sprinkles family [www.sprinkles.com] by two stores and my own family by one, in addition to filming two seasons of Cupcake Wars. I’d say it was a year of challenges and accomplishments rolled into ...

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7 Steps to Starting Your Own Business in 2011

It used to be that getting a real job—working for someone else and collecting a paycheck every two weeks—was the easy and safe route. But with 26 million Americans out of work or underemployed, it’s pretty obvious that’s no longer the case. Starting a business, which has always been perceived ...

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Alexa von Tobel

My toughest challenge AND greatest accomplishment this year has been turning my idea into a 25-person, venture-backed company called LearnVest that now provides financial guidance and advice to thousands of women every day. Our team is *remarkably* committed to making us all savvier with our ...

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Victoria Jackson

Like so many things in life, for me the art of staying calm and centered during the holidays is a work in progress. Not too many years ago, I can recall being overwhelmed whenever holiday season approached. That was when my holiday mantra (my “Momtra” as we call it in our household) became ...

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