Many congratulations on being one of the UKRC Women of Outstanding Achievement. I know the level of entries was very high. And I love the picture of you and your schoolfriends!
I'd like to know a bit more about your company and what it does. When you started, did you have a clear vision of where you wanted to go, or has it evolved into what it is now through experience and opportunity?
Mydeo started out a a consumer video hosting service - a private online account for your home movies, to allow you to share them with friends and family. I started it because I wanted to show video of my new baby to family in Holland.
What we actually found though was that our paying subscribers were mostly small businesses who wanted low cost high quality streaming video for their websites.
So in 2008 we launched an enterprise service, with more features for business users, but still with very low cost subscription plans.
Six months after its launch, the enterprise service overtook the consumer service revenues and has been showing sustained, profitable growth ever since.
I did have a clear vision when I started Mydeo, but a number of my assumptions turned out to be wrong and Mydeo evolved into a different type of service to the one I envisioned. But that's not a bad thing - in fact it's almost always the case. It's the startups who don't respond and adapt to their customers/markets before their funding runs out that fail.
Hi Cary, Khadijah from Amey here I hope all is well.
Again, many congratulations on your award, extremely well deserved, you are indeed an inspiration to all young ladies.
Cary, part of my work includes working with schools particularly young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
At the moment my focus is schools within the London Borough of Newham (2012 Olympics will be held there) it is a borough with high unemployment and few prospects.
I have an initiative called "Leaders of Tommorow" I would love to take it one step further and work with you directly to enable you to share your inspiration and raise the profile of SET to young ladies within this borough.
I hope you still have my business card, please give me a call or drop me an email.
Thanks for your response.
And Hi KHadijah, your leadership scheme sounds great.
I want to flag up a report on women in entrepreneurship. It finds that that only women with well above average entrepreneurial skills find it attractive to self-select into entrepreneurship. It notes that:
a) fewer women than men are entrepreneurs;
b) the proportion of women among entrepreneurs tends to be higher in countries with higher women emancipation;
c) women who break the barrier into entrepreneurship seem to show more masculine traits.
The authors find that once women enter entrepreneurship, "they are equally able than man to translate their ability into outcomes for the firm".
I have only read the synopsis, but that 'showing masculine traits' phrase always bothers me! Perhaps the traits should not be seen through a gender filter. The opportunity to have those traits however is skewed by gender because of politics and conditioning....
I wondered what others think.