Having been a supporter of women entrepreneurs for more than 15 years, I’ve had a unique window into the realities of their lives, from the boot strapping have-nots to the VC-backed Stanford grads. As someone who started my first social venture at 24, it is hard not to look back on my own career and wish someone had told me about the unglamorous aspects of entrepreneurship. Today in my work coaching senior women entrepreneurs, no matter who I talk with – whether it is for-profit founders over 50, or young social entrepreneurs, the sentiments are similar – 80 to 90-hour weeks in the early years with little return along with personal struggles that often don’t get mentioned amongst
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