Aileen Lee

I grew up in New Jersey and played sports and rode my bike around. It was a really nice time - kids didn't have cellphones then - and you knew everyone in the town.Aileen Lee

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We're in this incredible age where new brands are making people's lives easier, more convenient, more personalized.Aileen Lee

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Why do investors seem to care about 'billion dollar exits?' Historically, top venture funds have driven returns from their ownership in just a few companies in a given fund of many companies.Aileen Lee

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Many entrepreneurs, and the venture investors who back them, seek to build billion-dollar companies.Aileen Lee

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There is very little diversity among founders in the Unicorn Club.Aileen Lee

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Each major wave of technology innovation has given rise to one or more super-unicorns - companies that could change your life to work at or invest in if you're not lucky/genius enough to be a co-founder.Aileen Lee

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Some investors may grumble about entrepreneurs wanting 'unicorn valuations.' But let's be honest: most investors want them, too, and are supporting the massive capitalization of these companies.Aileen Lee

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Immigrants play a huge role in the founding and value creation of today's tech companies. We wonder how much more value could be created if it were easier to get a work visa.Aileen Lee

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When companies are private, founders can share more about their future dreams with investors; report less; and the shares are illiquid, constraining short-term changes in valuation.Aileen Lee

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History suggests the 2010s will give rise to a super-unicorn or two that reflect the key tech wave of the decade, the mobile web.Aileen Lee

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If you're looking to grow your user base, is there a best way to cost-effectively attract valuable users? I'm increasingly convinced the best way is by harnessing a concept called social proof, a relatively untapped gold mine in the age of the social web.Aileen Lee

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What is social proof? Put simply, it's the positive influence created when someone finds out that others are doing something. It's also known as informational social influence.Aileen Lee

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Consider the social proof of a line of people standing behind a velvet rope, waiting to get into a club. The line makes most people walking by want to find out what's worth the wait. The digital equivalent of the velvet rope helped build viral growth for initially invite-only launches like Gmail, Gilt Groupe, Spotify, and Lee

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If you're a digital startup, building and highlighting your social proof is the best way for new users to learn about you.Aileen Lee

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Female users are the unsung heroines behind the most engaging, fastest growing, and most valuable consumer Internet and e-commerce companies.Aileen Lee

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Especially when it comes to social and shopping, women rule the Internet.Aileen Lee

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Comscore, Nielsen, MediaMetrix and Quantcast studies all show women are the driving force of the most important net trend of the decade, the social web.Aileen Lee

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Women are thought to be more social, more interested in relationships and connections, better at multi-tasking.Aileen Lee

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There's an opportunity to make your board - and your company - smarter by adding diversity, especially of gender.Aileen Lee

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Savvy companies are quietly changing up their boards of directors and teams, and this is giving them better collective intelligence, more community admiration, and better financial results.Aileen Lee

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I've learned that you really cannot judge a book by its cover.Aileen Lee

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You have to get under the hood and spend some quality time with someone to understand what they're really good at.Aileen Lee

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From a pretty early age, I developed an interest in travel. I told my parents I wanted to live abroad, and they said, 'Well, you have to have money to do those things.'Aileen Lee

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We used to tie-dye T-shirts and sell them to classmates. We used to make egg rolls and sell them at street fairs. I worked at the mall. My parents probably spent more money on the gas driving me to different jobs than I made.Aileen Lee

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I did not grow up thinking that I wanted to be an engineer. I had read some articles about girls becoming increasingly scientifically illiterate and that girls lacked confidence in their capabilities when it came to quantitative skills. And I just thought that was kind of wrong.Aileen Lee

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If someone was having some surgery that was going to put them out for three months, it's something you should consider, with a man or a woman. What is the impact of having the C.E.O. or visionary out for three months?Aileen Lee

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Women are going to be a huge force in developing Web and mobile companies.Aileen Lee

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When I go visit my mom in the retirement community where my parents live, she has a bunch of friends, and she will say, 'These neighbors I play bridge with have a son with an idea,' and it goes from there.Aileen Lee

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It's awesome that you have a female CFO and a female GC, but if you look at the investing partners, and it's 15 dudes, I do think those people are going to get left behind if they don't get with where the world is going.Aileen Lee

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Starting a company and being a founder is really hard, and most companies fail. You really have to have a deep commitment and belief in it and be willing to see it through many ups and downs.Aileen Lee

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