Open Letter

Ari Horie, founder and CEO of Women’s Startup Lab—an accelerator in Silicon Valley supporting start-ups founded by women. Ari comes from Japan. She is the winner of many prestigious awards and rankings, ­including Women of Influence in Silicon Valley 2015 according to ­“Silicon ­Valley Business Journal,” 10 Visionary Women of 2014 of CNN and The 40 Women To Watch Over 40 2015.

Desire

When you want to start something, you need to ask yourself whether it is a good idea: Are you really passionate about it? Do you really want to do it? People often have a desire to do something, but there is always a part of you that says, “I don’t want to do it because I might fail.” If it goes well, it is exciting… the “yes” part is there, but the ...

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