Thriving Olderpreneurs

Nancy MacIntyre co-founded Fingerprint Digital shortly after her 50th birthday, a departure from the common image of the young startup entrepreneur. Eight years later, her children’s app platform employs 32 people, has raised $25 million from investors and plans to become profitable this year.

Older entrepreneurs like MacIntyre aren’t anomalies, though. A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests middle-age and older founders of high-growth companies are more successful than their younger counterparts. I recently wrote about MacIntyre and the NBER research for Forbes.com.

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San Antonio Community Banking

Independent Banker magazine recently published my profile of San Antonio and its community banks. The Independent Community Bankers of America will be holding their convention there next month. I learn something new with almost every story!

Chat Bots for Recruiting

Imagine applying for a job and having your initial interview by text – with a chat bot. It might sound impersonal, but wouldn’t it be better than sending your resume into the abyss, never to hear whether it got to the right person, much less why it did or didn’t look good to the employer?

Bots, automated interviewers, are starting to help employers “talk” to job applicants, sort through applications to find the most suitable candidates, and provide job hopefuls with guidance, answers and feedback. Here’s my SHRM Online story on the emerging technology.

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Entrepreneurs and Depression

Entrepreneurs often work in isolation, which can exacerbate any depression they may experience. And depression, in turn, can make it harder for entrepreneurs to run their businesses. Here’s an article I recently wrote on the topic for Weebly. In it, entrepreneurs share their experiences and advice for handling depression. – DWB