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

Success Stories

Do you have a success story to tell? Readers — whether they be news subscribers, employees, clients or members — are hungry to learn how someone made it. Here’s canstockphoto0697088a piece I did a bit over a year ago for Above, RE/MAX’s magazine for its real estate agents. In this story, listing agent Cecilia DeFreitas (not the woman seen jumping for joy in this stock photo) shares tips on selling luxury homes. Whatever your endeavor, what success tips do you or your team have to share?

Supply Chain Visibility

I’m pleased to have written the cover story for the first issue of MHI Solutions, a new magazine of industry association MHI (the Material Handling Industry). The article takes a close look at what companies are doing to improve the visibility and nimbleness of their supply chains, from factory to store. Click here for a faster-loading pdf version.

A Happy, Healthy, Prosperous 2013!

Thanks for visiting my professional online home, whether this is your first time or you regularly check in here!

We just rang out the first full calendar year of my freelance writing business and rang in what should be an even more exciting and productive run around the sun.

I was pleased to see how quickly this business grew in 2012, and look forward to more growth, more good projects, and more work with wonderful clients in 2013.

Over the past year, as throughout my journalism career, I endeavored to produce excellent material for clients in a collegial, straightforward professional process. I enjoyed providing good copy and service to editors and others who needed a strong, reliable writer, researcher or writing coach.

The New Year promises expansion of existing relationships and opportunities to serve new clients!

May 2013 be a happy, healthy, fulfilling and prosperous New Year for you, and a time of understanding, compassion and friendship for all of us!

Stay tuned!

Dinah