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    One outlier female entrepreneur is Lynn Jurich, 32-year-old co-founder of SunRun, a residential solar company in San Francisco that she projects will have $385 million in revenue this year. Jurich spoke recently with Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein about leading the four-year-old startup, improving management skills, and learning from employees.

    A research analysis released last month by the Kauffman Foundation explains why few women are starting or running high-growth tech companies and suggests ways to narrow the gap. One outlier female entrepreneur is Lynn Jurich, 32-year-old co-founder of SunRun, a residential solar company in San Francisco that she projects will have $385 million in revenue this year. Jurich spoke recently with Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein about leading the four-year-old startup, improving management skills, and learning from employees. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow.

    Karen E. Klein: You’re in a pretty unusual position in the U.S. as a young, female president of a clean-energy startup. Is it intimidating to be in a culture dominated by older businessmen?

    Lynn Jurich: No. I think it could be intimidating, but the way I look at it is: I am young but I know we have a good business and I’m motivated by the goal of making this a very successful, broader energy company.

    I use my age and gender something like a weapon: It disarms people.

    What advice do you give other women who aspire to what you’re doing?

    Hire people who are smarter than you and don’t be afraid to work with them as partners. Make it clear that you plan to learn from them, not just the other way around.

    The right, smart, motivated people respond very well to that approach, particularly coming from a younger manager like I am. For a lot of people, it’s refreshing to hear from a founder.

    Read Full Article in Bloomberg/BusinessWeek.com

    Good luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals
    calvin.wilson1@verizon.net
    http://twitter.com/Upstart__Nation

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