Etsy made mistakes, but its commitment to social responsibility wasn't one of them

I've started contributing to Quartz at Work, specifically on their Purpose of Companies "obsession" (or topic). My first piece was published today, and I'd love for you to check it out.

Etsy’s tumultuous journey serves as a cautionary tale for socially conscious entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. It’s clear in hindsight that Etsy’s original model had to evolve in order to hold up under the demands for continuous growth. When backed into a corner, the board chose to prioritize shareholder value by cutting away at the very core of the company’s culture. It suggests that socially responsible business models may not be built to to withstand the brutal short-termism of the capital markets. Entrepreneurs and investors, alike, need to be honest when this is the case, ideally identifying and addressing the tension before it’s too late. For most socially responsible business, an IPO simply may not be the best option.

Read the full article HERE.

Silencing the Nasty Little Bitch in My Head

I first started blogging in 2011. I distinctly remember the fear I felt when I hit publish on my first blog post, terrified of having my thoughts and ideas put out for the entire world to see (and thereby criticize). But I was committed to doing it anyway because I was committed to personal growth, not to mention being tired of letting fear silence me.

6 years and a far more confident woman later, I find myself in a similar position. While my fear might not be using my voice it has evolved into a fear of not having anything important or smart enough to say.

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Newsletters I can’t live without

I’m an avid reader, and over the past year I’ve discovered the magic of newsletters in helping me discover the best content on the topics I care about. With the launch of my own newsletter, Above the Bottom Line, my subscriptions have become even more indispensable because they help me keep up with content that my own readers might find interesting.

Since I’m often asked what I read, here are the best newsletters I’ve discovered across the internet…

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