Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Shine on: Donna Novitsky, CEO of Big Tent

I sat down with Donna Novitsky, the CEO of Big Tent, some time ago (at our respective computers, of course), for a chat about entrepreneurship, running a company, and balancing work and family. The Q&A ran on Work It, Mom! last week, and this week it's been picked up by Shine, for the Work + Money section. Here's an excerpt:

Donna Novitsky has gone from a career in Industrial Engineering to honing her marketing skills at an enterprise software startup that she helped build from nothing to $100 million in revenue. From there, she joined the venture world before becoming an entrepreneur and the CEO of Big Tent, a company that provides free online technology and facilitates the organization of real-world communities.

Novitsky lives in the San Francisco area with her husband and their two children, ages 9 and 10. In addition to her work with Big Tent, she teaches at the School of Engineering at Stanford University, is a former board member of the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, and volunteers extensively at her children's school. So, how does she do it all? She credits her husband, John. "He is my huge support system." ... [More]

If you have an itch to start your own company, Donna's advice to new small business owners is a must-read. If you're already in the corporate world, you'll want to check out how she manages to juggle her job and her family. Read the rest at Shine!

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