American women are starting businesses at nearly twice the rate that men are, but only three percent of female business owners have revenues of over one million dollars. Most women entrepreneurs are stuck at the “mom and pop” level, just getting by, or in many cases, running out of cash. In her book Million Dollar Women, Julia Pimsleur shares her inspiring story of building her own company and raising millions in capital in a guide for women like her who have a great idea and need to find the resources to take it into the big leagues.
Million Dollar Women is the essential guide for female entrepreneurs who want to “go big,” and shows you how to turn that creative idea into a million-dollar-plus business. Author Julia Pimsleur introduces you to seven women who, instead of “leaning in,” simply left corporate America and “marched in” to the world of entrepreneurship. They have raised capital, developed powerful networks, and generated multimillion-dollar companies from scratch. When Pimsleur herself started Little Pim, a company that produces a program for young children to learn foreign languages, she wanted to create an exceptional experience. But soon she realized that she had to think and behave differently to become the head of a multimillion-dollar company. Eventually she transformed from a creative person with a business idea into a CEO running a business with a creative idea at its center.
Million Dollar Women will teach you the concepts, the lexicon, and the steps for taking a business big. It shows you how to network, when to delegate, and when to get extra coaching. Above all, it provides help for overcoming the kind of emotional hurdles you have to jump to join the million dollar-plus business owners—and cheers you on in overcoming every obstacle. With her friendly, pragmatic advice, humor, and an appendix of exercises to take your ideas from theory to practice, Julia Pimsleur’s book is an invaluable reference.
"I am on a mission to help one million women entrepreneurs break the $1M in revenues mark by 2020. As the CEO of Little Pim, one of the few women-run businesses backed by venture capital, I have raised millions in capital and want to help other women take their businesses further, faster."
About the Author
Julia Pimsleur is the daughter of Paul Pimsleur, the creator of the Pimsleur Language Aptitude Battery and the Pimsleur Method. She earned her B.A. from Yale University, an M.F.A from the French National Film School in Paris, and attended Harvard’s Executive Education Program. Prior to founding Little Pim, Julia was the co-founder and CEO of a film production company which produced independent documentaries sold to HBO, Cinemax Reellife and PBS. She produced several films in association with the Arts Engine film organization and was featured on This American Life. Her films "Nuyorican Dream" and "Innocent Until Proven Guilty" were shown on Cinemax Reellife and HBO and at festivals around the world. Her film "Boola Boola... Yale Goes Coed" was awarded the Sudler Award for the Arts at Yale University. She is formerly a fundraiser for human rights organizations, including Echoing Green, CPJ and Witness. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Global Language Project, a nonprofit organization which brings free foreign language instruction to children in disadvantaged public schools, and as Accelerator Chair of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Julia lives in New York City with her two sons.
Why LoA loves it….
What we love about Julia Pimsleur’s book and approach to entrepreneurship is that she epitomises the ‘just do it’ type of woman entrepreneur that Africa needs many more of. Million Dollar Women is more than just a self-help guide to realising an entrepreneurial dream; instead it is a rallying cry to women entrepreneurs that have aspirations of building a major business and brand. It provides pragmatic advice and information, combined with a refreshing approach to dealing with the challenges and hurdles that being an entrepreneur brings on a daily basis. Definitely worth a read! --- Melanie Hawken, founder and editor-in-chief of Lionesses of Africa