A Greater Context

Anne Giles Clelland, founder of VT KnowledgeWorks member company Handshake Media, Incorporated, was featured by Katelyn Polantz of The Roanoke Times in Startups in lean times.

A much greater context

Anne Giles Clelland is the owner of Handshake Media in Blacksburg. She began the social media services company in late 2008, after 15 years in teaching. She's 51 years old.

Q: Why are you doing this?

A: It's the possibility to make a change. It's the possibility to offer opportunity to others.

Q: Is this your first business venture?

I had a Web site development company 10 years ago. It was not profitable, and I had to close it down. I am the classic "yes, I have failed" entrepreneur. I am not going to fail this time.

I'm a woman. I'm 50. I'm a sprint triathlete, and I have seen some things. It seems like the perfect culmination and synthesis of my life experience, my credentials and my expertise.

Q: What's it like to start a business that late in life?

A: My father's 77. My grandmother's 100. I have only begun my career. I have a long, healthy life ahead of me, genetically.

Q: Are there benefits or challenges because of your age?

A: It's the best time to start a business in almost every way. What is it that I have now at 50 that I didn't have at 25? I have perspective. I have a vista. I can see how pieces can fit into a wider view. I have a much greater context in which to make choices.

via www.roanoke.com

The full story of Startups in lean times includes profiles of Frederick Cook of Actifity and Amanda Miller Bass of Star City Gardens.

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From Anne Clelland:  My father and mother are both 77 and I mentioned my father in the interview because he, too, is an entrepreneur and is launching Rural Systemalso a VT KnowledgeWorks member company.

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VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge TrophyVT KnowledgeWorks has announced a Global Student Business Concept Challenge, August 29 – September 4, 2010, in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA.  The Challenge celebrates the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the future of our global economy.  The name of the winning team, their university name, and their home city will be etched into the base of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy as a permanent tribute to their outstanding effort.  The winning team will earn a $25,000 cash prize.

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VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law GroupLeClairRyan, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

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