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This Single Mom Turned Tech Entrepreneur Shares How She Rose Above Self-Doubt

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When you’re looking for a job, you’re thinking about the future of your career. So why are you applying for new roles just based on a list of things you did in the past? Five years ago, that was question that Frida Polli couldn’t get out of her head.

Polli was working toward an MBA at Harvard after she spent a decade as a cognitive neuroscientist. But thrust into the world of recruiting as she and her classmates were on the hunt for their post–business school gig, she was struck by how outdated the process seemed.

So she started pymetrics, a platform that would marry her interests in neuroscience and artificial intelligence to help job seekers find the roles they are best suited for and help employers take bias out of the equation. Prospective candidates go through a series of computer activities that help figure out their cognitive and emotional personality traits and styles, and then companies look at that data, rather than just a resume, to make a determination about whom to hire. “When I didn’t [have a] babysitter, I would have to bring my daughter to investor meetings or events,” Polli says. “I could have just been sheepish [about it]. But I’ll never forget bringing my daughter, and [saying], ‘Yep, here’s my co-founder.’ She was 10 at the time, obviously not my co-founder. I just owned it, and didn’t say sorry.”

Polli says that she didn’t want to be limited by the perceptions of her past, and she figured many people felt similarly.

“I had a lot of self-doubt around if I could do this,” Polli tells Entrepreneur about deciding to start the company. “I definitely feel like it was just a question of deciding this is something I was passionate about, and wanting to follow my passion rather than what my resume said I should do.”

In the six years pymetrics has been in business, it has grown to a team of 78 employees, raised $16 million and has offices in New York, London and Singapore. The company serves more than 60 employer clients including Accenture, LinkedIn, Tesla and Unilever, and more than one million job candidates in 68 countries have used pymetrics to find new opportunities.

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Missing University of Iowa student may have returned to home after jog: report

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Mollie Tibbetts, the 20-year-old University of Iowa student who vanished earlier this month after heading out for a jog, may have returned to her boyfriend’s house and evidence reportedly suggested she was doing homework late on the night she disappeared.

Family members told local CBS affiliate KCCI the new information on Saturday, but authorities did not give any new timeline—in order not to hurt the search.

She was last seen on July 18 running in Brooklyn, Iowa. She was staying at her boyfriend’s home at the time of her disappearance. She was there to watch his dogs because he had a construction job about 100 miles northeast in Dubuque.

Authorities said they’ve “put together a pretty solid timeline” of what Tibbetts was doing prior to her disappearance. Friends and family say Tibbetts, an avid runner, was usually wearing her Fitbit. Authorities reportedly searched cornfields and a nearby pig farm, but there has been no sign of the girl.

Tibbetts was born in San Francisco and lived in Oakland until she moved to Iowa with her mother when she was in second grade, the Des Moines Register reported. Her father, who lives in Fresno, reportedly flew to Iowa to assist the search.

Rick Rahn, a special agent in charge at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), told Fox News Friday that they “anticipate additional sites” will come into the picture.

“We’re looking at anybody and everybody that would lead us to locating her,” he said, noting that “her missing is suspicious” and that authorities are “hoping to locate her sooner than later.”

Rahn also told Fox News that investigators have received “zero information” indicating that Tibbetts was a runaway or had a medical reason for her disappearance.

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The 10 Wealthiest Self-Made Women in the World

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Marian Ilitch

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Work on your weaknesses.”

 

With a net worth of $5.1 billion, Marian Ilitch comes in at the top of the list of the world’s richest self-made women, and she has pizza to thank for her success. Ilitch, along with her husband, Mike (who died earlier this year), co-founded Little Caesars Pizza in 1959. The chain boasts $4 billion in sales, according to Forbes. Ilitch also owns the Detroit Red Wings and MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Diane Hendricks

“I don’t think I have ever taken any ‘offbeat’ advice. Actually, I don’t know [that] I take any advice very often. I trust my own instincts and seek out information so I can make fully informed decisions. That’s what’s worked for me.”

You may not have heard of it, but ABC Supply, a wholesale roofing, siding and windows distributor co-founded 35 years ago by Diane Hendricks and her late husband, Ken, makes about $7.2 billion in annual sales, Forbes says. Hendricks, who is the company’s chairperson, has a net worth of $4.9 billion.

Judy Love

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores now has 420 locations in 40 states, but it all started with a $5,000 loan to Tom and Judy Love in 1964, when the couple opened their first gas station, according to Forbes. The company generated $16 billion in revenue in 2016. Judy Love has an estimated net worth of $2.9 billion.

 

Fun fact: In February, during an Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavaliers matchup, someone in the stands yelled “Suck it up” at LeBron James after a foul call. It turns out, that spectator was Judy Love.

Oprah Winfrey

“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”

Oprah Winfrey owns her own television network, OWN, and a magazine, and she is also an executive producer of and recently starred in HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. But it shouldn’t be a surprise that most of her massive $2.9 billion net worth is attributed to her long career as a daytime talk show host. She is tied with Judy Love at third on the Forbes list.

Doris Fisher

Doris and Donald Fisher started out with a simple problem: They couldn’t find a good pair of jeans for Donald. Their solution, clothing store Gap, first opened in 1969. Now, the female co-founder has an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion.

 

Fun fact: The Fishers own about 1,100 pieces of art. Doris said what she looks for in art is precision and unwavering work ethic.

Judy Faulkner

“You have to focus, know what your business is and stick to it.”

Computer programmer Judy Faulkner founded Epic Systems, the country’s top provider of software for medical records, in 1979. She still leads the company, which she founded in a Wisconsin basement, as its CEO. Her net worth is estimated at around $2.5 billion.

Meg Whitman

“I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about, as a woman, how I would manage differently — I was just happy to be managing. In some ways it was a blessing because I didn’t second-guess myself, I didn’t add that factor into my leadership style.”

Meg Whitman is one of the most prominent female CEOs in the world. She was the president and CEO of eBay from 1998 to 2008. After an unsuccessful run for the governorship of California, Whitman took over as the head of HP starting in 2011 and oversaw the company’s split into two: One business focuses on printers and PCs and the other on cloud computing, data centers and software. Whitman has an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion. She is tied with Judy Faulkner at sixth on the Forbes list.

Johnelle Hunt

“I was just doing what Johnnie needed me to do; it was my job and my responsibility. We always liked getting everyone’s opinion and we wanted everyone to feel like they had an input, anyone could come and talk to us.”

In 1961, Johnelle Hunt and her late husband, J.B., founded trucking company J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., which went public in 1984. It is one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America. Hunt’s net worth is estimated at about $2.4 billion.

Elaine Wynn

“When you walk into one of our resorts, you are entering the embodiment of a significant portion of my life’s work.”

Elaine Wynn, along with her ex-husband, Steve, co-founded Wynn Resorts. She served on the company’s board for more than a decade until she was ousted in 2015, and she has been in a legal battle with her ex to get control of her 9 percent stake in the company. Elaine is president of the Nevada State Board of Education. Her approximate net worth is $2.1 billion.

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These #4 Indian Women are Making Millions in Commodity Trading

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#Madhu Vadera Jayakumar

She is among the first few female women commodity traders, who founded E-commodities Limited.

This former CEO of E-commodities Limited has more than 17 years of experience in the financial markets and is an IIM MBA graduate as per her LinkedIn profileShe is an independent investor and also the public interest director in the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX).

#Jyothi Budhia

With over 30 years of experience in the financial market, including the commodities, one can often spot Budia in the early morning financial market news shows.

She is a derivative and technical analyst and has been the Director of BK tradingsince 1986. Apart from being a trader and giving expert opinions on television, Budhia also spends time educating students and is a visiting facility of in-house institutes of stock markets like Bombay Stock ExchangeNational Stock Exchange, MCX and the Manipal University.

#Vaishali Sarwankar

Trading runs in the blood of this Maharashtrian Porgi, whose family has its roots in the baniya (trading) community. But, she has learned her commodity trading skills from her previous employer Bunge Limited.

Presently, she is not just rocking the domestic market, but is also playing her cards right in the international commodity market.

#Deepali Singh

After trying her hands in tiffin services and restaurant business, Singh got into commodity broking. Having done a business of more than INR 60 crore, Singh registered her company last year as Jaya Laxmi Foods and operates from the Indore Commodity Market. The firm is majorly into the commodity trading of wheat. Singh is also a national-level basketball player.

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