Business Plans or Prayer Flags

As I approached the tent where the Women 2.0 conference was about to start, I was struck by the string of prayer flags along the back wall.  That, as least, was what it looked like from a distance.   Up close, I realized that the organizers had strung up the entries -dozens of plans sketched out on standard dinner napkins — in the “Business Plan on a Napkin” competition.

Looking at these plans, up close and from a distance, and thinking about the aspirations of the women (and men) in the room and the ambitions of every entrepreneur I meet, I decided that these are prayer flags of a sort after all.

Here are some of the images I captured at yesterday’s event:

By the way, notice Christine Herron in one of the photos… now we know where First Round Capital finds its deals.



  1. […] Stanford, California – May 10, 2008 – Entrepreneurs and VCs gathered on the grassy lawn of the Stanford Golf Course for the 2008 Women 2.0 and Stanford Women in Business Conference Beyond the Spark: Entrepreneurship Redefined. Inside the white tent, napkin submissions for the Business Plan Competition lined a wall. Chris Shipley asked aloud: “Business plans or prayer flags?” […]

  2. […] Here is the napkin that we submitted for the competition. Of course you can only see on side of it. […]

  3. […] drew a lot of attention from the startup community and even got some coverage on TechCrunch, the Guidewire blog, and the local news. Judges included Chris Shipley (Guidewire Group), Anurag Nigam (Sandhill […]

  4. […] provoking: Business Plans or Prayer Flags … see what you think. You’ve heard about the famous “business plan on a […]

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