7 Female Founders on Closing the Deal

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Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post

Know that sometimes 'no' just means 'not now.'

When The Huffington Post first launched, many people said no to blogging, Hufffington recalls. But they soon changed their mind.

"I remember Norman Mailer said, 'I can't do it -- I can't do anything until I finish my book.' I said, 'Fine, no problem.' Three months later, there was this scandal of guards at Guantánamo flushing the Koran down the toilet. Norman calls me and says, 'OK, I'll write about that. I'll e-mail you.'"