Women 2.0′s Female Founder Successes of 2010
Inspiring female founder successes from 2010.
We celebrated an impressive number of female founder successes in 2009.
While 2010 has remained challenging amidst the recession, we have been recognizing Female Founders to Watch on a monthly basis here at Women 2.0.
Are you a female founder with a success to celebrate in 2010?
To join the list of female founders, send an email to [email protected] with:
- A 140 character description of an accomplishment in 2010.
- Your full name, startup name, and position at the startup.
- Your headshot, a link to your company/startup website, and your Twitter account.
How do I qualify to make the Women 2.0 list of Female Founder Successes?
- You must be a female founder of a technology company, defined as a company with an engineer/technologist on the founding team.
- A “success” for this list is a company launch, significant product launch, significant milestone reached, angel/venture funding received or similar success.
Female Founders of Tech Startups Share Their 2010 Successes
Alexa Andrzejewski (Founder & CEO, Foodspotting)
Foodspotting, a website & iPhone app for finding & recommending dishes, reached 500,000 app users, and closed a $750k angel round. Follow her on Twitter at @ladylexy.
Alexa von Tobel (Founder & CEO, LearnVest)
Closed $4.5M in funding from Accel Partners, expanded team to 25 people, and LearnVest is now seeing over 500k visitors a month. Follow her on Twitter at @alexavontobel.
Patricia Calfee (Co-Founder, Bergine)
Her luxury flash-sale deals site Bergine was acquired by Gilt Groupe only ten months after launching. Follow her on Twitter at @PatriciaCalfee.
Claire Boonstra (Co-Founder & VP Platform & Community, Layar)
The augmented reality platform and browser Layar reached over a million active users and raised $14M funding led by Intel Capital. Follow her on Twitter at @claireboo.
Christy Liu (Co-Founder & Director of Marketing, Wanderfly)
Launched Wanderfly and raised venture financing for the travel recommendation engine that is reinventing the industry. Follow her on Twitter at @wanderfly.
Laura Fitton (Founder & CEO, oneforty)
oneforty raised $1.82M Series A funding, and became a “social business buying guide” where 600+ toolkits connect brands to social tools & experts. Follow her on Twitter at @pistachio.
Jane Hoffer (Co-Founder & CEO, BrainRewards)
Launched BrainRewards private beta connecting families through fun & educational games and raised additional $275K in seed capital. Follow her on Twitter at @brainrewards.
Stephanie Robesky (Founder & CEO, Grows Up)
Launched Grows Up, a children’s goods marketplace that supports mompreneurs, built an all female team, and raised $1M+ in VC funding. Follow her on Twitter at @nerdgirl.
Michelle Zatlyn (Co-Founder & Head of User Experience, CloudFlare)
CloudFlare raised funding by top VCs, won TechCrunch Disrupt’s “Most Innovative Company” and scaled from zero to >1B page views in 3 months. Follow her on Twitter at @zatlyn.
Helen Zhu & Corinne Chan (Co-Founders, Chictopia)
Chictopia, the leading online fashion network, reached 150k registered users and 10M monthly pageviews in 2010. Follow them on Twitter at @helenzhu and @corinney7.
Himani Amoli (Co-Founder, Micromobs)
Launched Micromobs, a tool to share your life privately with the groups you care about most, and featured on TC, RWW, NYTimes, PCWorld & Lifehacker. Follow her on Twitter at @himania.
Elizabeth Yin & Jennifer Hsieh (Co-Founders, DressMob & LaunchBit)
Launched DressMob, a social shopping site for dresses and LaunchBit, an online resource hub for new web entrepreneurs. Follow them on Twitter at @launchbit.
Annie Chang (Co-Founder & Head of Product, LOLapps)
LOLapps launched Ravenwood Fair, which was named a top social game of 2010 by Gamasutra and played by over 5 million monthly active users.
Deena Varshavskaya (Founder & CEO, Wanelo)
Deena launched Wanelo (from Want Need Love) in December 2010 for bookmarking, organizing and sharing your favorite products from any website. Follow her on Twitter at @siberianfruit.
Elizabeth Muse & Cathy Jolly (Co-Founders, A Day’s Outing)
A Days Outing expanded nationwide and released an iPhone app so users can find the best local events and destinations. Follow them on Twitter at @adaysouting.
Alicia Roisman Ismach (Co-Founder & EVP Business Development, SeerGate)
SeerGate signed a partnership with Integrated Bank Technologies to distribute its A2A real-time payment system to financial institutions. Follow her on Twitter at @aliciarismach.
Cheryl Yeoh (Co-Founder & CEO, CityPockets)
Launched CityPockets, a real-time merchant CRM platform providing follow-up offers and helping users manage daily deal vouchers. Follow her on Twitter at @cherylyeoh.
Karen Miller (Co-Founder & President, DK Pictures)
DoInk created 1.2M drawings and animations, while the DoInk iPad App was named in Level Up News’s holiday app gift guide. Follow her on Twitter at @kdmiller4.
Alexis Ringwald (Co-Founder, Valence Energy)
Valence Energy was acquired by Serious Materials. Alexis won a prize at Startup Weekend and spoke at TEDxWomen for her SMS mobile app, MarketYoYo. Follow her at @alexisringwald.
Victoria Ransom (Founder & CEO, Wildfire)
Wildfire raised $4M Series A funding, served tens of thousands of paying customers, grew from 10 to over 70 team members and remained profitable. Follow her on Twitter at @wildfireapp.
Pooja Nath (Founder & CEO, Piazzza)
A free Q&A platform for classrooms, Piazzza is taking over Stanford computer science & math classes by storm and raised ~450k in angel funding, launching in Stanford University.
Sophia Perl (Founder, Eventabulous)
Developed and launched her Startup Weekend idea Eventabulous in December 2010, an iPhone app that helps you find events near you. Follow her on Twitter at @sounalath.
Stacy Roderick (Co-Founder & CFO, GotoBilling)
GotoBilling launched a new reseller program that increased its number of active resellers by 325% in the first quarter of the launch. Follow her on Twitter at @stacyroderick.
Erica Dublin (Founder & CEO, See Jane Fly)
SeeJaneFly grew to more than 50+ high-profile travel blogs, formed a partnership with Federated Media Publishing, and grew our business at Kicklabs SF. Follow her at @seejaneflyinc.
Kerry Bannigan (Founder & CEO, GlobalFashionBrands)
Launched GlobalFashionBrands for personalized shopping social e-commerce, connecting consumers to independent fashion designers/retailers. Follow her on Twitter at @missnolcha.
Erin DeRuggiero (Co-Founder & CMO, Social Reality)
Social Reality secured VC-funded Causes app on Facebook, reaching 140M users and selling more than two dozen digital cause marketing campaigns on the Causes platform alone.
Jessica Scorpio (Founder & Director of Business Development, Getaround)
Launched and raised a seed round for Getaround, a peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace in San Francisco and San Diego. Follow her on Twitter at @jessicascorpio.
Joselle Ho (Co-Founder & Creative Director, Miso Media)
iOS music education app Miso Music won People’s Choice at TechCrunch Disrupt, and Miso Media raised $600k in seed funding led by Google Ventures. Follow her on Twitter at @joselleho.
Tracy Kobeda Brown (Founder & CEO, Evil Genius Designs)
Evil Genius Designs named to the PepsiCo10, a program that pairs the most innovative emerging technology companies with PepsiCo brands. Follow her on Twitter at @ticorah.
Lisa Holton (Founder & CEO, Fourth Story Media)
Fourth Story Media‘s The Amanda Project was named a 2010 Webby honoree in the youth category, and featured on NPR’s Morning Edition. Follow her on Twitter at @amandaproject.
Jen Consalvo (Co-Founder, Shiny Heart Ventures)
Thankfulfor, a gratitude journal application, launched an iPhone app and some major updates creating a more robust and connected community. Follow her on Twitter at @noreaster.
Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Shwowp)
Launched Shwowp, a tool to gather your purchases in one place, in closed beta after being one of the TechCrunch Disrupt 24 finalists. Follow her on Twitter at @missrogue.
Terry Redfield (Founder & CCO, Real Life Plus)
Real Life Plus built and launched Style Studio on Facebook, a web based 3D clothing, textile and outfit creation application. Follow her on Twitter at @reallifeplus.
Kimberly Deas (Founder & President, Promozilla Marketing)
Designed software helping small business owners market their business for less than a dollar a day at Promozilla Marketing. Follow her on Twitter at SBHBTools.
Louise Campbell & Alice Elizabeth Still (Co-Founders, CraftNation)
Built and launched CraftNation, an e-commerce platform crowdsourcing designer accessories and redefining the supply chain. Follow them on Twitter at @Craft_Nation.
Sarah Jordan (Founder & CEO, Aesir Metals)
Aesir Metals beta tested the new material COEDI as tooling and for mining drill bits, replacing expensive heat treated metals. Follow her on Twitter at @AesirMetals.
Neng Bing Doh (Co-Founder & CEO, HealthCrowd)
Built and launched HealthCrowd, connecting consumers who need care with qualified health practitioners, anytime, anywhere. Follow her on Twitter at @healthcrowd.
Michelle You (Co-Founder & Head of Product, Songkick)
SongKick is the #2 live music destination on the web after Live Nation, having raised investment from Y Combinator and Index Ventures. Follow her on Twitter at @wreckingball37.
Jessica Bishop (Founding Member & VP of Business Development, Prepay Nation)
Prepay Nation participated in this year’s Women 2.0 Pitch Night in San Francisco in November and was selected as the Mobile Track Winner.
Maya Bisineer (Founder & CEO, Memetales)
Launched Memetales, a platform for writers and illustrators to publish children’s stories to mobile platforms and into games like reading mobile app. Folow her on Twitter at @thinkmaya.
Nazila Alasti (Founder & CEO, Jooners)
Jooners, online signup sheets to help organizers with group coordination, grew subscriptions and groups served in 2010 by 133% and 152%, respectively. Follow her on Twitter at @jooners.
Shawna Simpson (Co-Founder & President, Moxie Software)
Moxie Software launched Diner Connection, a software-based wait list management and text-based table notification system for restaurants. Follow her on Twitter at @ShawnaSimpson.
Sasha Pasulka (Co-Founder & Director of Marketing, Maptini)
Launched Maptini, a cloud-based, real-time collaborative mindmapping product available on the web, iPhone and iPad. Follow her on Twitter at @evilbeet.
Linlin Wills (Co-Founder & VP of Marketing, Soovox)
Launched Soovox public beta, received the Red Herring 100 Global Award, and raised an additional $750K in seed capital. Follow her on Twitter at @linlinwills.
Yasmine Mustafa (Founder & CEO, 123LinkIt)
123LinkIt launched software for blogs to become money-making enterprises, and won First Place at Temple University’s Business Plan Competition. Follow her on Twitter at @myasmine.
Jennifer Wong (Co-Founder & CEO, Alt12 Apps)
Alt12 Apps launched two award-winning apps in iPhone, Palm and Android stores: BabyBump (#1 paid pregnancy app) and Pink Pad (top 25 apps). Follow her on Twitter at @jennwong4alt12.
Prerna Gupta (Co-Founder & CEO, khu.sh)
Led khu.sh (developing intelligent music applications like LaDiDa) to profitability and closed funding with 500startups with 65M YouTube views. Follow her on Twitter at @prernagupta.
Mona Abdel-Halim (Co-Founder & Director of Business Development, Careerimp)
Careerimp was co-founded, secured seed capital, and launched its first product, RESUNATE, an intelligent resume builder. Follow her on Twitter at @Careerimp.
Susan Hunt Stevens (Founder & CEO, Practically Green)
Launched Practically Green to motivate people to live healthy and green, signed partnership with NBC Universal, and closed a $750K seed round. Follow her on Twitter at @huntstevens.
Wendy Troupe (Founder & CEO, Terametric)
Terametric launched Twitter Optimizer for SMBs and enterprise product marketers, providing social media marketing tools to maximize ROI. Follow her on Twitter at @wendytroupe.
Beth Marcus (Founder & CEO, Playrific)
Playrific secured seed funding, assembled an awesome team, and released product for children under 6 to safely interact, learn and play on the Internet. Follow her on Twitter at @startupdoc.
Marina Krutchinsky (Co-Founder & Head of User Experience, BrainRoll)
Designed and launched BrainRoll, an interactive system for Universities to streamline graduate school admissions and candidate evaluation. Follow her on Twitter at @webhues.
Hilary DeCesare (Co-Founder & CEO, Everloop)
Launched Everloop, a social “looping” site for tweens, raised venture funding, and won DEMOgod Award, and AlwayON’s Global 250. Follow her on Twitter at @everloopnews.
Emily Chiu & Chiara Piccinotti (Co-Founders, Apply in the Sky)
Apply in the Sky won Women 2.0′s web award for its beta addressing key pain points in higher education admissions. Follow them on Twitter at @ApplyintheSky.
Rachelle Palmer (Co-Founder, Giv.to)
Successfully launched Giv.to and pivoted with campaignify product, got great new subscribers and are looking forward to a funding round in 2011. Follow her on Twitter at @techbelle.
Alice Rathjen (Founder & President, DNA Guide)
Genome software DNA Guide demoed at Harvard Medical School Personal Medicine Lab Symposium, and Mark Boguski joins as advisor. Follow her on Twitter at @dnatimes.
Sarah Gray (Co-Founder & Programmer, MercuryApp)
Launched MercuryApp, a change-management decision-making tool for individuals and businesses, with co-founder Corey Haines. Follow her on Twitter at @fablednet.
Carrie Chitsey (Founder & CEO, 3 Seventy)
Build 3 Seventy, a mobile platform with integrated SMS, mobile web and app development, increased revenue 3x, raised $800K and obtained patent. Follow her on Twitter at @cchitsey.
Tracy Lee (Founder & CEO, Dishcrawl)
Dishcrawl came to life in 2010 with the mission to bring people together over food, launching in San Francisco, San Jose, Montreal and New York. Follow her on Twitter at @dishcrawl.
Ferial Moloo (Founder & CEO, 365Hangers)
Lead411 recently named 365Hangers on VentureBeat as a tech company with upward growth, ranking #18 of 50 promising startups in 2010. Follow her on Twitter at @365hangers.
Maria Martinez (Founder & CEO, Iwannagothere)
Iwannagothere won the 2010 Webby Award for “Best Travel Website” and was a Travolution Awards finalist for “Best Travel Information Website”. Follow her on Twitter at @iwannagothere.
Priscilla Fung (Founder & CEO, Toppbuzz)
Built and launched Toppbuzz, a social network for knowledge sharing and marketplace for original digital content, in private beta. Follow her on Twitter at @toppbuzz.
Dina Kaplan (Co-Founder, blip.tv)
blip.tv doubled video views and increased ad revenue 5x in 2010, which means a lot more of money going to Web show producers (rev share is 50/50). Follow her on Twitter at @dinakaplan.
Liz Fraley (Founder & CEO, Single-Sourcing Solutions)
Single-Sourcing expanded services, launched advisory line, and was recognized by Everything Channel’s Magazine as a top woman on the channel. Follow her on Twitter at @lizfraley.
Tara Cousineau (Founder & CEO, BodiMojo)
Launched Bodimojo with seed funding from National Institute of Health, and secured funds for new mobile app to promote healthy lifestyle/body image. Follow her on Twitter at @taracousphd.
Alexandra Szczerban (Co-Founder & Chief Designer, KeyLog App)
Designed and launched KeyLog App, an easy and elegant app to log, save and share experiences via iPhone and iPod touch. Follow her at @keylogapp.
Campbell McKellar (Founder & CEO, Loosecubes)
Loosecubes raised $1.2M funding and launched global network of shared workspaces that makes it fun and easy to find a place to work. Follow her on Twitter at @cmckella.
Jo White (Co-Founder & CMO, TribeVibe)
Launched private alpha of TribeVibe, a social media analytics company, and currently has 5k people signed up for the public release. Follow her on Twitter at @Mediamum.
Aditi Talreja (Founder & Director, Delivery Chef)
Launched Deliverychef.in, an online food ordering platform that enables users order food from over 200 of Mumbai’s finest restaurants and more. Follow her on Twitter at @mydeliverychef.
Jen O’Neal (Co-Founder & CEO, Tripping)
Launched Tripping, a social travel site with users in 100+ countries, built a great team, and partnered with 20 top organizations. Follow her on Twitter at @jenoneal.
Jane Allison Fleck (Founder & CEO, ClubPonyPals)
ClubPonyPals hit 160k members in 165 countries, quadrupled revenues, launched a Facebook app, and published an e-book. Follow her on Twitter at @ClubPonyPalscom.
Stella Huh (Co-Founder, Fruxar)
Launched mmula which helps lower-income professionals transition into better paying and skilled jobs, and closed seed funding with AngelPad. Follow her on Twitter at @spicietx.
Betsy Huigens (Founder, Bluelight)
Developed and launched Bluelight, an iPhone safety app which offers a discreet way to avoid the obligatory “call me when you get there” request. Follow her on Twitter at @bluelightapp.
Carole-Ann Matignon (Co-Founder & CEO, Sparkling Logic)
Launched Sparkling Logic, co-created patents that revolutionize how business automate & improve decisions, and raised $600k to prove it. Follow her on Twitter at @CMatignon.