Female Founders To Watch: Grace Hopper Celebration Attendees Celebrating Startup Acquisitions And IPOs

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Celebrating GHC attendees and women entrepreneurs who exit!

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

This week, Women 2.0 has been attending the Grace Hopper Celebration in Baltimore, Maryland alongside literally thousands of women engineers, ranging from college students and academics to working professionals.

Amidst the throngs of tech-savvy women, we’ve spied a few notable women, including Robin Chase who flew in from France to talk about starting Zipcar. She presented at the Tech Entrepreneurs Lab. She talked about starting the company in a very lean way, continuing to grow the business and eventually taking her company public in 2011.

On the topic of creating and recognizing role models among us, let’s celebrate the women who have exited their companies via initial public offering (IPO) or acquisition. Noteworthy accomplishments (ie. acquisitions, IPOs) give us more credibility the next time a woman entrepreneur goes out seeking venture capital investment or future partnership.

These women have been roaming around Grace Hopper Celebration – find one and make her your mentor!

Cathy Edwards (Co-Founder & CTO, Chomp) – now at Apple
In 2009, CTO Cathy Edwards co-founded app search engine Chomp, building the proprietary algorithm and launching on iPhone in January 2010 and on Android in February 2011. Chomp was acquired by Apple for $50 million in February 2012. Follow her on Twitter at @cathye.

Elena Haliczer (Co-Founder & COO, Adaptive Semantics) – now at The Huffington Post
New York-based Elena Haliczer co-founded Adaptive Semantics in 2008, developing the JuLiA semantic-analysis engine. Adaptive Semantics was acquired by The Huffington Post in June 2010. Follow her on Twitter at @elliesemantic.

Kimber Lockhart (Co-Founder & CEO, Increo Solutions) – now at Box
Stanford alum Kimber Lockhart co-founded Increo Solutions and developed Backboard, a web-based service that allows users to share and review documents in a secure space. Increo Solutions was acquired by Box in August 2009. Follow her on Twitter at @kimber_lockhart.

Robin Chase (Founder & CEO, Zipcar) – now at Buzzcar
Wellesley and MIT Sloan alum Robin Chase founded ZipCar in 2000 by Cambridge, Massachusetts to reinvent transportation. She took Zipcar public in 2011 and is now working on peer-to-peer carsharing in Paris with Buzzcar. Follow her on Twitter at @rmchase.

Sandy Jen (Co-Founder & CTO, Meebo) – now at Google
Software engineer Sandy Jen co-founded instant messaging tool Meebo in 2005 with Elaine Wherry and Seth Sternberg. Meebo was acquired by Google in June 2012 for $100 million. Follow her on Twitter at @meebosandy.

Women 2.0 readers: Did we miss any female startup founders who have celebrated an acquisition, IPO or otherwise? Let us know in the comments!

About the writer: Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.