Women 2.0 is the world’s largest community-driven media brand designed for the next generation of technology leaders. Women 2.0 creates content, community and events for aspiring and current innovators in technology.
Our mission is to strengthen technology businesses by connecting, inspiring and educating the next generation of technology leaders. Women 2.0 lives in the future, today – we see no barriers, we see no boundaries, we only see a meritocratic business landscape.
Women 2.0 was founded in April 2006 with the vision to make a difference. With 30% of tech workers being women, 10% female founders, 10% female investors, 24% women sourced in news, something had to change. We became passionate about catalyzing this change. We saw how important it was to have more women in technology as leaders, founders, investors. As our passion project, we – the founders, hosted networking events in our own apartments, that were open to men and women (complete strangers!). After five years of operating Women 2.0 as a “side project” and being pulled by the momentum of the growing community, we have grown Women 2.0 into the leading brand for the next generation of technology leaders. Everyday our work is inspired by the fact that we get to be the change we want to see in the world.
Women 2.0 Products
We provide content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology.
A unique content platform where founders, investors and innovators share their startup stories, tips and tricks and guidance.
Twice annual conferences focused on exploring up-and-coming trends in innovation with the people and stories behind disruptive innovation.
The run-up to every Women 2.0 Conference is defined by a competition for early-stage technology startups. We receive 200+ submissions from 20+ countries. Winners pitch on-stage to iconic investors to gain exposure and feedback.
Women 2.0’s signature networking event to promote the creation of new networks among everyone in tech (men and women). Held monthly in 20 cities around the world.
A twice-monthly Google Hangout for founders to pitch 2-3 investors. Founders get feedback to master their pitches and make a valuable connections with investors.
Shaherose Charania, CEO & Founder
Shaherose is the CEO and Co-Founder of Women 2.0. She began her career working at various startups in Silicon Valley as the lead for Product Management, Design and Marketing at: Ribbit (British Telecom), Talenthouse and JAJAH (sold to Telefonica/O2). She is an active advisor to early stage technology startups through her idea lab, Founder Labs which she founded in 2010 and sits on the Board of Directors for Good World Solutions and Hacker Dojo. Her life purpose lies in driving positive change through innovation. Shaherose holds a B.A. in Business Admin from The University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business. Follow her on Twitter at @shaherose.
Justin Maples, COO
Justin Maples is the COO of Women 2.0. Justin has a lifelong passion in tech and entrepreneurship and has founded two previous startups in ad tech and mobile gaming (co-founded with his sister and later sold). Justin has a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of San Diego even though he wishes he had spent more time on the beach rather than the lab. When he’s not running along the Embarcadero or doing yoga, you can find him on Twitter at @MaplesTrees.
Jin Zhou, Programs Manager
Jin Zhou is the Programs Manager for Women 2.0. She is deeply passionate about the cross section of technology, human potential, entrepreneurship and compassion. An avid bookworm and explorer, she is happiest on top on sand dunes and mountains. Has fancy pieces of paper from Stanford, UCSB. Follow her on Twitter at @soulcandies.
Betsy Mikel, Managing Editor
Betsy Mikel is the managing editor of Women 2.0 and a freelance copywriter whose passion is telling the stories of entrepreneurs, brands and businesses that challenge the status quo. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a lifelong obsession with French language and culture. When she’s not biking all over every city she visits to find its best taqueria, you can find Betsy on Twitter at @betsym.
Jessica Stillman, Editor at Large
Jessica Stillman is an editor at Women 2.0 and a freelance writer with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She writes a daily column for Inc.com and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM and Brazen Careerist, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @entrylevelrebel.
Jessica Schimm, Digital Audience Engagement
Jessica Schimm is an assistant editor and heads social media (and ab workouts) at Women 2.0. She is a recent graduate of San Francisco State where she earned a B.A. in journalism and a grant to start a blog on women in the Bay Area which lead her to Women 2.0. She does a pump-up dance at least once a day. Find her at @JessicaSchimm.
Julie Chin, Event Manager
As a freelancer, Julie wears many hats all day, every day. Her career spans both art and technology, constantly inspired by what’s new, fresh, and in motion. She both embraces and organizes creative chaos, whether it be at a tech companies (Google, Dropbox, Intuit, There), backstage at a theater (opera companies nationwide), or in her daily life (labels everywhere!). She’s been schooled from two departments at Stanford, but mostly got her education from visiting other places along the way. She does not own a TV or a microwave oven..
Shari Eisenberg, Event Producer
Shari Eisenberg has over a decade of experience in the event industry. She is President of In Any Event, LLC, a boutique corporate event planning company based in San Francisco. She works with a variety of clients, from international non-profits to startups to large tech companies. Prior to founding In Any Event, LLC, Shari worked as a Senior Manager at a major international event and marketing agency. When she is not surrounded by thousands of moving parts, Shari can be found slope side at Squaw. Follow her on Twitter at @inanyevensf @petunia18
Ms. Baker is an experienced Silicon Valley senior executive, with over 20 years in general management, president and CEO roles in technology companies. From raw startup to IPO to Global Fortune 50 organizations, Ms. Baker has been at the leading edge of innovative technology across a variety of sectors, including media, finance, games, and health and for companies as diverse as Intuit, BabyCenter, Johnson & Johnson and PlayFirst. She has been involved in the startup community, including as an executive-in-residence at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, mentor at 500Startups and advisor at HealthTap. She currently serves as a Director at John Wiley & Sons (NYSE: JWA and JWB) and is actively involved in YPO and various initiatives in leadership and entrepreneurship at Stanford University where she is an alum and emerita trustee.
Jenny Fielding is Managing Director at Techstars where she leads the R/GA hardware accelerator. Previously, she was head of Digital Ventures for BBC Worldwide where she led investments and strategic partnerships. While at the BBC, she founded Labs, an in-house start-up accelerator focusing on digital media. Jenny has a long history in the tech industry, co-founding start-ups including, Switch-Mobile, a disruptive VoIP mobile software company that was acquired in 2008. Previously, Jenny worked at JP Morgan and started her career as an attorney. She sits on the Board and advises several companies and organizations including Decisive, Women 2.0, BBCW Labs and CodeNow. Jenny can usually be found in transit…somewhere between New York, San Francisco and London.
Joy joined DFJ Gotham Ventures as Venture Partner in May 2011. Prior to joining DFJ Gotham Ventures, Joy was General Manager, US for video website Dailymotion, from its US launch through its acquisition by Orange (France Telecom) in January 2011. Prior to Dailymotion, Joy was SVP Global Marketing at Time Warner and VP Business Development of Barnes&Noble.com, which she helped take public in 1999. She was VP International Business Development at MTV Networks and began her career as an M&A lawyer at Debevoise & Plimpton.
Dianna Mullins is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Silicon Valley-based Glam Media. In addition to her passion for tech, she is also the creator of The Beverly Mullins Memorial Scholarship Fund at UC Berkeley and adviser to women-led companies including Women 2.0. Her career has been focused on early stage start-ups, organizational structures, company culture, team dynamics and most importantly, people. Her core strength is creating the synergy between people, processes and strategy to bring a vision and strategy to life. An avid lover of independent film and women’s issues, Dianna is an active advocate for women in business, technology, and education. She can be found on twitter: @diannarae.
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