About Us

Women 2.0 is a 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.

Mission

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.

History

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, open to men and women (to complete strangers!). After 5 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.

  • Women 2.0 Blog Network

    Women 2.0 Blog Network

    A unique content platform where founders, investors and innovators share their startup stories, tips and tricks and guidance.

  • Conferences

    Conferences

    Twice annual conferences focused on exploring up-and-coming trends in innovation with the people and stories behind disruptive innovation.

    Past Conferences: SF 2008, SF 2010, SF 2012, NYC 2012, SF 2013, LV 2013, SF 2014

  • PITCH Startup Competition

    PITCH Startup Competition

    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.

    Past PITCH Competitions: SF 2007, SF 2008, SF 2009, SF 2010, NYC 2012, SF 2013, LV 2013, SF 2014

  • City Meetup

    City Meetup

    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.

  • Investor Hangouts

    Investor Hangouts

    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.

  • Lightning Lessons

    Lightning Lessons

    A weekly, live broadcast where Women 2.0 sits down with an innovator to gain advice and insights on their disruptive journey in technology.

The Team

  • Shaherose Charania

    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 World Good Solutions. 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

    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

    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 Mike

    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

    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

    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.

Advisors

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    Jenny Fielding

    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 Marcus

    Joy Marcus

    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

    Dianna Mullins

    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.

Contact Us

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Women 2.0 HQ is located at Hatch Today, 645 Harrison St. Suite 200. San Francisco, CA 94107.