About Us

About Women 2.0

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

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 and the people and stories behind disruptive innovation.

    Past Conferences: SF 2008, SF 2010, SF 2012, NYC 2012, SF 2013, LV 2013
    Upcoming: 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 Upcoming: 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 connection with an investor.

  • 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 & Co-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.

  • Jessica Stillman

    Jessica Stillman, Editor

    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.

Advisors

  • 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

Want to contribute a guest blog post to Women 2.0? Email [email protected].

Interested in sponsorship and partnership opportunities? Email [email protected].

Have general questions about the Women 2.0? Email [email protected]

 

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