PITCH NYC 2012 Finalist Alike, Founded By CEO Maria Renhui Zhang, Acquired By Yahoo!
Yahoo! snaps up female-founded mobile startup Alike today for an undisclosed sum – the team will be joining Yahoo! mobile in California.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Today Yahoo! acquired Alike, a mobile company founded by CEO Maria Renhui Zhang. The app focused on personalization by using the restaurants and places you like to find the ones you’ll love. In a statement, Yahoo! was “very impressed by the team and their approach to building personalized experiences.”
The entire Alike team will join Yahoo!’s mobile organization in San Francisco and Sunnyvale. Yahoo! did not issue a press release but the Alike team posted an announcement on their site:
A former software engineer, Maria has authored a guest blog post for Women 2.0 about women in engineering, specifically why a co-ed dev team is good for business.
We at Women 2.0 remember proudly when Maria Renhui Zhang pitched onstage at Women 2.0′s New York Conference as a finalist of last year’s startup competition – she even braved the live demo!
Congratulations on the Alike acquisition under Marissa Mayer’s tutelage – we look forward to seeing how the brains behind Alike will be integrated with Yahoo! technology. We’re also thrilled to have another female founder role model to add to our list of successful women entrepreneurs.
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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 with inspiration, information and education through our platform. 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.