1st Women 2.0 Conference Debriefing

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The first Women 2.0 Conference on "Starting a Startup" brought in more women than I had ever seen at an Entrepreneur27 conference, or any entrepreneurial/tech event that I've ever been to, for that matter. The conference covered all topics from the Web 2.0 bubble, to how to get funding, to the personal challenges each of the speakers faced. Basically, the conference was a three hour crash course in being an entrepreneur. If any of you didn't get the chance to attend the conference and want to meet some cool girls (or if you did attend and still want to hang out with us), Women 2.0 is planning another social for the month of June so keep checking back if you're interested!

We would like to thank all of the speakers and discussion leaders for their support and participation. All of them were truly inspirational and enjoyable to listen to, talk with, and meet. A big thank you to our speakers - Sandy Jen, Elaine Wherry, Mary Hodder, Emily Chang, Jessica Hardwick, and Joyce Park; and to our discussion leaders - Cathy Kirkman, Patricia Nakache, Indu Navar, Kristin McDonell, Barbara Rybka, and Elizabeth Bastiaanse.

There were a bunch of people that helped with this conference. Many thanks to: Wen-Wen Lam, Angie Chang, Shaherose Charania (my co-coordinators); Holly and Malika for getting us a room at AOL; Jennifer Chen for posting to the Intel mailing list and bringing us some attendees; Noah Kagan for helping out with whatever was needed; Keshav Malani, Zachary Zarate, and Melissa Mendavia for helping out with registration and picking up food; the GeekEntertainmentTV team for videotaping the conference and taking cool pictures; Limelife, Meebo, LinkedIn, Yelp, and Zazzle for getting us promotional items; all the people that blogged about Women 2.0; the Meetro and Stirr guys for attending the conference and being just a few of maybe the 10 guys at a Women's Conference; Luke Murray for attending the conference even though he's from Kentucky; Gwen Tan who will be working on W2.0 in Singapore; Bert, the security guard that opened the doors for us at AOL and helped us set up; Ambika Sopory and Tram Tran for taking pics at the conference; all the people that rolled out of bed on a Sunday morning to attend a conference; and tons more people. Also, we would like to give a special thanks to The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) for sponsoring the event.