By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0) Piazza Founder and CEO Pooja Sankar blogged on Women 2.0 a few months ago: "As a teenager, I never went outside alone, spoke to a boy other than my brother, or wore jeans or a short skirt."
The former Facebook engineer went to an all-girls high school in India and then was admitted to IIT Kanpur, India. She was one of a handful of girls in the midst of many boys. Pooja described herself as "shy and studied alone, while the boys worked together - benefitting tremendously from the collaboration."
As the founder and CEO, Pooja built Piazza to provide a collaboration tool - better than the wikis and threads currently in use for discussion groups. Her startup idea was conceived in class during her first year at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2009.
Today, TechCrunch announced that Piazza has raised $6M Series A funding from Bessemer Venture Partners with Kapor Capital and Felicis Ventures also participating. Piazza is also backed by Sequoia Capital and SV Angel.
Congratulations to Pooja and the entire Piazza team!