Tag Archive: Astia

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    by Angie Chang

    FlixMaster CEO And Co-Founder Erika Trautman Secures $1.125M Seed Funding Led By Golden Seeds

    Before founding FlixMaster, Erika founded an Emmy-Winning production company and worked as a filmmaker.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    FlixMaster, a creative platform for enterprise online video, today announced raising $1.125 million in additional funding from a syndicate of investors led by New York-based Golden Seeds. Founded by CEO Erika Trautman, FlixMaster is a graduate of TechStars and Astia that makes online video an interactive experience.

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    by Angie Chang

    2013: The Year Of The Female Entrepreneur?

    It is no surprise then that four of the major global consumer tech businesses – Facebook, Groupon, Zynga and Twitter – have more female customers than male. However, each suffers from a lack of female representation at board level, and this is true throughout the business world.

    By Wendy Tan White (Founder & CEO, Moonfruit)

    A recent poll from The Telegraph found that while almost a fifth of young women would like to run their own business, just 3% wanted to become a CEO of a company.

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    by Angie Chang

    5 Rules To Build Community Engagement For Startup Success

    for a movement or community to form, only two things are needed: (1) a reason for people to care, and (2) a way for them to communicate with each other.

    By Jane Finette (Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Astia)

    The Internet has created tremendous opportunity for connection, and with a new generation of socially connected Millennials, we are in a unique position to deepen engagement with customers and allow them to participate and create meaning.

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    by Angie Chang

    Meet The Women Entrepreneurs In Astia’s Fall 2012 Global Entrepreneurs Program

    Astia’s startup teams have a healthy mix of men and women, but clearly have a woman on the Founding/Executive team.

    By Catherine Berman (Senior Vice President, Astia)

    Throw a rock in Silicon Valley and you’ll find a group of startups convening. But woman-led startups? And high-growth woman-led startups that have the potential to transform the business world entirely? Welcome to the Astia Global Entrepreneur Program, a competitive international program that brings the sharpest, hottest woman-led companies from around the world

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: 5 Women Entrepreneurs From Astia

    Check out five up-and-coming women entrepreneurs from Astia’s current class.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Astia is a non-profit accelerating women starting high-growth high-tech ventures. They just released details about the women entrepreneurs participating in the Fall 2012 Astia Global Entrepreneur Program.

    Here are five up-and-coming women entrepreneurs aiming to go big with their innovative business ventures with Astia:

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    by Angie Chang

    Astia Accelerator Program To Add Fund, Angel Network In 2013

    Women entrepreneur mentorship network Astia to form a Fund and Angel Network in early 2013.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    In a message from CEO Sharon Vosmek this morning, we learned that high-growth woman entrepreneur accelerator program Astia will be adding capital to their existing programming in early 2013.

    The additions will be an Astia Fund, a fund used to invest in “best-of-breed” companies from the Astia program, and

  7. by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Women Entrepreneurs From Astia

    Deadline to apply to join Astia’s fall global entrepreneur program is Monday, September 17, 2012.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Wikipedia says “Astia is a genus of jumping spiders” but here in the tech world, we are familiar with Astia as the non-profit that accelerates women starting high-growth high-tech ventures, offering programs for entrepreneurs globally – providing access to capital, expertise and a global network of mentors, advisors, investors and more.

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    by Angie Chang

    This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like – Janet Hanson

    Women 2.0 profiles women angel investors in our weekly “This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like” series.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Janet was recently recognized on Forbes for changing the world of business. In the profile, she states -

    “When somebody says, ‘Well, what do you invest in?’ I could say, ‘I own stocks or bonds or mutual funds,’ but I say that I have invested in other women.”

  9. ASTIA_logo
    by Angie Chang

    Why I Picked Astia In The Jungle Of Startup Accelerators, Incubators

    “I made new friendships with CEOs from around the world building products solving a variety of problems.”

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    When I left Mint.com to start BizeeBee, a number of startup incubators approached me about joining.

    While I liked the concept of having focused time to think, learn, and mentors who had help build some pretty amazing technology companies, I decided against joining an incubator.

    I needed some time to myself, and quite frankly, I wanted the first six months of starting BizeeBee to be unstructured. Instead of spending time inside brainstorming, I got

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    by Angie Chang

    Can Angels Help Women Shatter Glass Ceilings?

    Women have shied from seeking outside funding to grow their companies, resulting in slower growth.

    By Geri Stengel (Founder, Ventureneer)

    Money is a key ingredient for high-growth, job-creating companies. Traditionally women have shied away from using outside funding. As a result, their businesses have grown slowly and created fewer jobs.

    But that seems to be changing. For the last two years, angel investors have funded more women-owned businesses than ever before – more than 1,600 per year – which could mean that women-owned, high growth, job-creating companies are finally coming into their own.

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    by Angie Chang

    Gust And Astia Partner To Provide A International Women’s Day Scholarship For A Deserving Woman Entrepreneur To Attend Astia

    Awarding entrance into Astia’s Fall 2012 Global Entrepreneur Program in Silicon Valley.

    By Ilana Grossman (VP Marketing, Gust)

    In the competitive and bustling world of startups, the right mentor or support network is key in determining whether a startup makes it or breaks it. While true in most cases, this statement is particularly relevant in the case of under-represented groups, such as female entrepreneurs.

    That’s why I’m so proud Gust, the global platform for startup funding and early stage investments, has partnered with Astia, a not-for-profit dedicated to the success of women-led, high-growth ventures, for the International Women’s Day Scholarship.

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    by Angie Chang

    The New Girls Network: Building A Bigger Pie For High-Growth Women-Led Companies

    By Joshua Henderson (Director of Programming, Springboard Enterprises)

    There are incredible things happening in the startup world for women entrepreneurs.

    Media platforms like Women 2.0, The Daily Muse, EZebis and The Next Women are showcasing the talents and expertise of women founders and entrepreneurs.

    Investment firms like BELLE Capital, Golden Seeds, Phenomenelle Angels, KC Women’s Capital Connection, Illuminate Ventures,

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    by Angie Chang

    6 Takeaways From Discussion With Women 2.0, Astia, 85 Broads

    By Sukrutha Raman Bhadouria (Organizer, Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners)

    Earlier this week, I attended a panel discussion about women entrepreneurs at Microsoft’s office. Representatives from Women 2.0, Astia, 85 Broads, Women in Public Policy (WIPP) and National Association for Women Business Owners (NAWBO) talked about best practices and practical advice for women entrepreneurs at this “Your Office, Your Terms” cloud event. Sepideh Nasiri represented Women 2.0 on the informative panel.

    I learned a lot about the challenges a woman could face when starting her own company, and how to be prepared for it.

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    by Angie Chang

    Call For Applications: Astia Global Entrepreneur Program 2012

    By Sharon Vosmek (CEO, Astia)

    We are delighted to announce our 2012 Call for Applications for the Astia Global Entrepreneur Program. Astia maintains an unparalleled success rate for the companies it serves and your outreach and referrals play a critical role in propelling women–led innovation.

    Please pass along the following information to women–led high–growth startups who you believe can benefit from the access to expertise, capital and opportunity that the Astia global offering provides.

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    by Angie Chang

    Social Good Startups Fertility Planit, Local Orbit, Autitouch, OllieMe

    By Angelina Strosahl (Co-Founder, DonationPay)

    I’ve now written quite a few words on how Astia and it’s dynamic community have impacted us here at DonationPay, but I haven’t talked specifically about the other business owners I encountered during the workshop week. The 2011 Astia ‘class’ is truly full of spectacularly talented, generous and innovative men and women; I felt very privileged to get to know everyone and be on the receiving end of their support and guidance.

    Though Astia is an incubator for for-profit businesses, there were many I encountered during the program week

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    by Angie Chang

    DonationPay on Social Good and Sustaining Supporters (Part 1)

    By Angelina Strosahl (Co-Founder, DonationPay)

    I am constantly struck by the parallels that we, as small business owners, have to folks working in the non-profit industry. Much of the ongoing business development required for a new company has to do with legitimizing your presence out in the market and making the consumers in your industry feel comfortable supporting your service or product, rather than putting their money behind established options.

    For non-profits, the struggle is much the same — convincing your donor base to actually move from being generally in favor of your organizations work to being actual sustaining

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    by Angie Chang

    DonationPay: Now An Astia Company

    By Angelina Strosahl (Co-Founder, DonationPay)

    During the past few months, we’ve been in the (strenuous but enjoyable) process of applying to join the 2011 Astia cohort and we were incredibly delighted and honored last week to be asked to join the Astia Portfolio.

    We’re really looking forward to the 2011 Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs workshop and meeting up with all the other businesses asked to join this year.

    If you’re not already familiar with Astia, they’re a non-profit