Tag Archive: Buyosphere

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    by Angie Chang

    The Upcoming Buyosphere And Its Future

    Most of us don’t have big wads of cash and time to burn, so we have one shot and have to figure out how to pay rent and feed ourselves.

    By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)

    Since I put up my post about getting a J.O.B., I’ve been answering a long series of questions about Buyosphere and what we’re doing with it. First off, the plan is to soldier on. Of course, there are complications to this. All three of the founders are now engaged in full-time jobs and projects that support us financially – and none of us

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: PITCH Finalists (Where Are They Now?)

    Women 2.0 PITCH startup competitions finalists continue to impress over the years.

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

    After the years ago by, we wonder “Where are they now?”

    The finalists for the last 5 years of PITCH startup competition have gone to impress us with their mettle and ability to adapt and evolve. Some are still working on the same startup, while some have pivoted or moved on to another venture or business opportunity.

    Here are female founders who have placed as finalists for the Women 2.0 PITCH startup competitions, and gone on to a variety of impressive and interesting things:

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    by Angie Chang

    10 Essential Books For Women Building Web Businesses

    These business books, usually recommended by fellow female entrepreneurs, were the ones that made a huge difference.

    By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)

    As a startup founder, I’ve had the same books waved in my face a million times – Rework by Jason Fried, The Lean Startup by Eric Reis, Innovator’s Dilemma by Clay Christensen… the list goes on. These are all great books, don’t get me wrong. But their lessons are ones that I don’t necessarily need to be successful.

    As an entrepreneur, I’ve already broken the mold of rethinking work. As an underfunded startup, we have to be lean and iterative and as someone whose ideas are usually a little too far ahead of the curve, I have no problems on the innovation side. My issues lie

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    by Angie Chang

    Fashion And Feminism – Sitting In A Tree…

    Empowering women in business, startups mixing fashion and feminism are celebrating a renaissance.

    By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)

    Many of those not in the know think of fashion as a trap for women. Uncomfortable shoes. Impossible body images. Shallow spendy status symbols. Magazine layouts of size zero 6 foot tall women juxtaposed with an ad for weight loss.

    There is a large part of fashion that I grapple with that doesn’t leave me feeling very empowered. There is an incredibly empowering side of fashion: self-expression. Though I romanticize the historical cuts, I couldn’t think of a better time to live in where I have all of the tools available for me to express

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    by Angie Chang

    4 Myths About Female-Founded Startups Debunked By 2012 PITCH Competition Finalists

    By Rebecca Lipon (Application & Judges Coordinator, PITCH Competition 2012)

    Women 2.0 PITCH Conference culminated in a PITCH Startup Competition five months in the making. Online applications were judged by representatives from 20 VC firms to select our finalists.

    Our finalists demonstrated exactly what we at Women 2.0 have been saying for a while – women are starting companies outside the “pink-collar” space with varied backgrounds at different life stages targeting every phase of the investment cycle.

    Here are 4 myths our finalists annihilated:

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    by Angie Chang

    Friday Roundup: All Things PITCH-Related, And Then Some…

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

    Thanks to everyone who joined us for the fifth annual Women 2.0 PITCH Conference & Competition on Valentine’s Day.

    For those who missed it, the PITCH conference rocked the house. Here are 9 lessons learned from the day, as well as a guy’s perspective on Women 2.0 moving the needle for women entrepreneurs.

    The day was filled with love and startups, as speakers like Facebook’s Katie Mitic reminding us that the job is only 1% done – building tech products is a labor of love and passion.

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    by Angie Chang

    The Daily Muse Names Five Startups To Watch From PITCH 2012

    By Adrian Granzella Larssen (Writer, The Daily Muse)

    When Shaherose Charania came to Silicon Valley from Canada a decade ago, she was shocked to find that the start-up scene was overwhelmingly male. So, she turned her awe into action, and co-founded Women 2.0, a network and media company for female entrepreneurs.

    Fast forward to today: What started as a “connector network meeting over cheap Trader Joe’s wine” at her co-founder’s house has evolved into a massive international organization. Now, Charania has seen and helped over 300 early-stage

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    by Angie Chang

    Women Founders’ Valentine’s Day PITCH

    By Chitra Rakesh (Writer, Mountain View Patch)

    Some of the smartest women in Silicon Valley – and beyond – celebrated women entrepreneurs on Valentine’s Day at the in Mountain View.

    Women 2.0, an organization committed to increase the number of female founders of tech startups, held its fifth annual PITCH Conference & Competition on Tuesday, February 14. The turnout far exceeded expectations and the event sold-out with 1000 participants.

    The competition received 172 applications from 12

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    by Angie Chang

    Buyosphere Wins Top Team Prize At Women 2.0 PITCH Conference

    By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)

    Team Buyosphere had an amazing day at the Women 2.0 PITCH Conference yesterday. We were super honored to be picked out as one of the 9 finalists out of almost 200 applications!

    We were even more honored when we saw who else was pitching! Our team had to follow the effervescent and brilliant LeAnne Ozaine-Smith (who has over 10 years coaching experience in her area and a deal with Mary Kay Cosmetics!) of Prosperity (I can’t lie… I loved her “solopreneur” pitch and thought for sure she would win!), which was no easy feat.

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    by Angie Chang

    Meet The Winning 2012 Women 2.0 PITCH Competition Teams

    By Patricia Araque (Co-Founder, Ellas 2.0)

    The 2012 Women 2.0 PITCH Conference has proved to be so impressive that a thousand people, mostly women, gathered yesterday at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA to hear inspiring presentations by entrepreneurs.

    Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake and ZipCar co-founder Robin Chase headlined a day full of talent, ideas, networking and world-changing aspirations to innovate with great products.

    Here are the four winning teams from the 2012 PITCH Startup Competition:

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    by Angie Chang

    Move The Needle: Women 2.0 PITCH

    By Blake Landau (Director of Marketing, Linqia)

    The fact is there is nothing more romantic than spending Valentines Day at the Computer History Museum with over a thousand women at Women 2.0’s fifth annual PITCH conference.

    There is a demand for mentoring, support and communities where women can support each other. We all know this considering that Women 2.0 events consistently sell out. PITCH was no different with people pouring out of the conference rooms.

    For women to be successful in an industry where

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    by Angie Chang

    From PITCH Conference 2012: Love & Startups At Women 2.0

    By Carolyn Gerin (Creator, Antibride Productions)

    Live from Women 2.0 Pitch Conference in Mountain View, I’m happy to be at the Computer History Museum surrounded by some of the hottest female-founded tech startups in modern history.

    We are experiencing a Femme Tech Boom and today is ground zero for innovation, creation and atta girl “can-do” attitude. If you think it’s all about the cult of the Zuck, think again, these ladies who launch got moxie, money and energy to burn.

    The idea is to get the mic in your hand and show ‘em

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    by Angie Chang

    Buyosphere CEO Tara Hunt Shares Lessons In Seed Funding

    By Jen Consalvo (Co-Founder & COO, Tech Cocktail)

    Editor’s mote: This article is courtesy of Tech Cocktail, which offers tech startup events, news and resources across the country. Buyosphere CEO Tara Hunt will be pitching live on February 14, 2012 at Women 2.0 PITCH Conference – get your ticket now!

    After launching last year, Buyosphere, a Montreal-based startup, was offering a product that would go head-to-head with Pinterest. You could curate collections of products, find interesting new products through friends, and establish yourself as a tastemaker.

    Pinterest has since taken off and Buyosphere

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    by Angie Chang

    2012 PITCH Startup Competition Finalists Announced

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

    The run-up to Women 2.0 PITCH Conference on February 14, 2012 is defined by Women 2.0′s fifth annual Startup Competition for early-stage tech startups.

    Watch the finalists of the 2012 Women 2.0 Startup Competition pitch live on February 14. Hear first-hand feedback from panels of real investors on what makes a successful pitch for investment.

    Here are the 10 finalists of the 2012 Women 2.0 PITCH Startup Competition:

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    by Angie Chang

    Tara Hunt’s Buyosphere Raises $325K In Seed Funding After Pivot

    By Jolie O’Dell (Writer, VentureBeat)

    Buyosphere is web celebrity Tara Hunt‘s greatest gamble, and after some shaky months, it might be starting to pay off.

    Following a successful rebranding effort, the team has just closed an oversubscribed seed round of funding — $325,000, to be exact.

    The funding will be aimed squarely at new user acquisition as well as a couple key hires.

    The round, which eschewed big-name Silicon Valley

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    by Angie Chang

    Recommend an Awesome Product or Service Created By a Woman-Led Company for the 2011 Holiday Shopping Guide

    By Tereza Nemessanyi (Co-Founder & CEO, Honestly Now)

    A few weeks ago I read this post about a woman founder and her cool product, and thought, “Hey! I have to buy this for Xmas for my girls!”

    Subsequently, Peggy Wallace of Golden Seeds, who sits on my Board, shared with me her insights from the Women’s Forum in France. Women wield significant economic might, but this does not translate back to economic empowerment for women or sustainability of the planet.

    The holiday season is around the corner.

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    by Angie Chang

    10 Mistakes I’ve Made (So You Don’t Have To)

    By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)

    As a follow up to my previous presentations on startup life being a challenge and the challenges it presents, I wanted to share what I’ve actually learned since then.

    This presentation is a little more “Whew! I got through that and have grown smarter because of it!” than “I’m in the middle of helllll!”

    There are probably 150+ things I’ve learned because I am stumbling my way through this, but these are the top 10 for me.

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    by Angie Chang

    Be Bigger: Lessons from The Big Enough Company

    By Adelaide Lancaster and Amy Abrams (Founders, In Good Company)

    The blank canvas. When you start your own business you have the opportunity to do, create and decide whatever you want. That’s the most exciting (although sometimes scary) part of entrepreneurship.

    This all leads to a tremendous and inspiring amount of diversity in the world of business. Not only does each entrepreneur have unique motivations but they also have different desired purposes, outcomes and goals. Each of us approaches entrepreneurship with a distinct philosophy and idea of what we must get

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    by Angie Chang

    So You Want To Do A Startup, Eh? (Slides)

    By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)

    I was asked to speak at a conference in Toronto about my startup experience in Canada. But I didn’t just want to talk about Canada. I wanted to highlight a bigger issue with being a startup entrepreneur: the frothiness of this moment.

    All I was reading in every tech blog, magazine and newspaper was how easy it was to get funding, how much funding everyone is getting and how millions were signed up here and everyone is partying like it’s 1999 again. Yet after almost a year of looking (and 6 months of seriously looking), Buyosphere is still unfunded.