Viva Women 2.0! I wanted send a major shout out to Women 2.0 and the dynamic women it supports.
By Brian Wong (Founder & CEO, Kiip)
As I reflect on the last several years of my life, it has been a pretty wicked ride. Growing up in Vancouver and going on to create to create a truly disruptive company in Silicon Valley was hardly a predictable journey.
There two things I feel are worth highlighting that have helped make all of this possible – the unique environment I came from, and the people I have met along the way.
Women 2.0 members save $100 on your ticket for GROW (August 22-24, 2012 in Vancouver, BC) when
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By Fran Rawlings (Coordinator, Lean Startup Machine Montreal)
Lean Startup Machine (LSM) wants to prevent the world’s smartest people from wasting time building things that nobody wants. LSM is an intensive three-day workshop where entrepreneurs and innovators learn how to build what their customers want using customer development techniques and Lean Startup principles to validate an idea for a new product or service.
Women 2.0 and Lean Startup Machine (LSM) have partnered up to offer two (2) free tickets to LSM Montreal taking place July 13-15, 2012. To enter, all you have to do is tweet
Catch Shaherose Charania on Thursday, May 31 at AccelerateAB for her talk to entrepreneurs in Canada.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Shaherose stands in good company (aka powerhouse women entrepreneurs and executives) at AccelerateAB in Alberta. Fellow female founders speaking at the conference include Alice Reimer (Founder & CEO, Evoco), Arleigh Galant Vasconcellos (Founder, The Agency), Victoria Brillz (Co-Founder, Dynastream Innovations, acquired by Garmin).
Her background as an artist and performer facilitated her entrepreneurship – against all odds.
By Amy-Willard Cross (Editor, Vitamin W)
You wouldn’t think dance would be useful training for an entrepreneur, but former dancer Sara Winter has just launched a tech business in a mostly untapped market.
Winter launched Squag, a social space for children with autism or those who communicate differently. For the past 11 years, she has worked as an aide to her austistic nephew, who she calls spectacular and the strongest person she knows. Kids like him are totally underestimated, she says, which compelled her to build Squag to help them express themselves and communicate
By Krista LaRiviere (Co-Founder & CEO, gShift Labs)
One of my favorite questions I get asked is, “Is it more difficult to start a software company and raise money when you’re a woman?” My sarcastic answer is always, “I have no idea because I’ve never been a man.” My serious answer is, “I think starting a business, raising capital and growing a technology company are all difficult regardless of gender.”
As a Canadian software entrepreneur, I have the distinct honor of being one of 19 Canadian companies taking part in the C100’s flagship
By Leah Eichler (Contributing Writer, Femmonomics)
When Jim Leech took the helm as president and CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in 2007, he inherited an executive team that, except for one member, looked largely like him — male. The gender balance now tilts the other way, with 5 female members out of 9 on the executive team, including the chairwoman of the board.
“I think that it is a classic mistake to hire in your own image,” Mr. Leech says. “The stereotype of ‘CEO equals male’ doesn’t resonate with me. I’ve been de-conditioned,” he jokes light-heartedly. To explain their success at promoting female talent, Mr. Leech references its in-house mentoring program
By Linda Forrest (Associate, Francis Moran & Associates)
Reading a recent post about the role formal education plays in entrepreneurship, I was reminded of an article I read a few months ago about the “real reason women quit engineering.”
In Stemming The Tide: Why Women Leave Engineering, two University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professors report on their survey of over 3,700 women with engineering degrees. They found that just one in four women who had left the field reported doing so to spend more time with family.
By Katherine Hague (Marketing, ecobee)
It’s hard for me to believe it’s almost been 5 years since I attended my first entrepreneurship event through Impact in Canada. I had always been the kid setting up lemonade stands or trying to sell hand made greeting cards to unsuspecting teachers [looking back they were really terrible cards, my poor teachers!]. I knew that one day I wanted to start a company but I had no idea there were other people, even kids my age, out there trying to do the same thing.
After a couple of years of standing on the sidelines of startups, planning events, I decided I needed to get some hands on experience. I started working with a number of startups that my friends had founded and ultimately found myself as an independent consultant on digital media and marketing projects.
I stumbled into tech.
You can only spend so long in the startup world without realizing that it’s dominated by tech companies. I loved the fast pace of innovation, the people, and the idea of building something that could change the way people live their lives. I would stay up at night reading Jessica Livingston’s Founders at Work or any startup story I could get my hands on. One of my favorite founder stories is Tony Hsieh of Zappos. I even got to tour their office a couple years ago when I was in town for CES. Next time you’re in Las Vegas, skip the casinos and take the Zappos tour instead, you won’t be disappointed.
I’m lucky to be surrounded by great people. I never fail to be impressed by the projects and people that surround me.
Here in Toronto, whether it’s Startup Drinks, DemoCamp, BarCamp, Mesh, Girl Geek Dinners, Startup Weekend, Rails Pub Nite, SproutUp or Hacks and Hackers, there always seems to be something going on for startup founders and developers. It’s a close- knit community and everyone is always eager to help.
Programming was always this far away, intimidating concept.