Tag Archive: Cathy Edwards

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    by Jessica Stillman

    12 Female CTOs You Should Know – and Follow on Twitter

    These 12 female CTOs are leading cutting-edge tech startups and inspiring the next generation of female technology leaders!

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Grace Hopper Celebration Attendees Celebrating Startup Acquisitions And IPOs

    Celebrating GHC attendees and women entrepreneurs who exit!

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

    This week, Women 2.0 has been attending the Grace Hopper Celebration in Baltimore, Maryland alongside literally thousands of women engineers, ranging from college students and academics to working professionals.

    Amidst the throngs of tech-savvy women, we’ve spied a few notable women, including Robin Chase who flew in from France

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    by Angie Chang

    Women Executives Drive Successful Startups (Dow Jones Study)

    Dow Jones study released today measures success of companies with more women in executive positions.

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

    A study released today, “Women At The Wheel: Do Female Executives Drive Start-Up Success?”, examined over 20,000 VC-backed companies and 167,556 executives, of which 11,193 were female. Results show that venture-backed startups with women in senior executive roles are more likely succeed than companies where only men are in senior executive roles.

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch Creating Noteworthy iPhone Apps

    Meet 5 women who created amazing apps for the Apple app store.

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

    As Leah Busque reminds us, you can skip the line at the Apple store by using her TaskRabbit iPhone app to summon a TaskRabbit to stand in line for your new iPhone 5.

    Here at Women 2.0, we thought about the variety of ways women have successfully built on Apple’s success over the years, from creating viral games and useful apps

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    by Angie Chang

    Learn From Successful Women Entrepreneurs In Tech (Premium Videos From February’s PITCH 2012 Conference)

    Get inspired by these women leaders sharing stories of fundraising, team building and more.

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

    The sound bytes that were tweeted from February’s PITCH 2012 conference were golden.

    “Know what you have to prove,” said ZipCar co-founder Robin Chase on building a minimum viable product. Just the minimum and then iterate fast. Katie Mitic at Facebook agreed, recommending entrepreneurs to “let go of the idea of a perfect product.”

    Care.com CEO Sheila Lirio Marcelo delivered a strong message for women to let go of “that image of perfection” because this will give you more confidence and help take risks.

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    by Angie Chang

    Learn From Leaders Of Product Innovation: Women 2.0 PITCH 2012 Videos Now Available Online

    For $30, get full access to Women 2.0 premium videos for the next 30 days online.

    By Shaherose Charania (Co-Founder & CEO, Women 2.0)

    We have exclusive videos from PITCH 2012, our 1000 person conference last February in Silicon Valley. We recorded all the conference talks, panels and pitches for you so you can pop some popcorn and make it a night of learning and inspiration.

    We are excited to be sharing this exclusive content with you. A 30 day subscription to premium Women 2.0 videos will give you access to 6 videos – that’s 3 hours of great talks – from female founders including Zipcar’s Robin Chase, Care.com’s Sheila Lirio Marcelo (pictured), Chomp’s Cathy Edwards (acquired by Apple)

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    by Angie Chang

    11 Female Founders To Watch Running Successful Mobile Companies

    From IPOs to acquisitions, these women entrepreneurs launched and grew successful mobile startups.

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

    A few women pointed out that the upcoming MobileBeat 2012 conference has practically no women on the speaking page. Well, we think there are plenty of successful women running mobile startups.

    Here are successful women entrepreneurs in the mobile space who have celebrated exits, managed major product launches and can speak to any number of mobile topics, from developing mobile apps to mobile advertising.

    Smart mobile industry insights can be gleaned from the female founders of mobile companies below:

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    by Angie Chang

    Facebook Is Missing Something Obvious

    Companies with women on their boards have been proven to lead to a higher ROI.

    By Shaherose Charania (Co-Founder & CEO, Women 2.0)

    To continue its explosive growth, Facebook needs to innately understand and cater to their most lucrative user: women. The best way to do that is to add a woman to their board.

    Let’s look at the facts about how women rule the web: 71% of Facebook’s daily active users are women (58% of total users are women). That’s almost three-fourth’s of their user base. Women are clearly Facebook’s #1 customer.

    And, it’s not just on Facebook. Women are driving activity on Twitter (59% are women), women dominate Pinterest

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    by Angie Chang

    Apple Acquires Chomp, App Search Engine Startup Co-Founded By CTO Cathy Edwards, For $50 Million

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

    This week, Apple confirmed the acquisition of app search engine startup Chomp for $50 million.

    Chomp was co-founded by Cathy Edwards. She is the CTO of Chomp, leading the engineering team to build the “proprietary algorithm [that] learns the functions and topic of apps”.

    She spoke at the 2012 Women 2.0 PITCH Conference last week at the Computer History Museum, ardently advocating product launches within 90 days. Her conference slides

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    by Angie Chang

    4 Rules For Managing A Software Startup’s First 90 Days

    By Connie Kwan (Writer, TriplePundit)

    “I moved from Australia to the Silicon Valley to learn the ways of startups,” said Cathy Edwards, Founder and CTO of Chomp, and speaker at the Women 2.0 PITCH Conference and Competition this past Valentine’s Day. Her startup, Chomp, is a mobile application database. Before founding Chomp, Edwards worked at Friendster and 3jam.

    What she learned was the following four rules in the first 90 days of a software business:

    1. Over-invest in user research upfront.
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    by Angie Chang

    PITCH 2012 Conference: Women Talk About Shipping Products, Not Shopping For Products

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

    On February 14, Caterina Fake delivered the opening keynote at Women 2.0′s PITCH Conference stating the need and opportunity to “humanize technology before it dehumanizes us.” She underlined that “the Internet is built on a culture of generosity” and fear of missing out, urging the audience to build technology products that bring people together instead of driving them apart:

    “Make it human, make it fun, work hard.”

    Another keynote speaker, ZipCar co-founder Robin Chase emphasized having focus in product development:

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    by Angie Chang

    9 Lessons Learned From Women 2.0 PITCH Conference 2012

    By Emily Gonzales (CTO, Bookigee)

    As I sat in the Women 2.0 PITCH Conference yesterday surrounded by close to a thousand female tech entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, investors and supporters, I couldn’t help but feel like we were making history.

    As a tech entrepreneur flying in from Miami to learn as much as possible from the speakers and mentors, they exceeded every expectation I had for inspiration and practical advice. In short, I was blown away.

    Here are some of the gems I’m taking home with me:

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    by Angie Chang

    Day 3: Final Presentations At Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011

    By Christina Gunarto & Angie Chang (Co-Organizers, Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011)

    On Sunday, the teams wasted no time working on their projects. The Hatchery was filled with both excitement and anxiety building up to pitch time.

    Everyone was full of energy, squeezing every last ounce of thought from their brains and coding away to put together the final product, presentation and hopefully, a working demo for the judges.

    At 6pm, all 150 participants squeezed in for a group photo. One last hurrah before demo time!

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders to Follow (Women 2.0 Startup Weekend Mentors)

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

    Women 2.0 Startup Weekend (November 18-20, 2011 in San Francisco, CA) will host 150 hackers, designers, business and marketing people to build early-stage startups in 54 hours.

    Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 MENTORS and their ventures:

    Sasha Laundy (Founder, Women Who Code)
    Sasha loves helping others learn cool things

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    by Angie Chang

    Technical Tips for Early-Stage Startup CTOs

    By Cathy Edwards (Co-Founder & CTO, Chomp)

    Chomp is an app search company that I co-founded with Ben Keighran. We let you search for apps based on what they do (e.g. “tip calculator”, “free puzzle games” or “to do list”) rather than needing to know the name of the app.

    As Chomp’s CTO, I’ve learned a lot about about the engineering challenges in a new startup.

    Here are some lessons that may be useful to technical co-founders of early stage companies, particularly in that initial period before and just after you launch.

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Startup Founders, Female CTOs And Technical Co-Founders (Oh My!)

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

    This morning at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, Julia Hu (Co-Founder & CEO of Lark) got engaged while presenting her startup onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC — her boyfriend inserted a proposal slide into her deck.

    Meanwhile, attendees at the National Center for Women in Technology annual summit were not pleased with the lack of technical women leading startups and companies. TechCrunch contributor Vivek Wadhwa tweeted “Sarah, there are very few women CTOs.” Developer and advocate Sarah Mei tweeted back, “I thought there were a few. Pointers plz.”

    Every time this happens, we at Women 2.0 put our heads together and come up with a handy list of women CTOs of tech startups for anyone who asks. From writers for magazines to conference organizations, we all want to know — where are the technical women of startups? Why are they not more frequently featured on magazine covers and quoted in newspapers?

    No more excuses. Let’s get these technical women leaders exposure.

    Female Startup Founders – Who Are Also CTOs:

    Cathy Edwards (Co-Founder & CTO, Chomp)
    Chomp‘s proprietary algorithm learns the functions and topics of apps helps you find the apps you want. Chomp was acquired by Apple in February 2012. Follow her on Twitter at @cathye.

    Sandy Jen (Co-Founder & CTO, Meebo)
    A co-founder of Meebo, Sandy is also their CTO. Google acquired Meebo for a rumored $100M in June 2012. Follow her on Twitter at @meebosandy.

    Mariya Genzel (Co-Founder & CTO, SayGent)
    Saygent started as Ultimate Hire at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend in 2009. Saygent recently raised $1M in funding. Follow her on Twitter at @mashagenzel.

    Leslie Ikemoto (Co-Founder & CTO, Animeeple)
    Leslie co-founded Animeeple, a 3D character animation tool. She wrote Hako in 24 hours and also created Hipnoz. Follow her on Twitter at @leslieikemoto.

    Aihui Ong (Founder & CEO, Love With Food)
    Aihui launched Love With Food to combine her passions two: coding and fooding, her MacBook Pro and her KitchenAid mixer. Follow her on Twitter at @aihui.

    Sarah Allen (Co-Founder & CTO, Mightyverse)
    Sarah co-founded Railsbridge to increase diversity in engineering, consults at Blazing Cloud, and co-founded Mightyverse. Follow her on Twitter at @ultrasaurus.

    Jenny Chen (Co-Founder & CTO, Wanderable)
    After working at Amazon Web Services for over five years, Jenny Chen co-founded Wanderable to make wedding registries more fun for travel lovers. Follow her on Twitter at @phethyr.

    Shilpa Dalmia (Co-Founder & CTO, ActivityHero)
    An engineer by profession and a parent at heart, Shilpa Dalmia started ActivityHero to help parents select activities for their kids. Follow her on Twitter at @shilpa_dalmia.

    Julia Grace (Co-Founder & CTO, WeddingLovely)
    After earning two degrees in computer science, Julia Grace spent 4 years at IBM Research, ran product at a startup then co-founded WeddingLovely. Follow her on Twitter at @jewelia.

    Bryn McCoy (Co-Founder & CTO, Citizen Made)
    After building innovative software for the likes of IBM and BMW, hacker and designer Bryn McCoy co-founded Citizen Made in Chicago. Follow her on Twitter at @brynmccoy.

    Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D. (Co-Founder & CTO, Affectiva)
    MIT research scientist Rana el Kaliouby co-founded Affectiva to scale video-based expression recognition technology she invented. Follow her on Twitter at @kaliouby.

    Notable Technical Women Leaders At Startups:

    Niniane Wang (CTO, Minted)
    Niniane currently leads the engineering team at Minted, having 11 years of experience at Google and Microsoft. Follow her on Twitter at @niniane and follow her startup at @minted.

    Liz Crawford (VP Engineering, Birchbox)
    Liz is currently VP of E at Birchbox. Previously, she co-founded and served as CTO of Aprizi. Follow her on Twitter at @liscrawford and follow her startup at @birchbox.

    Mary Lou Jepsen (Founding CTO, One Laptop Per Child)
    Mary Lou is currently Founder & CEO of Pixel Qi, producer of low power, sunlight readable displays. Previously, she was founding CTO of OLPC. Follow her startup at @pixelqi.

    Beth Marcus (Founder & CEO, Playrific)
    Beth founded and served as CEO for startups, most notably EXOS, which was VC-backed and sold to Microsoft in 1996. She served as CTO at Zeemote. Follow her on Twitter at @startupdoc.

    Ning Ning (VP Engineering, Perfect Market)
    Ning Ning has served as VP of E at multiple tech startups, contributing to the sale of three of these to Salesforce, MEI and AskJeeves. Follow her startup at @PerfectMarket.

    Daisy Itty (VP Engineering, DataStax)
    Daisy has served as Director of Engineering of Responsys, BlueRoads and Selectica where she was one of the first engineers. Follow her startup on Twitter at @datastax.

    Kate Matsudaira (VP Engineering, SEOmoz)
    Kate has been holding engineering positions of increasing responsibility, and currently runs engineering at SEOmoz. Follow her on Twitter at @katemats and her startup at @SEOmoz.

    Meg Withgott (Co-Founder & CTO, Panafold)
    Meg co-founded Panafold, the knowledge attraction company. She co-founded ePlanet, and led research at Xerox PARC, Interval and Sun Labs. Follow her on Twitter at @megwith.

    Chiu-Ki Chan (Founder & Developer, Monkey Write)
    After being a software engineer for over 6 years at Google and 2 startups, Chiu-ki Chan is working on Monkey Write. Follow her on Twitter at @chiuki.

    Women With Technical Backgrounds But No Longer Hold Technical Titles:

    Leah Busque (Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit)
    To outsource errands, the efficiency-minded Leah Busque coded the first version of labor marketplace TaskRabbit in 2008. Follow her on Twitter at @labusque.

    Leah Culver (Co-Founder, Grove)
    Dveloper Leah Culver co-founded Pownce, which was by Six Apart in 2008. She’s now working on Grove. Follow her on Twitter at @leahculver.

    Jess Lee (Co-Founder & CEO, Polyvore)
    Computer science major and former Google product manager Jess Lee runs Polyvore as its CEO. Polvore recently raised $14M Series C funding. Follow her on Twitter at @jesskah.

    Elizabeth Yin (Co-Founder & CEO, LaunchBit)
    Elizabeth Yin launched the email newsletter ad network LaunchBit out of 500 Startups, raising $950k investment to date. Follow her on Twitter at @launchbit.

    Jennifer Chin (Co-Founder & COO, LaunchBit)
    Front-end designer Jennifer Chin of LaunchBit boasts a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from MIT. Follow her on Twitter at @launchbit.

    Jessica Mah (Co-Founder & CEO, InDinero)
    Jessica Mah built InDinero for a real-time dashboard to make small business accounting easy for everyone. Follow her on Twitter at @JessicaMah.

    Leah Busque (Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit)
    Back by popular demand, TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque resumed her CEO title as it was announced on TechCrunch this week. Follow her on Twitter at @labusque.

    Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)
    Mint.com employee #2 and software engineer Poornima Vijayashanker started BizeeBee for SMBs. Follow her on Twitter at @poornima.

    Amy Sheng (Co-Founder, CellScope)
    Mechanical engineer Amy co-founded CellScope to extend the reach of diagnosis with medical microscopy from your smartphone. Follow Amy on Twitter at @AmySheng.

    Ayah Bdeir (Founder & Lead Engineer, littlebits)
    Ayah created litteBits, an award-winning kit of pre-assembled circuits that snap together with tiny magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming. Follow Ayah on Twitter at @AyahBdeir.

    Annie Chang (Co-Founder & Head of Products, LOLapps)
    “Don’t be fooled by the name of her startup” warned Fast Company. Annie Chang co-founded LOLapps, which was acquired by 6waves in July 2011. Follow her on Twitter at @lolapps.

    Dr. Vivienne Ming (Co-Founder, Chief Scientist & Executive Director, Socos)
    Dr. Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist launching an edu-tech startup building cognitive analytics for the classroom. Follow her on Twitter at @neuraltheory and her startup at @socos_me.

    Julie Yoo (Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Kyruus)
    Julie built the first version of the company’s data mining platform. She leads the product team at Kyruus, which received $5.5M Series A in 2011. Follow her on Twitter at @julesyoo.

    Michelle Norgan (Co-Founder & CPO, Kismet)
    Michelle, who launched her product onstage at the inaugural Women 2.0 PITCH conference, taught herself iOS programming and co-founded Kismet. Follow her on Twitter at @mnorgan.

    Chandini Ammineni (Co-Founder, ActivityHero)
    Chandini Ammineni build apps including one to help pregnant moms see the heartbeat of their babies on the iPhone, then stated ActivityHero. Follow her on Twitter at @ammineni.

    Peggy Chang (Co-Founder, ActivityHero)
    An engineer with an MBA, Peggy Chang led product management teams for Intuit, Charles Schwab and the LA Times before joining ActivityHero.

    Marcela Miyazawa (Co-Founder, Wanderable)
    Former 23andMe product manager and Stanford computer science major Marcela Miyazawa co-founded Wanderable to provide experiential honeymoon registries.

    Tracy Osborn (Founder & CEO, WeddingLovely)
    Designer and self-taught Django developer Tracy Osborn launched WeddingLovely herself until she found her technical co-founder Julia Grace. Follow her on Twitter at @limedaring.

    Erica Douglass (Founder & CEO, Whoosh Traffic)
    Prior to Whoosh Traffic, Erica Douglass sold her web hosting company for $1.1M. She built everything (website to server hardware) from scratch. Follow her on Twitter at @ericabiz.

    Email submissions to [email protected]. Thank you for helping us grow this list!

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    by Angie Chang

    Partner event: APPNATION 2011 for Mobile Developers

    APPNATION (April 27 – 28 in San Francisco) is an ambitious and bold thought leadership conference and exposition focusing exclusively on the consumer applications revolution and global app economy. Featuring speakers and exhibitors including Digital Chocolate, Marvel Entertainment, Jumptap, Nielsen Mobile, RIM, Intel, Outfit7, Sequoia Capital, WIP, Fox Broadcasting, Greystripe, Norwest Venture Partners, and Wall Street Journal.

    On Thursday, April 28 (1:15pm – 1:50pm on the 2nd Floor Mezzanine at Moscone South @ APPNATION) join us for the “Monetization Strategies” panel with open Q&A – presented by Women 2.0 & Founder Labs!

    Shaherose Charania (Co-Founder, Women 2.0 & Founder Labs) will be leading the discussion on monetization of mobile apps with the following panelists:

    • Cathy Edwards (Co-Founder & CTO, Chomp)
    • Jean Hsu (Android Developer, Pulse)
    • Rob Coneybeer (Co-Founder & Partner, Shasta Ventures)
    • Raj Singh (Entrepreneur-in-Residence, SRI)

    Check out mobile developer Sophia Perl presenting her mobile app Eventabulous at the AppCircus on Wednesday, April 27 at 5:20pm.

    We will also be showcasing 5 mobile developers from the Women 2.0 community in at the APPNATION expo with their own developer demo pods:

    DEVELOPERS: Submit your app and have a chance to pitch at the AppCircus@Appnation on April 27! Powered by dotopen, this is a unique global traveling showcase of the most creative and innovative apps presented by their creators during some of the most influential international events in mobile/web. AppCircus is open to developers, startups and any other organization and offers each participant a chance to get a nomination to the annual Mobile Premier Awards at Mobile World Congress. Click here for full details, rules and submission information. Deadline for entry is April 17.

    Women 2.0 members save 40% with discount code “APWN40″.

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    by Angie Chang

    Founder Friday San Francisco on May 6

    Founder Friday is a Women 2.0 networking event.

    Everyone has to eat, so why not share a meal and startup stories? Join us for Founder Friday right before Startup Weekend and Ruby on Rails Outreach Workshop for Women on May 6!

    Women 2.0 Founder Friday Mixer on May 6 in San Francisco!

    Cathy Edwards (Co-Founder & CTO, Chomp) will be your Founder Friday host on Friday, May 6, 2011 @ 5:30pm at Bar Agricole in San Francisco, CA.

    Calling San Francisco entrepreneurs! Network with fellow Women 2.0 founders, aspiring and current, over drinks at Bar Agricole on Friday night. Afterward, some of us will head over to Startup Weekend San Francisco or Ruby on Rails Outreach Workshop together.
    Please RSVP here for Women 2.0 Founder Friday in San Francisco on May 6.