Tag Archive: Danielle Morrill

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    by Jessica Stillman

    SEC Says Yes to Some Crowdfunding Platforms

    Legal uncertainty has hung over crowdfunding but now letters from the SEC have lifted this cloud of doubt from several platforms.

    By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)

    Crowdfunding may have been exciting entrepreneurs for awhile, but whether the idea would be as appealing to regulators has been an open question. Now the SEC has given the green light to two platforms, lifting doubt and firing the starting gun on further crowdfunding innovation.

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    by Jessica Stillman

    Meet the Women of Y Combinator

    The fact that 10% of founders presenting at this week’s YC Demo Day are women might not sound like a victory, but it’s actually more than double the percentage in previous classes.

    By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)

    This week 47 startups presented at Y Combinator Demo Day. How many of the founders up there in front of investors were women? Nope, not half, not even close. Try one in ten. We have a way to go, but 10% female is still an improvement given that previous classes managed only a measly 4%.

    Y Combinator partner Jessica Livingston told TechCrunch the increase wasn’t down to any particular effort on the part of the accelerator, but simply reflects the fact that more talented women are applying.

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    by Angie Chang

    Sponsored: Clarity Guide Announcement

    Sponsored by: Clarity is a marketplace for business advice. We make it easy for you to find, schedule and pay for expert advice over the phone to grow your business.

    Remember when you started up and didn’t know what you didn’t know? Remember asking random, unstructured questions to acquaintances to try to get insight into how to forge ahead with your company? Bet you wished there was a guide or book that just said it all straight up. Well, today Clarity is in the process of creating just that guide!

    Until March 1, Clarity is collecting the very best advice from the global startup community. From bootstrapping to customer acquisition, we are looking for knowledge and expertise from entrepreneurs like you, the Women 2.0 community.

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    by Angie Chang

    CEO Danielle Morrill Raises $1 Million In Seed Funding For Referly

    Congrats to CEO Danielle Morrill for raising funding for Referly, an easy way for people to earn affiliate revenue for recommendations.

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

    “Funding is not actually success. Success is being cash-flow positive, especially if you’re in a transaction-based business,” co-founder and CEO Danielle Morrill said. Today, Referly announced raising a $1 million seed round from investors including New Enterprise Associates, Ignition Partners, 500 Startups, Jeff Lawson,

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    by Angie Chang

    Distribution Hacks: Who Owns The Website – And Why

    With processes like Scrum and Kanban requiring more cross-team coordination of projects, engineering is getting a chance to weigh in on design much earlier when their feedback can be considered and not tossed aside as an 11th hour insight.

    By Danielle Morrill (Co-Founder & CEO, Referly)

    “Print out every single page of your website and tape it all up on a huge wall in your office or lay it out on the floor. Bring together key stakeholders from every department in your company and give them post-it notes. Ask them to place a post it on every page that drives a business outcome they feel/are responsible for.

    Historically, engineers have owned the company’s website and everything on it. Other teams like marketing, sales and customer support could produce content, but software developers were the gateway through which all content eventually had to pass.

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    by Angie Chang

    Got 99 Competitors And Bit.ly Is One

    “You refer stuff, you earn rewards. No shenanigans (Hat tip: Twilio).”

    By Danielle Morrill (Co-Founder & CEO, Referly)

    When you launch a company, suddenly everyone is a competitor, or so it feels.

    Then you realize everyone you thought was a competitor might also be a partner at best, and a distraction at worst. Next you realize your idea is changing so rapidly, fueled by customer feedback and sleepless nights hacking on new features or just eating your own dogfood, that you aren’t totally sure how you fit with anyone anymore.

    TechCrunch wrote that my company Referly is making gains against Bit.ly after their recent redesign stumble. We saw

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    by Angie Chang

    Refer.ly Lets Regular Folks Earn Affiliate Revenue For Recommending Products They Love

    This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.

    By Kim-Mai Cutler (Writer, TechCrunch)

    Danielle Morrill’s been thinking about this idea for at least three years. I know this because it was almost all she could talk for an hour straight at a dinner party several years ago.

    If you’re an entrepreneur and you get bit with an idea, you just can’t shake it. And so, after several years of apprenticing at building companies like Twilio, Morrill is finally striking out on her own with Refer.ly, a concept that’s been admitted to the next Y Combinator class.

    What’s the idea? On the web, there’s a whole secret

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    by Angie Chang

    Partner Event: The War For Startup Talent (May 7 In San Francisco)

    Behind every great company are great people. The competition for top talent is fiercer than ever.

    On May 7, 2012 at San Francisco’s Mission Bay Conference Center, The War For Talent brings together top entrepreneurs, founders, investors, and recruiters to share their stories and show you how to win the WAR FOR TALENT. Learn the best strategies to recruit top engineers and key employees as you scale.

    Speakers include Ron Conway from SV Angel, Morgan Missen from Foursquare, Danielle Morrill from Twilio, Laurie Deneschuk from TinyCo, Dave McClure from 500 Startups, Jessica Alter from FounderDating, Anna Binder from Readyforce, and many more!

    Women 2.0 members save 20% on tickets when you register here.

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    by Angie Chang

    Where Are The Women In Forbes “30 Under 30”?

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

    This morning, Forbes announced their annual “30 Under 30” lists, launching a cavalcade of public congratulations for the named, and also leaving many women in tech wondering “where are the women?” in Forbes lists?

    24-year old Danielle Fong holds top billing in the “30 Under 30” for energy (and will be speaking at Women 2.0’s PITCH Conference). In the “30 Under 30” for social & mobile, 29-year old Clara Shih (Co-Founder, Hearsay Social) announced her seat on Starbuck’s board last week. No doubt women are blazing trails in technology, business and innovation.

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    by Angie Chang

    Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2009 Creates 19 Startups

    “One of the hottest days of the year in San Francisco, Friday night’s unusually warm weather combined with over 150 individuals packed into sfCube made it clear that the crowd was serious about building something big.”