The winner of our 2013 Las Vegas PITCH Competition thought she “got” the whole 500 startups thing… then realized the “bro-tastic cliquey crap” stereotype was not at all the truth.
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A PITCH finalist on how she went from being a wantrapreneur, to a real entrepreneur with real customers in twelve months.
How about if you’re Dave McClure? That’s the question a tweet from the founder of 500 Startups about our PITCH Competition raised this weekend.
A London-based VC firm gives entrepreneurs a helping hand by translating a term sheet from legalese into everyday English.
The day was completely devoted to the emerging $2.1 trillion market, which is largely driven by parents needing technology to solve many of the typical parenting challenges.
By Rachel Lehmann-Haupt (Editor, Women 2.0)
Think about all the technologies that help you be a better parent. Need a sitter in a pinch? Just post a job on Urbansitter.com. Freaking out about what to do with the kids this summer? How about ActivityHero, a site that helps families find activities and camps for the kids. These are just a few examples of the companies that are popping up in what entrepreneurs and investors are calling “family tech.”
A female founder shares the lessons she’s picked up after being in the startup game for a couple of years.
At the end of the day, winners joked about “thanking the Academy,” and the emcee said the day included more talk of vulnerability most tech conferences. Plus there were lots of hugs. Businesswomen hugs.
By Amy-Willard Cross (Editor, Vitamin W)
Singers may dream of performing on American Idol or dancers may hope to appear on Dancing with the Stars. But women tech entrepreneurs have their own star-making vehicle: PITCH, Women 2.0’s startup competition.
Aleksa Delsol is the lead illustrator at Yogome, a Mexico-based startup and iOS gaming company to help kids globally learn through play.
By Erin Swanson (Director of Digital, The Way Women Work)
Education for kids is going mobile, and it’s booming.
We recently caught up with Aleksa Delsol, the lead illustrator at Yogome, a Mexico-based startup and iOS gaming company harnessing the power of tech and design to help 21st century kids learn by simply having a lot of fun.
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.”
The 500 experience has definitely helped us grow in many unimaginable ways, more than I can list…
By Aihui Ong (Founder & CEO, Love With Food)
There are so many incubator/accelerator programs in Silicon Valley (e.g. AngelPad, 500 Startups, YC) and each has a different application process, providing different levels of investment in exchange for equity. However, they all share a common trait – they aim to open doors for you, help propel you to the next stage of your startup growth. What they don’t do is spoon-feeding. Hand holding not included.
By narrowing its focus to women, Yahoo can beat the pants off its competitors.
By Dave McClure (Founder & Partner, 500 Startups)
I’d like to write a different open letter to Marissa Mayer that plays to both her strengths, as well as those of Yahoo. It’s a bit off the wall, but if you think it thru with me, I bet you’ll agree with the strategy.
Yahoo has struggled for the last 6-7 years – with what it stands for, who’s running the show, how to keep its employees, how to compete with Google, and how to take advantage of its amazing assets in content, communications, and community around the world. The last really bold move Yahoo made was probably acquiring Flickr (aside from turning down the Microsoft acquisition
Women 2.0 profiles women angel investors in our “This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like” series.
I believe that’s why the myth soldiers on… to keep us from talking.
By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)
My #1 pet peeve is the “women don’t support one another” myth that gets thrown around all too often and by men and women alike.
First off, let me agree that there ARE some awfully insecure men AND women who will talk behind one another’s backs to make life more difficult.
My advice, avoid them, but don’t jump to conclusions about an entire gender because of one nasty person. (My mother always taught me, “If someone is talking nasty about someone
Women In Tech Earning $125,000+ A Year Should Consider Investing In At Least One (Female-Founded) Startup
500 Startups founding partner Dave McClure challenges women to invest in startups – to WIN.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Founding partner at 500 Startups Dave McClure wants every woman in tech to become an angel investor, saying “Stop talking about the problem and become part of the solution.” He challenges women working in the technology sector who either drive a nice car, own a nice house or earn over $125k a year to become an angel investor – and invites you to accept his challenge to make three (3) investments of $5k each in a startup businesses this year.
We at Women 2.0 hope at least one of those three investments is in a startup with at least one female founder.
Moonfruit took £1.57M in funding in 2010 from Silicon Valley angels including Dave McClure of 500 Startups.
By Mike Butcher (Writer, TechCrunch)
In the white heat of the current tech market it’s sometimes easy to forget that some companies, although taking their time, simply become viable businesses – instead of waiting for a call from Facebook or Twitter that may never come.
I’ve been covering web site and shop builder Moonfruit for longer than I care to remember (they launched in 2000), but along the way husband and wife team Joe and Wendy Tan White kept on pushing the company until it was one of the most innovative of its kind out there.
Today that hard work is rewarded
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.
A femgineer discusses the Silicon Valley and women in engineering.
By Thomas Korte (Founder & Managing Partner, AngelPad)
I was invited this week to judge the Women 2.0 PITCH Competition. I blocked out the day with one goal: give a lot of feedback and advice to entrepreneurs. And I am glad I did.
The conference was unlike any I have attended in recent years. 1000 women-tech entrepreneurs, many of them not from Silicon Valley, skipped Valentine’s Day to listen to the learnings, inspirational and success stories of fellow women entrepreneurs. 99% of the audience were women and Dave McClure, Naval Ravikant, Jeff Clavier and myself were the only men on stage.
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