Tag Archive: Esther Dyson

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    by Jessica Schimm

    Fast Forward to Nov. 14 &15: Welcome to Women 2.0 Conference Las Vegas 2013

    Women 2.0 is offering up to a $360 conference discount, exclusively for those that become members of the W2 community before this Sunday August 4th! Still not sure? Read on to learn about five experiences to look forward to at the Women 2.0 Conference 2013 – Las Vegas.

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    by Angie Chang

    Linqia Founder And CEO Maria Sipka Raises $3.475 Series A

    The social advertising platform exits stealth mode.

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

    Linqia founder and CEO Maria Sipka exiting stealth mode last week with a funding announcement – she raised $3.475 million Series A led by $2.5 million from Javelin Venture Partners, with participation from existing angel investors like Esther Dyson.

    A “social advertising platform”, Linqia helps brands share their stories and content with influential community leaders.

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    by Angie Chang

    "THE ANGEL 100" – New York’s Top Early-Stage Investors

    “If you can’t hustle your way to meet one of these people, you probably don’t deserve their money.”

    By Alyson Shontell (Editor, Business Insider)

    If you’re new to the New York startup scene, who are the best early-stage investors to pitch? There are a lot of people and early-stage firms who can cut your startup’s first checks.

    In recent years, seed funding has become more formalized. Many of the folks on this list aren’t “angels” in the classic sense of the word — i.e.individuals who became rich and now spray money around. This list includes early-stage VCs and other professional investors who make seed investments.

    We should also note that we purposely did not

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    by Angie Chang

    Notes from Bloomberg Empowered Entrepreneur Summit in NYC

    By Carol Massar (Co-Anchor of “Street Smart”, Bloomberg TV)

    It was fun to be a part of the Bloomberg Empowered Entrepreneur summit in New York City, an event in partnership with Women 2.0, among others.

    There were some great takeaways, including momentum to the idea that going public is not the endgame for young companies. We continue to hear that from different venues.

    Today, EDventure Holdings’ Esther Dyson was

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    by Angie Chang

    Y Combinator Alum Jen McCabe Merges Contagion Health with Seattle Game Startup Health Month

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

    The new Habit Labs focuses on contextual computing for health behavior change. Jen McCabe is now CEO of Habit Labs, while co-founder Buster Benson serves as CTO. The merger will take Habit Labs from San Francisco to Seattle, where Jen’s background in patient advocacy and social design will work with Buster’s expertise in personalized recommendations and gamification techniques.

    “There’s something really interesting happening in Seattle with local startups, particularly in health and education. I’m gratified to find such a supportive community here.

  6. Esther Dyson
    by Angie Chang

    Angel Investor Esther Dyson on Women Entrepreneurs and Health-Focused Startups

    Women 2.0 asks Esther Dyson, angel investor in companies like Flickr and 23andMe, about opportunities for entrepreneurs and the women entrepreneurs in her portfolio.

    Esther Dyson: The opportunities for women are basically the same as opportunities in general. They are not currently in video sharing or yet another social network (ie. “if we get 10 million people we’d be wildly successful”). People forget that to get the wide audience you need, you need to spend a lot on marketing or have something unique.

    In general, the opportunities aren’t so much strategic, but specific to an individual. What do you know?

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    by Angie Chang

    How Following Your Gut Leads to a Product

    By Ellie Cachette (Founder, ConsumerBell)

    Back in October of 2009, I had the idea of creating a site that collected people’s complaints.
    Not in the back-end kind of way but in a crowdsourcing way where people could vote if they had the same issue, which I then could contact the company to work out some kind of deal. Today, ConsumerBell helps companies track and manage product recalls online. They work with consumers and parent bloggers to spread information about product safety.

    My main goal from the beginning was to minimize class action lawsuits and find a faster way to resolving product complaints by consumers (which stems from my father getting infected with HIV from a spoiled product in the eighties. Read more here). At the time I had a male CTO and two female interns who worked with me for four months trying to find juicy leads and work with companies but we had absolutely no success and for a lack of better count, essentially zero internet traffic.

    I realized we needed to find a different way to solve the problem and re-brand. I especially wanted a blog so we could have a conversation with our consumers and users so we could learn more about the process and issues that can happen from a customer service side.

    “A blog is a stupid idea,” my-then CTO told me. “What’s the point of a blog if you have no traffic? Besides we’ll never get funded unless it’s because someone thinks you are hot.” That was an eyeopener. I decided at that very moment that whoever I worked with in the future needed to have full faith in our vision. I killed the project, terminated any ties with that CTO and built the very first version of ConsumerBell myself using Weebly which was, for the most part, ugly and as ghetto as possible — but it worked.