Tag Archive: Foodspotting

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    by Angie Chang

    Celebrating 5 Exited Female Founders Of Food-Minded Startups

    Check out these women who have exited food-related startups.

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

    From mailing cardboard boxes of recommended packaged foods on a monthly subscription basis, to food recommendation apps ranging from the technically astute to the visually gripping – we’ve watched in the last few years the marriage of one’s love for food and new technology.

    Startups in the food tech space have run the gamut – and celebrated a few notable exits in the startup industrial complex.

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    by Angie Chang

    Get Mentored By 10 Women Entrepreneurs Who Celebrated Their Startup’s Acquisition – Join Women 2.0 For Lunch On Thursday!

    Get mentored on V-Day by an entrepreneur who has exited!

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

    Entrepreneurs are respected for their moxy, their grit, their determination and faith. How many tech companies start in a garage or dorm room to become the next Google or Facebook?

    Many have ideas and inventions brewing, but few will actually quit their day jobs and live the dream… for years

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    by Angie Chang

    Mobile Startup Foodspotting, Founded By CEO Alexa Andrzejewski, Acquired by OpenTable For $10 Million Today

    Congrats to Alexa Andrzejewski and her 10-person team at Foodspotting on the OpenTable acquisition!

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

    Mobile app Foodspotting announced today an acquisition by OpenTable. Foodspotting CEO and co-founder Alexa Andrzejewski explains on the blog: “We’ve already been working closely with the OpenTable team as partners: In addition to making restaurant reservations via Foodspotting, you may have seen Foodspotting photos from select restaurants popping up on OpenTable.”

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    by Angie Chang

    How To Win A Hackathon (iOSDevCamp 2012)

    Foodspotting, the leading app for rating dishes at restaurants, made its first public debut at iPhoneDevCamp 2009 when Alexa Andrzejewski pitched the idea in search of co-founders and won Best Social App. This year, Alexa returned and led her team, including Foodspotting’s own IOS developers, to win “Best Open Source,” a top honor at iOSDevCamp 2012, for FilterKit. She shares her experience & tips for making the most of hackathons, especially as a non-developer, below.

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    by Angie Chang

    Get Thee To A Hackathon!

    A high-pressure cooker for startup ideas, many women have attended – and won – hackathons.

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

    When I visit New York next weekend, I will be attending the Hack’n Jill hackathon where there is one woman for every man. And while I am a web designer/developer, non-technical entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend hackathons such as Startup Weekends and AT&T Hackathons. In San Francisco alone, there are two hackathons this coming weekend – a solar hackathon and a RadiumOne hackathon.

    There is no better or faster way to move forward on a website or mobile app idea than to go to a hackathon. Hackathons are usually weekend events where designers, developers, marketers and business people get together with the common goal

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    by Angie Chang

    The Huffington Post: Women Entrepreneurs On The Rise

    By Jack D. Hidary (Co-Founder, Dice)

    What do Gilt, Foodspotting and TaskRabbit all have in common? They were all co-founded by women. This is an encouraging sign in a field that has too few female entrepreneurs.

    A recent article in San Francisco Magazine highlights a new crop of women-led startups in the Bay Area.

    These include: One Kings Lane, Silver Tail, Modcloth, Slideshare and Allvoices. We are seeing more startups co-founded by women on the east coast as well such as Birchbox, Clothia,

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    by Angie Chang

    The Changing Workplace: Women Entrepreneurs

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

    San Francisco is teaming with women who have the technological know-how to solve daily problems. These innovative solutions apply to all fronts and industries, ranging from:

    • Finding new dishes instead of restaurants (Foodspotting)
    • Getting kid-friendly entertainment delivered to your door (Kiwi Crate)
    • Leveraging the quantified self for self-improvement (LARK)
    • Maximizing efficiency (TaskRabbit)

    What do these these female-founded startups have in common? Women entrepreneurs have found

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    by Angie Chang

    Millennial Women Are Burning Out At Work By 30… And It’s Great For Business And Entrepreneurship

    By Meghan Casserly (Writer, Forbes)

    A recent Kauffman poll shows that Gen-Y may be poised to be the most entrepreneurial bunch the world has seen. “54% of the nation’s Millennials either want to start a business or already have started one,” says Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation.

    Paired with data on the rise of female entrepreneurs, the outlook for young women is promising. As Lesa Mitchell, Kauffman’s vice president of innovation pointed out “Women’s entrepreneurship is an economic issue, not a gender-equity issue.”

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    by Angie Chang

    Startup Weekend’s Eventful Year: 260 Hackathons In 202 Cities WIth Startups Raising $30M+

    By Robin Wauters (Blogger, TechCrunch)

    Startup Weekend, whose mission is to kickstart and foster startup communities worldwide through events and networking sessions, had a very lively 2011.

    According to internal statistics shared exclusively with TechCrunch, the organization held a total of 260 events in 202 cities, in 67 countries (you can find the obligatory accompanying infographic below).

    All in all, the ‘startup weekends’ attracted some 21,316 people, who collectively formed 2,817 teams.

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    by Angie Chang

    Meet Companies Created in 3 Days (Startup Weekend)

    By April Joyner (Senior Reporter, Inc.)

    We’ve heard it before: You have a great idea, but you just don’t have the time to build it into a sustainable company. Startup Weekend proves that notion false. The three-day event, which has been held in more than 120 cities, has spawned hundreds of businesses —- each in fewer than 54 hours.

    Here’s how it works: Participants pitch ideas for startups, which are usually (but not always) tech-based, and assemble into teams to build prototypes. Then, on the last day, the teams present their projects to a panel of local entrepreneurs and investors.

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    by Angie Chang

    Foodspotting Founder and CEO Alexa Andrzejewski Virtually Only Woman Onstage at Facebook Developer Conference

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

    In the space recently occupied by TechCrunch Disrupt, Facebook developer and press conference f8 featured a keynote by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the new Facebook Timeline.

    Foodspotting, founded by Alexa Andrzejewski, was prominently featured in Zuckerberg’s keynote onstage at f8.

    Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tweets no less than five times about the lack of women and diversity onstage at f8. Alexa was virtually the only woman onstage

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    by Angie Chang

    UX Methods and Prototyping Tools to Communicate Your Startup Vision

    By Alexa Andrzejewski (Founder & CEO, Foodspotting)

    When people ask me for advice on how to take an idea and make it real, my number one tip is to share your idea with anyone who will listen. This was also lesson one in the Women 2.0 workshop I took when I was first considering turning Foodspotting into a startup: The value of sharing your idea far outweighs the risk that someone is just sitting around with nothing better to do than steal it!

    In fact, in building Foodspotting, I’ve realized that taking an idea and making it concrete is the most important thing you can do as a startup founder. Can you picture that?

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    by Angie Chang

    Cracking The Glass Ceiling: Female Leaders Alexa Andrzejewski, Shaherose Charania and Julia Hu Making Strides at Start-Ups

    By Emily Glazer (Writer, Wall Street Journal)

    Women represent just over 15% of angel investors, and only 5% to 7% of partners at high-tech VC investor firms in the U.S., according to a recent study by Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture firm.

    In an attempt to close the gap, a number of mentoring and investing organizations have popped up or grown significantly over the past few years, such as Women 2.0, Golden Seeds and Pipeline Fund.

    In August 2009, designer Alexa Andrzejewski, who focuses on product strategy, research and design, attended

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    by Angie Chang

    500 Startups’ Dave McClure: Women Co-Founders and CEOs an Advantage

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

    Last week, Pemo Theodore interviewed 500 Startups Dave McClure along with several women co-founders in his portfolio: Prerna Gupta (CEO, khu.sh), Elizabeth Yin and Jennifer Chin (Co-Founders, LaunchBit).

    “Women founders or co-founders are probably 20-25% of the [500 Startups] portfolio. I think there is probably some bias in investing in what we know and VCs tend to be white males from finance or MBA backgrounds who invest in white males from finance or MBA backgrounds… You invest in things that you know. So for me, I grew up around my mom who was an entrepreneur and other people… and as we’ve got experience as women as founders and CEOs, we’ve gotten more comfortable with that…”

    “I do look for [women founders] now because it’s an advantage. My intent is to corner the market on awesome smart women founders because there are plenty of them out and if there is any bias whatsoever, we’d like to selfishly take advantage of that,” — Dave McClure, 500 Startups.

    Watch the whole interview with Dave McClure and some female founders in the 500 Startup portfolio:

    Read the transcript from Pemo here at EZebis.

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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.”