Tag Archive: Gotham Gal

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    by Angie Chang

    This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like – Joanne Wilson

    Women 2.0 profiles women angel investors in our “This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like” series.

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

    Prominent NYC angel investor Joanne Wilson will be meeting with the winner of the “People’s Choice Award” at the Women 2.0 PITCH Conference & Competition on November 14, 2012 in New York City. Deadline to apply to PITCH is August 31, 2012.

    Joanne started her career as a buyer at Macy’s and ran a company in the rag trade. She dabbled in a friends’ businesses, spearheaded sales at a magazine/e-zine/events startup in Silicon Alley, chaired a non-profit focused on technology in inner city schools (that she is still involved with), sat on her kids’ school board/exec board

  2. gotham.gal
    by Angie Chang

    There Is Something To Be Said About Working In A Company First

    There is something to be said about working in a company when you get out of college or even graduate school before immediately jumping into your own startup.

    By Joanne Wilson (Blogger & Angel Investor, Gotham Gal)

    The more I talk to investors and entrepreneurs, the more I have come to think that there is something to be said about working in a company first. There is no doubt a handful of entrepreneurs who have been at some type of business or another since they were able to walk and that is a unique breed. They have an innate understanding on how to grow a business and understand when the business needs to be tweaked.

    Yet there are also many entrepreneurs who are stubborn and refuse to do it any other way but their own.

  3. gotham.gal
    by Angie Chang

    Life Is All About Decisions

    “It is the women running this country but they are the wizards behind the curtains. It is time for women to come out from behind the curtain.”

    By Joanne Wilson (Blogger & Angel Investor, Gotham Gal)

    Life is about decisions. We are a country that does not embrace women the same way we embrace men. I see it first hand every day.

    That is one of the reasons I invest in women. Not all my investments are women driven but I’d say about 85% of them are. It is more difficult being a woman than a man because if we have children we think about our 14 year old being home and agonize over it in a way that most men that I know do not. No offense to men, it is just not in the forefront of their brain. And if we aren’t married and choose to not go that route, we are looked at in a different light too.

  4. Kass
    by Angie Chang

    Salesforce Acquires Buddy Media, Co-Founded By COO Kass Lazerow, For $689M

    The husband-and-wife entrepreneur team at Buddy Media celebrates yet another company acquisition today.

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

    Social media management software company Buddy Media, co-founded by COO Kass Lazerow and her husband Michael Lazerow, had raised $54 million in Series D funding last year. Today, news broke that Buddy Media will be acquired by Salesforce for $689 million.

    The announcement reported that Salesforce will buy Buddy Media for roughly $467 million in cash, $184 million in Salesforce common stock, and $38 million in vested company options and restricted stock units.

    Kass Lazerow will be added to Women 2.0’s list of female founders to watch who are literally married to their co-founders.

  5. gotham.gal
    by Angie Chang

    Women Entrepreneurs: Making A Difference

    By Joanne Wilson (Blogger & Angel Investor, Gotham Gal)

    Up to this point I have written about 55 women entrepreneurs. It has truly been an honor to meet so many women who are marking their own territory. Each of their individual stories is inspiring. This week I decided not to write about a specific woman entrepreneur, but about women entrepreneurs in general.

    From my bird’s eye view, this has been a year of change for women.

    When Nancy Hechinger and I put on the Women’s Entrepreneur Festival a year ago, we did so because we wanted to

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    by Angie Chang

    How Often And When Should We Pivot?

    By Joanne Wilson (Blogger & Angel Investor, Gotham Gal)

    Women 2.0 has been compiling questions for a book project called 101 Questions About Launching Your Company. Of course all the answers are by female investors, founders and CEOs. Love that!

    Here is the question that I chose to answer: How often and when should we pivot?

    One of the definitions of pivot is: A person or thing on which something depends or turns; the central or crucial factor.

    Pivot is a word frequently used in the startup world.

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    by Angie Chang

    Heather Hiles, Changing Education Through Rrripple

    By Joanne Wilson (Blogger & Angel Investor, Gotham Gal)

    Heather and I did not start out on the best foot.

    We were introduced by someone that I have the utmost respect for and would meet with anyone he introduced me to. Heather was coming to NYC and we had a date to meet. At the last minute, she wanted me to come meet her up at the Startl conference, which didn’t work for me.

    Her company was chosen as one of the top 10 companies at the event and I told her she would be a lot better off staying there and making contacts then she would meeting with me. Heather happened to see my husband speak at the event and asked me if I could help her get 15 minutes of his time. Perhaps a total knee jerk reaction on my part for a variety of reasons, but that

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    by Angie Chang

    Founder Labs Wraps Up Their First NYC Program

    By Joanne Wilson (Blogger & Angel Investor, Gotham Gal)

    Founder Labs, a five week intensive program built to help people incubate their mobile start-up ideas just completed their first program in NYC.

    Shaherose Charania is the force of nature behind this idea. Fred and I have been a big supporter of what she is doing. We both popped in a few evenings to hear where the companies were in their growth.

    I was really impressed with what each of them were able to create in 5 weeks time (without knowing each other before…