Consumers are cooling to the Groupon approach. Website traffic for Steals.com grew 9% this May and June over last year compared to a 10% decline for Groupon.
By Geri Stengel (Contributor, Forbes)
Jana Francis and Rett Clevenger launched Steals in April of 2008, well before the rise of Big Boy daily deal sites, like Groupon and Livingsocial. Compared to Steals, Groupon and other’s product offerings are “a mile wide and inch deep,” said Francis.
Nearly two years ago, Elena sold her startup Darberry to Groupon after only six months of operation.
By Erin Kay Swanson (Director of Digital, The Way Women Work)
With all of her startups, she has frequently done four main things: 1) Look at current social, tech and gaming trends, 2) Observe and take note of successful business models in other parts of the world (in her mind, there was no reason why these couldn’t work in Russia too), 3) Work hard to make it happen, and 4) Adapt, adapt, adapt.
Now in her late 20?s, entrepreneur Elena Masolova has an already impressive track record of career success. In 2009, she founded Pixonic, a game developer and publisher for social networks worldwide (think Zynga, and games like Farmville).
There are plenty of options for adding women directors to Facebook’s board.
By Connie Guglielmo (Contributing Writer, Forbes)
Facebook, preparing an initial public offering that could value the social network as high as $100 billion, has plenty of options for adding women directors to its board, say women tech executives who have offered up candidates CEO Mark Zuckerberg might consider.
At the top of the list: Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s own chief operating officer. Facebook, which filed for its IPO in February, has since been criticized by activist groups and shareholders for the lack of diversity on its board – most notably, the lack of a single women among its all male, all white directors.
Women board members of social media companies: LinkedIn, Yelp, Groupon.
By Alyce Lomax (Writer, The Motley Fool)
Social media brings to mind our uber-connected world, breaking down communication barriers of all kinds and helping spread information and share our lives. However, there’s one way this sector may be antisocial, and that’s from a tendency to neglect an entire gender from boards of directors. Forget Web 2.0; welcome to Boys Club 2.0.
Women Shouldn’t “Like” This
Facebook is expected to go public in May, following many other social media stocks that have already hit the public markets. Although there’s quite a bit to ponder before buying shares of Facebook
By Emily Moss & Kathleen Meil (Product, Groupon)
Last week, we visited the Computer History Museum in Mountain View for the fifth annual Women 2.0 PITCH Conference. PITCH is a conference for women in tech to gather and mingle and learn from one another. As Groupon employees we were excited to spend the day schmoozing with developers, designers, and startup mavens and learning from some of the most influential women in the tech world.
The Women 2.0 crew pulled in the big guns for the thousand attendees, recruiting the founders and CEOs of some of the most well-known startups in the world as speakers and panelists. These women waxed poetic — literally, Caterina Fake of Flickr
By Patricia Calfee (Founder, Roses & Rye)
When I first had the idea to create a luxury daily deals site more than one advisor urged us to go mainstream. “Be more like Groupon,” they pushed. Instead, I followed my instinct, holding firm to Coco Channel’s dictum: “To be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
I had seen this wisdom play out early in my career.
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
By Ellen Beldner (Director of User Experience, Groupon)
While on the London Underground I saw a poster advertising Potiche, a movie starring Catherine Deneuve, who I think is the bees’ knees. I made a note to myself to research it when I got back to WiFi.
Back on my iPad, I opened Safari and Googled for [ Potiche movie ]. The first couple of results were for IMDB (installed on my iPad) and Rotten Tomatoes (I may or may not have Flixter). Both sites took me to splash screens that suggested I download their apps. I got to thinking about why I’d gone to Google instead of using the native apps.