Tag Archive: Kickstarter

  1. Meld2_o
    by Angie Chang

    Becoming Bold, Strong And Fearless

    I’ve gotten involved with tech more than I thought a fashion girl like myself ever could and have pitched the concept for my new software startup in front of VCS in the big apple.

    By Madison Maxey (CEO & Co-Founder, MELD)

    I set up my first business when I was 8 years old. Greeting cards were my passion du jour – I made samples, printed out catalogues and pestered my friends and family to view my product line. As more orders came in, I gained confidence

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    by Angie Chang

    Help Kickstart Infographic Book "Becoming An Entrepreneur"

    Support Anna Vital’s book of infographics on entrepreneurship on Kickstarter here.

    By Vlad Shyshov (Co-Founder, Vash)

    Most people struggle with reading text – truth is, no one has time to read anymore. There is a person who had this problem and found a solution – let me tell you a really short story about her.

    The dyslexic kid Anna Vital was bright but never read much. She loved learning, but text just didn’t make sense to her. She learned by doing.

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    by Angie Chang

    The Story Of Everpurse: Seamlessly Charge Your Phone All Day

    The Kickstarter campaign ran for 35 days and closed on October 13, 2012 having raised $238,000 ($138,000 over the original goal).

    By Rachel Taylor (Founder, Convometrics)

    As a social worker, Liz Salcedo was constantly on the go and using her phone for talking, texting and navigation. Phone batteries don’t last forever, and Liz was left in a sticky situation sans cell phone one too many times. Liz took matters into her own hands in August of 2011, and with the help of her tech-savvy husband Dan, produced the first Everpurse prototype.

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    by Angie Chang

    Kickstart Women On The Board – A Vision For The Future

    Announcing a new Kickstarter book publishing project.

    By Deborah Grant (Author, Women On The Board)

    Women On The Board – A Vision For The Future is a 225-page book I wrote earlier this year in an effort to do something positive with the frustration I felt about seeing too few women in top positions of leadership.

    It started the day I received news that Facebook, when going public, announced they would have seven men on their board of directors – and not one single woman. The book’s

  5. carrie-hammer
    by Angie Chang

    Help Kickstart Carrie Hammer For The Professional Woman

    The demand for professional women’s wear is overwhelming and it’s a market that has been hugely under satisfied for a very long time.

    By Carrie Hammer (Founder & CEO, Carrie Hammer)

    I started Carrie Hammer after working in advertising sales for four years and being completely frustrated with the clothing options available to professional women.

    There were very few stores that served professional women, and the ones that did had very limited choices

  6. EnJai
    by Angie Chang

    Launching The Indiegogo Campaign For EnJai Earbuds

    “With the help of my family and many years of R&D… over three additional years, we had a product that worked.”

    By Nancy Vartanian (Founder & CEO, shenYon)

    When I was 19 years old, I had a dream (literally) about a product idea. I quickly woke up and wrote it down in my notebook. I thought it was such an exciting idea and assumed that it was already on the market.

    After searching, I couldn’t find anything close to it on the market! I had studied Macro Economics

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    by Angie Chang

    Telling Engineering Stories

    “The word ‘engineering’ sounds intimidating and nerdy and technical. There’s just so much more to it – I’m trying to make it more accessible.” – Goldieblox founder Debra Sterling.

    By Amy-Willard Cross (Editor, Vitamin W)

    Goldieblox is poised for a happy ending. With this new toy, girls may have a happy ending too: “She became an engineer and built things that helped people, and they all lived happily ever after.”

    There’s a known female engineering deficit; women make up just 11% of the profession. It’s a problem

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    by Angie Chang

    A Purse That Is Also A Phone Charger, Invented By Liz Salcedo

    The Everpurse charges an iPhone while it’s in your purse.

    By Amy-Willard Cross (Editor, Vitamin W)

    Phone batteries die during the day. Carrying around chargers and cords is a drag. So a Chicago entrepreneur has come up with a solution: a purse that’s also a phone charger. “A lot of tech products are designed for men so it’s cool to have a product designed for women in mind,” says inventor Liz Salcedo.

  9. sulogo
    by Angie Chang

    To Start Up Or To SU-Up?

    Our upcoming Kickstarter campaign will provide us with the promotional push and funding needed to take our social enterprise to the next level.

    By Melissa McCoy (Partner & Vice President of Engineering, TOHL)

    After graduating in May, I had two choices: I could head down to Chile and join my three partners in developing TOHL, our water social enterprise, or I could travel to Silicon Valley to participate in Singularity University’s 10-week Graduate Studies summer program.

    Both were attractive choices, but choosing either could mean giving up the opportunity of a lifetime.

    My TOHL partners, Ben Cohen, Travis Horsley, and Apoorv Sinha, and I had been working for over a year on developing TOHL’s technology: a low-cost water pipeline installation method that has the potential to connect the nearly 1 billion people without clean water

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    by Angie Chang

    A Founder’s Tale: The Kickstarter Kraze

    Writer’s Bloq just launched a Kickstarter campaign introducing themselves to the world. (Golden quills if you support!) Here’s a piece on what the experience has been like far for the Founder.

    By Nayia Moysidis (Founder, Writer’s Bloq)

    Every time you support, I tear up. I know I’m not supposed to say that. Founders shouldn’t show a soft side. Because we’ve been told that showing emotion is equivalent to being weak. That admitting to feeling pain is a shade of cowardice. I disagree.

    We’re not supposed to tell you that business is personal, to share the secret we all know is true: we care. If we didn’t care – obsessively so – we wouldn’t be spending every waking moment and rare sleeping moments researching and thinking and perfecting a product that’s invisible to a judgmental world.

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    by Angie Chang

    From Actor To CEO – To Pitch Contest!

    To prepare, we watched all the pitches from the last Women 2.0 PITCH Startup Competition and noted not only the questions the judges asked, but also which pitches we liked the best and why.

    By Kathryn Velvel Jones (Founder & CEO, VirtualArtsTV)

    After 16 years as a professional actor/producer, I took a job as Vice President of business development for an online video startup in 2008. I knew an office job was going to be a difficult adjustment, but I also knew that this was a job I had to take.

    For those of us who remain actors out of a great love of the work, the lifestyle is mostly grim. I spent my 20s pounding the proverbial pavement (sadly, not a metaphor) until finally I decided that waiting for other people to make my dreams come true wasn’t going to cut it anymore. It was time to create my own opportunities.

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    by Angie Chang

    Crowdfunding – Do You Know Who Your Friends Are?

    The vast majority of successful campaigns raise small amounts of money from large amounts of people. By Susan Quinn (Co-Founder & CEO, ToutSuite Social Club) Ok, I have a lot of friends. I love a LOT of people. Entire towns full of people, as a matter of fact. And nothing makes me happier or more fulfilled than cooking a hearty feast for them, or sabering a bottle of bubbles in the backyard, or showing up with makings for bacon-infused Bloody Marys when a friend is down, or splurging, occasionally, on a storied bottle of wine for a special pal’s birthday regardless of expense. Car broke down? I’ll be right there. Lost your wallet? Here’s $20 bucks. After over a year pitching angels and VCs on our startup ToutSuite Social Club and hearing the ubiquitous Has-Potential-But-Too-Early response, we launched a crowdfunding campaign

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    by Angie Chang

    LUMOback Funded On Kickstarter – The Benefit Of Being Open

    We have pre-orders of over $175,000, and counting (3 days to go on our campaign!)

    By Monisha Perkash (Co-Founder & CEO, LUMOback)

    My startup LUMOback, a smart posture sensor, recently launched a campaign on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter. Our experiences thus far have reinforced my team’s deep belief in being open rather than stealthy.

    More than anything else, Kickstarter has served as a great “test” and validation point for us. As passionate entrepreneurs, we become susceptible to drinking our own Kool-aid and thinking that what we’ve built is the best thing ever. Putting it out there on Kickstarter has been an opportunity for us to test market demand and

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    by Angie Chang

    New Kickstarter Campaign: Culture Kitchen Kits

    Pressing that little green rocketship was a little harder than anticipated.

    By Jennifer Lopez (Co-Founder & CEO, Culture Kitchen)

    “Should I hit the green button?” “Are you ready? You sure?” “Okay, let’s press it together.”

    A little dramatic, I know, but that was what my Monday morning looked like. Those were the last few seconds before we officially launched our Culture Kitchen Kickstarter campaign. My co-founder Abby Sturges and I physically pressed the button together for the 15 incredible Master Cooks we work with, the hundreds of customers who eat lovely Culture Kitchen dinners every month and the countless people in our community that say, “I just love Culture Kitchen.”

  15. ouya-xl
    by Angie Chang

    Women Entrepreneurs Fundraise For Products, Companies (Ubeam, Love With Food, OUYA…)

    Good news: women raise funding for companies, and women entrepreneurs make waves on Kickstarter.

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

    FUNDS RAISED: 22 year old Meredith Perry raising $1M from Founders Fund and other angels for her startup. The Ubeam founder and CEO gave a popular TEDx talk earlier this year on “how to be a technology innovator – without an engineering degree or Asperger’s”.

    Previous PITCH applicants and conference attendees may recognize this woman – Aihui Ong raised $645k in seed funding for her startup Love With Food, a subscription food box with a philanthropic twist.

    FUNDRAISING: New Android-powered game console

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    by Angie Chang

    2 Days Left To Fund The Bia Sport Watch On Kickstarter

    Ergonomically designed for women, Bia sports watch has a safety alert and GPS tracking (safe solo runs).

    By Amy-Willard Cross (Editor, Vitamin W)

    Most tech gadgets are busting with features but Bia Sport GPS Watch has just one button. Designed by two women athletes for women who run, bike or swim – or do all three, the Bia is ergonomically designed to sit at a comfy angle on a woman’s wrist. One of its best features is a safety alert and GPS tracking.

    Co-founder and MIT business school graduate Cheryl Kellond worked at Adobe and Yahoo, and her partner Sylvia Marino is a pioneer of online communities. Between them, they have seven kids and lots of miles – Kellond does triathlons

  17. Liberty Close-Up
    by Angie Chang

    Fundable For The Non-In Crowd (Crowdfunding For Startups)

    Raising capital for equity, or in return for a customized ‘pigs will fly t-shirt’.

    By Heddi Cundle (Founder & CEO, myTab)

    I signed up my startup myTab to Fundable recently. We need cash for myTab to scale. We’re doing well, things are on target yet investors will not go near a female single entrepreneur, not even if they’re blind drunk (the investors, just FYI). I’m like a Medusa to them! We’re getting rave reviews about myTab, scaling well, 40% return visitors, nearly 100k uniques a month and boostrapping like Goodwill. We’re getting there and we can shout above the noise quite easily.

    Regardless, no one will invest because we don’t have that ‘lead guy’ on board. It’s a bit of a gender problem in Silicon Valley

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    by Angie Chang

    True Believers: The Fettermans Attend Haxlr8r In Shenzhen, China

    The team attended Haxlr8r, a hardware accelerator in Shenzhen, China, and currently have the fastest launching Kickstarter project “Nomku” in the food category to bring sous vide into your kitchen.

    By Lisa Q. Fetterman (Co-Founder, Nomiku)

    A week into our 111-day hardware incubator program, Haxlr8r, in Shenzhen, China, my then-fiancé and I were living in a world of slack-jawed euphoria.

    We had put our beloved full-time jobs on hold and made the leap to work exclusively on our dreams. It felt truly romantic – it was us against the world. We were trying to manufacture our unique product in an exotic landscape. Only I could speak the language and it was as if we had really become each other’s whole lives.

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    by Angie Chang

    Maykah Builds Toys To Inspire The Next Generation Of Female Technology Innovators

    “For all three of us, our favorite childhood toys developed the kind of the thinking that we ultimately used in STEM subjects later on.”

    By Alice Brooks, Bettina Chen & Jennifer Kessler (Founders, Maykah)

    We all had favorite toys growing up. But did you ever think about how those toys influenced who you are today?

    We are Alice, Bettina, and Jennifer. Between the three of us, we studied Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Math, and Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT, Caltech, University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford.

    Across all of these STEM subjects at each of our institutions, there was a striking similarity: We were each one of only a handful of girls in our classes. And, as the years progressed