Tag Archive: Melissa Pierce

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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

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    Startups Need To Learn To Pitch To More Than Just Investors

    I started Pitch Refinery for the same reason I started my women coding group, CWDevs – I built it because I didn’t know how to do it…

    By Melissa Pierce (Founder, Chicago Women Developers)

    It’s a catch 22 starting a business built on learning to pitch to anyone when I don’t know how to pitch myself.

    I often joke about wishing I could attend my conference before I organized it. Not having pitching skills is all too common a problem in the startup space, especially in women led startups. Let’s face it, until recently, we’ve been taught NOT to draw attention to ourselves.

    Add the fact that many women entrepreneurs come to startup land via the non-business school route

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    by Angie Chang

    Chicago Women Developers: Celebrating Our One Year Anniversary

    Sometimes you don’t get a seat at the table, and sometime you learn to build your own amazing table.

    By Melissa Pierce (Founder, Chicago Women Developers)

    Last year, I showed up to an open invitation “hacking” day where local programmers were invited to work on their projects and help each other at an informal get together. New to programming, and just wanting to know enough to fix my own WordPress site, I was excited to attend.

    When I arrived, every seat was taken by guys so I stood and exchanged greetings with the men I knew and announced my coding problem, a man I didn’t know said, “no room for noobs with boobs at this table!” then he laughed and they all turned their heads back to their computers, nobody offered an apology, nobody offered help.

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    by Angie Chang

    105 Women In Venture Capital And Angel Investment

    “I thought a list over 100 was substantial enough to share with the world.”

    By Melissa Pierce (Founder, Chicago Women Developers)

    I know what you’re thinking.

    You are thinking there has been a lot of talk about women in venture capital, or rather, the lack of women in venture capital.

    You can read about it, here, here, here, and here.

    You can read the outrage about how there are only 5 women on Forbes’s Midas 100 List. You can even see tweets by men who are VCs talk about the dearth of women who are VCs.

    What you haven’t been reading are articles about