Tag Archive: Oakland

  1. Jennifer_Pahlka_-_Code_for_America
    by Angie Chang

    Inspired by Code.org Video, Gov Girl Goes Geek

    Between my current full-time government position, volunteer work, and trying to live life, I decided to learn how to code.

    By Nabihah Azim (Intake Specialist, City of Oakland Department of Housing and Community Development)

    Government girl goes geek.. well kind of. But that’s the name of my new blog. This is the beginning of my 30 (or more) day challenge, where I take my previous code knowledge, which is basically nothing, and learn a whole new skill. This is where I’ll chronicle my ups, downs, frustrations, and wins as I embark on this new hobby.

  2. Freada-Kapor-Klein
    by Angie Chang

    12 Women Entrepreneurs To Watch In Kapor Capital’s Portfolio

    Meet the female founders in the Kapor Capital portfolio.

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

    Not only will Kapor Capital provide 10 scholarships for women of color to attend the upcoming Women 2.0 Conference on February 14, they have a portfolio of 70 companies they have invested in to generate economic value and positive social impact. Of the 70 early-stage companies listed on their website, 12 have female

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    by Managing Editor

    Learn Product Development For Technology And Physical Products November 14 In Oakland

    Turn your product into a business – think through product development!

    By Darlene Crane (Executive Director, Alliance for Community Development)

    The Alliance for Community Development is in program mode again. We always want to encourage a climate of forward progress and growth, so we’ve renamed the series Propel Business Growth Forums. Starting on November 14, the first forum in the series focuses on product development for technology and physical products.

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    by Angie Chang

    Accelerating The Growth Of Women-Owned Businesses Like Revolution Foods With Inner City Advisors

    Revolution Foods joined the ICA Portfolio in 2005 with six employees operating out of a 1,000 square foot facility.

    By Abby Bobé (Dual MBA & CS Candidate, Mills College)

    With a track record of scaling businesses like Revolution Foods, Blue Bottle Company and Back to the Roots to well-known national organizations, Inner City Advisors is going “All Out” to convene 1000 of the Bay Area’s brightest entrepreneurial, philanthropic, and community-driven minds to solve the challenges that help Bay Area businesses scale up.

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    by Angie Chang

    Celebrating Oakland’s Tech Community With "2.Oak Tech Innovator Awards" (October 18 In Oakland)

    Oakland’s community has an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit.

    By Minoo Akbarian (Steering Committee Member, 2.Oakland)

    Like most people, I used to hear about the city of Oakland’s exciting restaurants, blooming arts & culture, and hot nightlife all the time. BUT it was not until about a year ago that I learned about the growing array of technology firms that call Oakland home.

    Oakland’s tech companies (Pandora, Sungevity, Xantrion, LiveScribe and Bright Source Energy to name a few)

  6. by Angie Chang

    Code For Oakland: The Most Diverse Hackathon Ever

    Hackathons have always been creative. They remind me of spontaneous music jams – only instead of drummers and saxophonists, we gather as product managers, UI designers and coders.

    By Romy Ilano (Founder, Snowyla)

    Sometimes people ask me why I go to so many hackathons… “Isn’t it a lot of work?” I just laugh, because I feel like this is such fun to me. Who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend meeting smart, passionate people pushing forward to make stuff for the world to use? This is fun!

    Nowadays hackathons have diversified, and there are Government 2.0 hackathons. Yes, government!

    Code for Oakland celebrated its second year this July, and it was one of a new breed of Government 2.0 hackathons

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    by Angie Chang

    2 Days Left To Support BlackGirlsCODE Summer Of Code Program

    During the 2012 SUMMER of CODE, BlackGirlsCODE plans to reach more than 300 students by holding one and two-day workshops and summer camps in seven or more cities in 90 days (San Fransisco, Oakland, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Support BlackGirlsCODE!

    By Abby Bobé (Dual MBA & Computer Science Candidate, Mills College)

    School may be out for summer but that doesn’t put a halt to the BlackGirlsCODE mission to educate young girls of color across the nation in computer programming.

    To close the digital divide and change the face of tech, founder Kimberly Bryant of BlackGirlsCODE will travel 7 cities in 90 days to teach over 300 young girls how to build their very own video game, build a webpage, program robots and other fun and creative activities.

    I was fortunate enough to join the team of 30 volunteers during BGC’s largest summer workshop yet in Oakland, California

  8. cw-solar
    by Angie Chang

    Invent A New Decade Of Clean Power With Cleanweb Solar Hackathon (June 8-10 In Oakland)

    Coming up is a 3-day hackathon challenge to developed novel web apps for the solar industry.

    By Akhil Jariwala (Marketing, Sungevity)

    Want to make your mark on the solar industry while competing against the brightest tech entrepreneurial minds in the Bay area? Interested in joining the ranks of women like Sloane Morgan (Customer Experience Officer, Sungevity), Jeanine Cotter (Founder, Luminalt) and Lynn Jurich (President, SunRun)?

    Come hack solar - Join us for a 3-day hackathon this June 8-10, 2012 in Jack London Square, Oakland. The Cleanweb Solar Hackathon brings innovative programmers, designers, and business minds together for one weekend to develop ways to accelerate solar energy adoption. Participants build web-based solutions

  9. Vanessa
    by Angie Chang

    Bay Area Capital Connections Conference (May 10 In San Francisco)

    Get the real story from investors and successful entrepreneurs as they share their paths to success.

    By Darlene Crane (Executive Director, Alliance for Community Development)

    The Alliance for Community Development has made a decision to eliminate any cost constraints to attending the Fifth Annual Bay Area Capital Connections Conference.

    Women 2.0 members are invited to register for the Bay Area Capital Connections Conference here for FREE. The event, will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco from 8:30am to 6pm. The program prepares entrepreneurs to acquire funding and build successful businesses.

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    by Angie Chang

    Berkeley Pitch Mixer: Another Step Forward

    Efforts to close the divide: Pitch Mixer, Black Founders, Latino Startups NewMe Accelerator…

    By Esther C. Moore (Co-Founder & CEO, HustleAndCode)

    You need only put your ear to the ground these days to catch conversation about Silicon Valley’s diversity challenge as it relates to women, blacks, latinos and other underrepresented groups knocking at the door of what many consider “the land of milk and honey.”

    Although I was born in the Bay Area, I grew up in the rural town of Bakersfield, California. I would say that an entrepreneurial spirit has always run throughout my family – which is probably why I find myself in the role of Co-Founder and CEO of HustleAndCode.

    Several years ago, I teamed up with my son

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    by Angie Chang

    Creating A Valuable Business Concept (March 22 In Oakland)

    Explore how an idea becomes a validated business concept.

    By Darlene Crane (Executive Director, Alliance for Community Development)

    Women have many more opportunities to pitch their ventures, thanks to Women 2.0. Based on conversations with women CEOs, investors, and supporters of women entrepreneurs, more is needed to get through successful deal negotiations and grow a business. To fill this gap, I have added CEO Forums to our Bay Area Capital Connections program with smaller groups and higher engagement.

    We want to do our part to get more entrepreneurs into signed deals, and are kicking off these CEO Forums on March 22. Sign up for all four forums for only $25 by March 22 here.

    The first forum is “Creating a Valuable Business Concept”, exploring how an idea becomes

  12. Downtown Oakland
    by Angie Chang

    The Story You Haven’t Heard About Oakland (Startups!)

    By Blake Landau (Blogger, What’s Your Story)

    I have a secret for you. There’s a lot going on in Oakland — job creation, innovation and economic growth. The businesses promoted in local events are uplifting the Oakland economy and enjoying all the benefits of the Bay Area’s best kept secret.

    The October 20 panel was produced and sponsored by DBL Investors, the only woman-owned VC firm in the U.S. Managing Partner Nancy Pfund did an elegant job of moderating the panel with five of the Oakland-based companies in their portfolio.

    The panel sat on a dimly lit stage at the Fox Theater

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    by Angie Chang

    Green Energy: A Day In The Life of a Cleantech Entrepreneur

    By Danielle Fong (Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Lightsail Energy)

    LightSail Energy is a green energy startup company that’s trying to make it possible, and economical, to power the world with nothing but clean, green energy. We’re tackling what some call the holy grail of green energy -– how to economically and efficiency store energy such that intermittent renewables such as solar and wind can reliably and economically power our electrical grid.

    To do this, we’re taking compressed air, an elegant technology from a more civilized age, and using it to store energy. Compressed air is already considered to be the most inexpensive method for storing energy. Our objective is to make it more efficient.

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    by Angie Chang

    Bay Area Capital Connections Conference 2011

    By Darlene Crane (Executive Director, Alliance for Community Development)

    Learn how to obtain investment from investors, bankers, and successful CEOs at the Bay Area Capital Connections Conference on June 23, 2011 in Oakland, CA.

    Join us for a morning keynote on “The Dynamic Interaction Between Investors and Companies” featuring Nancy Pfund (Managing Partner, DBL Investors) and Kelly Kennedy (Chief Financial Officer, Revolution Foods).

    Breakout sessions topics include “Finding the Right Capital and Investors”, “Banks are Lending, Are You Ready?”, “The CEO Experience in Funding and Growing a Business” and “Driving Revenue Growth through Social Networks”.

    The event culminates in pitches before Geoff Roach (Angel Investor, Angel Forum), Gwen Edwards (Managing Director, Golden Seeds), Nick Henderson (Director, Internet Securities) and Joyce Chung (Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures).

    Women 2.0 members save $15 on conference tickets with discount code “wmn20″. Register here.