Tag Archive: Pemo Theodore

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    by Angie Chang

    Dreaming Of Being An Investor? Learn From The Best In Silicon Valley WIth Smart$

    Smart$ program informs, inspires, educates, and prepares business angels and venture capitalists for future investments in IT startups.

    By Pemo Theodore (Founder, Ezebis)

    Join us at the StartupMonthly Smart$ (SmartMoney) (November 12-15, 2012 in Silicon Valley). I am very excited to be asked to coordinate this program and it is shaping up to be an exciting line up of venture capitalists and angel investors who are significant in the startup ecosystem.

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    by Angie Chang

    Investing In Women (Infographic)

    Women represent 15% of angel investors and 11% of investing partners at VC firms in the United States.

    By Pemo Theodore (Founder, Ezebis)

    I recently collaborated with the female founder of Piktochart to create this infographic about investing in women.

    Piktochart is an infographic editor that helps non-designers make information beautiful. Piktochart was launched in March 2012 and now has over 26,000 free users and 1,200 paid users.

    Thanks to Ai Ching Goh and her team, particularly Tiffany for designing and putting this together. And thanks to Mark Suster of GRP partners for encouraging me to persist.

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    by Angie Chang

    Choose Investors Thoughtfully: The Levo League Founders

    Video interview with Levo League founders Caroline Ghosn and Amanda Pouchot.

    By Pemo Theodore (Founder, Ezebis)

    Founded in 2011, Levo League’s mission is to help young professional women to thrive in the workplace without compromising their identities as women.

    Caroline Ghosn is co-founder and CEO who spent over three years at McKinsey, where Caroline met co-founder and CIO Amanda Pouchot on the first day of the job. The two were the youngest in their respective assignments and frequently the only women. They have raised $1.25M in their initial round of funding.

    Below is a partial transcript of the video interview

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    by Angie Chang

    Ezebis Interview With Angel Investor Christina Brodbeck About Investing In Women-Led Companies

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

    Editor’s note: Christina Brodbeck will a judge on February 14, 2012 at the Women 2.0 PITCH Conference – get your ticket now!

    Ezebis‘s Pemo Theodore interviewed Christina Brodbeck about angel investing and startups. The full interview is on Ezebis but we’ve extracted the parts about angel investing, women-led ventures and how to get into an accelerator program below:

    Ezebis: I know that you’re an investor as well as an entrepreneur. Could you tell me what you’re interested in

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    by Angie Chang

    The X Chromosome: What Is The DNA Of Women-Led Startups?

    By Pemo Theodore (Founder, Ezebis)

    For over a year, I have been video interviewing venture capitalists, angel investors and women founders trying to investigate the apparent shortfall in funding for women led technology startups.

    My goal has been to listen to as many people as I could from both sides of the table, in order to get a diversity of opinions on this controversial subject.

    Whilst I have been doing these interviews, many people have said to me that no problem exists and that women can be as easily funded as men if they have a great idea, team, plan and advisors. However the statistics show another story.

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    by Angie Chang

    Interview with NY Entrepreneur Cindy Gallop by Pemo Theodore

    By Pemo Theodore (Founder, Ezebis)

    I interviewed Cindy Gallop of IfWeRanTheWorld about the New York startup scene and funding for women. She also gave a great tip for those pitching for investment.

    Pemo Theodore: Cindy, lovely to meet you in person.

    Cindy Gallop: Lovely to meet you in person as well, Pemo.

    Pemo Theodore: I was wondering if you could tell me how the startup scene is going for women in New York. I know that you’re the heart and life of that, and

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    by Managing Editor

    Crowdsourcing Conversation on the Startup Funding Gap

    By J. Maureen Henderson (Contributor, Forbes)

    Australian entrepreneur Pemo Theodore spent five years in London trying to drum up venture capital funding for her digital matchmaking start-up. She came away empty-handed, but with a desire to explore the well-documented gender gap in funding for female-led startups.

    Theodore interviewed dozens of venture capitalists, female founders and tech industry experts (both female and male), quizzing them on the challenges facing female founders and soliciting their perspectives on what was driving the female funding shortfall. In the end, she packaged a cross-section of these interviews

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    by Angie Chang

    Interview with Author Naomi Fine of Positively Confidential

    By Pemo Theodore (Founder, EZebis)

    Showcase your startup in the Positively Confidential competition — The 3 best video pitches (no longer than 1 mnute) by women entrepreneurs showcasing your startup and why you would benefit from a complementary copy of “Positively Confidential”.

    Get cracking and post your video pitch on YouTube, tag it with “Positively Confidential Pitch Competition” and send the URL before the end of October to info at ezebis (dot com).

    This is a fabulous chance to showcase your startup and

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    by Angie Chang

    Applying Rooney Rule to Women in Leadership (Just Win Baby)

    By Laura Yecies (CEO, SugarSync)

    I’m a regular reader of Mark Suster’s blog “Both Sides of the Table”. He wrote a post last week on one of my favorite topics “Why Aren’t there More Female Entrepreneurs”.

    He brings up some interesting points on his women role models and positive experience with women entrepreneurs – so far so good. The problem was that I clicked on this link to an interview that Pemo Theodore did with him on the subject of women entrepreneurs. Talk about feeling punched in the stomach. I suggest readers take a look at the clip for themselves but

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs

    By Mark Suster (General Partner, GRP Partners)

    I’m often asked the question about why there aren’t more women who are entrepreneurs. On my blog I’ve been hesitant to take the topic head on. Somehow it seems kind of strange for a man to answer this question that obviously comes from a man’s point of view.

    But last week I noticed a blog post by a woman, Tara Tiger Brown, that asked the question, “Why Aren’t More Women Commenting on VC Blog Posts?” [it's short, you should read it]. In it she observes that only 3% of the comments on this blog are from women. I would love to see Tara follow up with blog posts on: why she believes this is the case & what we can do about it.

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Are Women Funded Less Than Men? (120 Interviews)

    By Pemo Theodore (Founder, Ezebis)

    The “Why Are Women Funded Less Than Men?” ebook on sale now features 120 embedded clips of video interviews with 29 venture capitalists and 18 female founders in the startup industry.

    There are a few organizations that have done some research and provided data which is the backdrop some of which I have included in the book.

    I spent 5 years in London trying to raise funding for my online matchmaking business — and in the end had to

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    by Angie Chang

    Parent Entrepreneurs Strike Work Life Balance: Advice From Jennifer Toney and Carol Realini

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

    This week, Pemo Theodore interviewed Jennifer Toney, co-founder and CEO of WeMakeItSafer. When asked about being a “mompreneur”, “balancing it all” and gender bias, Jennifer said:

    “There tends to be a fear that moms aren’t going to have the same amount of time as a single person, or someone without children, to spend on their startups. And to that, I would say everybody has something else that they’re working on. By definition, if you are a successful entrepreneur, you are most likely an overachiever and so whether you are a marathon runner or a sailor, or you’re sitting on boards of other startups, or you’re trying to work on a charity and solve world hunger — you’re doing something else anyway. And so for a mom, your something else happens to be your children.”

    When Jennifer had kids, it wasn’t the business, technology and entrepreneurship that took a sideline. Jennifer stopped gymming and running triathalons instead. She admits her schedule “changes but it doesn’t mean you have less time to work on your business.”

    She notes that the people who question work/life balance are oftentimes people without kids

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Are Women Venture Funded Less than Men?

    By Pemo Theodore (Founder, EZebis)

    I spent 5 years in London trying to raise funding for my online matchmaking business, and in the end had to admit failure. Very early on in that journey, I had committed to help women source venture when I was successful. As it turns out, I have been doing just that for the last year — not because I was successful but because I failed.

    I have been video interviewing venture capitalists, angel investors and women founders on the shortfall in funding for women. My goal has been to listen to as many people as I could from both sides of the table, so I could hopefully determine where all these conversations intersected.

    The Unequal Landscape

    The financial industry was created by men and it has been revealed over the last few years that they didn’t do such a great job with that. Women still are not generally paid as high as men. Despite growth, the average revenues of the majority of women-owned businesses were still only 27% of the average of majority men-owned businesses.

    The statistics for women entrepreneurs achieving funding are very low: 3-5% get venture funded, less than 10% even if you expand that to include the entire team and any of the co-founders. Around 16% women achieve angel capital, according to a whitepaper by Illuminate Ventures. Data shows that the percentage of dollars going into women led companies have actually declined by about 30% over the last 10 years. Is there a bias at work in the culture that keeps women disadvantaged as regards finance?

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    by Angie Chang

    500 Startups’ Dave McClure: Women Co-Founders and CEOs an Advantage

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

    Last week, Pemo Theodore interviewed 500 Startups Dave McClure along with several women co-founders in his portfolio: Prerna Gupta (CEO, khu.sh), Elizabeth Yin and Jennifer Chin (Co-Founders, LaunchBit).

    “Women founders or co-founders are probably 20-25% of the [500 Startups] portfolio. I think there is probably some bias in investing in what we know and VCs tend to be white males from finance or MBA backgrounds who invest in white males from finance or MBA backgrounds… You invest in things that you know. So for me, I grew up around my mom who was an entrepreneur and other people… and as we’ve got experience as women as founders and CEOs, we’ve gotten more comfortable with that…”

    “I do look for [women founders] now because it’s an advantage. My intent is to corner the market on awesome smart women founders because there are plenty of them out and if there is any bias whatsoever, we’d like to selfishly take advantage of that,” — Dave McClure, 500 Startups.

    Watch the whole interview with Dave McClure and some female founders in the 500 Startup portfolio:

    Read the transcript from Pemo here at EZebis.

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    by Managing Editor

    Never Been a Better Time for Women Entrepreneurs

    By Wendy Tan White (Founder & CEO, Moonfruit)

    It’s been a great 12 months for our business, taking a $2.25M Series A round from Stephens(US) for international growth, backing from Silicon Valley-based 500 Startups, relaunching Moonfruit to focus on SMB’s who expect better DIY design tools to build better designed websites, record revenues and the Everywoman Entrepreneur of the Year award. There has never been a better time to be a women entrepreneur, get out there and set up your own business!

    Women-led firms are the fastest growing sector of new venture creation in the US. The trend is international, in Brazil there are more female than male entrepreneurs and China has created half of the female billionaire entrepreneurs globally a direct result of women’s economic empowerment. I believe there is also growth opportunity for women in the UK. As business owners, women in the UK still have a lot of ground to make up on our American cousins.

    Recent statistics have shown that if the UK had the same level of female entrepreneurship as the US, there would be approximately 600,000 extra women-owned businesses, contributing an estimated additional £42 billion to the economy. To put it into perspective, with businesses started by men in the UK too, an extra 150,000 start-ups would be created per year if women were to meet their number of businesses started.