Tag Archive: PIazza

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    by Angie Chang

    8 Female Founders to Watch Disrupting Education with Technology

    Education is ripe for disruption, and women entrepreneurs are at the forefront of the movement.

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

    From the educational aspect of gamifying the improvement and education of people, the possibilities are endless – many apps and companies are popping up looking to educate people (kids, second/third career adults, and everyone in between) on computational thinking, financial literacy, etc.

    Traditional academic institutions are going online, starting with university courses on YouTube and ending with massively open online courses available free of charge to whoever wants. Online collaboration is possible for students located in different areas of the world, and textbooks are increasingly going digital.

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    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 Angie Chang

    Pooja Sankar Juggles Motherhood, Startup

    Pooja Sankar started working from home 5 days after giving birth to her son Arjun.

    By Ellen Lee (Contributing Writer, San Francisco Chronicle)

    Three days after giving birth to her son, Pooja Sankar was already fielding phone calls from work. Sankar, founder and CEO of Palo Alto’s Piazza, an online gathering place for college students and professors, has only picked up the pace since then.

    That Yahoo picked Marissa Mayer, due with her first child this year, to be the Internet company’s CEO has become the latest fodder in the working mom debate. Should she or shouldn’t she? Can a woman “have it all?” And just how does a mother balance the needs of her children and her business?

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    by Angie Chang

    7 Management Secrets Of The Postpartum CEO

    It’s very clear to me already that I’m going to need to build more flexibility into my life — and my company’s life — to account for Arjun. I think he’ll make me a more adaptable leader.

    By Pooja Sankar (Founder & CEO, Piazza)

    Three weeks ago, I gave birth to a baby. After a long and sometimes challenging pregnancy where I was nervous a lot of the time, I am both relieved to hold a healthy boy in my arms and totally smitten with him.

    We joke around here — and now I’m on record in the New York Times saying it — that Arjun is my firstborn child, but my second baby. My first baby is Piazza, the strapping three-year-old company I founded in 2009. My husband Shyam is an early employee at Palantir, so Arjun is kind of his second baby, too. It should sound weird to talk about our flesh-and-blood baby as the little brother of

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    by Angie Chang

    Founder Friday Silicon Valley Hosted By Two Female Engineers Who Became VC-Funded Startup Founders

    Talks from startup founders Pooja Sankar of Piazza and Claire Hough of Citrus Lane show true grit.

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

    “The last time I talked to you – Piazza was spelled with three Zs, your last name was Nath, and you weren’t pregnant!” someone exclaimed to Piazza founder and CEO Pooja Sankar.

    The Silicon Valley startup ecosystem is a small world, made even more accessible to early-stage women entrepreneurs with events like Founder Friday Silicon Valley. Two powerhouse startup founders shared their stories last Friday night.

    Piazza founder and CEO Pooja Sankar spoke first. At seven months pregnant, she is a sight to see addressing the

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    by Angie Chang

    Ms. Sankar Goes To Washington

    On practicing her startup pitch and meeting the Vice President of the United States.

    By Pooja Sankar (Founder & CEO, Piazza)

    Vice President Biden, Pooja Sankar, Dr. BidenAt first I thought it was a phishing scam.

    I received an email with an image attachment inviting me to meet the Vice President and his wife Dr. Jill Biden at a reception at their official residence in Washington, DC. All I needed to do was RSVP with my social security number. Hah! What kind of idiot falls for that?

    But whoever put this together had done a nice job on the invitation, which looked very professional and contained none of the usual misspellings. So I showed it to

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    by Angie Chang

    Pooja Sankar Raises $6M For Her EduTech Startup Piazza

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

    Piazza Founder and CEO Pooja Sankar blogged on Women 2.0 a few months ago: “As a teenager, I never went outside alone, spoke to a boy other than my brother, or wore jeans or a short skirt.”

    The former Facebook engineer went to an all-girls high school in India and then was admitted to IIT Kanpur, India. She was one of a handful of girls in the midst of many boys. Pooja described herself as “shy and studied alone, while the boys worked together – benefitting tremendously from the collaboration.”

    As the founder and CEO, Pooja built Piazza to provide a collaboration tool