The latest in our series of posts catching up with past PITCH finalists. Tara Hunt on how “the best prize ever” made a big impact on her startup.
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If you have an idea and you’re passionate about it, don’t wait.
By Molly Cain (Contributor, ForbesWoman)
There are some common things you should expect when you first go into business for yourself.
On the first day, you create your business plan. That night you go to bed at a regular hour and then wake up to several voicemails from some big time investors wanting to make your dreams come true.
The great thing about being the CEO of my company is that I can define the CEO role any way I want.
By Miki Johnson (Co-Founder, Parsecco)
Lucky. That’s the word we use more than any other when describing how our Parsecco team came together.
Jackson and I were lucky to be put on a panel together in late 2011. We were lucky to have called Peter during the two weeks he happened to be between jobs. We were lucky to meet Waylon
Deadline to apply to pitch your startup onstage at the next PITCH conference is August 31, 2012.
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 Shaherose Charania (Co-Founder & CEO, Women 2.0)
We have exclusive videos from PITCH 2012, our 1000 person conference last February in Silicon Valley. We recorded all the conference talks, panels and pitches for you so you can pop some popcorn and make it a night of learning and inspiration.
We are excited to be sharing this exclusive content with you. A 30 day subscription to premium Women 2.0 videos will give you access to 6 videos – that’s 3 hours of great talks – from female founders including Zipcar’s Robin Chase, Care.com’s Sheila Lirio Marcelo (pictured), Chomp’s Cathy Edwards (acquired by Apple)
Deadline to apply for $25k and more prizes for PITCH NYC Startup Competition is August 31, 2012.
By Rebecca Lipon (Application & Judges Coordinator, PITCH Competition 2012)
Women 2.0 is actively accepting applications for our PITCH NYC 2012 competition, and we have received many questions from applicants.
Below I’ve answered the most common ones. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions or concerns.
Does PITCH accept international applicants?
Yes, but to win you must be present to pitch live at our conference in New York City this November 2012.
“For a first-time entrepreneur, what people really look at and measure is your ability to make progress.”
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
2012 PITCH competition judge Sukhinder Singh Cassidy talks about her own experience and lessons learned in raising venture funding.
She co-founded Yodlee in 1999 and raised $200M+ in venture capital for the company. Then, she was President of Asia Pacific and Latin America Operations at Google before becoming CEO at Polyvore. Today, she is the founder and chairwoman of Joyus, a venture-funded online video shopping experience company.
The veteran chief executive gives advice to early-stage entrepreneurs:
2012 PITCH Finalist Daisy Jing, Founder Of Perfect Beauty, Talks About Confidence And Pitching Your Startup
Women 2.0 is bringing PITCH to New York this fall – apply for PITCH NYC by August 31, 2012.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
“Startup Weekend changed my life,” exclaimed Daisy Jing.
Daisy took her passion for beauty products to the hackathon, formed a team and built an early prototype. She wrote about the experience for Women 2.0 in a previous post.
Then she applied to PITCH 2012 – the Silicon Valley startup competition organized by Women 2.0.
“My experience at PITCH was absolutely amazing. It gave me the confidence to know I have what it takes to pitch, raise money, and
succeed. I mean, this is my first startup and I have
Women 2.0 supporter Procopio in San Diego sponsors and hosts the May 4 Founder Friday Launch!
By Roger Rappoport (Founder, StartUp Info & Partner, Procopio)
Although not scheduled to be in Silicon Valley on Valentine’s Day 2012, a confluence of events prompted me to rearrange my schedule and fly to the Bay Area for the Women 2.0 PITCH Conference, and I am so glad that I did! I experienced a lot that day, which you can read about in my blog “Man Gets Women 2.0: 4 Lessons Learned From Women 2.0: PITCH 2012 Conference.”
As a result of my attendance, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP (the law firm at which I am a partner and leader of the firm’s Emerging Growth & Technology practice), decided to sponsor Founder Friday in Silicon Valley, and become a sponsor
The first thing PITCH reminded me was how lucky I am to live near the Silicon Valley.
By Miki Johnson (Co-Founder, PassionSync)
I had been on the Women 2.0 mailing list only a few weeks when a message about the fast-approaching PITCH Conference hit my inbox. Sometimes the universe delivers just what you need, just when you need it.
Jackson had started a company before. He’d incorporated and “done a friends and family round” and “pitched to angels” and created the all-important “decks.” I’m a fast learner, but I knew I didn’t even know what I didn’t know yet about the whole Silicon Valley startup world. The Valley and I, we’d seen each other at a few parties, but we didn’t have each other’s number yet.