Tag Archive: Poornima Vijayashanker

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    by Angie Chang

    The Lean Startup: But Lean Doesn’t Mean Lazy

    Lean methodologies offers a structure where you can perform a series of tests, measure the results, review what contributed to success or failures before moving on…

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder, Femgineer)

    Seems like everyone has heard the buzz about the Lean Startup movement, which was started over three years ago by Eric Ries. Yet I’m always surprised at the number of founders, product managers, and startup folks I meet who are struggling. Many have built and shipped products, some have even raised capital, but the one commonality amongst them all is they don’t fundamentally understand why they aren’t getting any traction. They’re stuck scratching their heads trying to figure out how to monetize.

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    by Angie Chang

    Do The Hardest Thing

    I’ve programmed myself to do the hardest things in life, but they’ve also brought me the greatest joy!

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    Instead of doing what’s easiest, I always chose to pursue the hard path. Even after dropping out of my first computer science class, I forced myself to take summer school, and take the class again. Then when most were dropping out of engineering school, I convinced myself into double majoring in electrical engineering and computer science with just two years before graduation.

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    by Angie Chang

    Key Takeaways From The Atlassian Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner

    BizeeBee’s Poornima Vijayashanker suggested that “women need to get more comfortable with making the ask.”

    By Emily Gonzales (CTO, Bookigee)

    The panel at the 29th Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner hosted by Atlassian was an impressive mix of admirable women drawn from the online media, venture capital and SaaS sectors of technology.

    Rather than focus on a specific issue facing women in technology today, the panelists discussed various topics and provided insightful advice for the 100+ women in attendance.

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    by Angie Chang

    The Number One Reason You Should Build A Product

    Come to Poornima’s workshop at General Assembly in San Francisco on October 27 for an Introduction to Product Development class to learn the process for picking features to create a viable MVP – register here to save 15% as a Women 2.0 member.

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    I’m not sure they why the call it software, it’s so damn hard to build. In fact, I’m convinced the only reason they call it software is because hardware is harder to build.

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    by Angie Chang

    Here Are Two Reasons Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) Fail

    Come to Poornima’s workshop at General Assembly in San Francisco on October 27 for an Introduction to Product Development class to learn the process for picking features to create a viable MVP – register here to save 15% as a Women 2.0 member.

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    Everyone wants to start validating the idea for their startup by creating an MVP (minimum viable product), but very few people get it right because they overcomplicate the process

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    by Angie Chang

    3 Reasons You Need A Product Roadmap

    Create a product roadmap for so each feature launched accomplishes one of three major business goals: customer acquisition, engagement, monetization.

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    The lean startup movement has been great about touting how you should “fail often” and “fail fast”, do market research with landing pages and by buying AdWords to see if there is interest, I know it goes into more depth than that. But too many of its followers are taking it for face value and focusing on validating their idea

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    by Angie Chang

    How To Build A Self-Sufficient Team

    I’ve been running a little experiment with my team at BizeeBee, which I’ve code named Poornima’s Paris Plan, or “PPP”.

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    It’s easy as a founder to just do everything, especially if you’re technical. But just because you can do everything doesn’t mean you should. Doing everything not only leads to burning out, but it can also be very de-motivating for your team, especially if you are doing tasks you had hired them to do!

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    Female Founders To Watch: Women Entrepreneurs From Astia

    Deadline to apply to join Astia’s fall global entrepreneur program is Monday, September 17, 2012.

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

    Wikipedia says “Astia is a genus of jumping spiders” but here in the tech world, we are familiar with Astia as the non-profit that accelerates women starting high-growth high-tech ventures, offering programs for entrepreneurs globally – providing access to capital, expertise and a global network of mentors, advisors, investors and more.

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    by Angie Chang

    Managing Engineering: How To Keep Your Startup Engineer Sane

    Solving technical issues with your engineer.

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    You worked hard to attract that so-called rock star engineer, thinking that they would be the golden goose who could bring your vision to reality, but now things have gotten rocky.

    Iteration cycles are taking too long, buggy code is being shipped, or you find that your engineer is working on things that are not a priority.

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Women With Solid Technical Chops – And Own It

    For a thorough list of technical women founding companies (CTOs, CEOs, VPs of engineering and more), check out this list.

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

    Of the five finalists for Entrepreneur Magazine’s ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR award, there is a female founder – Limor Fried.

    The MIT-educated electrical engineer (pictured) started electronics hobbyist company Adafruit Industries to distribute DIY electronics toys like littleBits and Arduino items. Vote for her for “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the eponymous magazine – go on, go do it!

    It’s been pointed out on Twitter that the recent Mashable list of 44 female founders includes hardly any technical

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    by Angie Chang

    Women 2.0 Discount On San Francisco General Assembly Classes (Taught By Clare Baley, Anna Pereira And Poornima Vijayashanker)

    Save 10% on General Assembly’s classes in San Francisco with discount code “women2”.

    Women 2.0 has partnered with General Assembly to offer a 10% discount on classes popping up in San Francisco this summer!

    Mobile apps are hot. If you are interested in learning the basics of Android development, the Writing Your First Android App class on Wednesday, August 8 (6:30pm – 8pm) is for you! Clare Bayley, a product engineer at Hattery Labs, will teach you how to build a fully functional Android application – what software to use, how to architect your app’s life cycle and how to run your app on a device.

    UC Berkeley Ph.D candidate Anna Pereira will be teaching

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    by Angie Chang

    Why I Picked Astia In The Jungle Of Startup Accelerators, Incubators

    “I made new friendships with CEOs from around the world building products solving a variety of problems.”

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    When I left Mint.com to start BizeeBee, a number of startup incubators approached me about joining.

    While I liked the concept of having focused time to think, learn, and mentors who had help build some pretty amazing technology companies, I decided against joining an incubator.

    I needed some time to myself, and quite frankly, I wanted the first six months of starting BizeeBee to be unstructured. Instead of spending time inside brainstorming, I got

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    by Angie Chang

    To Really See Your Startup Vision, Leave The Building.

    “I told her who I was and she announced to the group, ‘This is the woman who came up with BizeeBee, it runs my business!”

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    One day ago I was supposed to get on a plane to Paris for a 3 week vacation in the South of France, but I decided against it, changing my plans a week before take-off. I wanted to stay put in California for the summer, stay grounded, and grow BizeeBee. But still craving adventure I decided to take a road trip down south to LA and Orange County.

    The primary goal of my visit was to see businesses who had been using BizeeBee. Could I have sent an email? Sure. Or could I have just picked up the phone and done a courtesy call? Yes. But had I done those two things, I wouldn’t have

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Helping Small Business Owners

    Here are useful tools for small business owners built by women entrepreneurs.

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

    Starting your own business comes with a unique set of challenges. Early-stage startup entrepreneurs are no stranger to these challenges.

    These notable women entrepreneurs, each equipped with a background in computer science and penchant for problem-solving, have built profitable tech startups making the business of, well, business more efficient.

    From making it easy to outsource tasks (cleaning, pickup, groceries, buying lunch) so you can focus on running your company to finance/accounting software, these women have built

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    by Angie Chang

    How Poornima Vijayashanker Fell In Love with Building Software

    This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.

    By Semil Shah (Operations, Votizen)

    “In the Studio” continues this week with an engineer who began programming at the end high school, double-majored in CS/EE in college, dropped out of Stanford’s graduate CS program to become the second employee at Mint.com, and after spending some time at Intuit (which acquired Mint), now has her own company focused on building software for the small-medium business market.

    Poornima Vijayashanker is not your average engineer. Growing up in a household where electronics were regularly taken apart for fun, she started coding toward the end of high school and

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Aren’t There More Tech Women?

    Join Poornima Vijayashanker of BizeeBee and Alexa Andrzejewski of Foodspotting on Thursday, May 10 for a Startup Triad event on “Fearless Female Founders” at AirBnB in San Francisco!

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    I usually don’t like to debate issues of gender or race, but the with the tech community buzzing about the dearth of women entrepreneurs and women in tech I decided it was time to throw in my two cents, after all I am a femgineer. The community overall is conflating two issues into one: the lack of a group does not automatically fault the presence or abundance of another.

    People in general complain too much instead of taking action and fixate on negatives instead of finding paths to success. It boils down to awareness, motivation, and priorities.

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    by Angie Chang

    A Steady Approach To Building A Tech Startup In Silicon Valley

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    A slow and steady approach to startup building… in Silicon Valley? Bah hum bug! We have to go fast! We need to raise capital, build product, acquire thousands of users daily, analyze metrics, recruit… go go go! What if we paused, just for a second, to take a breathe. Would our startup still be around?

    Do you remember why you moved here? I do. 300+ days of sunshine and tech! I grew up in Texas and I do Bikram “hot” yoga, so I love the warmth and sunshine. Once I graduated from engineering school I wanted to be in the tech capital