Tag Archive: Sarah Allen

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    by Betsy Mikel

    Making Sense of Big Data: Without These People, Your Company’s Data is Useless

    You’re supposed to be mining big data to find insights. But how? Thanks to these amazing people, you can learn how to tackle data science for your business.

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: PITCH Finalists (Where Are They Now?)

    Women 2.0 PITCH startup competitions finalists continue to impress over the years.

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

    After the years ago by, we wonder “Where are they now?”

    The finalists for the last 5 years of PITCH startup competition have gone to impress us with their mettle and ability to adapt and evolve. Some are still working on the same startup, while some have pivoted or moved on to another venture or business opportunity.

    Here are female founders who have placed as finalists for the Women 2.0 PITCH startup competitions, and gone on to a variety of impressive and interesting things:

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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

    Blazing Cloud Will Match Your Contribution To Black Girls Code

    “Although our the number of women in tech roles in the Bay Area is still small, there are a number of incredible women whom I met at events such as RailsBridge, Women 2.0 and Women Who Code events who have volunteered for our classes from the beginning.” – Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code.

    By Sarah Allen (CTO, Mightyverse & Founder, Blazing Cloud)

    Black Girls Code seeks to increase the number of women of color in digital careers, starting with 7-14 year olds.

    The campaign to support their “summer of code” ends in just a few days and they are almost half way to their goal.

    Blazing Cloud is pledging up to $1,000 as matching funds if employees or anyone in our community (teachers, students, TAs, or anyone who has worked with us in the past) gives to this campaign before Wednesday, July 11 @ 11:59pm

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    by Angie Chang

    11 Female Founders To Watch Running Successful Mobile Companies

    From IPOs to acquisitions, these women entrepreneurs launched and grew successful mobile startups.

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

    A few women pointed out that the upcoming MobileBeat 2012 conference has practically no women on the speaking page. Well, we think there are plenty of successful women running mobile startups.

    Here are successful women entrepreneurs in the mobile space who have celebrated exits, managed major product launches and can speak to any number of mobile topics, from developing mobile apps to mobile advertising.

    Smart mobile industry insights can be gleaned from the female founders of mobile companies below:

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    by Angie Chang

    My Latest 8 App Development Mantras

    During a hackathon, we’re constantly evaluating whether “it’s worth it” on any given problem.

    By Anna Billstrom (iOS & Facebook App Developer, Self)

    Maybe, perhaps because I’m an English major, I tend to notice patterns in my speech.

    I noticed recently that I keep saying the same phrases in discussions regarding mobile app development: secret sauce, no login, no back button, mentoring, phase 2, did the customer want that, don’t say user, and is it needlessly complex?

    These discussions came up in hackfests, in client work, and in advising on technical projects. What the repetition of these phrases means to me, is that I need to reinforce certain

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    by Angie Chang

    The Male Geek Is Not The Only Image Of Success In The Tech World

    It’s a fact that women are lagging behind men in one of the few areas of the economy where there’s growth in well-paying jobs.

    By Laura Sydell (Contributor, Ms.)

    In fact, despite the image that it’s geeky guys doing the inventing, if you use the Internet at all, you probably use a product developed by a woman. Today, most of the video you watch on the Internet is animated by a technology called Flash, and it was software programmer Sarah Allen who led the team that developed it.

    A major force behind Palm, which created the market for handheld computers, was Donna Dubinsky. At Facebook, director of engineering Jocelyn Goldfein is happy to point out that many of the site’s most popular products were engineered by women.

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    by Angie Chang

    Awesome DevChix Speakers At Fluent Conference (May 29-31 in San Francisco)

    Here are awesome women developers who will be speaking at O’Reilly Fluent Conference (May 29-31 in SF).

    By Sarah Allen (Founder, Blazing Cloud)

    The O’Reilly Fluent Conference 2012 in San Francisco on May 29-31 has an incredible line up of speakers. The conference is generously supporting DexChix and other community projects with booth space. Come join us!

    Lea Verou, will be giving a keynote in the Pure Languages track on Demystifying Regular Expressions. Sara Chipps, Javascript developer and Founder of Girl Develop It, will be giving an instructional talk on how to build your own Gmail browser extension.

    Sarah Mei, Pivotal engineer, Disapora contributor, and co-founder of RailsBridge will be sharing her insight on Backbone.js:

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    by Angie Chang

    Photos From Women 2.0 PITCH Conference & Competition 2012

    By Erica Kawamoto Hsu (Online Media Producer & Photographer, Kuishimbo)

    The 2012 Women 2.0 PITCH Conference & Competition on Valentine’s Day was amazing – the agenda and speaker lineup made me realize it was something I had to be at.

    I brought my camera to the PITCH Conference on Tuesday to shoot candids at the event. But I kept stopping – to speak to the amazing women entrepreneurs I was meeting.

    Each person that I spoke to or I shot for the Sit With Me campaign had their own startup – and would show me what they were working on their smartphones.

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    by Angie Chang

    Jezebel Names Innovators For Best Buy’s Super Bowl Ad

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

    Jezebel nominates “lady innovators Best Buy could’ve put in its Super Bowl ad” on Sunday.

    Jezebel blogger Anna North points out that this ad showcased a bunch of male tech innovators. She writes:

    “Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt — maybe those poor ad execs just didn’t know how to find cool women in tech. So we did the work for them. Here are ten awesome ladies they could’ve featured.”

    Here are the “lady innovators” who deserve air time

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    by Managing Editor

    Women Who Code: First Lightning Talks Event Videos Posted!

    By Elaine Tsai (Organizer, Hack Nights for Beginners)

     

    Women Who Code (WWCode) held our first lightning talks event on Tuesday, October 25. The event was filled with excitement, involvement, and proof that there are plenty of women interested in programming, hacking, and all things related to changing the gender gap in the tech industry.

    With an amazing turnout rate of over 70 women, the ladies had plenty of time to meet new friends, reconnect over past programming projects and discuss new ideas. Sasha Laundy, founder of Women Who Code, kicked off the event by announcing

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    by Angie Chang

    The Impact of Twitter on RailsBridge (Learning Ruby on Rails)

    By Jennifer Lindner (Organizer, RailsBridge & Freelance Open Source Developer)

    Twitter not only helps facilitate organizing across the world, they invest in their local community by hosting RailsBridge workshops in their San Francisco office.

    We’re doing it. We’re teaching each other technology.

    Not how to use it: how to build it.

    We’re teaching and learning software development. How to use our command lines and be comfortable in the guts of our machines. How to contribute to the open source projects of others and

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    by Angie Chang

    Easy as Pie? Teaching Code Literacy (Giving Tech Talks)

    By Sarah Allen (Founder, Blazing Cloud)

    I’ve been doing technical talks for over 20 years, starting with guest lectures as a TA in college.

    One of the main reasons I started giving tech talks professionally was because I didn’t see women doing it and felt that it was important for there to be a diversity of voices.

    I spoke often to very small groups and women’s groups before I started speaking at conferences, and have found that speaking experience has elevated my status as an expert

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    by Angie Chang

    Huffington Post Lists Top 27 Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter

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

    Yesterday on the Huffington Post, this time the readers picked “27 Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter.”

    These names are a response to the previous list of best women in tech to follow on Twitter that was posted by the Huffington Post a few days ago.

    Here is the list of top women, chosen by the readers:

    #1 — Padmasree Warrior is the chief technology

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Startup Founders, Female CTOs And Technical Co-Founders (Oh My!)

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

    This morning at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, Julia Hu (Co-Founder & CEO of Lark) got engaged while presenting her startup onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC — her boyfriend inserted a proposal slide into her deck.

    Meanwhile, attendees at the National Center for Women in Technology annual summit were not pleased with the lack of technical women leading startups and companies. TechCrunch contributor Vivek Wadhwa tweeted “Sarah, there are very few women CTOs.” Developer and advocate Sarah Mei tweeted back, “I thought there were a few. Pointers plz.”

    Every time this happens, we at Women 2.0 put our heads together and come up with a handy list of women CTOs of tech startups for anyone who asks. From writers for magazines to conference organizations, we all want to know — where are the technical women of startups? Why are they not more frequently featured on magazine covers and quoted in newspapers?

    No more excuses. Let’s get these technical women leaders exposure.

    Female Startup Founders – Who Are Also CTOs:

    Cathy Edwards (Co-Founder & CTO, Chomp)
    Chomp‘s proprietary algorithm learns the functions and topics of apps helps you find the apps you want. Chomp was acquired by Apple in February 2012. Follow her on Twitter at @cathye.

    Sandy Jen (Co-Founder & CTO, Meebo)
    A co-founder of Meebo, Sandy is also their CTO. Google acquired Meebo for a rumored $100M in June 2012. Follow her on Twitter at @meebosandy.

    Mariya Genzel (Co-Founder & CTO, SayGent)
    Saygent started as Ultimate Hire at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend in 2009. Saygent recently raised $1M in funding. Follow her on Twitter at @mashagenzel.

    Leslie Ikemoto (Co-Founder & CTO, Animeeple)
    Leslie co-founded Animeeple, a 3D character animation tool. She wrote Hako in 24 hours and also created Hipnoz. Follow her on Twitter at @leslieikemoto.

    Aihui Ong (Founder & CEO, Love With Food)
    Aihui launched Love With Food to combine her passions two: coding and fooding, her MacBook Pro and her KitchenAid mixer. Follow her on Twitter at @aihui.

    Sarah Allen (Co-Founder & CTO, Mightyverse)
    Sarah co-founded Railsbridge to increase diversity in engineering, consults at Blazing Cloud, and co-founded Mightyverse. Follow her on Twitter at @ultrasaurus.

    Jenny Chen (Co-Founder & CTO, Wanderable)
    After working at Amazon Web Services for over five years, Jenny Chen co-founded Wanderable to make wedding registries more fun for travel lovers. Follow her on Twitter at @phethyr.

    Shilpa Dalmia (Co-Founder & CTO, ActivityHero)
    An engineer by profession and a parent at heart, Shilpa Dalmia started ActivityHero to help parents select activities for their kids. Follow her on Twitter at @shilpa_dalmia.

    Julia Grace (Co-Founder & CTO, WeddingLovely)
    After earning two degrees in computer science, Julia Grace spent 4 years at IBM Research, ran product at a startup then co-founded WeddingLovely. Follow her on Twitter at @jewelia.

    Bryn McCoy (Co-Founder & CTO, Citizen Made)
    After building innovative software for the likes of IBM and BMW, hacker and designer Bryn McCoy co-founded Citizen Made in Chicago. Follow her on Twitter at @brynmccoy.

    Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D. (Co-Founder & CTO, Affectiva)
    MIT research scientist Rana el Kaliouby co-founded Affectiva to scale video-based expression recognition technology she invented. Follow her on Twitter at @kaliouby.

    Notable Technical Women Leaders At Startups:

    Niniane Wang (CTO, Minted)
    Niniane currently leads the engineering team at Minted, having 11 years of experience at Google and Microsoft. Follow her on Twitter at @niniane and follow her startup at @minted.

    Liz Crawford (VP Engineering, Birchbox)
    Liz is currently VP of E at Birchbox. Previously, she co-founded and served as CTO of Aprizi. Follow her on Twitter at @liscrawford and follow her startup at @birchbox.

    Mary Lou Jepsen (Founding CTO, One Laptop Per Child)
    Mary Lou is currently Founder & CEO of Pixel Qi, producer of low power, sunlight readable displays. Previously, she was founding CTO of OLPC. Follow her startup at @pixelqi.

    Beth Marcus (Founder & CEO, Playrific)
    Beth founded and served as CEO for startups, most notably EXOS, which was VC-backed and sold to Microsoft in 1996. She served as CTO at Zeemote. Follow her on Twitter at @startupdoc.

    Ning Ning (VP Engineering, Perfect Market)
    Ning Ning has served as VP of E at multiple tech startups, contributing to the sale of three of these to Salesforce, MEI and AskJeeves. Follow her startup at @PerfectMarket.

    Daisy Itty (VP Engineering, DataStax)
    Daisy has served as Director of Engineering of Responsys, BlueRoads and Selectica where she was one of the first engineers. Follow her startup on Twitter at @datastax.

    Kate Matsudaira (VP Engineering, SEOmoz)
    Kate has been holding engineering positions of increasing responsibility, and currently runs engineering at SEOmoz. Follow her on Twitter at @katemats and her startup at @SEOmoz.

    Meg Withgott (Co-Founder & CTO, Panafold)
    Meg co-founded Panafold, the knowledge attraction company. She co-founded ePlanet, and led research at Xerox PARC, Interval and Sun Labs. Follow her on Twitter at @megwith.

    Chiu-Ki Chan (Founder & Developer, Monkey Write)
    After being a software engineer for over 6 years at Google and 2 startups, Chiu-ki Chan is working on Monkey Write. Follow her on Twitter at @chiuki.

    Women With Technical Backgrounds But No Longer Hold Technical Titles:

    Leah Busque (Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit)
    To outsource errands, the efficiency-minded Leah Busque coded the first version of labor marketplace TaskRabbit in 2008. Follow her on Twitter at @labusque.

    Leah Culver (Co-Founder, Grove)
    Dveloper Leah Culver co-founded Pownce, which was by Six Apart in 2008. She’s now working on Grove. Follow her on Twitter at @leahculver.

    Jess Lee (Co-Founder & CEO, Polyvore)
    Computer science major and former Google product manager Jess Lee runs Polyvore as its CEO. Polvore recently raised $14M Series C funding. Follow her on Twitter at @jesskah.

    Elizabeth Yin (Co-Founder & CEO, LaunchBit)
    Elizabeth Yin launched the email newsletter ad network LaunchBit out of 500 Startups, raising $950k investment to date. Follow her on Twitter at @launchbit.

    Jennifer Chin (Co-Founder & COO, LaunchBit)
    Front-end designer Jennifer Chin of LaunchBit boasts a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from MIT. Follow her on Twitter at @launchbit.

    Jessica Mah (Co-Founder & CEO, InDinero)
    Jessica Mah built InDinero for a real-time dashboard to make small business accounting easy for everyone. Follow her on Twitter at @JessicaMah.

    Leah Busque (Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit)
    Back by popular demand, TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque resumed her CEO title as it was announced on TechCrunch this week. Follow her on Twitter at @labusque.

    Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)
    Mint.com employee #2 and software engineer Poornima Vijayashanker started BizeeBee for SMBs. Follow her on Twitter at @poornima.

    Amy Sheng (Co-Founder, CellScope)
    Mechanical engineer Amy co-founded CellScope to extend the reach of diagnosis with medical microscopy from your smartphone. Follow Amy on Twitter at @AmySheng.

    Ayah Bdeir (Founder & Lead Engineer, littlebits)
    Ayah created litteBits, an award-winning kit of pre-assembled circuits that snap together with tiny magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming. Follow Ayah on Twitter at @AyahBdeir.

    Annie Chang (Co-Founder & Head of Products, LOLapps)
    “Don’t be fooled by the name of her startup” warned Fast Company. Annie Chang co-founded LOLapps, which was acquired by 6waves in July 2011. Follow her on Twitter at @lolapps.

    Dr. Vivienne Ming (Co-Founder, Chief Scientist & Executive Director, Socos)
    Dr. Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist launching an edu-tech startup building cognitive analytics for the classroom. Follow her on Twitter at @neuraltheory and her startup at @socos_me.

    Julie Yoo (Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Kyruus)
    Julie built the first version of the company’s data mining platform. She leads the product team at Kyruus, which received $5.5M Series A in 2011. Follow her on Twitter at @julesyoo.

    Michelle Norgan (Co-Founder & CPO, Kismet)
    Michelle, who launched her product onstage at the inaugural Women 2.0 PITCH conference, taught herself iOS programming and co-founded Kismet. Follow her on Twitter at @mnorgan.

    Chandini Ammineni (Co-Founder, ActivityHero)
    Chandini Ammineni build apps including one to help pregnant moms see the heartbeat of their babies on the iPhone, then stated ActivityHero. Follow her on Twitter at @ammineni.

    Peggy Chang (Co-Founder, ActivityHero)
    An engineer with an MBA, Peggy Chang led product management teams for Intuit, Charles Schwab and the LA Times before joining ActivityHero.

    Marcela Miyazawa (Co-Founder, Wanderable)
    Former 23andMe product manager and Stanford computer science major Marcela Miyazawa co-founded Wanderable to provide experiential honeymoon registries.

    Tracy Osborn (Founder & CEO, WeddingLovely)
    Designer and self-taught Django developer Tracy Osborn launched WeddingLovely herself until she found her technical co-founder Julia Grace. Follow her on Twitter at @limedaring.

    Erica Douglass (Founder & CEO, Whoosh Traffic)
    Prior to Whoosh Traffic, Erica Douglass sold her web hosting company for $1.1M. She built everything (website to server hardware) from scratch. Follow her on Twitter at @ericabiz.

    Email submissions to [email protected]. Thank you for helping us grow this list!

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    by Angie Chang

    How To Encourage More Brown Women To Launch Tech Startups

    By Adria Richards (Technology Consultant, But You’re A Girl)

    Why are women, especially Brown women, not planning, developing and showcasing tech startup ideas?

    The reason more Brown women aren’t launching tech startups is because they’re not seeing role models, peers and friends do it. They’re not talking about it, not going to conferences and not reading up on how to get started. I can directly attribute my attendence tonight to the San Francisco Startup Weekend to my initial sit down conversation with a Brown woman engineer by the name of Erica (@swirlspice) in the spring of 2009 and this same story has repeated itself time and time again.

    I’m very excited that I was able to move the needle in the direction I wanted without being a whiny commenter on TechCrunch. Instead I made a difference by inviting a friend who is a Brown woman like me to attend Startup Weekend. I also wanted to make a special effort based on my amazing experiences over the last few months regarding the Brown startup world where I:

    • Cheered on Jes Carter who is building Toour, an app allowing you to “create, discove and share tours of your favorite places”.
    • Was amazed to see Gokit launch at SXSW in less than 24 hours.
    • Attended a positive and uplifting brunch organized by Kimberly Dillion, founder of House of Mikko.
    • Smiled with happiness to see Angela Benton announce the NewMe Accelerator incubator for Brown startups.