Tag Archive: Sharon Vosmek

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    by Angie Chang

    Astia Accelerator Program To Add Fund, Angel Network In 2013

    Women entrepreneur mentorship network Astia to form a Fund and Angel Network in early 2013.

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

    In a message from CEO Sharon Vosmek this morning, we learned that high-growth woman entrepreneur accelerator program Astia will be adding capital to their existing programming in early 2013.

    The additions will be an Astia Fund, a fund used to invest in “best-of-breed” companies from the Astia program, and

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    by Angie Chang

    Call For Applications: Astia Global Entrepreneur Program 2012

    By Sharon Vosmek (CEO, Astia)

    We are delighted to announce our 2012 Call for Applications for the Astia Global Entrepreneur Program. Astia maintains an unparalleled success rate for the companies it serves and your outreach and referrals play a critical role in propelling women–led innovation.

    Please pass along the following information to women–led high–growth startups who you believe can benefit from the access to expertise, capital and opportunity that the Astia global offering provides.

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    by Angie Chang

    DonationPay: Now An Astia Company

    By Angelina Strosahl (Co-Founder, DonationPay)

    During the past few months, we’ve been in the (strenuous but enjoyable) process of applying to join the 2011 Astia cohort and we were incredibly delighted and honored last week to be asked to join the Astia Portfolio.

    We’re really looking forward to the 2011 Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs workshop and meeting up with all the other businesses asked to join this year.

    If you’re not already familiar with Astia, they’re a non-profit

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    by Angie Chang

    To Product/Market Fit and Beyond: Join Us on November 11!

    By Phang Chun Kai (Co-Organiser, Rainmaker Live)

    On November 11, 2011 in AOL’s HQ in Palo Alto, join Rainmakers and our community of entrepreneurs and startups for a discussion on “To Product/Market Fit and Beyond”. The discussion panel will explore the benefits and risks of entrepreneurs going through programs like Y Combinator, AngelPad, etc in the exciting, ever-changing funding landscape of Silicon Valley. Our speakers will be Frank Chen (Andreessen Horowtiz), Josh Elman (Greylock Partners), Sharon Vosmek (Astia), Manu

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    by Angie Chang

    Astia CEO Answers the Question: Why Entrepreneurs, Why Women

    By Sharon Vosmek (CEO, Astia)

    I recently posted a response to an October 3 blog post by Mark Suster “Why Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs?”, and I thought my comments should be translated more broadly.

    Below is a version of my post which is intended to clearly articulate the value proposition for:

    • Why [high-growth] entrepreneurship?
    • Why women [high-growth] entrepreneurs?

    The simple answer to both — jobs and innovation.

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    by Angie Chang

    Apply by August 15: Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Program

    By Sharon Vosmek (CEO, Astia)

    Entrepreneurs –- we want to remind you that Astia’s application deadline of August 15 is quickly approaching! We know the life of an entrepreneur means that you are always busy and searching for those spare minutes but now is a great time to apply to Astia! Applying by August 15 provides an opportunity to participate in our not to be missed Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Program*, October 10-15, 2011.

    Apply now to benefit from the programming, advisory services, investor connections and peer-to-peer network designed by Astia to accelerate growth.

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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.

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    by Angie Chang

    Partner Event: Your Office, Your Terms (January 23 in SF)

    Microsoft Office 365, 85 Broads, Astia and Women 2.0 are teaming up to get our members “up the curve” on the benefits of working from a remote location and the technologies that enable it.

    Our multi-week campaign is titled Your Office, Your Terms! and will give our members the opportunity to learn how technology is making it easier to balance work and life from a remote location in a time-efficient, manageable way. For more info, click here.

    Join us for our San Francisco event