Tag Archive: Tara Hunt

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    From The Startup Trenches: Top 10 Articles From Entrepreneurs About Starting Up On Women 2.0 In 2012

    The most read articles on Women 2.0 by entrepreneurs in 2012.

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

    Women 2.0 is a place for women to share stories from the startup trenches: building a startup, debating when to quit the full-time job to pursue the entrepreneurial passion full-time, getting invited to the vice president’s house…

    These entrepreneurs explain what they learned

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    by Angie Chang

    3 Lessons From My Failed Startup, Parceld

    When I graduated, I had a choice: go get a job at a media company, or try to make Parceld a business. I chose the latter, and am so glad I did. Even if, after 7 months of dedicating myself body, mind, and spirit to the effort, I have now shut Parceld down.

    By Brianne Garcia (Co-Founder, Parceld)

    When we entrepreneurs decide to start a company, we know that more things can go “wrong” than can go “right.” We understand this, and yet we believe that we have what it takes to put “a ding in the universe”, as Steve Jobs once said. Startups are so “cool” right now

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    by Angie Chang

    The Upcoming Buyosphere And Its Future

    Most of us don’t have big wads of cash and time to burn, so we have one shot and have to figure out how to pay rent and feed ourselves.

    By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)

    Since I put up my post about getting a J.O.B., I’ve been answering a long series of questions about Buyosphere and what we’re doing with it. First off, the plan is to soldier on. Of course, there are complications to this. All three of the founders are now engaged in full-time jobs and projects that support us financially – and none of us

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    by Angie Chang

    Creating Value In The Social Era (Interview With Author Nilofer Merchant)

    What are the core lessons from #socialera aimed at these giants who, as we know, aren’t inherently social?

    By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)

    I’ve known Nilofer Merchant since 2009 when I met her at the TED conference in Long Beach, California. I’m particularly excited about her new book, 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra, where she applies many years of experience teaching the 600 lb gorillas to be much more social and agile.

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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

    Startups Need To Learn To Pitch To More Than Just Investors

    I started Pitch Refinery for the same reason I started my women coding group, CWDevs – I built it because I didn’t know how to do it…

    By Melissa Pierce (Founder, Chicago Women Developers)

    It’s a catch 22 starting a business built on learning to pitch to anyone when I don’t know how to pitch myself.

    I often joke about wishing I could attend my conference before I organized it. Not having pitching skills is all too common a problem in the startup space, especially in women led startups. Let’s face it, until recently, we’ve been taught NOT to draw attention to ourselves.

    Add the fact that many women entrepreneurs come to startup land via the non-business school route

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    by Angie Chang

    Women In Business – The Cat Fight Myth

    I believe that’s why the myth soldiers on… to keep us from talking. ;)

    By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)

    My #1 pet peeve is the “women don’t support one another” myth that gets thrown around all too often and by men and women alike.

    First off, let me agree that there ARE some awfully insecure men AND women who will talk behind one another’s backs to make life more difficult.

    My advice, avoid them, but don’t jump to conclusions about an entire gender because of one nasty person. (My mother always taught me, “If someone is talking nasty about someone

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    by Angie Chang

    10 Essential Books For Women Building Web Businesses

    These business books, usually recommended by fellow female entrepreneurs, were the ones that made a huge difference.

    By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)

    As a startup founder, I’ve had the same books waved in my face a million times – Rework by Jason Fried, The Lean Startup by Eric Reis, Innovator’s Dilemma by Clay Christensen… the list goes on. These are all great books, don’t get me wrong. But their lessons are ones that I don’t necessarily need to be successful.

    As an entrepreneur, I’ve already broken the mold of rethinking work. As an underfunded startup, we have to be lean and iterative and as someone whose ideas are usually a little too far ahead of the curve, I have no problems on the innovation side. My issues lie

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    by Angie Chang

    Fashion And Feminism – Sitting In A Tree…

    Empowering women in business, startups mixing fashion and feminism are celebrating a renaissance.

    By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)

    Many of those not in the know think of fashion as a trap for women. Uncomfortable shoes. Impossible body images. Shallow spendy status symbols. Magazine layouts of size zero 6 foot tall women juxtaposed with an ad for weight loss.

    There is a large part of fashion that I grapple with that doesn’t leave me feeling very empowered. There is an incredibly empowering side of fashion: self-expression. Though I romanticize the historical cuts, I couldn’t think of a better time to live in where I have all of the tools available for me to express

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    by Angie Chang

    The Daily Muse Names Five Startups To Watch From PITCH 2012

    By Adrian Granzella Larssen (Writer, The Daily Muse)

    When Shaherose Charania came to Silicon Valley from Canada a decade ago, she was shocked to find that the start-up scene was overwhelmingly male. So, she turned her awe into action, and co-founded Women 2.0, a network and media company for female entrepreneurs.

    Fast forward to today: What started as a “connector network meeting over cheap Trader Joe’s wine” at her co-founder’s house has evolved into a massive international organization. Now, Charania has seen and helped over 300 early-stage

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    by Angie Chang

    Women Founders’ Valentine’s Day PITCH

    By Chitra Rakesh (Writer, Mountain View Patch)

    Some of the smartest women in Silicon Valley – and beyond – celebrated women entrepreneurs on Valentine’s Day at the in Mountain View.

    Women 2.0, an organization committed to increase the number of female founders of tech startups, held its fifth annual PITCH Conference & Competition on Tuesday, February 14. The turnout far exceeded expectations and the event sold-out with 1000 participants.

    The competition received 172 applications from 12

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    by Angie Chang

    Buyosphere Wins Top Team Prize At Women 2.0 PITCH Conference

    By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)

    Team Buyosphere had an amazing day at the Women 2.0 PITCH Conference yesterday. We were super honored to be picked out as one of the 9 finalists out of almost 200 applications!

    We were even more honored when we saw who else was pitching! Our team had to follow the effervescent and brilliant LeAnne Ozaine-Smith (who has over 10 years coaching experience in her area and a deal with Mary Kay Cosmetics!) of Prosperity (I can’t lie… I loved her “solopreneur” pitch and thought for sure she would win!), which was no easy feat.

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    by Angie Chang

    Move The Needle: Women 2.0 PITCH

    By Blake Landau (Director of Marketing, Linqia)

    The fact is there is nothing more romantic than spending Valentines Day at the Computer History Museum with over a thousand women at Women 2.0’s fifth annual PITCH conference.

    There is a demand for mentoring, support and communities where women can support each other. We all know this considering that Women 2.0 events consistently sell out. PITCH was no different with people pouring out of the conference rooms.

    For women to be successful in an industry where

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    by Angie Chang

    From PITCH Conference 2012: Love & Startups At Women 2.0

    By Carolyn Gerin (Creator, Antibride Productions)

    Live from Women 2.0 Pitch Conference in Mountain View, I’m happy to be at the Computer History Museum surrounded by some of the hottest female-founded tech startups in modern history.

    We are experiencing a Femme Tech Boom and today is ground zero for innovation, creation and atta girl “can-do” attitude. If you think it’s all about the cult of the Zuck, think again, these ladies who launch got moxie, money and energy to burn.

    The idea is to get the mic in your hand and show ‘em

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    by Angie Chang

    Buyosphere CEO Tara Hunt Shares Lessons In Seed Funding

    By Jen Consalvo (Co-Founder & COO, Tech Cocktail)

    Editor’s mote: This article is courtesy of Tech Cocktail, which offers tech startup events, news and resources across the country. Buyosphere CEO Tara Hunt will be pitching live on February 14, 2012 at Women 2.0 PITCH Conference – get your ticket now!

    After launching last year, Buyosphere, a Montreal-based startup, was offering a product that would go head-to-head with Pinterest. You could curate collections of products, find interesting new products through friends, and establish yourself as a tastemaker.

    Pinterest has since taken off and Buyosphere

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    by Angie Chang

    2012 PITCH Startup Competition Finalists Announced

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

    The run-up to Women 2.0 PITCH Conference on February 14, 2012 is defined by Women 2.0′s fifth annual Startup Competition for early-stage tech startups.

    Watch the finalists of the 2012 Women 2.0 Startup Competition pitch live on February 14. Hear first-hand feedback from panels of real investors on what makes a successful pitch for investment.

    Here are the 10 finalists of the 2012 Women 2.0 PITCH Startup Competition:

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    by Angie Chang

    Tara Hunt’s Buyosphere Raises $325K In Seed Funding After Pivot

    By Jolie O’Dell (Writer, VentureBeat)

    Buyosphere is web celebrity Tara Hunt‘s greatest gamble, and after some shaky months, it might be starting to pay off.

    Following a successful rebranding effort, the team has just closed an oversubscribed seed round of funding — $325,000, to be exact.

    The funding will be aimed squarely at new user acquisition as well as a couple key hires.

    The round, which eschewed big-name Silicon Valley

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    by Angie Chang

    Women In Mobile Tech: A New Startup Accelerator In NYC

    By Emily Glazer (Writer, Wall Street Journal)

    When it comes to programs that nurture new startups, women often don’t make the cut. A new “startup accelerator” hopes to combat that gender disparity in at least one booming market: mobile technology.

    Women Innovate Mobile opened its application today to startups with a woman founder or co-founder and a product that is related to mobile. The accelerator will offer two to five startups free New York office space, mentoring and coaching, access to venture capitalists and other investors in addition to $18,000 in seed funding, $10,000 worth of product development and design support, and $10,000 worth of mobile marketing promotions.