Tag Archive: TechCrunch

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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

    Gender In Tech: No Longer A Silent Issue

    Ellen Pao’s lawsuit allows our community to discuss these “women in tech” issues as real problems.

    By Cristina Cordova (Business Development, Pulse)

    TechCrunch reported that Kleiner Perkins Partner Ellen Pao sued her firm for gender and sexual discrimination. A friend immediately told me “Well that’s career suicide” and I can’t say I didn’t think the same thing. While few can comment on whether the allegations are true, this news does highlight some of the reactions the media and tech community have had to gender issues in the past.

    Over the past few months, many have been engrossed in the Valley gender gossip on “brogrammer culture”, sexist comments at tech panels and the general lack of women in tech. Many

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    by Angie Chang

    New Project, Roominate, Offers A Fully-Wired Dollhouse For Kids

    This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.

    By John Biggs (Writer, TechCrunch)

    Teaching kids – especially little girls – about electronics is a hard job. First, there’s the electricity. Then there’s the sense that soldering, wiring, and lining up LEDs is considerably less fun than watching Tangled. This project, called Roominate, aims to change the way girls think about electricity.

    The kit consists of a set of tiny furniture with built-in wires and switches. You can wire up your dollhouse however you like, adding lamps and switches. $49 gets you one regular room and $95 gets you a “duplex.”

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    by Angie Chang

    Wendy Tan White’s Moonfruit Acquired For $29M By Yell

    Moonfruit took £1.57M in funding in 2010 from Silicon Valley angels including Dave McClure of 500 Startups.

    By Mike Butcher (Writer, TechCrunch)

    In the white heat of the current tech market it’s sometimes easy to forget that some companies, although taking their time, simply become viable businesses – instead of waiting for a call from Facebook or Twitter that may never come.

    I’ve been covering web site and shop builder Moonfruit for longer than I care to remember (they launched in 2000), but along the way husband and wife team Joe and Wendy Tan White kept on pushing the company until it was one of the most innovative of its kind out there.

    Today that hard work is rewarded

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    by Angie Chang

    Refer.ly Lets Regular Folks Earn Affiliate Revenue For Recommending Products They Love

    This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.

    By Kim-Mai Cutler (Writer, TechCrunch)

    Danielle Morrill’s been thinking about this idea for at least three years. I know this because it was almost all she could talk for an hour straight at a dinner party several years ago.

    If you’re an entrepreneur and you get bit with an idea, you just can’t shake it. And so, after several years of apprenticing at building companies like Twilio, Morrill is finally striking out on her own with Refer.ly, a concept that’s been admitted to the next Y Combinator class.

    What’s the idea? On the web, there’s a whole secret

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    by Angie Chang

    Kleiner Perkins And Sequoia Fund $6.5M Round For Cross-Device Ad Targeter Drawbridge

    This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.

    By Anthony Ha (Writer, TechCrunch)

    When two of the biggest names in venture capital (arguably still the biggest) both invest in a startup, you know it’s probably time to take notice. So yes, take notice: A cross-device ad targeting startup called Drawbridge has raised a $6.5 million Series A from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital.

    The company was founded in November 2010 by Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, a scientist at AdMob and then, after the acquisition, at Google. Sivaramakrishnan says she started the company because she saw the proliferation

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    by Angie Chang

    How Lynda Hit $70M In Revenue Without A Penny From Investors

    This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.

    By Rip Empson (Writer, TechCrunch)

    As Ned Flanders would say, education in the U.S. is in “a dilly of a pickle.” At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the cost of education has become unsustainable.

    Student loan debt is over $1 trillion, unemployment remains high for the recently graduated, and non-traditional students — older people, single mothers, workers looking to re-train — are returning to academia and learning programs in droves, putting even more competitive pressure on already-scant on-site resources.

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    by Angie Chang

    Brit Morin Engages $1.25M From Marissa Mayer, Aileen Lee, Founders Fund And More To Launch Her First App, Weduary

    This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.

    By Alexia Tsotsis (Writer, TechCrunch)

    Brit Morin, the Martha Stewart of tech, is today announcing a $1.25 million seed round for her technology and content company Brit.

    The list of investors is actually pretty sympatico with “the next generation of lifestyle” branding of Brit & Co, with fashion-heavy Index Ventures, tech fashionista Marissa Mayer, KCPB’s Aileen Lee, Tina Sharkey and Seth Goldstein, Kevin Colleran, Annabel Teal, General Catalyst Partners, Founders Fund, Angel and DMGT all going in.

    In addition to the funding the company is also launching its first app, Weduary, which lets tech-savvy couples build

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    by Angie Chang

    500 Startups: Moms We’d Like To Fund

    This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.

    By Christine Tsai (Partner, 500 Startups)

    Are you an entrepreneur looking to build something truly awesome that will positively impact millions of people’s lives? (And by the way, make a LOT of money?)

    If so, then I have a suggestion…

    Stop building yet another daily deal site or mindless social game or yellow filter so-lo-mo photo-sharing service. Instead, build something awesome for moms, dads, families, or kids. Believe it or not, there are a lot of them so make their lives easier and happier. Because, the best part is that they’ll probably pay

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    by Angie Chang

    Why You’re A Startup Founder: Nature And Nurture

    This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.

    By Pokin Yeung (Founder, Askomatics)

    Just over a month ago, a random conversation with another startup founder over lunch turned into a full-blown research project.

    “You and I are both first-born children,” I mused to my friend, “I wonder if that had any influence on why we chose to start businesses.”

    I theorized that first borns were often given more responsibility growing up, and wondered if this role served as training wheels for building startups. I also wondered if our upbringing had an influence on things like when we start, what we start, or how much money we raise — and ultimately, how successful we are with our businesses.

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    by Angie Chang

    The Women Of Y Combinator – And They Are Awesome

    This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.

    By Kim-Mai Cutler (Writer, TechCrunch)

    I would normally rather have a root canal instead of write about the issue of women in technology. I just find most essays on this really tedious and obvious. (Sorry Alexia.)

    But I do want to point one thing out. When I went to my first Y Combinator Demo Day three years ago, there was one woman. At this week’s Demo Day, there were six companies with one or all female founders among the 66 startups in the class.

    I’m going to keep this post simple. No complaining.

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    by Angie Chang

    Female-Focused Accelerator “Women Innovate Mobile” Announces First Participants: Appguppy, Loudly, Twain, Whadyathink

    This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.

    By Sarah Perez (Writer, TechCrunch)


    Women Innovate Mobile (WIM), the new accelerator aimed to help promote companies started by female entrepreneurs, is ready to debut its first class. Like other incubators, WIM provides mentoring, support, free office space, and seed funding. Participants in the program receive $18,000 to help get their companies get off the ground.

    Except unlike the majority of other programs, WIM requires not only that the companies focus on mobile, but also that one of the co-founders must be a woman.

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    by Angie Chang

    Creating New Generation Of Hackers With CoderDojo, GitHub

    By Susan Hobbs (Conference Program Chair, TechCrunch)

    On Saturday afternoon a group of 30 pint size wannabe hackers gathered at the GitHub offices in San Francisco for the first CoderDojo in the United States. Irish teen sensation, James Whelton had traveled to San Francisco to take his highly successful social hacking education platform to the United States.

    CoderDojo began in Whelton’s final year of high school when he convinced the administration to lend him a room to begin a computer club after school. What Wheton thought would be a handful of geeky friends getting together to share their coding skills

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    by Angie Chang

    Friday Roundup: For The Love Or The Money?

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

    This week, we learned that social networking site Pinterest reached record-breaking pageviews in an ungodly amount of time. Almost simultaneously, we heard that Pinterest has been generating revenue – a feat achieved by few early-stage startups.

    Alicia Navarro‘s venture-funded startup Skimlinks powers the monetization of Pinterest’s pins through affiliate marketing.

    Blogger Penelope Trunk comments on Sheryl Sandberg and brings up Jeff Atwood, founder of Stack Overflow:

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    by Angie Chang

    Instagram Founder’s Girlfriend Learns How To Code For V-Day, Builds Lovestagram (Awwwwwwww)

    Editor’s note: Won’t you be our Valentine? Women 2.0 PITCH Conference is February 14, 2012 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Get your ticket here.

    By Alexia Tsotsis (Writer, TechCrunch)

    This might just be the sweetest Valentine’s Day story I’ve ever heard. It’s definitely the sweetest Valentine’s Day story I’ve ever written.

    Kaitlyn Trigger is a marketing director at Rally.org. She also happens to be Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger’s girlfriend of two and a half years (The 26 year old Krieger and 27 year old Trigger met at a friend’s house in October of 2009 and moved in together in October 2010). And my hero.

    Last December, Trigger decided she wanted to be able to talk to her boyfriend in depth about

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    by Angie Chang

    Female-Founded Startup Skimlinks Powers Pinterest Monetization

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

    This week, social photo sharing site Pinterest makes headlines with record-breaking pageviews in a very short amount of time. This means that Pinterest is more popular today than, say, Etsy.

    On the revenue side of startupland, Skimlinks is the real story behind Pinterest’s success. The site has been modifying user-submitted pins on Pinterest, quieting generating revenue as a early-stage startup. Kudos to them!

    Cue righteous indignation

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    by Angie Chang

    The Face of Success: Women and Venture Capital

    By Vivek Wadhwa (Contributor, Inc)

    In my last two articles, I discussed why, based on my research on immigrant entrepreneurs, I believed that Silicon Valley was the world’s greatest meritocracy. That was before I moved to the Valley and learned that this so-called meritocracy is highly imperfect, omitting women, blacks, and Hispanics. When I researched the dearth of women, I could find no explanation.

    Women are equally motivated to become entrepreneurs; are equal or more competent at managing businesses; match boys in mathematical achievement; dramatically outnumber

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    by Angie Chang

    Weight Watchers For SMBs: Setting And Meeting Financial Goals

    This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.

    By Rip Empson (Writer, TechCrunch)

    Startups and small businesses are the engine of job creation. In the U.S., companies less than five years old created 44 million jobs over the last three decades and, over that time, accounted for all net new jobs created in the U.S. — just ask the White House. Of course, you’d think from reading TechCrunch that all small businesses raise big funding from venture capital. Nope.

    The majority don’t raise any kind of venture money or angel investment — most small business owners probably don’t even know any venture capitalists.

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    by Angie Chang

    Love With Food Launches Monthly Subscription Service

    By Leena Rao (Reporter, TechCrunch)

    The subscription commerce market is heating up with Birch Box, Kiwi Crate, and others all offering various takes on the monthly box model.

    Today, 500 Startups company Love With Food is launching its subscription model, which offers a monthly box to users with tasty, gourmet samples of food.

    Here’s how it works. Through monthly sample boxes, which are $14 per month with free shipping, Love With Food includes 5 or more gourmet tasty bites. The model gives people a way to find and taste samples of new foods before they buy full-size orders.