Tag Archive: Tereza Nemessanyi

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    by Angie Chang

    And The First New York Tech Meetup’s Women’s Demo Night Looked Like This…

    Women’s Demo Night in New York was hosted by New York Tech Meetup, Change the Ratio and Bizspark.

    By Shindy Chen (Contributor, New York Tech Women)

    At the inaugural New York Tech Meetup Women’s Demo Night, the city’s xx-chromosomed powerhouses and tech scene up-and-comers were certainly in residence at Microsoft’s midtown offices.

    Demos from eight women-founded startups with two “selected shorts” (two-minute demos, two audience questions) were made possible by NYTM, Change the Ratio and Microsoft BizSpark, kicking off the evening was Jessica Lawrence, NYTM’s Managing Director.

    Here’s a summary:

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    by Angie Chang

    Find Yourself In The Wild West? Find Your True North

    By Christina Vuleta (Founder, 40:20)

    Editor’s note: This is an interview with a startup veteran on starting your career at a startup.

    Tereza Nemessanyi, CEO and Co-Founder of Honestly Now, has seen both sides of the startup coin. Her career path took her from being employee number one at a new media venture in Eastern Europe to corporate America to launching her own Internet startup this past year.

    Honestly Now, a Q&A social platform to help people make great personal decisions, recently received a round of seed

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    by Angie Chang

    A Different Look At Startups (Vs. Penelope Trunk)

    By Joanne Wilson (Blogger & Angel Investor, Gotham Gal)

    Penelope Trunk’s post titled “Stop Telling Women to do Startups” made the rounds this weekend. This is not the first time that we have heard from Penelope and I am sure it will not be the last. As I sat down to write my thoughts on her post and others comments, I chuckled to myself as I read the Editors note: Her opinions are her own. Well…they sure as hell are.

    She does get one thing right from the very beginning of her post; Clearly, women have a choice.

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    by Angie Chang

    Recommend an Awesome Product or Service Created By a Woman-Led Company for the 2011 Holiday Shopping Guide

    By Tereza Nemessanyi (Co-Founder & CEO, Honestly Now)

    A few weeks ago I read this post about a woman founder and her cool product, and thought, “Hey! I have to buy this for Xmas for my girls!”

    Subsequently, Peggy Wallace of Golden Seeds, who sits on my Board, shared with me her insights from the Women’s Forum in France. Women wield significant economic might, but this does not translate back to economic empowerment for women or sustainability of the planet.

    The holiday season is around the corner.

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    by Angie Chang

    My Voicemail From Virginia “Ginni” Rometty in 2002

    By Tereza Nemessanyi (Co-Founder & CEO, Honestly Now)

    One afternoon in 2002, the red light turned on on my office phone — I had a voicemail.

    That morning, IBM had announced its acquisition of PWC Consulting, which was the largest acquisition in the history of IBM. I’d worked on one part of the PWC Consulting side of the deal. There was talk of some hotshot woman from IBM who led the whole thing.

    Got to admit — feelings were mixed.

    On one hand, many of us were highly skeptical

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    by Angie Chang

    Founding CEO Tereza Nemessanyi of Honestly Now Secures Funding From Golden Seeds, Canrock Ventures

    By Tereza Nemessanyi (Co-Founder & CEO, Honestly Now)

    Editor’s note: Last week, TechCrunch announced Honestly Now raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Golden Seeds and Canrock Ventures. Co-Founder and CEO Tereza Nemessanyi authors a guest blog post special to Women 2.0 about the process.

    As I sit down to write this, I’m nervous. Really nervous. Our team is jamming to complete the data migration from 1.0 to 2.0. In 1 hour 7 minutes, the announcement is set to break in the press. It will tell the world, or the part of the world who cares, that Honestly Now has a new product, and got funded.

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    by Angie Chang

    Bringing the Women 2.0 Revolution to SXSW 2012 – Please Vote!

    By Veronika Sonsev (Founder & CEO, InSparq)

    The tech industry has traditionally been a boys’ club — women have been under represented as developers, founders and c-level executives. However, thanks to traditional and social media, a network of loosely associated groups (Women 2.0, Change the Ratio, RailsBridge, Girls in Tech, Women in Wireless, etc.) and an army of women driven to change the ratio, we are starting to see some early signs of improvement:

    1. More women are pursuing computer science degrees.
    2. The number of startups lead by women is growing.
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    by Angie Chang

    Parent Entrepreneurs Strike Work Life Balance: Advice From Jennifer Toney and Carol Realini

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

    This week, Pemo Theodore interviewed Jennifer Toney, co-founder and CEO of WeMakeItSafer. When asked about being a “mompreneur”, “balancing it all” and gender bias, Jennifer said:

    “There tends to be a fear that moms aren’t going to have the same amount of time as a single person, or someone without children, to spend on their startups. And to that, I would say everybody has something else that they’re working on. By definition, if you are a successful entrepreneur, you are most likely an overachiever and so whether you are a marathon runner or a sailor, or you’re sitting on boards of other startups, or you’re trying to work on a charity and solve world hunger — you’re doing something else anyway. And so for a mom, your something else happens to be your children.”

    When Jennifer had kids, it wasn’t the business, technology and entrepreneurship that took a sideline. Jennifer stopped gymming and running triathalons instead. She admits her schedule “changes but it doesn’t mean you have less time to work on your business.”

    She notes that the people who question work/life balance are oftentimes people without kids

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    by Angie Chang

    Response to VC CONFESSION: “I Have Doubts Once I Think Of Women Founders Having Kids…”

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder, Women 2.0)


    Jessica Jackley is best known as the co-founder of Kiva.org — Currently, she is starting up ProFounder.com to help you raise money for your business from your community.

    Jessica has raised funding from over 30 investors for her latest startup.

    One of her angel investors questions if female founders should be treated differently. He wrote a blog post titled “Putting Women First”.

    Reposted with a new title on BusinessInsider as “VC CONFESSION: “I Have Doubts Once I Think Of Women Founders Having Kids And Being Distracted From Work” — this post has received tons of comments.

    Below are responses to “A pregnant founder is going to fail her company”

    “I’m busy running said company. I expect to be even busier with not just one but two babies (yes, to be clear, I’m expecting twins) arriving this fall. And as all entrepreneurs know, you live and die by your ability to prioritize. You must focus on the most important, mission-critical tasks each day and night, and then share, delegate, delay or skip the rest. So, while Paige’s post was intriguing and important, it wasn’t urgent – until it came to my attention that my team was somewhat bothered by it. When they saw one of our investors questioning my abilities as a leader, they were confused and frustrated. And so I am now replying on their behalf as well as mine.”
    Comment by Jessica Jackley (Co-Founder & CEO, ProFounder)
    — in response to Paige Craig’s blog post “Putting Women First”

    “When my sister and I co-founded Magellan [first search engine in 1993] and worked all the hours that g-d gave, when we finally sold the company and Excite gave me a goodbye party, my then 11 year old son came, and when the time came for speeches, he gave one – which started out something like, as he looked around the room with his big blue eyes… “I don’t know if you all realize, if you all realize how hard my mom worked””
    Comment by Isabel Maxwell (Founder & President, Maxwell Communications)
    — in response to Paige Craig’s blog post “Putting Women First”

    “As someone who joined a startup at 5.5 months pregnant, worked up until 3 days before giving birth, and came back full-time 6 weeks later, I would question the assumption that your cofounder will somehow become incompetent due to childbearing. “Working smart” is the new “working long”, and nothing makes you ruthlessly prioritize like having a baby.”

    Comment by Cindy Alvarez (Head of Product, KISSmetrics)
    — in response to Quora: “Is it wrong to fire an (unvested) co-founder who becomes pregnant at a startup?”

    “Parenting creates a laser focus that you didn’t have before. Through parenting I have learned to operate at a totally different capacity. I don’t hesitate to say what I think, because there is not time to do business any other way. Who has time to screw around? Frankly you hear so little from us because we don’t have time to linger on chat boards.”

    Comment by Tereza Nemessanyi (Co-Founder & CEO, Honestly Now)
    — in response to Paige Craig’s blog post “Putting Women First”

    The above photo of Jessica Jackley was taken by Michael Dayah via Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.