Tag Archive: Victoria Ransom

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    by Angie Chang

    Who Said Women Entrepreneurs Don’t Raise Venture Capital?

    Victoria Ransom has crossed all those supposedly insurmountable obstacles: starting up, bootstrapping to validation, raising venture capital to scale, building a solid revenue stream, and finally, achieving a successful exit.

    By Sramana Mitra (Founder, One Million By One Million)

    A blog post that I wrote on the subject in October 2010 still garners readership and discussions. Meanwhile, our 1M/1M virtual incubator continues to work with women entrepreneurs actively, and I am happy to report that women ARE starting up

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Google Acquisitions

    Celebrating Google’s birthday – and the female founders acquired by Google over the last 14 years.

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

    This week, Google announced partnering with Women 2.0 with the launch of the new Google for Entrepreneurs program.

    We celebrated Google’s 14th birthday and reflected on the 118 mergers and acquisitions made by Google over the last 14 years.

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    by Angie Chang

    Is It Time To Rethink The Stigma For Tech Companies Led By Couples?

    Two other recent acquisitions by companies led by couples: Kush sold to Smule, and Yell bought Moonfruit.

    By Liz Gannes (Writer, AllThingsD)

    Romantically involved tech company co-founders are having a good year.

    In the past four months of big-ticket tech exits, Wildfire, co-founded and led by the engaged couple Victoria Ransom (CEO) and Alain Chuard (head of product management), was bought by Google for at least $250 million; Michael (CEO) and Kass (COO) Lazerow’s Buddy Media sold to Salesforce for $745 million-plus; and LinkedIn purchased married couple Rashmi Sinha (CEO) and Jon Boutelle (CTO)’s SlideShare for $119 million.

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Enterprise Social Marketing Companies

    Social media marketing serving the masses means high-growth startups – creating lots of value and jobs.

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

    PITCH 2010 Startup Competition finalist Amita Paul pitched Objective Marketer onstage at the November conference. A few months later, Objective Marketer was acquired by Emailvision!

    This year, we’ve seen big exits from social media marketing companies, starting with Buddy Media (co-founded by COO Kass Lazerow) getting acquired by Salesforce for a whopping $689M), Involver was acquired by Oracle while Wildfire Interactive (co-founded by CEO Victoria Ransom) was acquired by Google for $250M.

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    by Angie Chang

    Founding CEO Victoria Ransom And Wildfire Interactive Team Join Google In $250M Acquisition

    Google beefs up their social efforts with acquisition of social marketing startup Wildfire Interactive today.

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

    Google declared on its blog today that they will be “sparking better conversation with Wildfire”, announcing the acquisition of social marketing startup Wildfire Interactive today. Wildfire was co-founded by Victoria Ransom and Alain Chuard (both pictured).

    In an interview, Victoria talked about growing up on a farm in New Zealand “in the middle of nowhere”. She caught the entrepreneurship bug and in the midst of her second or third company, she realized that even as a business person without technical skills, she wanted to create an online platform to scale the social media marketing efforts for everyone. Wildfire Interactive was born.

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: TechFellow Award Winners

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

    TechFellow Awards is an annual startup investment program to honor those innovating in high-tech entrepreneurship.

    Supporters of the TechFellow Awards include the Founders Fund, TechCrunch, and NEA. There are four categories – general management, disruptive innovation, product design & marketing, and engineering leadership. Each category is awarded five winners.

    This year, there were more women than ever winning awards, including former TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde and Bit.ly Chief Scientist Hilary Mason.

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    by Angie Chang

    Partner event: Socialize Conference (Monetizing Social Media)

    Next week’s Socialize: Monetizing Social Media -– West will bring together business leaders for two days of comprehensive sessions, focused discussions, and diverse perspectives on gaming, mobile, marketing, and media.

    The four-track conference in San Francisco on October 20-21, 2011 will give social media enthusiasts a comprehensive look at how to effectively use social media to create a unified business strategy.

    Women 2.0 readers save 15% off of Gold Passports with discount code “SZW2″.

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    by Angie Chang

    How to be a Tech Entrepreneur Without Knowing How to Program

    By Laura Forrest (Marketing Manager, Mozilla)

    Don’t have a computer science degree? Don’t worry.

    Don’t let that stop you from founding your own start-up. There are many examples of successful non-technical co-founders who didn’t let the lack of knowing a programming language stop them from creating something great.

    In this case study, we look at Victoria Ransom who co-founded Wildfire along with Alain Chuard in 2008. Together they took an idea and transformed it into a thriving venture-backed company 140 employees strong. Enter Victoria Ransom:

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders to Watch in the Facebook Ecosystem

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder, Women 2.0)

    Who doesn’t have a love and hate relationship with Facebook? Love it because it can be a source of business and new job creation by female founders!

    Here are 5 female founders of tech startups making money off Facebook:

    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, a leading yet under-the-radar social-apps publisher. Follow her on Twitter at @lolapps.

    Carina Koo (Co-Founder, Momentus Media)
    Former Microsoft software engineer Carina Koo co-founded Momentus Media to build software tools helping brands connect with fans virally. Follow her on Twitter at @carinacarinakoo.

    Lucy Zhang (Co-Founder & President, Beluga)
    Former Google software engineer & mobile developer Lucy Zhang co-founded group messaging app Beluga (acquired by Facebook in March). Follow her on Twitter at @lucidlogic.

    Victoria Ransom (Founder & CEO, Wildfire)
    Wildfire was founded by serial entrepreneur Victoria Ransom to build a platform for companies to run interactive promotions on the social web. Follow her on Twitter at @victoria_ransom.

    Do you know more female founders of Facebook-related startups? Let us know about them in the comments below.