Women 2.0 PITCH competition judge Christine Tsai recently announced that 500 Women will invest $1M in 10 companies with women founders this year.
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
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.
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:
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.