Anyone, no matter how young or old, can be an entrepreneur. You just need to have ideas, perseverance, and an iterative framework to test your ideas until you find one that makes money (ie. creates revenue).
By Jennifer Arguello (Co-Founder, Latino Startup Alliance)
Think about an app or gadget you love to use. Is it Instagram? Is it Snapchat? Your smart phone? Whatever it is, at some point it did not exist. At some point someone out there decided that there was something missing in the world or they wanted to make the world a better place.
Selina Tobaccowala talks about the changes she’s observed in the industry since founding Evite in 1997.
By Jessica Stillman (Contributing Writer, Women 2.0)
From her first foray into entrepreneurship cofounding Evite out of her Stanford dorm room in 1997, to her current post leading the tech team at SurveyMonkey as the company’s VP of product and engineering, Selina Tobaccowala has seen plenty of things change in the tech industry – and some things stay remarkably the same.
Early-Stage Women-Led Startups Invited To Apply To PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition (Sooner Is Better, Here’s Why)
Call for applications: Women 2.0 PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
The 6th annual PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition is now open to women-led startups from all around the world. So, who should apply?
Early-stage companies with at least one female in the founding team are invited to apply. The online application is basically a one-page executive summary. Applying companies must be in beta stage (ie. have a working prototype) and have received less than a million dollars in funding.
Tips from the venture-funded startup founder, told to Kate Kendall.
By Kate Kendall (Founder & CEO, The Fetch)
In anticipation of PITCH NYC 2012 Conference tomorrow, I chat with speaker Cheryl Swirnow about her Brooklyn-based healthtech startup Sherpaa, a venture funded-company that facilitates email- and phone-based personalized medical advice and access to doctors (or Guides as they call them), meaning patients no longer have to make a trip into the office.
By Julie Lerner (Founder, EatDrinkJobs)
Everything I learned about entrepreneurship started with three words… “you have cancer.”
My sudden diagnosis turned each day into a gift and at a very young age, this harrowing journey taught me more than I ever expected to learn about life, true grit, and making things happen.
PITCH NYC 2012 Startup Competition Finalist Gives 8 Tips To Balance The Demands Of Startup And Parenthood
Children and startups have similar demands, needs and rewards.
By Shilpa Dalmia (Co-Founder & CTO, ActivityHero)
Many people ask, “How do you balance work and life with two young kids and a startup?”
My answer is, “The same way you raise three kids.” A startup is just like another child. Each child has his/her/its own demands and needs, and each gives you immense satisfaction and pleasure.
Boston-based serial entrepreneur Susie Kim Riley raises Series A for her mobile startup Aquto to disrupt how we look at mobile data plans.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Susie Kim Riley is a serial entrepreneur. After rising in engineering ranks at companies, she founded and led technology development at Camiant as CTO, pioneering a new market for policy control and successfully deploying product with 45 carriers worldwide. Camiant was acquired by Tekelec for $130 million in April 2010.
Many women I know have a hard time putting themselves first.
By Naama Bloom (Head of Marketing, Harvest)
I’m staring down the barrel of 40. And my life has never been more uncertain or exciting than it is today. Five years ago, I was a newlywed with a secure corporate job at a Fortune 100 company. Today, I am a mother of two, married to a tech entrepreneur (same guy), and I lead marketing at a fast-growing software company. Oh, and I have a business on the side that I run “in my free time.” This type of massive shift was not what I expected for my 40th year but I’m happy.
I’m not sure where this road will lead, but I am excited to find out.
By Mili Mittal (Co-Founder & CEO, mor.sl)
I was on the phone with my 13-year old niece today. She recently launched her own jewelry website and 4 days post-launch was deflated by the fact that she had no customers. I’d been dreading this call.
She’d had hopes of instant success. And it’s no wonder — with all the hype about entrepreneurship these days, it seems that anyone can get customers, get bought, or get funded “overnight”. The hype is false. The media tends to leave out the arduous tale of toiling and pivoting that most startup founders go through before they “make it.”
Here’s my tale (still in progress!) and some of the big
Unable to afford a brick and mortar storefront, the young entrepreneurial duo bought a second-hand truck and split their time baking cookies and making ice cream in Freya’s mom’s kitchen during the Fall of 2008. They launched their first food truck one year later, and they’ve been using Google Apps ever since to scale their business to Austin, New York, and Miami. Most recently, CoolHaus announced its first ice cream truck in Dallas, with additional launches slated for this summer.
By Natasha Case (Co-Founder & CEO, Coolhaus)
While finishing up grad school for architecture, I was looking forward to building my professional career with real projects and clients. I wanted my first job to be the kind of position where I could not only apply my training, but also make connections with the public. Within 6 months of starting my first job, the recession hit.
I realized I might have to get more creative with my career path to survive the changing economy.
Luckily, I had been developing