Tag Archive: Woman Entrepreneur

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    by Angie Chang

    How to Start a Business: Rinse and Repeat

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    Women In Tech: What Has (And Hasn’t) Changed In 15 Years

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    Interview With PITCH NYC 2012 Speaker Cheryl Swirnow Of Brooklyn-Based Health Startup Sherpaa

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    Life’s Biggest Challenges Are Your Best Business School

    EatDrinkJobs is one of the 10 startups pitching onstage at PITCH NYC Conference & Competitionget your $300 conference pass to join Women 2.0 on November 14.

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    Aquto Founder And CEO Susie Kim Riley Raises $8 Million Series A

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    Tired, But Happy

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    Being Comfortable In Your Skin

    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

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    by Angie Chang

    How To Turn Your Passion Into A Business Model (Coolhaus)

    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

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    by Angie Chang

    The Thing No One Tells You About Running A Startup

    AWS’s recent outage made me think about the many unexpected things that hit you when you run a startup.

    By Andrea Johnson (Co-Founder & CEO, ThisLife)

    The thing no one tells you about running a startup is that it is tantamount to boarding a roller coaster. Everyone knows you need a great idea, a great team, and the right capital. But no one talks about the safety harness you’ll need to keep you tethered to the ground as you sink and soar.

    Two weeks ago, I woke up to terrific press (thank you to the go-to blog about all things Apple, TUAW!); our product received a fabulous write up just as MobileMe’s sun was setting. That was great news and the timing couldn’t have been better

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    by Angie Chang

    Kimbra Orr: Bringing Photo Gifting To A High-Growth Market

    As part of her growth strategy, founder Kimbra Orr is eying photo sharing and gifting companies like Shutterfly, Zazzle, Café Press, Costco, Walmart and Walgreens as potential OEM channel partners.

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

    The idea for the business came to founder Kimbra Orr in 1998 when she saw a locket that she loved. Yet she questioned why lockets are designed to tuck photographs out of sight. Orr felt that great memories should be shown off. With that thought in mind, she began designing sterling silver charms that would make gifts that people could treasure for years and pass down from one generation to the next.

    The jewelry was a hit. Today, Orr sits at the helm of Kimbra Studios, an e-commerce company that offers consumers everything from photo necklaces to bracelets

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    by Angie Chang

    Entrepreneurial Drive Cannot Be Taught But Everything Else Can Be

    “We raised seed funding from Tech Coast Angels as the youngest team they have ever invested in and still managed to graduate college a semester early.”

    By Anna Sergeeva (Co-Founder, Planana)

    I never thought I would be an entrepreneur.

    Growing up, I didn’t operate a lemonade stand or lawn mowing business like the entrepreneurs who are “born with it.” My parents and I immigrated to America from the Ukraine and, like in most immigrant families, it was understood that I would get good grades to get into a good college to land a good, stable job.

    But my life paradigm completely changed when I found myself in a community of Western entrepreneurs who were trying to build their lives and fortunes. They were passionate, tenacious,

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Shouldn’t A Woman Start A Software Technology Company?

    “It’s high time we use technology and build the solution. This is why I – a woman, a mother, a professional – started and am leading this software technology company.”

    By Catheryne Nicholson (Co-Founder & CEO, MommaZoo)

    I’m an engineer. I’m a mother. I’m a leader. I’m co-founder of MommaZoo. As with most women, the roads of my life are these: woman, career, mother. I had amazing teachers in high school and I fell in love with physics, geometry, and calculus. This led me to study aeronautical engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy.

    It was tough. Really tough. Back then, many men (and women, unfortunately) had idiotic opinions that women did not belong at the Academy or the Navy (these were pre-Tailhook times). Same goes for women cutting it in engineering (this bias unfortunately still exists). That really pisses me off.

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    by Angie Chang

    Raising Money While Pregnant And Launching My Startup – With A Newborn

    I wanted a baby and I wanted a startup, so I did both. In parallel.

    By Orit Hashay (Founder & CEO, Brayola)

    The title says it all, though no tricks are to be found in this post. This is my story – the story about a woman who decided she doesn’t have to choose between professional greatness and having a family. As far as I’m concerned, you can do both. A little hint – it’s not easy, but I promise you – you have no idea how strong you are – until you live it.

    I am a coder who seven years ago discovered the world of entrepreneurship. I wrote the code for my own little projects. Over two years ago, I went to the dark side and joined a leading Israeli venture capital firm Carmel Ventures. Technology was always

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    by Angie Chang

    Redefining Success: The Disillusionment Of An Entrepreneur

    This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.

    By Prerna Gupta (Co-Founder & CEO, Khush)

    When I became an entrepreneur at the age of 23, I began in earnest, as do all entrepreneurs, chasing a dream. My dream was clear. I would build a consumer technology company that reached 10 million people and sell the company for millions of dollars, before the age of 30. Then, as the dream went, I would retire to an oceanfront house on a warm Pacific beach and learn how to surf.

    I recently had the fortune of celebrating a year in which I saw that lofty goal fulfilled. My company’s iPhone apps had over 10 million downloads, and a competitor paid a large sum of money to acquire what we had built, just a week before my 30th birthday.

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    by Angie Chang

    From High Heels To Bootstraps: Starting Up Froomz

    I only wonder why it took me so long to step out of the corporate world.

    By Yan Heim (Co-Founder & CEO, Froomz)

    Launching Froomz hasn’t been an easy journey. In early 2011, I left behind a well-compensated senior management position with one of the largest telecom companies to pursue a dream.

    Trading my high heels for bootstraps was a difficult decision, given the economic downturn and the fact that the job provided me with flexible hours while I was telecommuting most of the time.

    Inertia tends to pull you back into the comfort zone. The choice became obvious when I started feeling fatigue from juggling my day job and night job with Froomz.

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    by Angie Chang

    10 Competencies Of Successful Women Entrepreneurs In Developing Countries

    Empretec’s formula for success is built around 10 Personal Entrepreneurial Competencies.

    By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women’s Capital Connection)

    Melissa De León, founder of Panama Gourmet, a company which produces gluten-free foods, just won the 2012 UNCTAD Empretec Women in Business Award. This award honors businesswomen from developing countries who have founded successful firms, created jobs, and become role models in their communities. The finalists for this year’s award were women from Brazil, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Jordan, Nigeria, Panama, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

    A focus on 10 key entrepreneurial competencies was key to her success.

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    by Angie Chang

    From Students to Startups: Rebellion Photonics Founder And CEO Allison Lami Sawyer

    By Angeline Evans (Writer & Blogger, The New Professional)

    Allison Lami Sawyer was born to be an entrepreneur. The Rice University MBA student always knew she wanted to start her own business, and armed with a master’s degree in nanotechnology, she hit the pavement in Houston in search of the right product. After a year and half, she met her co-founder, and before the ink on their diplomas was dry, Rebellion Photonics was born.

    In the two years since Allison and her co-founder finished their degrees and started the company with $175,000 in business competition winnings, Rebellion Photonics has grown

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    by Angie Chang

    Interview With Michelle You, Co-Founder And Chief Product Officer Of Sequoia-Funded Music Startup Songkick

    From philosophy to product, the Songkick founder explains it all.

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

    In 2007, frequent concert-goer and music fan Michelle You wanted to make a website to scan her iTunes library and email her when concerts come to town.

    Today, the English and philosophy major is known for co-founding the concert info startup Songkick, second only to Ticketmaster’s Live Nation for concert information. Her title: Chief Product Officer.

    We caught the London-based startup founder at SXSW in Austin.