Tag Archive: Women 2.0

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    by Angie Chang

    PITCH Finalist Mavatar, Co-Founded by Susan Akbarpour, Raises $1 Million Seed Funding

    Menlo Park-based Susan Akbarpour, co-founder and president of Mavatar, raised $1 million in seed funding this week!

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

    Smart comparison shopping company Mavatar was co-founded by Stanford Graduate School of Business grad Susan Akbarpour, who presented at Women 2.0 PITCH SF Startup Competition as a finalist earlier this year.

    The company today announced raising $1 million funding from former Facebook CPO Chris Kelly, former Stanford Graduate School of Business lecturer Jeffery Moore, Triton Systems CEO Ross Haghighat, and Dr. Afshin Graveli and his wife Anousheh.

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    by Angie Chang

    DailyWorth CEO and Founder Amanda Steinberg Raises Additional $1 Million Funding

    New York-based entrepreneur Amanda Steinberg nabs an additional $1 million in funding in an additional Series A raise led by DFJ Gotham.

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

    Financial media company DailyWorth announced this week that they have raised an additional $1 million in Series A funding led by DFJ Gotham. Previously, the company founded by Amanda Steinberg raised $2 million in Series A last year.

    Having been a programmer at many venture-backed NYC startup companies in her twenties, Amanda learned what makes an Internet startup successful: “a clear, simple revenue model; scalable technology; and a valid problem in a large market to solve.”

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    by Angie Chang

    Eventbrite, Co-Founded by President Julia Hartz, Raises $60 Million Funding

    Ticketing platform Eventbrite raises $60 million in Series F funding.

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

    Eventbrite, the leading self-service ticketing company co-founded by president Julia Hartz, announced today raising $60 million in financing led by Tiger Global Management. Eventbrite also announced new investment partner T. Rowe Price this week. The company’s total funding now stands at $140 million.

    The growth capital will be used to continue innovating, building and changing the landscape of ticketing. This includes accelerating international and mobile growth.

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders to Watch Changing the World with Civic-Minded Startups

    Itching to fix problems and create efficiencies? Civic hacking – we can do it!

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

    Help solve big problems with new technology and drive big changes in the city you live in, maybe even the government!

    Here are some ways to get involved! Apply to join the National Day of Civic Hacking at the White House by 5pm on April 19 (yes, today!). Consider taking your civic-minded project to the next level by applying to join the Code for America accelerator by May 31. Or, participate in your local Hack for Change event on June 1. You decide.

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    by Angie Chang

    The RealReal, Founded by CEO Julie Wainwright, Raises $14M Series B Funding

    CEO Julie Wainwright raises $14 million Series B funding for her startup The RealReal, the online luxury resaler.

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

    The industry leader in luxury online resale, venture-backed startup The RealReal announced today raising $14 million in Series B funding to expand infrastructure and support its rapid growth.

    The Series B funding round was led by InterWest Partners with participation from all Series A investors – Canaan Partners, e.ventures and Greycroft Partners. In addition, The RealReal added strategic investments from Novel TMT Ventures, Panarea Capital, Suzy Welch and Sukhinder Singh Cassidy.

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    by Angie Chang

    Where Are the Women in Venture Capital That Blog?

    As gatekeepers of venture capital, where are the women in venture capital who blog?

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

    Thought leadership in technology, entrepreneurship and business is established by blogging and tweeting. Unfortunately, the blog rolls of venture capitalists are filled with mostly, well, men ranging from the partners at Andreesseen Horowitz, Y Combinator, and the pundits at TechCrunch… but where are the women?

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    Vietnam-Based Greengar, Co-Founded by CEO Thuy Truong, Joins 500 Startups in Mountain View

    PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition finalist company Greengar, based in Vietnam, lands in Mountain View to begin the 500 Startups accelerator program today!

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

    Most know her as “the girl in the white dress” at the Women 2.0 Conference a few months ago. Greengar CEO and co-founder Thuy Truong flew in from Ho Chi Minh City to pitch her startup in front of a thousand people on Valentine’s Day, and today she lands in Mountain View with her team to join the 500 Startups accelerator program in Mountain View, California!

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    8 Female Founders to Watch Disrupting Education with Technology

    Education is ripe for disruption, and women entrepreneurs are at the forefront of the movement.

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

    From the educational aspect of gamifying the improvement and education of people, the possibilities are endless – many apps and companies are popping up looking to educate people (kids, second/third career adults, and everyone in between) on computational thinking, financial literacy, etc.

    Traditional academic institutions are going online, starting with university courses on YouTube and ending with massively open online courses available free of charge to whoever wants. Online collaboration is possible for students located in different areas of the world, and textbooks are increasingly going digital.

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    by Angie Chang

    Record Number of Women Give Tech Talks at PyCon 2013

    PyCon is more than where Donglegate began. This year, PyCon boasted a record number of talks delivered by women. As always, they provided a generous financial aid program promoted by many diversity-minded groups.

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

    An inclusive developer conference in March for the community using and developing the open-source Python programming language, PyCon 2013 was home to free workshops for children 7+ to learn Python from Katie Cunningham and Barbara Shaurette, a feminist hacker lounge hosted by the Ada Initiative, a huge PyLadies lunch and many booths in the expo area for the groups like PyLadies and CodeChix. These booths were not exclusive – in the span of half an hour, I watched several men purchase PyLadies shirts and get more information about the initiative.

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    by Angie Chang

    Nominations Open for "40 Women to Watch Over 40"

    Nominations for “40 Women over 40 to Watch” list open thru April 30.

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

    Celebrate women over 40 who are successful movers and shakers! Role models are in demand for women, because there are a limited number of Sheryl Sandbergs and Marissa Mayers in the world. I am still looking forward to the day Leah Busque, founder and CEO of TaskRabbit, or Julia Hartz, co-founder and president of Eventbrite, grace the cover of a national magazine.

    Cheers to gutsy New Yorkers Whitney Johnson, Christina Vuleta and Jocelyn Bonneau for putting out a call for nominations to the 40 Women to Watch Over 40 list featuring impactful women over 40 years of age. The list will highlight disruptive forces in business, technology and entrepreneurship – women over 40 creating momentum, changing the world.

    “We are scouring the world with an open nomination call for women who innovators, role-models and makers, creating momentum and changing the world.

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    How to Get Kids Interested in Technology with Activities, Games and More

    Fun apps, shows and toys are available for kids to learn to code.

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

    With the success of young programmers like Mark Zuckerberg who started Facebook in his Harvard dorm room, parents are encouraging their kids to learn to code at a younger age.

    Now parents can encourage their kids to become future programmers with free iPad apps that teach computational thinking with Cargo-Bot, and teach programming to kids with Daisy the Dinosaur.

    Here are some more ways to get your kids interested in STEM.

    #1 – Watching Shows

    Entrepreneur Magazine’s entrepreneur of the year Limor Fried launched Circuit Playground “A is for Ampere” (Episode 1), the first in a fun web series featuring Ampere (named after André-Marie Ampère, the founder of electrodyanamics).

    There’s a coloring book and adorable Circuit Playground plush toys to match! In fact, electrical engineer Limor Fried founded Adafruit Industries, an e-commerce website that distributes a veritable treasure trove of toys, electronics and ways for children to learn to build programs, apps and more. Check out the possibilities, from the Raspberry Pi (a single-board computer) to littleBits (electronic Legos).

    #2 – Reading for STEM

     

    Stanford engineer Debbie Sterling made a splash last year on Kickstarter with her hugely successful Goldieblox, the first engineering book/toy for young kids.

    Debbie researched and tested construction toys with young girls, realizing that adding a reading element would appeal to young girls more. To combine building spatial and verbal skills for the age 6 and over set, you have GoldieBlox, a book series with building sets.

    Female-founded Timbuktu, the iPad magazine for parents and kids, has created a fun illustrated story for scientist Maria Sybilla Merian, noted naturalist, etymologist and botanical illustrator (pictured, right).

    Check out the full illustrated story on Timbuktu, or click on the graphic for the full story on the woman scientist.

    #3 – Getting Hands-On

    The word “hack” and “hackathon” is a bit deceiving. You don’t need skills, only curiosity and the will to get hands-on to be a “hacker”.

    Hack the Future is a one-day event for kids to get hands-on with tech on Saturday, April 20 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Interested? Get on the mailing list here if you are interested in getting kids together in an all-day techie confab.

    “This is the first chance many kids will have to enter the exciting, advancing field of technology. Programming is literacy. To be great, you have to start when you’re young, and you have to learn it from a native speaker,” writes Joe Mathes, startup engineer and co-creator of Hack the Future. “As professionals on the cutting edge, we wanted to teach what we know straight from the front lines.”

    Kids should sign up and bring a laptop. The volunteers will provide the rest, as you will see in this video:

    Don’t forget the fun-for-the-whole-family Maker Faire (May 18-19 in San Francisco and September 21-22 in New York City). The festival serves to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself mindset” – don’t miss out!

    If you are not in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can find a Hackasaurus event near you or organize your own Summer Code Party!

    What to Download, Install and Use for Kids to Learn to Code

    Women 2.0 readers: Have more educational resources, shows, books, toys and apps that teach kids STEM concepts? Let us know in the comments below.

    Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.