Tag Archive: Women 2.0

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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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    by Angie Chang

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    The Well-Funded Aerospace Startup You Never Heard of

    Ching-Yu Hu, co-founder of Skybox Imaging, talks about building and scaling a company with a bold vision. Her talk begins at minute 30 of the hour-long video.

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

    Four years after Skybox Imaging started at Stanford University, Skybox’s founders (Dan Berkenstock, Julian Mann, John Fenwick and Ching-Yu Hu) kicked off Stanford’s E-Week at STVP’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders seminar.

    Hear the team of Stanford alumni explain their passion

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    by Angie Chang

    April Fool’s Jokes from Female-Founded Companies

    What’s your favorite Internet April Fool’s joke this year?

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

    From a handful of Easter Eggs hidden in Google today, to Twitter’s nixing of vowels, today is a day of Internet jokery.

    Food subscription service Love with Food announced venturing into a new market today and launched Love with Weed – “delivering a whole NEW HIGH every month”.

    Code for America, founded by Jennifer Pahlka, announced today that their first expansion partner will be North Korea – “North Korea is ripe for disruption”.

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Game Developers Conference Edition (GDC 2013)

    Celebrate the women in gaming – female founders edition!

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

    This week, GDC (Game Developers Conference) was held in San Francisco and brought with it thousands of gaming enthusiasts and designers/producers/artists – the whole gaming ecosystem! Women in gaming came out to represent as speakers and attendees. Special events brought together the women for networking.

    Here are women entrepreneurs in the gaming industry to watch, many of whom we saw at GDC. And as always, let us know who we missed in the comments below!

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    by Angie Chang

    6 Tips to a Successful Kickstarter Crowdfunding Project

    After successful fundings for female-founded products like GoldieBlox, Roominate, Everpurse and OUYA, we wonder what are the reasons behind rocketship successes and quiet failures.

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

    Recently, a Kauffman Foundation dissertation fellow released a paper titled “The Dynamics of Crowdfunding: Determinants of Success and Failure” examined almost 47,000 projects on Kickstarter which raised $198 million total via crowdfunding.

    The paper reports 6 commonalities in the successful Kickstarter projects, some

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    by Angie Chang

    3 Productivity Secrets for Startups to Work Smart

    A huge part of running a startup business involves developing relationships with customers, collaboration partners and friends. These tools can help you stay organized and reach out.

    By Janet Choi (Chief Creative Officer, iDoneThis)

    The thrill and thrum of startup life doesn’t mean the continuous battle against the many-tentacled beast of responsibilities and tasks is any lesser. Longer hours won’t effectively defeat those tentacles. Instead, to emerge victorious in this modern-day quest, the trick is to work smart. No matter your position in the startup, you’ll need some magical productivity weapons and strategies at your disposal.

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    by Angie Chang

    In Case You Missed Out: Overheard at Women 2.0’s SXSW Interactive Events

    Founders discussed how design is manifested into their physical office spaces, a few things they did right or would have done differently with regards to design in the early stages of their company, how design is integrated into their company cultures, and what their general design philosophies are.

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    by Angie Chang

    11 Tips for Your Next Trip to SXSW Interactive

    Hitting up parties hosted by others is one way of meeting people. What’s even better? Have them come to you.

    By Lauren Jisoo Kim (Events Coordinator, Women 2.0)

    This year, I had the opportunity of flying south with the masses for the annual tech pilgrimage to SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX. As a recent graduate and new hire at Women 2.0, I had never gone to SXSW before, but thought I had a general idea of what to expect based on past attendance of a couple of music festivals and tech conferences.

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    by Angie Chang

    Women 2.0: Are You Excited for Google I/O? (Registration Opens 7AM PDT Tomorrow)

    Developers: are you ready for it? Google I/O is coming!

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

    The only ticket in the Silicon Valley for women that hotter than a ticket to a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner would be to the annual Google developer’s conference – Google I/O. This year, Google I/O is May 15-17, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Tickets sell out in minutes, so here are some helpful tips on how to ensure that you can secure a ticket to the hottest developer event of the year!

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    by Angie Chang

    Sheryl Sandberg Hopes Women Lean In And Men… Man Up? (How Men Can Support The Women’s Movement)

    How to help men help women succeed in business and life.

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

    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has certainly sparked discussion with her new book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, released this week. Amidst the debate of whether she should or can lead the next generation of young women to become ambitious leaders, I dread the never-ending onus criticism of women. Now what about the men who want to support, and can support, women as leaders?

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    by Managing Editor

    New York’s Top Lady-Led Startups

    Cindy Gallop’s site “If We Ran The World” encourages members to tap into great intentions and get help to follow through. Breaking down big goals into “microactions” that members can accomplish to chip away at audacious goals.

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    by Angie Chang

    This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like – Andrea Zurek

    Women 2.0 profiles women angel investors in our weekly “This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like” series.

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

    Early Google employee Andrea Zurek has been an active angel investor since 2006. She is one of the founding partners of
    XG Ventures, a small group of ex-Googlers dedicated to advising and investing in supremely talented early-stage teams. XG Ventures (stands for X-Google) focuses on startups in the consumer internet, mobile and online media sectors.