By Jessica Schimm (Assistant Editor, Women 2.0)
As an entrepreneur, some of the most valuable feedback you could ever receive on your pitch is from either someone who has years of experience successfully founding companies or someone who has invested in big name, super successful startups.
Which is why Women 2.0 has lined up meetings with just these sort of folks as the latest prize to be announced for the PITCH competition at our 2013 conference in Las Vegas. Finalists from PITCH will have the chance to pitch three top-notch investors and receive feedback. Who are they?
You may recognize Kevin from his recent viral video where he saves his dog from a raccoon. But kindness to animals is not his main claim to fame. When he not saving pets in peril, Rose is a partner at Google Ventures, where he focuses on early-stage and seed investment. He’s als a successful entrepreneur himself, having founded Milk and Digg.
Shanna is also a partner on the investing team at Google Ventures and has focused heavily on design, technology, and electronic arts in her career. Tellerman founded Sim Ops Studios, which focused on democratizing 3D game development and was acquired by Autodesk in 2010. She has long been involved in gaming and has deep expertise in the industry.
Last but certainly not least, PITCH finalists will also have the chance to meet with Esther Dyson. She sits on the board of over ten companies, including 23andMe, Airship Ventures and Boxbe, and her previous investments include Flickr, del.icio.us and plenty of other companies whose names you probably hear nearly every day. Who knows? Your startup could be next.
Want the chance to meet these amazing investors with years of experience? If you are a tech startup, with less than $1M in funding and at least one female founder, apply to our startup competition! First round closes (also) on July 31.
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Jessica Schimm is the assistant editor at Women 2.0. She is a recent graduate of San Francisco State where she earned a B.A. in journalism and was the editor-in-chief of SF State’s Her Campus chapter. She has a strong interest in women’s issues and writes about them on her blog Women Who Run San Francisco. Follow her on Twitter @JessicaSchimm. Photo credit: Doc Searls.