Women 2.0 held Open Mic Session #2: "Meet The Customer Rainmakers" on Thursday, March 6, 2008 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Ning in Palo Alto, CA, discussing real strategies for customer acquisitions with our esteemed panelists.» Maria Sipka (Co-Founder and CEO, Linqia)
» Rebecca Weeks (Director of Business Development, RealGirlsMedia)
» Gina Bianchini (Co-Founder and CEO, Ning)
» William Bunker as moderator (Co-Founder and Principal, White Space Ventures)
How do you build a community, a community of communities, and a wine company from the ground up? Each of these entrepreneurs started with a clean slate and today, designed products for their target markets to become recognizable brands in their respective markets. Are you applying to the Women 2.0 Business Plan Competition? Learn from our esteemed speakers practical customer acquisition strategies as you begin your own venture!
Women 2.0 had an intimate lunch with CEOs Joyce Kim of Soompi, and Marleen McDaniel, emeritus of Women.com (bought by NBC) on Saturday, Feb. 23rd in Sun Microsystem's board room overlooking San Francisco's streets.
We discussed successful leadership experiences and explored challenging situations and solutions while in the hot seat. This was an exclusive opportunity by Women 2.0 for Women Leaders to start the formation of the "New Girls Club" -- and to be part of the next generation of entrepreneurship!
Thanks to our esteemed speakers Nina and Cynthia, and our moderator Indu, we learned that entrepreneurship is about lobbying, pitching your efforts, getting allies, leveraging resources, exuding empathy, etc.
Practicing entrepreneurship within your organization is a way to gain credibility and a track record - all the tools are at your fingertips, from colleagues to materials. Below are pictures from the event:
And thanks to Annie Chang, we have notes from the event! You can find them after the jump.