Month: December 2009

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Women 2.0’s Female Founder Successes of 2009

This has been perhaps one of the more challenging years we've seen. Still, we've been celebrating successes on Twitter at @women2 and below. Are you a female founder with a success to celebrate in 2009? Join the list - here's how:

Give us a sentence description of your accomplishment(s) in 2009, your full name, company name, and company link or relevant article to foundrtickr@women2.org. This list of Female Founders is limited to founders of technology companies (defined as a company with an engineer on the founding team). A "success" for this list is a company launch, significant product launch, significant milestone reached, funding received or similar success.

Catarina Fake (Co-Founder, Hunch; prev. Co-Founder, Flickr) launches Hunch! (more)

Clara Shih (Founder, Hearsay Labs: Author of bestselling book "The Facebook Era") launches Internet company Hearsay Labs! (more)

Patricia Araque (Founder, Ellas 2.0) builds a local team and launches Women 2.0's Official Sister Chapter for Europe Ellas 2.0! (more)

Leila Chirayath Janah (Founder & CEO, Samasource) launches an iPhone app to give work to refugees in the largest camp in the world! (more)

Susan Wu (Founder & CEO, Ohai) launches an online gaming startup is chosen as one of Silicon Valley's 10 most influential people by San Jose Mercury News! (more)

Poornima Vijayashanker (Founding Engineer, Mint) cashes out with Mint, which sold to Intuit for $170M earlier this year, and is now starting her own startup! (more)

Shinyoung Park (Founder, Funji) wins fbFund and launches official service! (more)

Pokin Yeung (Founder, GeckoGo) joins fbFund and relaunches Travel Brain - currently the #1 app for sharing rich travel experiences on Facebook! (more)

Shanna Tellerman (Founder & CEO, WildPockets) raises $3M from SK Telecom and Levensohn Venture Partners! (more) Helen Zhu (Co-Founder & CEO, Chictopia) and Corinne Chan (Co-Founder & CTO, Chictopia) become profitable and launch national campaigns for retailers like Topshop! (more)

Dianna Mullins (Co-Founder & SVP, Glam Media) raises another round of funding and launches Tinker, a micro-blog ad network! (more)

Hope Scultz (Founder, WebVet; Women 2.0 PITCH 2008 Finalist) launches with Microsoft! (more)

Danae Ringlemen (Founder, IndieGoGo) becomes #1 crowd-funding platform for film and opens up to music, art, design, new ventures & other creative ideas! (more)

Julie Greenberg (Founder, Jobnob) launches JobNob to connect and empower the job-seeker market! (more)

Alexa Andrzejewski (Founder, Foodspotting; Women 2.0 Jumpstart Your Startup Graduate) launches Foodspotting Alpha in November 2009 with over 3750 foods spotted! (more)

Maria Sipka (Founder, Linqia) launches platform with 230 social networks registering! (more)

Arielle Scott (VP Marketing, Indinero) and Jessica Mah (Founder, Indinero) launch accounting software for small business! (more)

Silvia Console Battilana (Co-Founder, Auctionomics) launches auction software company with world auction expert Paul Milgrom! (more)

Alexis Ringwald (Co-Founder & Director of Business Development, Valence Energy) launches Valence (more)

Suzanne Xie (Co-Founder & CEO, Weardrobe) gets acquired by Like.com in November 2009 and is also a winner of the 2009 fbFund competition. (more)

Susan Kang and Joyce Kim (Co-Founders, Soompi) launch fan clubs! (more)

Huijun Zhou Ring (CEO, YiGene/5iDNA) brings happiness of DNA service to 1 billion Chinese! (more)

Jane Nu Zhang (President, Silk Wings Aviation) reads a book, takes a flight lesson, and starts Silk Wings Aviation! (more)

Laura Fitton (Founder, One Forty) launches and raises $2.4M! (more)

Claire Boonstra (Founder, Layar) leads the mobile world with Augmented Reality with Layar, later in the year mashes up with location-based advertising! (more)

Travis Alber (Founder, BookGlutton) launches e-commerce on e-book social network! (more)

Anju Mathew (Co-Founder, LumaMed; Women 2.0's Pitch 2009 Winner) cuts health care costs and saves people from skin cancer with the launch of LumaMed! (more)

Charisse McAuliffe (Founder, GenGreenLife; PITCH 2009 Finalist) merges with Vancouver based 3rdWhale Mobile and launches the 'Find Green' mobile app across 3 platforms! (more)

Rashmi Sinha (Founder & CEO, Slideshare) launches SlideShare for businesses - premium services for the SlideShare community! (more)

Mathilde Pignol (Founder, ZipZap Play) attracts cute animals, users and revenue with the launch of Happy Habitat! (more)

Ninas Alastruey (Founder, The Channer) launches to bring long-tail TV content to your mobile phone, and moves from Barcelona to Silicon Valley! (more)

Shruti Challa and Amara Humphry (Co-Founders, Tribal Atmosphere) launch Tribal Atmosphere (GoTribal) and GoHappi! (more)

Jessica Emmerich (Founder, The Dead Hub/The Live Hub AKA "The Hubs") launches social media marketing site and grows reader base at her music media site, The Dead Hub! (more)

Priya Narasimhan (Founder & CEO, YinzCam) builds mobile live streaming solutions for other sports fans as well as mobile 311 apps to help city governments and empower residents! (more)

Natalie Gordon (Co-Founder, Lenguajero) launches language learning community where people meet to practice conversational Spanish and English! (more)

Shaherose Charania (Co-Founder, Women 2.0) cashes out a little with Telefonica's acquisition of JAJAH where she was Director of Product Management and Marketing! (more)

Rachael Chong (Founder & CEO, Catchafire) completes pilot program for web-based service connecting volunteering professionals with non-profits that need skilled volunteers! (more)

Leah Busque (Founder, RunMyErrand) develops 100% of the website, which helps individuals and SMBs in a community outsource their tasks and deliveries! (more)

Michelle Bonat (Founder & CEO, RumbaFish) launches at DEMO and is named top 10 most innovative app companies by IDC! (more)

Andrea Chang (Co-Founder & CEO) and Gabi Barragan (Co-Founder & COO, Braingig) connect graduate students in the sciences with those seeking their expertise! (more)

Danielle Fong (Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, LightSailEnergy) raises funding for inexpensive, efficient energy storage systems in the plan to make the world's electrical grid green! (more)

Suzanne Perkins (Co-Founder & CEO, Answers for Elders) receives funding and builds private beta for social site and portal targeting boomers seeking answers for their elderly parents! (more)

Maria Trullàs (Founder & CEO, Cuponeo) launches free mobile coupons in Barcelona via SMS in July 2009 and will soon launch in other main Spanish cities! (more)

Arlyn Davich (Founder & CEO, PayPerks) launches perks platform rewarding usage of paperless payment solutions, wins Columbia Business School Lang Fund for Entrepreneurship! (more)

Christine Lemke (Co-Founder & COO, Sense Networks) raises another round of funding from Intel Capital for one of the world’s most intriguing startups according to BusinessWeek! (more)

Jennie Lees (Founder, Affect Labs) launches FestBuzz this year for her Edinburgh-based data intelligence startup! (more)

Six months pregnant, Michelle Crames (Co-Founder & CEO, giiv) raises seed funding from Eric Schmidt, launches, then raises Series A when her daughter is 3 months old! (more)

Victoria Ransom (Founder & CEO, Wildfire) leads Wildfire to profitability in a year, builds an impressive client list, and wins FbFund twice! (more)

Jen McCabe (Founder & CEO, Contagion Health) launches Get Up and Move!, a social motivation app and microfitness exchange on Twitter! (more)

Emily Greer (Co-Founder, Kongregate) reaches 20k games uploaded, 8 million monthly unique visitors, and launches Konduit app platform for social games! (more)

Vicki Saunders (Founder & CEO, Zazengo) works with Walmart on a global employee-engagement program using Zazengo's white-label platform and launches Facebook app Hopenhagen! (more)

Unha Engels (Co-Founder & Creative Director, Curious Brain) launches guitar learning app which shot to top 5 in app store's music category within a few weeks and still remains in top 10! (more)

Margot Eiran (Founder & CEO, HomeEnergySaver) launches! (more)

Julia Hartz (Co-Founder and President, Eventbrite) secures $6.5M in funding from Sequoia Capital and welcomes Roelof Botha to the board of directors! (more)

Jessica Jackley and Dana Mauriello (Co-Founders, ProFounder) launch in August to help SMBs raise seed and growth capital through crowdfunding! (more)

Christina Brodbeck (Co-Founder & CEO, Pickv & Founding Team Member, YouTube) launches Pickv in alpha and angel invests in Heyzap! (more)

Annie Chang (Co-Founder, Lolapps) launches social gaming platform of games and applications on Facebook, entertaining over 44M unique users per month! (more)

Jen Bekman (Founder, 20x200) closes a Series A round led by True Ventures; other investors include Founder Collective, Ron Conway, and Scott Heiferman! (more)

Stephanie Renda (Founder & CEO of a German-American startup in mobile b2b apps) receives funding and launches apps, including MemberScout for Lufthansa frequent flyers program! (more)

Caroline Dahllöf and Carolyn Uy (Co-Founders, Lyn And Line) launch educational story apps for pre-school kids for Android and iPhone, starting with The Rescue of Ginger! (more)

Kelly Fitzsimmons (Co-Founder & CEO, HarQen) raises $2.7M and successfully launches VoiceScreener - TiVo(TM) for interviews) - to the staffing and recruiting space! (more)

Laura Valverde García (Co-Founder & CEO, Beecoder) launches software development company making Ruby on Rails apps, the last product integrating Shopify with Facebook! (more)

Michele Colucci (Founder & CEO, MyLawsuit) launches social empowerment network connecting those who have lawsuits with lawyers who take their cases for contingency fees! (more)

Diana Hage (CEO, RFID Global Solution; Founder, Quantum Leap Technologies) launches Visi-Trac software for real time visibility of assets and supply chains, and grows 30% in 2009! (more)

Promise Phelon (Founder & CEO, UpMo) raises over $2M in private investment and creates strategic channel partnerships for online career management service! (more)

Tina Bean (Co-Founder & VP of Sales and Marketing, VisiStat) launches product for her real-time analytics company that provides B2B Website Caller ID, called LeadCaster! (more)

Keara Schwartz (Founder & President, Share Some Sugar) launches online service that finds someone in your neighborhood willing to lend you something that you need! (more)

Cathy Edwards (Co-Founder & CTO, Chomp) worked on an app to show users relevant & personalized iPhone apps; officially announced on January 6, 2010! (more)

Other Related Awesomeness: Sarah Allen and Sarah Mei (Co-Founders, RailsBridge) launch free Ruby classes with SF Ruby and taught over 200 women and girls (and some men!) how to program in Ruby! (more)

Wendy Lea (CEO, Get Satisfaction) joins Get Satisfaction and talks to Women 2.0! (more)

Rebecca Weeks Watson (Founding executive, Real Girls Network) grows RGM to over 5M monthly users, and joins the founding executive team of gWallet! (more)

Maya Baratz (Product Manager, MTV) joins MTV and writes for the Huffington Post! (more)

Emily Goligoski (Strategic Programs Manager, Federated Media) joins FM and launches Ignite for Women Innovators -- and also starts writing for the Huffington Post! (more)

Jazmin Hupp (Web Sales & Marketing, Tekserve) launches Tekserve’s Web Store, bringing NYC’s famous Mac & iPod dealer online! (more)

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