Month: December 2011

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Women Entrepreneurs: Making A Difference

By Joanne Wilson (Blogger & Angel Investor, Gotham Gal) Up to this point I have written about 55 women entrepreneurs. It has truly been an honor to meet so many women who are marking their own territory. Each of their individual stories is inspiring. This week I decided not to write about a specific woman entrepreneur, but about women entrepreneurs in general.

From my bird's eye view, this has been a year of change for women.

When Nancy Hechinger and I put on the Women's Entrepreneur Festival a year ago, we did so because we wanted to

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A Mobile App For Artists: Showcase Your Art Easily With An App

By Elizabeth Boylan (Game Artist, iOS Developer and Founder, VectorBloom) If you can imagine, at VectorBloom we keep a look out for the latest and greatest trend in mobile development technology.

After custom developing a few Ecard apps in 2010, our company had various inquiries from small business owners and galleries wishing to publish similar art focused Ecard apps for the iPhone and iPad. As one may or may not be aware, the cost of development for mobile continues to be a significant barrier for most business owners wishing to publish and maintain their own iPhone App. After a recent invitation to participate on Binpress, we've decided to make this

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The X Chromosome: What Is The DNA Of Women-Led Startups?

By Pemo Theodore (Founder, Ezebis) For over a year, I have been video interviewing venture capitalists, angel investors and women founders trying to investigate the apparent shortfall in funding for women led technology startups.

My goal has been to listen to as many people as I could from both sides of the table, in order to get a diversity of opinions on this controversial subject.

Whilst I have been doing these interviews, many people have said to me that no problem exists and that women can be as easily funded as men if they have a great idea, team, plan and advisors. However the statistics show another story.

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The Girl Effect And The Global Female Entrepreneurial Spirit

By Blake Landau (Blogger, What's Your Story) Most of us would agree that education leads to a better life. At a certain age we discover that with economic freedom comes true freedom. If a woman has her own money she has independence, she has choices, she has agency to move about as she pleases.

A woman with an education can support herself, can start a company, and decide the path of her choice.

Let’s meet Sanchita -- a prime example of how with a little support and resources, girls can be entrepreneurial and start businesses for themselves and for their family.

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How Universities Fail Women Inventors, Confirm Gender Bias

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-In-Chief, Women 2.0) Bloomberg's Scott Shane wrote about how studies have shown "Male academics are much more likely than their female counterparts to start companies to exploit their inventions".

He writes:

"To figure out whether licensing officers favor the inventions of male inventors for spinoff companies, some colleagues and I conducted an experiment with 239 technology licensing officers at 88 leading research universities.

We randomly assigned a male name and picture

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Building A Team: What Can You Bring To The Table?

By Jean Hsu (Engineer, Obvious) Discussions about hiring so often revolve around what you should look for in a candidate and how to evaluate their technical abilities and if they will fit in with the existing team.

The market is currently incredibly competitive in favor of engineers, so I’d like to turn the tables around and ask what companies can bring to the table in this relationship.

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Could Your Bootstrapped Startup Use A Few Good Moms?

By Kerry Bowbliss & Sherry Lombardi (Co-Founders, Hulafrog) Last year, we launched Hulafrog, a network of hyperlocal websites for moms. Each one is the “go-to” guide to life with kids around town. Hulafrog was born, like many startups, out of necessity. As new moms, we were on the never-ending quest for enriching activities and fun events for our kids and yearned for a simple way to find them. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a single website with everything from language lessons and soccer camps to parades and puppet shows to kid friendly restaurants and museums?

There wasn’t. So we built one. The prototype

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What Startups And Where Venture Capitalists Have Funded In 2011

By Grace Nasri (Managing Editor, FindTheBest) Venture capital funding hasn’t hit the peaks of early 2000 but is going strong, particularly in Silicon Valley and for software companies. Analysis of venture funding from a variety of data sources revealed some interesting facts about last quarter’s deal flow.

Last quarter, venture capital firms invested $6.95 billion into 876 deals, averaging $7.9 million per deal, with the vast majority of funding funneling out of Silicon Valley in the form of expansion and later-stage investments in the software and biotech industries.

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6waves-Lolapps Launches First Mobiles Game: Yeti Town

By Annie Chang (Co-Founder & Head of UX, Lolapps) Last Tuesday, 6waves-Lolapps "quietly" launched its first two mobile games, Yeti Town and Splode. Both games are developed by Escalation Studios in Dallas. Splode is a relaxing musical game and Yeti Town is an adorable matching game. So much for "quiet".

Within less than 24 hours, Yeti Town reached the top spot in the iOS App Store's free section. Splode is currently the top Family Game in 12 countries. 6waves-Lolapps is headquartered in Hong Kong and our largest office is in San Francisco.

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A Venture Capitalist’s Take On 2011 Trends & What’s Next For 2012

By Jalak Jobanputra (Director, Omidyar Network) As a venture capitalist, I am privy to innovations long before they become mainstream, one of the things I love about my job. But even more exciting is when I see inflection points of adoption -- which is why 2011 was a particularly exhilirating year for me. This was the year that the promise of technology to truly change the world and empower individuals (the reason I entered the tech world in 1994) reached global scale.

Powered by cell phones and social networking platforms, we saw revolutions taking place, businesses being transformed

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The Product Managers: Women Who Have Shipped Products

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0) At A Field Guide To Female Founders, Influencers & Deal Makers is a list of product managers:

"Behind every good product is a good product manager.

It has been said that there are no exceptions. And yet each path to product management is different. Hailing from user experience, engineering, strategy, and marketing, here are ten women who shipped the products you use every day."

Here are the women product managers

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How I Started Something Borrowed NY Without A Technical Co-Founder (And Why I Want One Now)

By Brittany Haas (Co-Founder, Something Borrowed NY) It all started with four sisters. Being the youngest, I watched my older sisters struggle with buying a dress that cost them more than one month’s rent. Beyond the heartbreak of spending that much on one item, it can only be worn once, and you need to find space to store it in your 400 sq ft apartment.

Hence Something Borrowed NY was born. We wanted to rent designer bridal gowns from a store in NYC to brides like us; ones who loved high fashion, hated the price tag, and didn’t value the possession of a one-time wear item.

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Tech Trends To Watch For In 2012

By Kaitlyn Dowling (Digital Strategist, Women Online) Amy Webb, head of Webbmedia Group, shared her thoughts on what will be 2012's tech trends with Nieman Journalism Lab.

From women in tech to better content curation and the privacy concerns that come along with advances in technology and information use, 2012 is bound to be a big year.

We’ve shared some of Webb’s trends below, but encourage you to check out her full list “Big data, mobile payments, and identity authentication will be big in 2012”.

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Am I The Female Zuckerberg? No, I’m The Next Busque.

By Leah Busque (Founder, TaskRabbit) Editor's note: TaskRabbit Founder Leah Busque will be speaking at the PITCH Conference on February 14, 2012 in Mountain View, CA. Get your ticket now!

We’ve all been compared to someone at some point. It’s often a physical comparison -- "you look just like so and so!" -- but sometimes it’s a reflection of similar personality traits, mannerisms, or behavior. However, it’s not often that someone is compared to one of the most famous people in the world. But, that’s the situation I found myself in a few weeks ago.

The best way to sum up my reaction when I first saw my head on Mark Zuckerberg’s body in the December 2011 issue of San Francisco Magazine -- surprised. I’m confident

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The Zynga Method Of Market Testing (“Ghetto Testing”)

By Ramit Sethi (Author, I Will Teach You To Be Rich) One of the things you learn in my course on the best ways to make money on the side is how to fail fast and test things rapidly.

Compare this to people who say things like, “Yeah… I need to get my website up… so in a few months, once that’s done, I’m gonna try to get some clients.”

You may not know this, but I keep a bag in my pocket to vomit in when I hear this. It comes in surprisingly handy.

One of the deadliest traps entrepreneurs fall into

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