Month: August 2012

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Female Founders To Watch: Women Entrepreneurs Moonlighting As Angel Investors

This week, we celebrate women entrepreneurs who are building startups and investing in startups. By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

We at Women 2.0 love when women entrepreneurs exit startups and invest in other startups.

We especially love when women entrepreneurs who exit fund other women entrepreneurs, given that 15% of angel investors are women - and these women often have access and connections with women entrepreneurs (who lack traditional networks for investment).

Here are 5 women entrepreneurs to watch building their own companies - and helping to fund other early-stage ventures:

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The Importance Of Developing “The Pitch” – And Why It Matters

Countless tweaks and revisions improved the flow of the story and finally, after weeks of agonizing over every word, our pitch came together. By Andrea Johnson (Co-Founder & CEO, ThisLife)

"If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough." - Albert Einstein

This great quote perfectly sums up a critical challenge for entrepreneurs. At some point early in the process of developing our “big idea", we inevitably need to explain it to other people: friends, family, potential team members or advisors.  That explanation is the pre-curser, the early ancestor, of what will later become our "pitch".

Pitch sometimes seems like a bad word, like a 5-letter version of a 4-letter word.  It can suggest disposability and insincerity,

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Hacker School: Day 90

90 days later, we go back out into the real world, egos in check, building code of consequence, and destroying stereotypes. By Martha Kelly Girdler (Alumnus, Hacker School)

I’m sitting in a cafe in Brooklyn, exhausted, disoriented, and happy. I’m thinking to myself, “Holy (enter your own choice expletive here). I did it, I finished Hacker School.”

I look back at my post recapping the first day and it’s clear the rules of Hacker School permeate our lives, and it feels completely natural. Several Hacker Schoolers have told me how strange the outside world feels now.

During my time at Hacker School, I’ve built my own CSS preprocessor in JavaScript and a static site generator in Python.

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Starting Up, Finding A Forcing Function And Building A Story

Multiple times, we discovered the value of real, external deadlines, despite the added stress and workload they bring.

By Michelle Norgan (Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Kismet)

A year and a half ago I founded Kismet, a social discovery app that connects you to your existing friends in the real world by simplifying getting together face to face. In that year and a half, our product went from virtually unknown to one of the most frequently cited examples in the very hot ambient social networking/social discovery space.

Multiple times, we discovered the value of real, external deadlines, despite the added stress and workload they bring.

Here are a few strategies that helped us make that transition.

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After A Year Of Learning, I’m Officially A Software Engineer!!!!

I also found that I now can’t wait to wake up in the morning just so I can keep coding and making stuff. By Natasha Murashev (Software Engineer, Hipmunk)

Learning to code is one the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I can’t believe I actually stuck to it and didn’t quit. To be honest, I actually did quit a few times, for a few days or weeks in a row at a time, but I then came back to it and kept going.

It’s been almost a year since I first decided to learn to code, and what a year! Over the past year, I’ve completed the Stanford CS106A Java course for free online, learned Ruby via rubylearning.org and through fun side projects, started learning Rails via Michael Hartl’s Ruby on Rails tutorial, and completed Dev Bootcamp, which

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How To Brainstorm A Conference Talk Proposal

It is not important that you haven’t spoke at PyCon or another conference before. But do prove that why you should now. Taken from Brainstorming: Writing a PyCon Proposal. By Lynn Root (Founder, PyLadies San Francisco)

While this post is for PyCon, the US-based conference for Python developers, users, educators, and everyone with an interest in Python, this advice can apply to any language-centric conferences, even the topic suggestions themselves.

"Hey you! Ever thought about submitting a proposal?" "What? oh no, no no no." "Why not?" "What would I talk about? I have nothing to say!"

So how about this:

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Moms Working Full Time The Norm, Not The Exception

Don’t be fooled by Atlantic headlines or even perhaps your social circle. The question is not if but how. By Laura Yecies (CEO, SugarSync)

Since a picture’s worth a thousand words, this blog post can be short.

Take a look at the below chart from the US Department of Health and Human Services website.

Many, many American women to the tune of tens of millions are today working full-time while caring for their children under 18. This number has increased nearly 50% in the last 40 years.

The attention drawn by the Anne-Marie Slaughter piece and others are distracting people from this reality.

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31 Practical Tips For Future 500 Startups Founders

Learn the ins & outs of moving to Mountain View - make the most of your time in the 500 Startups program. By Courtney Powell (Founder & CEO, PublikDemand)

The start of the new 500 Startups cohort is approaching quickly.

Prior to the start of our batch, I found myself scrambling to learn the ins and outs of moving to Mountain View and finding ways to make the most of our time in the program.

Big thanks to all of the 500 family that made us feel at home!

My cofounders and I decided to keep a list of tips for future 500 founders in hopes of making your soon to be busy lives a bit easier.

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Women In Healthcare Technology: “We Need A Healthcare Revolution!”

The commonality between these four female CEOs of health tech companies is easy - play a role in the revolution of the healthcare technology industry. By Radostina Stoycheva (Business Development, SweetWater Health)

The healthcare system is broken and we all know it. So what are we doing about it? Or more specifically, what are women doing about?

Most recently, Rock Health has been rounding up women in health with their “xx in health” week. The statistics speak for themselves - women make up 73% of medical and health services managers, but only 14% of healthcare VC partners and 4% of healthcare CEOs.

We spoke with four women in charge of health technology companies. We raised some questions

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To Start Up Or To SU-Up?

Our upcoming Kickstarter campaign will provide us with the promotional push and funding needed to take our social enterprise to the next level. By Melissa McCoy (Partner & Vice President of Engineering, TOHL)

After graduating in May, I had two choices: I could head down to Chile and join my three partners in developing TOHL, our water social enterprise, or I could travel to Silicon Valley to participate in Singularity University’s 10-week Graduate Studies summer program.

Both were attractive choices, but choosing either could mean giving up the opportunity of a lifetime.

My TOHL partners, Ben Cohen, Travis Horsley, and Apoorv Sinha, and I had been working for over a year on developing TOHL’s technology: a low-cost water pipeline installation method that has the potential to connect the nearly 1 billion people without clean water

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This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like – Joanne Wilson

Women 2.0 profiles women angel investors in our "This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like" series. By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

Prominent NYC angel investor Joanne Wilson will be meeting with the winner of the "People's Choice Award" at the Women 2.0 PITCH Conference & Competition on November 14, 2012 in New York City. Deadline to apply to PITCH is August 31, 2012.

Joanne started her career as a buyer at Macy's and ran a company in the rag trade. She dabbled in a friends' businesses, spearheaded sales at a magazine/e-zine/events startup in Silicon Alley, chaired a non-profit focused on technology in inner city schools (that she is still involved with), sat on her kids' school board/exec board

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How To Stay Focused While Being A Visible, Active Member Of The Female Tech Community

There are always interesting engineering events on the weekends in Silicon Valley, such as hackathons. By Julia Grace (Co-Founder & CTO, WeddingLovely)

As the CTO of a small startup, my days are almost always spent head down, focused on our business and building our technical infrastructure. I'm writing code, fixing bugs, building features, thinking about what's next on our product roadmap and figuring out how we'll get there.

The adage is that most startups fail because they lose focus. The problem is that it can be difficult to focus when you also have to ensure that potential investors, future employees, and the tech community know that you exist.

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