Month: September 2012

article placeholder

Not “The End Of Men” But An Opportunity For Women

I can’t help but wonder if we claimed ourselves victors prematurely. By Leah Eichler (Founder, Femme-O-Nomics)

When I read Hanna Rosin’s original essay, The End of Men, in the Atlantic two years ago, I felt like Neo swallowing the red pill in The Matrix?. Suddenly, an abundance of anecdotal evidence appeared to suggest that a post-industrial society would favor those with a double x chromosome. Many of my female friends found greater success in the business world than their partners. I kept encountering boys struggling with learning disabilities

... Read More...
article placeholder

Winning Startup Weekend Sofia With A Raspberry Pi

We pulled off a killer demo during the final presentation for people to turn a normal light bulb on and off through their phones. By Bogdana Rakova (Computer Science Student, University of Sofia "St. Kliment Ohridski)

Everything began last Friday evening when I pitched an idea related to hardware at the local Sofia Startup Weekend event. The first challenge was of course me being a woman, pitching an idea in front of so many people.

... Read More...
article placeholder

Better Capitalism: Growth Of New Ventures Stressed In Kauffman Foundation Video

Emphasizing the growth phase over the ideation phase. By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

Taking emphasis away from the creation of new enterprises, Robert Litan's book Better Capitalism focuses on the growth of new firms.

A sketchbook video by Kauffman Foundation stresses the importance of market conditions facilitating entrepreneurship, such as limiting taxation of the business in the growth stage,

... Read More...
article placeholder

You Might Be Discriminating Against Women And Not Realize It

Even in the same job, at the same level of experience, the same education, same race, same hours worked, etc. ... women still earn less than men do. By Maggie Koerth-Baker (Contributor, Boing Boing)

Let's talk about the pay gap. Census data show shows that, in 2008, American women still earned .77 cents for every $1 earned by American men.

And, while some of this has to do with women working different jobs then men, working less hours, or spending less

... Read More...
article placeholder

Partner Events: NFC Tapped Hackathons (New York, San Francisco And Boston)

Connect with some of the most influential people in mobile and NFC at one of the upcoming TAPPED NFC Hackathons:

Near Field Communications (NFC) is a technology that lets devices and things talk to each other. All you need to do to make something happen is to have two NFC devices touch, or tap. NFC is

... Read More...
article placeholder

5 Strategies To Minimize Distractions And Maximize Productivity

With a few strategies and a little discipline, you can learn to work smarter, be more productive and live happier. By Camille Preston (Founder & CEO, AIM Leadership)

In this digital age, we are always on and always connected. There are always a dozen demands in a dozen different directions. We are overwired, and it is changing what we do, how we do it, how we think, and how effective we are. Business owners are at an even higher risk for being overwired. We have the work of running the business, plus the added demands of being responsive

... Read More...
article placeholder

Women On Boards: The Way Forward

Why have so many business leaders been slow to take notice when women are absent from their company’s boards? By Richard Branson (Contributor, Live Mint & The Wall Street Journal)

I recently watched 12 Angry Men — that classic 1957 film about a jury struggling to decide the fate of an 18-year-old man who has been charged with murder. The movie gives you a sense of how the legal system worked in the US back then, when juries were less diverse. By today’s standards, we would find it unsettling

... Read More...
article placeholder

Telling Engineering Stories

“The word 'engineering' sounds intimidating and nerdy and technical. There’s just so much more to it - I’m trying to make it more accessible.” - Goldieblox founder Debra Sterling. By Amy-Willard Cross (Editor, Vitamin W)

Goldieblox is poised for a happy ending. With this new toy, girls may have a happy ending too: “She became an engineer and built things that helped people, and they all lived happily ever after.”

There’s a known female engineering deficit; women make up just 11% of the profession. It’s a problem

... Read More...
article placeholder

Children’s Edu Apps Startup Duck Duck Moose, Co-Founded By Nicci Gabriel And Caroline Hu Flexer, Raises $7M Series A

The co-founders produced all music and illustrations themselves. By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

Designer Nicci Gabriel and former IDEO consultant Caroline Hu Flexer co-founded Duck Duck Moose to build smartphone apps for children. The mother of two young girls, Caroline wanted more quality educational apps for children. So she did it.

After launching four years ago, the company recently raised $7M in Series A funding from by Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed

... Read More...
article placeholder

Everpurse, The Purse That Charges Your IPhone, Founder Liz Salcedo Will Be Speaking At Women 2.0 PITCH NYC Conference

PITCH Conference on November 14, 2012 features a full day of speakers including Everpurse inventor Liz Salcedo. By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

We are excited to announce Liz Ormesher Salcedo, founder and CEO of Everpurse, the purse that charges your iPhone on the go, as a speaker at Women 2.0 PITCH Conference in NYC on November 14.

Meet Liz, a Chicago-based social worker turned entrepreneur currently working on her second startup, Everpurse.

... Read More...
article placeholder

Overlooked Financing Option For Your Business

If you need to cash to build your company but aren't keen on draining your personal savings or giving up equity to venture capitalists, there may be another possibility. By Jessica Stillman (Writer, Inc.)

Looking to expand? There are the traditional sources: Digging into your own personal savings, loaning from a traditional bank, or finding an angel or VC investor who will fork over the cash for a share of equity.

... Read More...
article placeholder

Daily Lunchtime Dating Site Coffee Meets Bagel Raises $600k Seed Funding, Investors Include Match.com Co-Founder

Three sisters are co-founders of Coffee Meets Bagel, raise funding. By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

Arum Kang, founder and CEO of Coffee Meets Bagel has an ambitious goal for the dating website she started with her two sisters. Her daily dating deal site introduces you to one match every day at noon. Coffee Meets Bagel has raised $600,000 in seed investment from Lightbank and investors including Match.com co-founder Peng T. Ong, reported TechCrunch this morning.

... Read More...
article placeholder

This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like – Monica Barrera Vidler

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

Monica Barrera Vidler is a practicing dentist with a private practice in New York - just check out her Yelp reviews.

She is also now an angel investor. How did this happen? She participated in Pipeline Fellowship, where she learned to invest in women-led social ventures.

... Read More...
article placeholder

5 Lessons From A First-Time Entrepreneur

If you have an idea and you’re passionate about it, don’t wait. By Molly Cain (Contributor, ForbesWoman)

There are some common things you should expect when you first go into business for yourself.

On the first day, you create your business plan. That night you go to bed at a regular hour and then wake up to several voicemails from some big time investors wanting to make your dreams come true.

... Read More...