Month: October 2012

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Turning An Idea Into A Viable Product: The Founder’s Journey

What marks a great entrepreneur is not necessarily the idea, but how well the idea is executed. By Jennie Lees (Product Manager, Google)

The spark of inspiration strikes at the strangest times. Whether it’s a flash of insight in the shower, or a puzzle piece clicking into place, we all know the wonderful moment that marks the birth of a new idea.

However, taking that idea and trying to make it actually happen can be a frustrating rather than a rewarding process

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Women Win With Wireless Connectivity

Reallocating spectrum for mobile is a top technology and economic priority for women entrepreneurs in mobile. By Diane Smith (Founder & Executive Director, The New Rural)

As a technology entrepreneur and a busy working mom, my mobile phone is always within arm’s reach to help me manage virtually every part of my life. Not only does mobile connectivity keep me professionally engaged while on the run, it allows me to stay connected to my daughter, a college freshman.

A recent study found that nearly 60% of women

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Starting A Startup At Charity Hack In London

If you have a game changing idea for a charity or one that will help a lot of charities and are wondering where to go to make it happen, then Charity Hack might be a good start. By Trang Du (Co-Founder & Designer, PositiveBid)

As a co-founder of PositiveBid, people are often surprised when I tell them that our product PositiveBid started at a Charity Hack run by Ebay and PayPal almost a year ago.

A lot has happened in that year - from starting as a hackathon idea, to getting funding from NESTA and now getting ready

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“If You Break It, You Fix It” And Other Creeds Of The Young Makers Among Us

“Invention, creativity, and resourcefulness” are the values of MAKERS. By Kate Krontiris (Principal, Reboot)

11-year-old Raven Holston-Turner had henna tattoos all over her hands and was handling a digital soldering iron the day I met her. A native of Detroit, Raven solders badges that light up, creates gigantic puppets and sews Indian saris. She says that when she first started soldering (at the Mt. Elliot Makerspace in the bottom of a local church) she couldn’t stop.

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Mixing Up Your Office Routine

Can you address work-life balance without sacrificing productivity? By Maggie Spicer (Founder & Chief Creative, Whisk SF)

One of the best reasons to live and work in San Francisco is the incredible set of unique bakeries, farmer's markets, yoga studios, wine bars and other brick-and-mortars in each neighborhood. But if you don’t have the time or opportunity to enjoy them you might as well not be living in the city! Facebook, Twitter and Google have led the charge in building work-life balance into their culture, but why not bring that model to small-to-medium-sized offices and bring the best of what the City has to offer directly into the workplace?

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Women 2.0 Giveaway: One Conference Ticket To PITCH NYC 2012 A Day Will Be Given Away To A Lucky Tweeter

Tweet to win a free conference pass to Women 2.0 PITCH NYC 2012! By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

We at Women 2.0 are really excited for our PITCH NYC Conference & Competition coming up on November 14. Keynote speakers are female founders of Match.com, Cisco, Oxygen Network, Urban Decay. Talks and panels feature women entrepreneurs who have run successful Kickstarter projects and grown their companies from the ground up.

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Training The Next Generation Of CTOs

I have noticed the growing number of other women in the technology-based classes I have been attending. By Lin Bocash (Volunteer, BlackGirlsCODE)

I found the article on Women 2.0 about female CTO founders incredibly inspirational. This is a marvelous start but what about reaching young women from under-represented communities?

I have been lucky enough to be involved with BlackGirlsCODE for two semesters now and to help with the work they do

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Get The Tech Job Without The “Chest-Thumping”

The founders of coding school Hackbright Academy explain why they went with an all-female format and how it's working out for graduates. By Jessica Stillman (Contributing Writer, Women 2.0)

Startup fever may be raging like never before, but the number of women graduating from computer science programs is actually falling. Christian Fernandez, co-founder of Hackbright Academy, has his suspicions as to what's to blame from this paradox.

"It's purely anecdotal but there are a lot of women who

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Successful Women Share Their Accomplishments At Work

Social tech tools are a natural solution and a great place for women to announce their achievements while building up more confidence and ability to promote themselves. By Ginni Chen (Chief Happiness Officer, iDoneThis)

How many times have you received a compliment and responded, “Oh it’s nothing!”? I’ve done this countless times. In fact, I still do. I do it almost reflexively, because I want to seem humble, modest, unobtrusive, not a braggart, or attention-hungry or a brown-noser. I do it because I want approval of my personality at the small cost of belittling my hard work.

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Partner Event: Digital Production Course (December 7 In NYC)

Learn how to get things done as opposed to talking about the internets. SheSays has teamed up with Elizabeth Kiehner from Thornberg & Forester to give you all the basics you need to start your career digital in superstardom in a Digital Production Course on December 7 in New York City. The event will keep things practical, focusing on the 'how' rather than the 'what'.

The class will show you how to make a Facebook brand application. Instructors are award-winning professionals who work in the industry and know what they are talking about.

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CODE2040 Matches Black And Latino Student Engineers With Internships At Startups

Applications for CODE2040 fellowships are due October 31, 2012. By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

People of color will become the majority in the United States by the year 2040. Some have noted that the minority achievement gap will not be closed that same year, and started a technology program to actually do something about it.

CODE2040 aims to close the gap by increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in technology

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Kapor Capital Awards PITCH NYC Scholarships To Women Of Color

PITCH NYC 2012 scholarships were awarded by Kapor Capital. By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

With the goal of investing in seed stage information technology companies to generate economic value and positive social impact, Oakland-based investment fund Kapor Capital invests in human capital, contributing scholarships for women of color to attend the upcoming PITCH NYC Conference & Competition

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