Women Who Tech

ImagesI was asked to take part in the Women Who Tech conference that takes place virtually.  My fellow panelists were Amanda Steinberg from Dailyworth, Amy Errett from Maveron and the moderator Pemo Theodore.  Our topic was Funding Your Own Startup.

It is a strange event in the fact that it takes place on line and I truly have no idea how many people are in the audience or listening.  Yet on the other hand, we had an interesting dialogue and hopefully shed some light for many women entrepreneurs on questions that they might not feel so comfortable about asking in a public forum.

The questions might seem simple but if you have never done it, how would you know.  How do I fund my startup?  What is the difference between a seed round, an angel round and a VC round?  Is a lean startup important? 

The timing was perfect after sitting down with Nancy Hechinger this morning and talking about what exactly is the next Womens Entrepreneur Festival going to look like?  How can we make it different?  How can we educate more women about the real start-up questions?  How can we connect women CEO's together so that they can create groups to rely on for advice such as how YPO does (Young Presidents Organization). 

The panel conversations should be live soon.  There are a bunch of different panels worth listening to that took place.  Also, if you have any thoughts on the next Womens Entrepreneur Festival…start a discussion here!

Comments (Archived):

  1. rebeccastees

    It would be great if the WEF was live streamed!

    1. Gotham Gal

      Trust me that is my number one priority next year. Thanks

  2. Lisa Mogull

    I made great connections at WEF1 and WEF2.   Even made friends with people I met in the elevator and introduced them to other WEF attendees. I think it would be great if once or twice during the event there was some time devoted to small group socializing.  Perhaps one of the times the groups could be peers and the other a mix of levels of experience.  There is value in meeting one’s peers but also by mixing it up.  I benefited both by meeting other founders/CEOs and young entrepreneurs.   The women who are my peers are a great resource and provide support on everything from the rigors of fundraising to the rigors of raising our kids.  The young women have great ideas and energy and it’s rewarding to work and be friends with them.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Good idea. We are trying to figure this out and how it will work

  3. No one ever tells entrepreneurs how to budget their money. I have repped so many start ups over the years that ran out of money because they over spent in areas that just didn’t mean a thing to their overall plan.

  4. William Mougayar

    How about starting smaller local chapters or meetups of WEF around NA, a bit like TEDx to spread it up? So, make it a year-long thing, not just an event. Probably there are existing women leaders in the major cities that would step-up to manage these.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Great idea

  5. Emily Merkle

    Gotham Gal, thanks for taking the lead on this; you are such a strong voice. I would like to propose an extension for this topic; that is, Choosing your direction for entrepreneurship….We need to work to bridge the gap(s) between: How we can make the world a better place, and our aims for doing so as expressed as a start-up initiative…I would like to propose this to be vocalized by personalities such as yours, Joanne, as well as Fred’s and others, as you have the voice and are leaders in established communities. I am going to try to write about this on my blog & hope maybe we can work on this together.