Last week, during the Women Startup Challenge, Women Who Tech raised over $365K, including the donation I made alongside Joanne and Fred Wilson, for women-led startups. This is the real deal. The crowdfunding was just the first round of the Challenge, and 30 startups have moved to the semifinals and are currently being judged by a panel of tech experts and investors. The judges will choose 10 startups to move to the final round, where they'll live pitch their startup for the chance to win the grand prize of $50K, no strings attached, and other startup-friendly prizes.
My team and I figured it's a good time to share 5 women in management who are real role models with the crowdfunding portion of the Women Startup Challenge wrapping up…
1. Sheryl Sandberg, Author and COO of Facebook
Facebook COO and author of bestseller "Lean In," Sheryl Sandberg is asking people to "Lean In Together" to further gender equality at home and work. In March 2015, her LeanIn.org launched a public service campaign with the NBA and WNBA, promoting equality. The former Google executive joined Facebook in 2008 and became the first woman on its board four years later. Sandberg helped the social network scale globally, go public and expand digital revenue. (via Forbes)
2.Ursula M. Burns, CEO of Xerox
Ursula M. Burns started off paying her dues as a summer intern with Xerox in 1980. By the looks of her career trajectory, she hasn't stopped working hard since. In 2007 Burns became president of the company, and in 2009 she was named CEO. She didn't waste any time before making the largest acquisition in Xerox history and accepting an invitation from Barack Obama to chair the President's Export Council. (via the Root) Burns was the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company.
3. Kate Shillo, VC and Director of Galvanize
In her current role, Kate helps manage investments for Galvanize Ventures. Previously she helped build and manage Lerer Ventures as Director of Operations for 4 years – an early stage tech investment firm in NYC with over 190 investments. Prior, she was an EA to Kenneth Lerer, Founder of Lerer Ventures and The Huffington Post, and launched her career as an EA to Martha Stewart at MSLO.
4. Lisa Stone, Co-founder and CEO of BlogHer
Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins. As CEO, Lisa has charted BlogHer’s path from an idea for a grassroots conference to a leading cross-platform media company created WITH women reaching 100 million unique visitors monthly. Powered by a proprietary scalable technology platform, InfluenceHer 360, BlogHer leverages quality storytelling, community leadership and predictive analytics to deliver authentic consumer attention at scale for brands ranging from P&G to City of Hope. BlogHer also hosts the largest U.S. events for women who blog and use social media, and an award-winning social hub at BlogHer.com.
5. Angela Benton, Founder & CEO of Black Web Media
Angela Benton is the Founder & CEO of Black Web Media, which publishes BlackWeb20.com the leading online publication for African-Americans interested in Technology and New Media. Black Web Media's mission is to be a catalyst for innovation and inclusive ideas on the web for African-Americans. Under Black Web Media she founded both the NewME Conference and the NewME Accelerator, whose goal is to steer the Internet economy to be more diverse and inclusive.She is one of Fast Company Magazine's Most Influential Women in Technology for 2010 and is also the youngest Hall of Fame inductee of Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC). (via CrunchBase)