Tech startup founders who happen to be women come out for Silicon Beach Fest this weekend in LA.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
There’s Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Alley in New York – and now Silicon Beach in Los Angeles.
We heard about Silicon Beach Fest, the first festival and hackathon organized by its tech community to celebrate LA tech, entertainment and startups running today and tomorrow in Venice and Santa Monica.
Where are the women in tech starting companies? We took a quick look at the schedule and zeroed in on the following speakers at Silicon Beach Fest representing LA’s startup scene:
Allison Beal (Founder, StyleSaint)
Former VP of business development at Scandinavian Design House, Allison Beal launched StyleSaint, a community-curated fashion platform delivering trending apparel and accessories to the online fashion consumers. Follow her on Twitter at @stylesaint.
Bettina Korek (Founder, ForYouArt)
The Princeton-educated art impressario Bettina Korek left a career at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art to start her own venture – ForYourArt curates opportunities to see, collect and learn about art. Follow her on Twitter at @bettina_korek.
Elizabeth Stewart (Co-Founder & CEO, The Hub LA)
Serial social entrepreneur Elizabeth Stewart started up Los Angeles-based shared office and event space called The Hub LA. Prior to that, she started up CAUSEmopolis to enhance urban places worldwide. Follow her on Twitter at @elizinla.
Holden Steinberg (Co-Founder & President, PageWoo)
Designer Holden Steinberg co-founded PageWoo to provide full circle mobile performance advertising, building sophisticated web applications and developing mobile designs for her company. Follow her on Twitter at @holdicon.
Jean Chong (Founder & President, Starbates)
Serial entrepreneur Jean Chong has more than 10 years industry experience. She built a company that provides B2B services to restaurants. Now she’s working on Starbates, a platform for restaurants and customers to connect. Follow her on Twitter at @StarbatesApp.
Joselle Ho (Co-Founder & Creative Director, Miso Media)
Designer Joselle Ho co-founded music educational startup Miso Media, developing mobile and iPad apps. Miso Media is funded by Google Ventures and Justin Timberlake. Follow her on Twitter at @joselleho.
Sarah Pollack (Founder, SimplyStylist)
An experienced public relations rofessional and style expert, Sarah Pollack started Simply Stylist to explore her passion for educating fashion and style enthusiasts by connecting them to style experts. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahpollack.
Sophia Viklund (Co-Founder, BackCode)
The talented Sophia Viklund can code in Python, Django, RoR, Unity3D, PHP and ArchiCAD. She runs BackCode, an app development company out of Pasadena. Follow her on Twitter at @backcode.
Stacy McCoy (Co-Founder & CEO, Give To Get Jobs)
Social impact strategist Stacy McCoy started Give To Get Jobs as an information hub for jobs in the for-profit sector with a social and/or environmental mission, mainly social enterprise and corporate social responsibility/sustainability. Follow her on Twitter at @stacymccoy.
Let us know if you’re going to Silicon Beach Fest and who you’re excited to meet!
Angie Chang co-founded Women 2.0 in 2006. She currently serves as Editor-In-Chief of Women 2.0 and is working to mainstream women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. In 2008, Angie launched Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, asking that guys come as the “+1” for once. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.