By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Here at Women 2.0, we thought about the variety of ways women have successfully built on Apple’s success over the years, from creating viral games and useful apps offered in the Apple store to wearable devices which connect to an iPhone app. We celebrated a few acquisitions (Chomp, Smule) and wondered about the future of other mobile projects (Seeds).
Meet five female founders building apps for the Apple store:
Amanda Wixted (Founder, Meteor Grove Software)
The early Zynga mobile game developer of Farmville and Mafia Wars Amanda Wixted left to build games that teach kids how to code. She will be advising the Seeds “Farmville meets Kiva” project as well. Follow her on Twitter at @commanda.
Cathy Edwards (Co-Founder & CTO, Chomp)
In 2009, CTO Cathy Edwards co-founded app search engine Chomp, building the proprietary algorithm and launching the iPhone app in 2010. Chomp was acquired by Apple for $50 million in February 2012. Follow her on Twitter at @cathye.
Lisa Bettany (Co-Founder, Camera+)
New York-based photographer and iPhone app developer Lisa Bettany co-founded the #10 most downloaded paid iPhone apps of all time: Camera+, which helps you “shoot like pro”, crop the pictures and upload to Facebook. Follow her on Twitter at @mostlylisa.
Monisha Perkash (Co-Founder & CEO, Lumoback)
Exceeding Kickstarter goals, Monisha Perkash co-founded Lumoback, an iPhone app combined with a lightweight sensor worn discreetly around your waist, sending vibrations to your lower back to remind you to sit up straight. Follow Monisha on Twitter at @mperkash.
Prerna Gupta (Co-Founder & CEO, Khush)
Prerna Gupta co-founded Khush in 2009 to develop intelligent music apps and led her startup to profitability. Khush was acquired by Smule in December 2011 for a “eight-figure deal” in cash and stock. Follow her on Twitter at @prernagupta.
We know there are many other women building iPhone apps
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Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.