By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
The 2013 Women 2.0 Conference on February 14, 2013 in downtown San Francisco will be the seminal gathering of smart, like-minded entrepreneurial and innovative minds this year.
For anyone who doesn’t believe they belong in this set of individuals, here are reasons for you to attend in February:
Top 5 Reasons Students Should Come To The Conference
Students live in a comfortable bubble of academia, which is exactly why they should start forging connections now in the startup world.
- Put your knowledge to work - Aside from the education you are gaining at your venerable institution, you can exercise and develop relevant skills for the working world that pay.
- Networking - Who doesn’t want a great internship or job at a startup or tech company? The work is riveting and/or the pay is good, respectively.
- Find your passion - Life is too short to work at a boring job, quips Startup Digest weekly. Your job should not be just a job – come to the Women 2.0 Conference to learn about what drives other people’s startup passions, and learn how to take your passion and make it into a startup.
- Find your business soul mates - Meet hundreds of like-minded people, maybe even your co-founder, at the Women 2.0 Conference.
- Get inspired by your female role models in business - Learn from them as they deliver case studies & best practices onstage, then find them offstage for a quick introduction. Charm them into getting coffee with you.
Top 5 Reasons Technologists Should Come To The Conference
Engineers, designers, developers, scientists & other technologists are invited to the Women 2.0 Conference – here’s a few reasons why the Women 2.0 Conference will interest technologists:
- Learn how a Stanford computer science major started Evite.com and eventually sold the business to TicketMaster in 2001 - Today, Selina Tobaccowala is the SVP Products and Engineering at SurveyMonkey, eyeing their next billion set of users.
- Meet the woman who sold her company EqualLogic to Dell for $1.4 billion - Entrepreneur Paula Long doesn’t have a traditional engineering background but has started successful technical companies outside the Silicon Valley – hear her story at the Women 2.0 Conference!
- Like being on the bleeding edge of emerging technology? Watch the top 10 early-stage companies (finalists from the Women 2.0 startup competition) pitch live to investors and get feedback onstage at the Women 2.0 Conference.
- Meet the founders of hot up-and-coming tech startups - Female founders of Flipboard, CloudFlare, Easilydo and LUMO BodyTech will be sharing insights onstage about getting to the next billion set of users. And did we mention early Facebook employees are delivering a case study on Facebook?
- How often do you find a room full of tech-savvy women happy to talk startups with you? The Women 2.0 Conference brings together hundreds of women in startups, technology, business & investment for an energizing day of connections, education & inspiration – take advantage of it and join us on Valentine’s Day for the Women 2.0 Conference!
Top 5 Reasons Aspiring & Current Entrepreneurs Should Come To The Conference
Why the Women 2.0 Conference is worth the ticket price for entrepreneurs:
- Get out of the building - Meet hundreds of other entrepreneurs sharing your struggles. Who knows, you may meet your next engineer, business development person, designer, investor, etc.
- Get inspired - The hardest part about being an entrepreneur is the crushing disappointments, doubts and trough of sorry. The Women 2.0 Conference will feature successes onstage and entrepreneurs across the spectrum in the audience. From struggling entrepreneurs to entrepreneurs doing it right, get in the mix of things and be inspired.
- Learn from best practices of other companies - From Facebook to Match.com, from EqualLogic (sold to Dell for $1.4 billlion) to SlideShare (sold to LinkedIn for $119 million), there are plenty of lessons to learn from successful women in technology, entrepreneurship & business that are speaking at the conference.
- Learn from the other’s startup pitches - Watch the top 10 early-stage companies (finalists from PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition) pitch live to investors and get feedback onstage at the Women 2.0 Conference. Learn from their mistakes and be inspired by their tech innovation and personal grit.
- And seriously, how often do you find a room full of tech-savvy women happy to talk startups with you? Not very often. The Women 2.0 Conference brings together hundreds of women in various industries with the goal of increasing the number of women starting startups.
Top 5 Reasons The General Public Should Come To The Conference
Don’t fall under any of the above categories (student, entrepreneur, technologist or investor)? Here’s why you – the general public – should attend the Women 2.0 Conference:
- Discover new role models in entrepreneurship & technology - Did you know the tech company with the biggest cash exit in history was co-founded by a woman? Her name is Paula Long and she sold her sold her company EqualLogic to Dell for $1.4 billion – and she’s speaking at the Women 2.0 Conference.
- Learn from smart women in business - Learn from successful businesswomen including Lynda Weinman, the eponymous co-founder of lynda.com coming to San Francisco to share her story about how & why her online learning website took $103M in outside funding last week – on top of the $100M in revenue the website earned last year.
- Networking - Find a job, find a co-founder, find a co-conspirator, you name it. Women 2.0 events bring together a unique set of ambitious individuals in business, technology & entrepreneurship.
- Learn from the startup pitches - Finalists of the annual Women 2.0 startup competition will be pitching onstage in front of investors who will be grilling them onstage Shark Tank-style.
- Get inspired - The most common feedback from previous conference attendees is that the full-day Women 2.0 Conference inspired them so much with the speakers and attendee passion that they received enough fuel to keep going for the next year. Talk about competition, ambition and drive – the Women 2.0 Conference is the place to get it.
Get your ticket to join us on February 14 in San Francisco at Women 2.0′s biggest event of the year.
Women 2.0 readers: Have you built a successful startup? Learn from & network with the best at the Women 2.0 Conference on February 14!
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.