Women 2.0 was founded in April 2006 with a goal to have more women in technology as leaders. In Canada, approximately 50% of the small business that launch are founded by women, so the idea of growing this community is certainly important.
The upcoming Women 2.0 conference in San Francisco will see 10 women tech leaders assert their idea in the Women 2.0 PITCH competition. This, like many other pitch competitions, offers up the chance of scoring some needed press, one-on-one coaching from Andreessen Horowitz, free web hosting, complimentary package of legal services, and free office space at WeWork in San Francisco or Berkeley.
In addition, a new addition this year will see “PITCH redux” with PITCH coach Dave Kochbeck, who “will lead a discussion with the live judges after the competition on what our founders did well and what they can improve upon, helping every founder in the audience learn to nail their pitch.”
The finalists have been selected and out of the 10 spots a Canadian has made the cut. On board and ready to dominate is Angie Kramer, founder and CEO of Toronto-based JobBliss. Kramer states she is a “lifelong geek” and created JobBliss “to change the way employers and freelance talent connect and work together.”
JobBliss claims to have experienced significant traction in the Canadian market since launching its service. The company, which is in beta, specifically caters to advertising and marketing freelancers and aims to eliminate the middleman by connecting “top freelance talent with great jobs” in real time.