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You have the best idea for a startup. Now you need funding to thrive and survive. But only 7% of all investor money goes to women-led startups. Join us for this soup to nuts panel featuring an all-star lineup of investors: Susan Lyne, President of BBG Ventures (AOL’s new venture fund for women-led startups) and Kate Shillo, a VC and Director of Galvanize. The panel will be moderated by Allyson Kapin, Founder of Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign. These women are disrupting the status quo and funding women-led startups.
• Learn what investors are looking for when evaluating a startup • Get tips on how to nail your pitch • Understand trends and traits investors see in successful startups that they have funded • Know the pitfalls to avoid and the ideal investment partners to help scale your startup
Rad Campaign, Women Who Tech
Allyson has been named one of the Most Influential Women in Tech by Fast Company, a "Tech Titan" by the Washingtonian and one of the top 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter by Forbes. She is the co-author of the nonprofit best selling book Social Change Anytime Everywhere with Amy Sample Ward.
Allyson is also the co-founder of Rad Campaign, a web design, web development, and social media agency that works with nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, and foundations. Her campaigns have been recognized with several web awards and featured on several top media networks ranging from CNN to NPR and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
In 2007 Allyson founded Women Who Tech, which brings together talented and renowned women breaking new ground in technology who use their tech savvy skills to transform the world and inspire change. Women Who Tech provides a supportive network for the vibrant and thriving community of women in technology professions by giving women an open platform to share their talents, experiences, and insights. Over the past few years she has brought together thousands of women from across the US and abroad for an incredible lineup of thought provoking panels featuring technology change makers ranging from Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post to Rashmi Sinha of SlideShare and Joan Blades of Moveon.
Allyson was an Expert Blogger for Fast Company focusing on trends in technology and currently serves as the Blogger-In-Chief for Care2’s nonprofit communications blog Frogloop. Allyson is a tech expert to media and has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, etc.
VC and Director
Kate’s path to venture capital is a unique one; hailing from a family of self-starters and small business owners she’s worked in various industries: sports, service, old media, new media, and tech. She’s witnessed New York’s technology industry flourish into the competitive landscape it is today. She’s an entrepreneur at heart; she thrives at the earliest stages of ideas, and at the opportunity to problem solve and build.
In her current role she 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.
President, BBG Ventures
The BBG Fund at AOL Inc.
Susan is the President of The BBG Fund at AOL Inc. She is a Formal Advisor at LearnVest, Inc. Susan served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Brand Group AOL from February 27, 2013 to September 2014. She has also served in various positions at Walt Disney Company, including President, ABC Entertainment from January 2002 to May 2004 and responsible for development and management of ABC's Primetime schedule, Executive Vice President, Movies & Miniseries, ABC Entertainment from 1998 to 2002, and Executive Vice President, Acquisition, Development & New Business, Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, 1996 to 1998, where she developed films for Disney's feature and television divisions. In March 1998, she joined ABC, where she was responsible for the network's movies and miniseries. During her tenure, ABC's original movies and miniseries regularly dominated the ratings charts and earned the industry's most prestigious awards.
Susan also spent 15 years in the magazine publishing industry. Prior to Walt Disney Company, she worked for News Corporation Ltd. and K111 for approximately nine years as Founder, Publication Director, Premiere Magazine where she served as Editor in Chief for 8 years. She spent more than two decades as a media executive. Her early career was spent in the magazine industry, where she was Managing Editor of New Times and The Village Voice and, in 1987, created and launched Premiere magazine. She served as President of ABC, Inc. She served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc from November 11, 2004 to June 2008. She served as Advisor of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. since June 2004. She served as Chief Executive Officer of Gilt Groupe, Inc from September 2008 to September 2010.
The Wall Street Journal named Susan one of its "50 Women to Watch”.