Speakers

Alexa Andrzejewski is the Founder & CEO of Foodspotting, a visual guide to good food and where to find it. Foodspotting, a venture-backed product, was named a Hot Trend of 2010 by iTunes and one of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Websites of 2010. Before launching Foodspotting in January 2010, Alexa was a User Experience Designer for Adaptive Path, where she helped both startups and worldwide enterprises reimagine products from the ground up. Following in the footsteps of Adaptive Path colleagues who’ve started their own UX-driven ventures, Alexa looks forward to exercising her interest in how companies can achieve business goals and improve people’s lives by appealing to people’s motivations and needs. Alexa came to Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2009 with the idea for Foodspotting, and left the weekend with her first angel investor — Dan Martell!

Sarah Allen (CTO, Mightyverse) is a serial innovator with a history of developing leading-edge products, such as After Effects, Shockwave, Flash video, and OpenLaszlo. She has a habit of recognizing great and timely ideas, finding talented teams, and creating compelling software. She has led small and large teams and confidently turns vision into reality. Sarah leads a SF-based consulting group, Blazing Cloud, where an innovative engineering team regularly creates magic on the web and mobile devices. Sarah is also CTO of Mightyverse, a mobile startup focused on helping people communicate across languages and cultures. The technology is still being incubated, but parts of it are emerging at mightyverse.com. Currently, Mightyverse is primarily self-funded, so Sarah is paying the bills with independent consulting and training at Blazing Cloud. Sarah believes that open source software provides solid technical foundations and compelling business models. She is an expert with Ruby and Rails and is on the OpenLaszlo core team. Sarah is one of the co-founders of Railsbridge, which organizes free Ruby on Rails workshops for women. Follow her on Twitter at @ultrasaurus.