Shaherose Charania | Co-Founder & CEO of Women 2.0, One of Fast Company's Most Powerful Women in Tech

Shaherose Charania

Co-Founder & CEO of Women 2.0, One of Fast Company's Most Powerful Women in Tech

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Shaherose Charania

Shaherose guides promising startups as a Product & Brand Strategist at 23 Design and Advisor for, an AngelList affiliate.

Shaherose' career is full of "firsts" in the technology industry.

She launched Women 2.0, a globally recognized media company sparking a movement reaching over 1 million technology influencers and entrepreneurs to advance women-led startups in 25 countries. She created Founder Labs, a pioneering 5-week "founder bootcamp" based on Lean Startup Principles that launched 25 diversely founded startups.The top 30 pre-seed startups from the Women 2.0 and Founder Labs network have raised over $100M to date.

In her early days as a product manager, Shaherose developed TalentHouse, the first online marketplace for artists. She also led product management and marketing for Jajah, a highly targeted mobile VoIP solution (acquired by Telefonica) and Ribbit, a first-to-market visual voicemail and SMS analytics platform (acquired by British Telecom).

By catering products and brands to an increasingly diverse global customer base, Shaherose has opened up brand new markets, created investment opportunities for top VCs and investors such as Sequoia Capital, Andreesen-Horowitz, Google Ventures, Y-Combinator, 500 TechStartups, and attracted business partnerships with the best technology companies in Silicon Valley.

As a luminary on design thinking for innovation, empathy-driven product development, and the ROI of diversity, Shaherose has delivered over 100 talks and keynotes for conferences including the MIT Technology Review, TedxBayArea, Dent, SoCap and others. She has spoken to founders and executives in 10 different countries. Her vision and leadership has been widely covered by the Wall Street Journal, Inc Magazine, Fortune, Fast Company, Forbes, BBC, Vogue, Glamour, Huffington Post, USA today, NPR, BusinessWeek, TechCrunch, Bloomberg TV, and CNBC.

Shaherose received her BA in Business Administration from the University of Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business. She sits on the boards of Women 2.0 and Good World Solutions.

Shaherose has shared her insights with:
Square, Eventbrite, LumoBack, Adroll, Tumblr, Betterment, ClassPass, Yelp, and Udacity just to name a few!

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Tech is missing something obvious

Technology has disrupted all of our traditional industries. In this talk, Shaherose Charania takes a closer look at this disruption and reveals a significant discrepancy that can’t be overlooked—men create technology, but women are its primary users and decisions makers. What can companies do about this missing piece and what do we see looking ahead that tells us the future will be different. All this comes from a decade of work building a global movement, brand and community of Women 2.0 which reached over 1 million women around the world and helped over 100 companies raise capital, of which, the top 30, diverse, pre-seed tech startups have gone on to raise over $100MM to date.

Design for Diversity

For years, tech has been reaching far beyond the urban, professional user. With an ever increasing diverse addressable market, how do you scale your product beyond well understood customer segments?

This talk is not just for designers, but also engineers, product managers, marketeers, sales and business development managers how wish to apply a human-centric approach to their work. You’ll walk away with an actionable framework you can use in your day-to-day to build empathy and understanding for the diverse users that you want to attract and retain for growth.

Values driven brand loyalty

In a divided world, consumers are starting to align themselves with companies that represent their personal values. Politics, civil liberties, race relations, LGBTQ movements, support for immigrants and refugees are now playing a part of a company’s brand and can affect loyalty and trust.

Some of the world’s most well-known companies have paid the price of not understanding what role values play in building trust and loyalty with your customers. While data may tell one story, it doesn’t show the true picture of brand loyalty. How do you build loyalty in this brave new world? This talk breaks apart the challenges of building brand loyalty in today’s world and how to approach the challenge of building your business and brand with your customer’s values at the core.

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