04/06/12 | Uncategorized

Female Founders To Follow: Women In Gaming From YetiZen

Meet the women founders working in and on Yetizen, the SF-based social gaming startup accelerator.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

There is no shortage of accelerators and incubators today. Best part is, many of these are extremely focused and specialized for the industry.

Try Rock Health founded by CEO Halle Tecco for startups in the health space, Enrique Allen’s The Designer Fund for designers starting startups, Blackbox.vc for European startuppers seeking an immersive Silicon Valley experience, Microsoft’s Kinect accelerator for the like, and the list goes on.

For games, Sana Choudary founded YetiZen, a game community builder and platform startup accelerator for gaming startups located in San Francisco, CA.

Here are the female founders from Yetizen to watch:

Julie Price (Co-Founder & CEO, Shinobi Labs)
Julie co-founded Shinobi Labs, builder of a free-to-play iPhone app that “Geocaching meets FourSquare”. Follow her on Twitter at @juliep2723.

Kimberly Unger (Founder & CEO, Bushi-go)
Kimberly founded Bushi-go, developing episodic point and click adventure games with a**-kicking fight scenes. Follow her on Twitter at @Agiliste.

Margaret Wallace (Founder & CEO, Playmatics)
Margaret founded Playmatics to bring rich games and applications to the Internet. She is a mentor at Yetizen, advising startups on fundraising. Follow her on Twitter at @MargaretWallace.

Roxanne Gibert (Founder & CEO, Spyra Games)
Social gaming veteran Roxanne founded Spyra Games, providing social casual strategy games for the mobile gamer. Follow her on Twitter at @roxygibert.

Sana Choudary (Founder & CEO, Yetizen)
Sana founded the first and only games focused startup accelerator YetiZen, helping great product visionaries launch. Follow her on Twitter at @SanaOnGames.

Taiko Fujimura (Founder, NekoNeko)
Taiko founded NekoNeko Games, focusing on Japanese pop culture console games. Follow her on Twitter at @TaikoOnGames.

Taylor Louie (Co-Founder, Skillville Games)
East Coast transplant Taylor co-founded Skillville Games, a skill gaming website that brings people together to compete tournament-style for cash, prizes. Follow her on Twitter at @t_louie.

Let us know about gaming startup founders who are women in the comments below – thanks!

About the writer: Angie Chang co-founded Women 2.0 in 2006. She currently serves as Editor-In-Chief of Women 2.0 and is working to mainstream women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. In 2008, Angie launched Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, asking that guys come as the “+1” for once. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.



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