The New Power Girls (NPG) © is a daily blog that tracks and profiles women startups and existing companies in internet and new media business as well as companies in traditional markets leveraging the internet and media in new ways. Launched in 2009, it's an expansion of the popular series The New Power Girls on the Huffington Post and is part of the transmedia content franchise created my media entrepreneurs Patricia Handschiegel of 9 and Meghan Cleary of Miss Meghan Media. To contact New Power Girls or submit news, email rockit@thenewpowergirls.com

1. Backstage at the Emmys. 2. Meghan on the red carpet. 3. My Emmy outfit in the TV Guide trailer. 4. Celebrity dresses on parade

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NPG At The Emmys Red Carpet

Power Girls were everywhere at the Emmys in Los Angeles yesterday! Drew Barrymore, Sally Fields, Guiliana Depandi, Tina Fey, Heidi Klum and so many great women doing big things turned out for TV’s hottest night. We spied dozens as we perched near the TV platforms, where it seemed virtually everybody convened to grab an interview with E’s Depandi under the blistering, direct heat. Hundreds of stars behind the stars, from producers to publicists and managers escorted celebrities and made sure productions went without a hitch. Meghan was on hand as TV Guide’s correspondent to dish on hot star shoe trends (including outfitting me in the exact pair of black strappy Christian Louboutins Heidi Klum wore to the Golden Globes this year). After five hours of baking under the sun, we ducked into the media lounge to nosh on dinner compliments of Wolfgang Puck. But, by far the biggest head turner of the night were Meghan’s purple ankle bow booties which seemed to stop everybody in their tracks. Congrats to the women who walked away with awards last night. Power to the fempire! - Patricia

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NPG 20: The Huffington Post

With a said 22 million unique visitors a month and the record as the most linked to blog on the internet, it’s not a surprise that entrepreneur Arianna Huffington has garnered major attention for her company, The Huffington Post. Launched in 2005, the site has more than 3,000 high level bloggers ranging from celebrities to political figures to experts of all types. Among those that have contributed include Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, Ari Emanuel, Nancy Pelosi, Michael Moore, John Kerry, Jamie Lee Curtis and many more. Huffington raised capital in 2006 and again in 2008, and has nabbed prestigious industry awards from Time Magazine, The Observer and Forbes. Considered one of the most powerful women in media, her commentary, insight and expertise on areas of media and politics have graced the pages of hundreds of media outlets. She’s without question one of the most powerful women figures in business at the moment. What we admire about Arianna is her steady, steadfast focus and ability to balance both running a business and being a political and media pundit, which she manages with the same cool, casual confidence and style. She’s definitely one to watch!

To see the complete first 10 of our 20 Women Founders to Watch list, visit here. We’ll unveil the second 10 on our Huff Post column next week, and continue to cover the companies along with other news and industry moves here.

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Women 2.0 Start-Up Weekend Launches 19 New Women Owned Companies

Women 2.0, an organization that’s dedicated to increasing the number of women entrepreneurs and providing support to help enable women to create high growth companies, held its annual Start-up Weekend at the end of August. Just this week, it announced that a total of 19 women-founded companies spun out of the event. You can check out the list of those created here. The two-day event kicked off with an incredible panel discussion featuring highly accomplished men and women in the internet business, followed by a pitch session where more than 40 aspiring female founders shared ideas with the crowd. Insight and useful feedback was shared with the majority staying on to continue to develop ideas into a demo by the end of the weekend — with one startup nabbing an investor on the spot. Without a doubt, these type of events are important and beneficial to women entrepreneurs everywhere. Props to Women 2.0 for another great event! — Patricia

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NPG 20: Ning

She’s graced the cover of major magazines and has been said to be one of the most connected and respected women in the Silicon Valley, but nevermind all that. Gina Bianchini’s startup Ning has seen more than 1.5 million created with 33 million registered users since it’s launch in 2004. Playing on the explosion of users engaging the internet’s communications (aka, social) capabilities, Ning sees over 4,000 new networks created every day by everything from brands to artists to organizations of all sizes and types. But, it’s hardly the first time Bianchini has brought a great idea to fruition. The Stanford MBA grad was the co-founder and president of another company that was later acquired, and has a history of working at dynamic companies including CKS Group and Goldman Sachs. What we admire about Bianchini is that she doesn’t just have smart ideas but a talent for successfully executing and growing them. She’s been regularly recognized for her business savvy along the likes of top founders like Evan Williams of Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook for her whipsmart business sense. Hugely inspiring in our book!

To see the complete first 10 of our 20 Women Founders to Watch list, visit here. We’ll unveil the second 10 on our Huff Post column next week, and continue to cover the companies along with other news and industry moves here.

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Y Combinator Winter Funding Open

Seed fund Y Combinator will be accepting applications for its winter funding through October 26. As most know, seed funding is the earliest stage of funding. You can learn more about the firm’s mindset here. Y Combinator takes a different approach in that it aims to help entrepreneurs form ideas into companies, and to move those ideas to the point of additional funding (including introducing projects to later stage investors and possibly acquirers). It’s headed up by a team of very smart, accomplished people in the Silicon Valley, including the legendary Paul Graham (who if you look at his bio on the Y Combinator site you’ll see just why he’s so dynamic). One of the firm’s investments, Disqus, handles our commenting system here and we absolutely love it. Reddit was another, which went on to be acquired by Conde Nast. What’s great about Y Combinator’s approach is that it’s not just about the money an entrepreneur needs, but the guidance and connections. It funds mostly computer/tech related ideas and web services, but in today’s business environment this can be very broad and include a lot of different and interesting things. It’s also open to any age and any demographic, and doesn’t necessarily require that you have a formal business plan to enter. If you’d like to apply, be sure to read the "How To Apply" post by Graham — it’s very useful in helping entrepreneurs understand what the firm is seeking and other submission guidance. Good luck to those who submit!


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NPG 20: Blogher

If there were any women-owned Web 2.0 startup that could be the poster child for what’s possible, Blogher is it. Launched in February 2005, the site has become a force in the market and one of the most successful blog networks for women. It was founded by Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page, and Jory Des Jardins when the trio launched a conference for women who blog, and they haven’t looked back since. Today, Blogher is the category killer in participatory news, entertainment and information and reaches more than 15 million women every month through it’s various projects. This includes it’s incredible annual conferences, website and publishing network, which boasts an eye-popping 2,500 qualified bloggers on a range of topics for women. The company raised venture capital from Venrock, the Peacock Fund and Azure Capital Partners, and has netted many high level relationships, campaigns and efforts with dozens of organizations and brands. For advertisers, it’s a safe, stable and well run network with an enormous reach. For bloggers, it’s a place to share their work, be counted, and most of all, be part of a community that spans all ages, races, origins and demographics. What we admire about Blogher and its founders is their steady, sturdy focus and savvy business sense. That’s exactly what it takes to move an idea to a powerhouse in just four short years, and why we’ve put the founders on our 20 Women Founders to Watch list.

To see the complete first 10 of our 20 Women Founders to Watch list, visit here. We’ll unveil the second 10 on our Huff Post column next week, and continue to cover the companies along with other news and industry moves here.

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Keeping Inspired

Loved this profile in the Times Sunday with Karen Petrou who started her own consulting business in 1985.  When you are having a bad entrpreneurial day (and believe me we all have them!) it is great to read articles like this to keep you inspired.

-Meghan

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NPG On Huff Post This Week: 20 Women Founders To Watch

From this week’s New Power Girls series on The Huffington Post, here’s what Meghan and Patricia have to say about the first ten of the NPG 20 Women Founders To Watch:

Meghan:

When I think about women-owned companies that are making waves, innovating, creating new niches, there are a wide variety of companies that come to mind — most of which are not on the general media’s radar as business stories. So even though some of the companies we are featuring may have had plenty of press on their products, they might not have had any media attention on how what they’re doing is really unique, how they took a need in the market and media it into a business, or all the hard work and strategic moves they made to get their business where it is. As well, we think a lot of women owned business who are doing really interesting things may not register on the regular radar because their revenues don’t reach a million a year. I think that these are some of the real businesses to watch because even though they may not be large marketwise, they are capturing big shares of their mindspace, their audience’s imagination, innovating, and delving deep into niches that might be underserved. Let us know what you think or if there’s a business you think we should have on our radar.

Patricia:

I am just so inspired by these women. Several are women that I know and really admire, and all are great entrepreneurs. Blogher has raised VC capital, Paige Adams Gellar is an example of an amazing women-owned fashion brand, and it’s impossible not to be completely moved by Sprinkles founder Candace Nelson’s incredible success and focus. These are movers and shakers in the market  — it’s refreshing and so important to see not just in the present but also the future. There’s room for all types of people in our country, but it’s especially exciting to see cool, classy women doing big things in business. Not only are these women smart but stylish – attend any event these days and you’ll see them. It’s like a mix of every generation of women over the past twenty years pulled into one dynamic era. It’s just so cool. So much of our media is solely focused on “train wrecks” and women who gaming the media to create a faux image of celebrity and success without necessarily having any substance to it. I think there’s room for everybody but am glad to see other variations of what women are and can be at long last, too.

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