In 2012, Allyson Downey founded weeSpring, a social review site for new and expecting parents, alongside her husband Jack.  With acclaim from MashableBloomberg TVTechCrunch, and others, they're fundamentally changing the way parents make purchases.

Social network for parents wins Crain's contest

A clear and realistic presentation helped online startup weeSpring claim the top prize at Crain's Perfect Pitch competition at Columbia Business School last Friday.

Bloomberg Television

weeSpring Founders Ally and Jack Downey discuss the company's baby products website on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves." 

Why My Mother's Day Isn't About Me

I don’t have a platform like Amy Poehler, or a super cool award to dedicate, but I do have a day coming up (thank you, Hallmark) that is celebrated in my honor. And I’m fully ready to admit that I wouldn’t be one-tenth of the good mother (I hope) I am without the support and love that Liliana, my son’s caregiver, brings to our family each day.

Techs and the City: Ally Downey of weeSpring

Much has been said and written about the lack of women in the tech sector, be it as investors (or associates), founders or in management positions at major companies. Is the problem the old boys network – or that success in technology is seen as a young man’s game?  In this series, we speak with New York-based women in the industry as they discuss the challenges they face, the perceptions that need to be changed and the work that’s being done – or not – to help to promote women in tech. 

 

TC's Picks from TechStars NY Summer Class

weeSpring was born out of a personal pain point. Co-founder Allyson Downey found herself in tears at a Baby’s “R” Us when she was pregnant with her first child, overwhelmed by the variety and her unfamiliarity with the brands.

 

WeeSpring revamps mobile site for kid gear ahead of TechStars demo day

It doesn’t matter that humans have been procreating for some 200,000 years with relative success. In the months leading up to childbirth, expecting parents are still stricken with fear over whether they’ll somehow screw it up.

Meet 11 Startups That Beat Out 1,700 Others For Spots In New York's Hottest Accelerator Program, TechStars

TechStars has become the most competitive startup accelerator program on the east coast. But for its New York City program, the next few months will be pivotal.

 

How to Network

I was completely wrong about most of the things I was certain of when I was 23. Like wanting to be a novelist. And the (train wreck of a) guy I thought I'd wind up marrying.  More than anything, though, I believed professional success was all about merit and hard work. Here's a really important lesson: It's not.

16 Common Mistakes Young Startups Make

"Someone told me recently, 'Any time I'm talking to someone who doesn't work for me already, I'm evaluating if I should try and hire them.' Whether that's someone you want to hire tomorrow or someone you'd like to work with in five years depends on your company, but every entrepreneur should always be recruiting."

Startup Founders Reveal 5 Ways to Build a Strong Culture

When startup weeSpring was in TechStars, the team had what founder Allyson Downey calls a "family therapy" session with well-known investor Brad Feld"Everyone on your team should go sit alone and for 15 minutes and write down [your company values] on a piece of paper," Downey remembers Feld saying, "because if you just start it as a live conversation, the extroverts win and the introverts don't jump in and you don't hear from everybody."

JWT Intelligence: Q&A with Ally Downey

Ally Downey talks to JWT about the deep user engagement of parents, attracting fathers in a mother-dominated space, and the startup’s plans to dive into big data and mobile.