Female Founders To Watch: Teaching Children On Your iPad
There are probably more women innovating on the iPad to educate the next generation. Let us know about these women and their companies/products in the comments below.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Angry Birds on an iPhone or iPad used to be a good babysitter, but don’t you want to educate your children while they play on your iPad?
Introducing a host of female-founded startups working to make the iPad experience for your child an educational one. These female founders range from moms to business executives, from programmers to creative types. There is no “type” for edutech entrepreneurs innovating on the iPad.
Here are female founders building apps and readers for children’s entertainment AND education:
Aarti Parikh (Co-Founder & Engineer, KiteReaders)
From a childhood love of books and programming, Aarti Parikh co-founded KiteReaders to produce and distribute enhanced ebooks and apps for kids, partnering with children’s book authors and publishers. Follow her on Twitter at @KiteReaders.
Elena Favilli (Co-Founder & CEO, Timbuktu)
Former journalist Elena Favilla co-founded iPad magazine for children (and their parents) Timbuktu and named it after the place that she wanted to go visit when she was a child – Timbuktu! Timbuktu participated in 500 Startups. Follow her on Twitter at @efavilli.
Francesca Cavallo (Co-Founder & Creative Director, Timbuktu)
Serial social entrepreneur Francesca Cavallo co-founded Timbuktu Magazine, the first iPad magazine for children and the first project to bring the best methods of education to the consumer market. Follow her on Twitter at @francescavallo.
Jocelyn Leavitt (Co-Founder, Hopscotch)
After earning an MBA from Columbia, Jocelyn Leavitt founded a commercial real estate company, a vacation home rental company using social networks – and is now working on Hopscotch to help kids learn to code. Follow her on Twitter at @JocelynLeavitt.
Nancy MacIntyre (Co-Founder & CEO, Fingerprint)
CEO Nancy MacIntyre of Fingerprint builds apps for children to learn logic and math during mobile play. The former LeapFrog EVP of Product Innovation & Marketing raised $1.4M funding last year for Fingerprint. Follow her on Twitter at @nancymacintyre.
Samantha John (Co-Founder, Hopscotch)
A web developer and entrepreneur, Samantha John wants to change the world. To help children learn the basics of computer programming, she created Hopscotch, launching free apps like Daisy the Dinosaur and Hopscotch Kits. Follow her on Twitter at @SamJ0hn.
Semira Rahemtulla (Co-Founder & CEO, PlayTell)
Armed with a CS degree from Stanford University and a Master’s in Education from Harvard, Semira Rahemtulla created PlayTell to let you read a book with your loved ones while you’re in a video chat. Follow her on Twitter at @srahemtulla.
Wandy Hoh (Co-Founder & CEO, MeeGenius)
With MeeGenius apps downloaded over 1.5 million times, MeeGenius co-founder and CEO Wandy Hoh recently raised $2.4M Series A to offer even more digitized children’s stories. MeeGenius was recently selected for Springboard. Follow her on Twitter at @meegenius.
Surely there are more women innovating on the iPad to educate the next generation? Let us know about these women and their companies/products in the comments below – thanks!
Photo credit: Pino Dita on Flickr.
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.