This Week, Three Women Entrepreneurs Announce Series A Funding
This week, women entrepreneurs disrupt the traditional ways of shopping, education and beauty.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
In this week’s roundup of women entrepreneurs getting funded – CEO Katrina Lake (pictured) founded San Francisco-based Stitch Fix in February 2011. Yesterday, the company announced receiving $4.75 million Series A, led by Baseline Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners with participation by Western Technology Investment. Stitch Fix is a subscription-based personal stylist/shopping/delivery service.
A software developer and former public school math teacher, Jennifer Medbery founded Kickboard for teachers, raising a $2.8 million Series A round of funding led by New Markets Venture Partners and Two Sigma Ventures. Kickboard is an analytics platform for teachers and schools that captures, analyzes and shares student performance data. CEO Jenifer Medbery was recently listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 In Education.
Meanwhile, former Starbucks exec Jane Park founded Julep Beauty in May 2007 and is still CEO of the Seattle-based cosmetics company with e-commerce platform. She announced this week raising $10.3 million Series B, led by VC firm Andreessen Horowitz with participation from Maveron, Western Technology Investments and Version One Ventures. Julep launched in 2007 as a single salon catering to group mani-pedis.
In other news, Silicon Valley-based vertical media company Glam Media “secretly” filed for IPO this week. Glam was co-founded by Dianna Mullins, current SVP Glam Publisher Network Operations, in 2004.
Update: We missed Friday’s announcement that Stephanie Morgan, co-founder of Rabbit, a San Francisco–based video chat startup, just raised $3.3 million Series A from investors including Google Ventures and CrunchFund.
Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.