These 12 female CTOs are leading cutting-edge tech startups and inspiring the next generation of female technology leaders!
weeSpring’s co-founder explains what it took to get into über-competitive TechStars.
By Allyson Downey (CEO & Co-founder, weeSpring)
A year ago, when weeSpring was just an idea sketched out on a couple PowerPoint slides, a friend suggested we apply to this thing called TechStars – a world-class accelerator that helps startups get their rocketship off the launchpad. The stats post-TechStars were impressive, to say the least: companies that have been through the program go on to raise an average of $1.5M in venture funding. The catch? Fewer than 1% of applicants are accepted. At the time, it felt like winning an Oscar might be easier.
But we went for it anyway
By 2018, women-owned businesses in the U.S. will generate a third of new jobs.
By Leah Eichler (Contributing Writer, Femme-O-Nomics)
When I decided to leave the world of the gainfully employed to launch my own company, I may have suffered from a selective attention span.
To this day, I struggle to see anything but entrepreneurial success stories and many of them include women, such as Sara Blakely, the owner of Spanx, a company valued at around $1 billion. Other examples include cosmetic discovery service Birchbox, co-founded by Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp, Rent the Runway, the couture rental site co-founded
Empowering women in business, startups mixing fashion and feminism are celebrating a renaissance.
By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)
Many of those not in the know think of fashion as a trap for women. Uncomfortable shoes. Impossible body images. Shallow spendy status symbols. Magazine layouts of size zero 6 foot tall women juxtaposed with an ad for weight loss.
There is a large part of fashion that I grapple with that doesn’t leave me feeling very empowered. There is an incredibly empowering side of fashion: self-expression. Though I romanticize the historical cuts, I couldn’t think of a better time to live in where I have all of the tools available for me to express
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By Leena Rao (Writer, TechCrunch)
Citrus Lane is one of the latest startups to tackle the model, which sends a box of kiddie goodies to members each month. The startup is focused on parents as the client, and aims to help moms and dads discover interesting and ‘Best Of’ products for those expecting babies, as well as for newborns to three-year-olds.
Each month, Citrus Lane will send parents a box
By Jack D. Hidary (Co-Founder, Dice)
A recent article in San Francisco Magazine highlights a new crop of women-led startups in the Bay Area.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
A former investment banker, entrepreneur Alice Wang watched her extended family grow in size with the arrival of three babies. She found it inspiring to see how the families experienced parenthood, and subsequently, how quickly the children got sick of toys.
She thought there had to be a better way to test toys with the child and provide some educational value to the experience.
This was the spark that launched her startup Spark Box, a toy rental company providing an eco-friendly way for parents
By Brit Morin (Founder & CEO, Brit)
Subscription services have been around for more than a century. Generations before us were the first to enjoy subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, and more. As a kid, I even remember being forced to go door-to-door to sell subscriptions for wrapping paper. (Side note: Who really needs a monthly subscription to wrapping paper?)
Only in the past several years has our friend, the Internet, disrupted the traditional subscription model of the media monoliths, forcing them to think about new ways to offer online subscriptions as well as free versions of their content.
By Jess Bloomgarden (Founder & CEO, AfterSteps)
Gilt Group. BirchBox. LearnVest. Rent the Runway. Care.com. Angie’s List. Fashionstake. Baublebar.
These are just a few of the high-profile, high-growth startups that have been started by Harvard Business School women.
Despite the widespread belief in today’s tech monoculture that MBAs do not make good entrepreneurs, I’ve heard several investors say “I wouldn’t bet against any HBS women founders,” based on the success of those listed above.