Women 2.0 talks to Rachel Blumenthal, mother of one and founder and CEO of e-commerce platform Cricket’s Circle, about management, motherhood and marriage.
Tag Archive: Mompreneur
Learn how a young mother overcame the odds by teaching herself how to code and created of one of mobile sports’ most highly rated apps.
Congrats to Ally Downey, Melissa Post and Jack Downey, co-founders of WeeSpring for being our fifth PITCH finalist!
Here are five “mompreneurs” who are charting their own ways in business while still raising a family.
Meet these amazing “mompreneurs” in technology on Thursday at the Women 2.0 Conference!
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Tech-savvy moms have a long history of meaningful innovation. They keep it real by admitting their lives aren’t always perfect, but they sure as hell try and have a great time doing it. Perhaps having a cookie-cutter life is overrated, after all.
The startup seems to move very fast. But actually, it is a slow story.
By Natalie Gordon (Founder, BabyList)
My company, BabyList, is part of the fall batch of 500 Startups. I decided that 500 was the perfect accelerator for BabyList, saw that they had open enrollment, spent two days on my application, had an interview and was accepted. Two days later, I was in Mountain View (a painful commute from my home in San Francisco). All of this took place in under two weeks.
PITCH NYC 2012 Startup Competition Finalist Gives 8 Tips To Balance The Demands Of Startup And Parenthood
Children and startups have similar demands, needs and rewards.
By Shilpa Dalmia (Co-Founder & CTO, ActivityHero)
Many people ask, “How do you balance work and life with two young kids and a startup?”
My answer is, “The same way you raise three kids.” A startup is just like another child. Each child has his/her/its own demands and needs, and each gives you immense satisfaction and pleasure.
New moms explore the truth about parenting and happiness.
By Heather Cabot (Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Well Mom)
The indelicate question completely caught me off guard. A couple of weeks ago, I was making small talk at an intimate cocktail
gathering of women and someone I don’t know very well asked me in front of several other acquaintances if I had good news to share with everyone? No, I didn’t have any that I could think of.
“Well,” she pushed, “You’re expecting, right?”
Many women I know have a hard time putting themselves first.
By Naama Bloom (Head of Marketing, Harvest)
I’m staring down the barrel of 40. And my life has never been more uncertain or exciting than it is today. Five years ago, I was a newlywed with a secure corporate job at a Fortune 100 company. Today, I am a mother of two, married to a tech entrepreneur (same guy), and I lead marketing at a fast-growing software company. Oh, and I have a business on the side that I run “in my free time.” This type of massive shift was not what I expected for my 40th year but I’m happy.
Giving birth, like the first days of a company, is often remembered through rose-colored glasses.
By Jessica Voytek (Co-Founder & CTO, Kizoom)
My business partner jokes that our company is her first baby. As the mother of a 1-year old baby human and an 8-month old baby company, I can tell you there are more parallels than you might think.
The decision to start your first company, much like
The “good mommy” laurel isn’t bestowed based on some arbitrary quality time measurement, it’s based on what works for you and your kids.
By Carla Rover (Editor, The Advertising Technology Review)
The guilt is palpable. Looking into a child’s sad face as you tell him that you can’t play with him because you have to talk to the impatient man on the phone “about money for Mommy’s business” is a gut-wrenching exercise that I wouldn’t wish on the most heartless creature.
In many ways, I parallel MoxTree to having another child.
By Victoria Oldridge (Founder, MoxTree)
My name is Victoria. I am wife to one, mom to a three year old and one year old by day and entrepreneur by night and anywhere in between! In a previous life, I was in consulting/sales for the medical device industry. When my son was young, I left the industry but my business wheels kept turning. The more I immersed myself in taking note of the ways in which moms were connecting, the more I was struck by the fact that this could be happening in a much more efficient way.
Having a child is a great starting point in forming mom-connections but there’s a lot more to add to our interests and goals list…
“It is the women running this country but they are the wizards behind the curtains. It is time for women to come out from behind the curtain.”
By Joanne Wilson (Blogger & Angel Investor, Gotham Gal)
Life is about decisions. We are a country that does not embrace women the same way we embrace men. I see it first hand every day.
That is one of the reasons I invest in women. Not all my investments are women driven but I’d say about 85% of them are. It is more difficult being a woman than a man because if we have children we think about our 14 year old being home and agonize over it in a way that most men that I know do not. No offense to men, it is just not in the forefront of their brain. And if we aren’t married and choose to not go that route, we are looked at in a different light too.
New options require new definitions for entrepreneurs.
By Geri Stengel (Founder, Ventureneer)
“Tech-enabled business,” like “stay-at-home” Mom, are terms that have taken on new meanings for entrepreneurs.
And stay-at-home moms were women who gave up their careers to devote themselves to childcare and the PTA.
Neither definition fits anymore. In fact, tech-enabled businesses are often e-commerce sites run by women working from home
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
One of the most recognizable women’s names in the Silicon Valley and former TechCrunch writer, Sarah Lacy has raised $2.5M in funding from individuals including Marc Andreessen, Peter Thiel, Tony Hseih (Zappos), Zach Nelson (NetSuite), Andrew Anker, Chris Dixon (FounderCollective), Saul Klein (IndexVentures), Josh Kopelman (First Round Capital), Jeff Jordan (ex-CEO, Open Table) and Matt Cohler (ex-Facebook & Benchmark Capital).
By Shazia Mustafa (Co-Founder & Director, Third Door)
Third Door has been lucky with the amount of press coverage we have had since we launched the business back in May 2010. We have been covered by BBC Radio London Breakfast show, BBC London News, The Guardian (twice!), FT, Nursery World (three times), won a few awards along the way (best Start Up, best local business by Lloyds TSB, Smarta 100 2011 winner…).
It’s been great and really helped us stamp ourselves as the first in the UK to enter the area of merging a workspace for the self-employed/home workers with a flexible onsite nursery.