Here are just some of the founders in NY who are leaving their mark on the world, (part 2 to come). 

By Jessica Schimm (Assistant Editor, Women 2.0)

Want to get to know some awesome female founders in New York? Sign up for Founder Friday, next week, October 4! In the meantime, check out some of women founders in NY. There’s so many -we had to break up the lists! This is part one, if you have suggestions for part two, let us know in the comments below.

alexaAlexa von Tobel (CEO and Founder, LearnVest)

LearnVest, an online platform designed to help people take control of their financial situation, was chosen as an Astia company in 2008-2009. Von Tobel has been called the next “Suze Orman.” Follow her at @alexavontobel.

soraya_newSoraya Darabi (Co-founder, Zady)

Darabi, who was the “manager of digital partnerships and social media at The New York Times” most recently co-created the online shopping platform, Zady, which informs consumers about the origin of their purchases. Follow her at @sorayadarabi.

Laurel-ToubyLaurel Touby (Founder,

The founder of Mediabistro, which was sold to Jupitermedia for $23 m in 2007, is now advising startups while she works on her “next big thing”. Follow her on Twitter at @laureltouby.

KathrynKathryn Minshew (Founder, The Muse)

 Before Minshew founded The Muse, (formerly known as the Daily Muse), in 2011, she co-founded PYP Media. The Muse is currently in the running for WSJ Startup of the Year. Follow her at @kmin.

deborah_jacksonDeborah Jackson (CEO & Founder,

Before founding PlumAlley, a site for women entrepreneurs that enables them to “seek funding, advice from experts and sell their products,” Jackson founded Women Innovate Mobile; before that, Jackson founded JumpThru. Follow her on Twitter @dbd1007 to see what she’s doing now.

Let us know your recommendations for part 2!

Photo via joiseyshowaa / Flickr.

Jess headshotJessica Schimm (@JessicaSchimm) is the assistant editor at Women 2.0. She is a recent graduate of San Francisco State where she earned a B.A. in journalism and was the editor-in-chief of SF State’s Her Campus chapter. She has a strong interest in women’s issues and writes about them on her blog Women Who Run San Francisco.