10 Successful Startups Founded by Women
On a whole, Silicon Valley is not a target-rich environment for female chief executives. However, we've taken the liberty of curating a list of our favorite startups and products created by women. These tech pioneers are busy taking girl power to the next level while smoking the competition. Keep scrolling to see what they have in the pipeline.
Founded by siblings Adora and Aaron Cheung, Homejoy is a convenient and wildly affordable way to keep your abode spotless on the regular. The service matches customers with Homejoy's roster of certified housekeeping professionals for the bargain rate of $20 per hour. Scheduling is made easy, and satisfaction is guaranteed.
Founder and CEO Deena Varshavskaya’s Wanelo (for Want, Need, Love) is a shopping app that essentially turns your phone into a digital mall. Founded in 2011, the company now sources from over 350,000 stores, allowing you to shop to your heart's content, all from the palm of your hand. It is as dangerous as it is inspired.
The money-saving app Hitlist, found by Gillian Morris and built by the startup TripCommon, allows users to create targeted wish lists of destinations they’d like to visit. The company then sends alerts when tickets for said dream vacations reach their most competitive price point. Connect via social media to coordinate plans with friends or see where they are craving to visit.
Founded by Kegan Schouwenburg, Sols is a startup that 3D-prints custom orthopedic shoe insoles. Schouwenburg, who worked previously at 3D printery Shapeways, allegedly came up with the idea while traversing the factory floor in platform boots. From improving posture to correcting pronation, shock-absorbent orthotic support is the secret to super-happy feet. The Sols app captures thousands of data points off just three photos of your foot. Too easy.
Founded by Julie Wainwright, The RealReal offers high-end luxury consignment of women’s and men’s fashion goods. The private, full-service process offers free shipping or in-home pickup (in 16 cities). The three-year-old business plays host to over 3 million shoppers. Unlike other reseller sites, The RealReal takes possession of the goods and handles everything after, bridging the gap between consignment and online retail. Cleaning out your closet has never been more turnkey. Word is 80% of sellers become buyers in one fell swoop.
Co-founder and CEO Jessica Mah founded inDinero out of a desire to help new business owners thrive. The company supports entrepreneurs in key areas of business management, from bookkeeping to payroll. “We wanted to completely change the way that business owners think about their operations, and taking care of all of their back-office affairs is our way of doing that,” says Mah.
CEO and founder Alexa von Tobel’s LearnVest serves up a slew of resources to help you master your financial planning. The program generates a tailor-made budget and custom plan to fit each user's unique lifestyle goals. It will also handpick classes and articles to keep you in the know and building better habits.
CEO of community-driven fashion and lifestyle site Polyvore Jess Lee started out as a fan. While working as a product manager at Google, she became obsessed with the recently launched service and took to emailing founder Pasha Sadri with her notes on how to improve the site. Years later, Lee is poised as CEO and “honorary co-founder” of the company, making her one of few chief executives in Silicon Valley proper.
Friends Danielle Wiesberg and Carly Zakin founded their daily email newsletter theSkimm upon graduating from college. Two years later, the service boasts over 500,000 subscribers and climbing. The concept breaks down the daily news, from fashion headlines to politics, into fresh editorial content. It's a one-stop shop for all your intel.
There’s nothing better than eating like a local while on vacation. Traveling Spoon, founded by Aashi Vel and Steph Lawrence, connects travelers with authentic dining experiences and hosts around the globe. Sample the best cultural cuisine, from home-cooked Thai food to dinner on a working farm. It’s a foodie adventurer’s dream.
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