With all the mess the world can be sometimes for women, it does churn up ladies who have enough guts and talent to blow our minds away!
Here are some awesome female entrepreneurs who have made it big just by being brilliant and gutsy enough to follow their dreams and make them come true!
“All entrepreneurs have an aggressive negative voice coming from somewhere, but we also have a choice about how we respond to it: We can choose to see ourselves as the kids with all the problems, or we can choose to see ourselves, as I did, as special and awesome.”
An entrepreneur, investor and business television host, this dynamic lady does not know how to give up or back down! She is the CEO of Austin, Texas-based Ingrid Vanderveldt LLC, which aims to fuel the entrepreneurial success of a billion women by 2020 by providing tools, technology & resources to empower entrepreneurs around the globe.
She is also founder of Dell Innovators Credit Fund at Dell, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell, CEO at Green Girl Energy Inc. , Founding Organizer at The GLASS Forum amd Managing Partner at VH2 Energy Investments LLC.
She says she was an entrepreneur from the start, building lemonade stands and winning awards for selling the most chocolate bars, but wasn’t faring well at school. Several years later her parents found out she had severe hearing issues. But never the one to get demotivated, she kept on. After finishing her education, A master's degree in business administration she embarked on her first real venture, an online data-mining and data-analytics company. She hasn’t looked back since!
What to tell you about this extremely talented lady? Stacey Ferreira co-founded my social cloud when she was just 18 years old!
My Social Cloud allows users to store their passwords and bookmarks in one place for easy access (as well as handy alerts if their passwords are ever stolen). In July 2012 the company received $1 million in seed money after responding to a tweet from Sir Richard Branson!
In past years, Stacey has headed and developed the music blog, MusViews, creating a place for all music lovers to connect and become informed on underground bands. She has also been involved on the Board of Non-profit movement, Open Table which surrounds homeless people with a network of people to advise them on each aspect of their life including budget, jobs, etc.
Wow. We wonder what she will come up with next. Hats off!
Limor Fried is an electrical engineer and owner of the electronics hobbyist company, Adafruit Industries. She is also known for her moniker ladyada, homage to Lady Ada Lovelace.To be precise, she is DIY open-source electronic hardware kit maker.
She made MintyBoost, a portable USB mobile-device charger assembled from an Altoids tin and bits of electronic hardware.
Last year, Adafruit, which helps people create complex devices using everyday technology, did a booming $10 million trade in sales of the DIY kits.
Interestingly, her project designs are free and publicly accessible, and customers are encouraged to modify or "hack" the final product.
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Tara is a true pioneer in online marketing, an author, speaker and startup founder. She has been called a "pioneer in online marketing and one of the most respected authorities on online communities," and rightfully so. She was at it even before timeline and tweets, before a blog was called a blog!
She has worked with over 30 startups, including Like.com. She wrote the bestseller, The Power of Social Networking, now printed in eight languages and has spoken all over the world on entrepreneurship and how the social web is changing business.
She says her own evolution has been"a combination of being enamored and obsessed with the social web and being in the right place at the right time."
"When it comes to social, small is the new big," she says and likens the industry to a pimply teenager: still making mistakes, still experiencing growing pains.
According to her, even her own recent startup, Buyosphere, has evolved, pivoting from a social retail platform offering insight into community buying patterns to a fashion-advice network.
Sophia Amoruso, Tastemaker
"Part of the reason I got to where I am is I never set a goal or look at the top. I like figuring out how to do things myself, and I like the idea of creating an online brand that will last a long time."
Sophia Amoruso is the founder of Nasty Gal, an online blessing for fashion lovers. It has new and vintage fashion for women, and a vintage re-seller on eBay, aiming to present her Salvation Army finds more artfully than her competition.
Last year Nasty Gal rocketed to prominence when Sophia scored a $40 million round of funding from Index Ventures--investors in Skype, Dropbox and Blue Bottle Coffee.
When Yael Cohen’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, Cohen was understandably upset but instead of lamenting and falling down the depression hole, she found an outlet. She made a "F*** cancer" T-shirt for her mother! A little while later, she started a Facebook group by the same name.
Before long, the group had more than 1,000 members sharing support. Four years later, and with nearly 66,000 Facebook followers, F*** Cancer has turned into a fast-growing nonprofit mission. A mission to change the way cancer is perceived and diagnosed through mobilizing young people.
Cohen has participated in such events as the Summit Series (Washington, D.C. and Miami), the Clinton Global Initiative, TEDWomen, TEDx Vancouver,the United Nations Nexus Conference, and TEDMED. In 2011, Cohen was named one of the "12 people who are transforming philanthropy" by Canada's The Globe and Mail.
She is a Biotechnology Executive but what she does is a lot more than the boring mouthful of the title. Maria Flynn is president and CEO of Orbis Biosciences, that deals in technology used in developing a vaccination that includes the follow-up dose; taste-masking oral pills to neutralize flavor (so no yucky medicines!); and even working with antimicrobials for the U.S. Department of Defense to improve ready-to-eat meals for the Army. Wow!
Orbis Biosciences also revolutionizes the delivery, efficacy, and safety of pharmaceuticals. Under her direction, Orbis has developed partnerships with fourteen corporations valued at a median market cap of $14B.
Jane’s job is a dream! Well at least for some! This perky, impish lady is a game designer and developer! She is also a great advocate of the use of mobile and digital technology to channel positive attitudes and collaboration, in a real world context!
On January 20, 2011, McGonigal's first book, Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make us Better and How they Can Change the World, was published. It contained loads of information regarding multiplayer online gaming and alternate reality games as well as games in general.
“My #1 goal in life is to see a game designer nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize,” she says.
She has forecasted it becoming reality in 2023.
“Of course, it’s not enough to just forecast the future,” she goes on, “I’m also actively working to make it a reality.”
Her best efforts so far, she says is the creation of SuperBetter, a game that has helped more than 150,000 players so far tackle real-life health challenges like depression, anxiety, chronic pain and traumatic brain injury.
"Games promote positive health aspects, optimism, social support and resilience," McGonigal says. "We know games have the power to change the state of the brain, stimulating parts of the brain that therapy doesn't."
Well, we wish her all the luck for her Nobel Prize! She sure deserves it if you ask us!
Well, love singing but not a pro? Worry not! Prerna Gupta, founder of Khu.sh's co solved your problem! Her philosophy? Anyone can do it, and everyone should do it.
And she’s not just all talk! What she has come up with is something very like Karaoke, but only in reverse! All you have to do is sing into the iPhone mic, and the technology composes unique background music to match, automatically employing pitch correction and other vocal effects and comes out a catchy, awesome is-that-really-me song!
But that is not her only achievement. Among other things Khu.sh's main product, LaDiDa, debuted in October 2009 and has had more than 2 million downloads. Initially priced at $2.99--expensive for iTunes--LaDiDa nonetheless maintained top-10 status among paid music apps.
In May 2011, Khu.sh temporarily offered LaDiDa for free resulting in more than 1 million downloads in a week and making it the No. 1 free music app in the U.S. and 14 other countries! They also have the zany app Songify under their belt which transforms speech into song, created in partnership with the Gregory Brothers.