If you were to believe the entrepreneurial stereotypes, you would think all tech founders were men.
I am happy to report this is not even close to being the truth. There are many, many successful tech companies with female founders.
Incredible women who can inspire us all to try a little harder with that idea we’ve been sitting on.
I would have loved to share them all with you, however, I have had to cut it down to 6 of my favorites.
These hand picked companies show the breadth of talent and ideas. I hope this list will inspire you as much as it has me.
Without any further ado, let’s jump into it!
Here are 6 incredible tech companies founded by women.
Rent the runway
Rent the runway is a fashionista’s dream!
The concept is simple, you can rent a designer outfit for a fraction of the cost of purchasing to wear to an event. Then when you’re done you just send it back. It works on a subscription so you can take as much as you like and always be in style.
- Founded by: Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss
- When was it established: 2009
- Valuation: Since founding Rent the Runway has raised ~$126 million in venture capital
The Skimm is a subscription-only newsletter with 7 million subscribers.
Honestly, it is my go-to place for business training and advice. The articles are actionable and well put together. It’s a must for any professional looking to uplevel their game.
- Founded by: Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin
- Established in: 2012
- Valuation: In 2018 The Skimm raised $12MM in capital investments. This is in addition to $8MM raised in 2016.
Bumble is probably the most widely known female-founded tech company on this list. The Bumble app is for dating.
What’s unique about that?
Well, the woman has to make the first contact, also if you don’t respond quickly, then you lose the chance to talk further. It removes the awkward uncertainty around ghosting and helps remove time wasters.
- Founded by: Whitney Wolfe Herd
- Established in: 2014
- Valuation: Bumble was recently valued at $1 Billion!!!
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- Founded by: Melanie Perkins
- Established in: 2012
- Valuation: The company recently raised $40MM in venture capital
Not on the High Street
Not on the High street is an eCommerce site where you can find unique gifts. It has expanded to become one of the go-to places to find beautiful and exciting items for your home.
- Founded by: Holly Tucker
- Established in: 2006
- Valuation: The company raised $21MM in 2016 and has continued to grow since.
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- Founded by: Leah Busque
- Established in 2008
- Valuation: $37.7 MM has been raised through funding to date.
Do you feel inspired?
As Beyonce says, who runs the world? GIRLS!
There you have 5 of my favorite companies founded by women. If you are interested in hearing about some other companies, then you should try this article.
Also, check out some other inspirational women in artificial intelligence here.