7 Women-Run Startups to Watch

Profile: Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO of Stella & Dot

Women are not to be underestimated when it comes to business.  Over the years many ambitious women have found themselves succeeding in every walk of life, they have found themselves on the moon, on top of mountains and behind successful companies. Women are no longer found at the lower end of the corporate ladder. Here are 7 women-run startups that will surprise you, encourage you and inspire you to become the wonder woman that you have always had within you.

Profile: Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO of Stella & Dot

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Stella and Dot

Jessica Herrin is the founder and CEO of Stella & Dot, a jewelry selling startup that is worth about $4oo million. Jessica did not wait and started her company right after she was out of college, with her fierce dedication and desire to succeed she founded her own successful venture called weddingchannel.com. She later started Stella & Dot which is a jewelry selling company.


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Moda Operandi

Moda Operandi is a tech startup by the beautiful Aslaug Magnusdottir and Lauren Santo Domingo. Though the women have been famous for their contributions to the fashion world they are now ruling over the tech world as well. Santo Domingo’s career started as an assistant in Vogue after which she became a communication executive for numerous fashion designers.  Unlike her friend, Magnusdottir has chosen a different path, leaving the company to start her own business. While Domingo is still the Creative Director, Deborah Nicodemus took over as CEO in May 2014.


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Space X

Space X is a space exploration company that is run under president Gwynne Shotwell.  Gwynne graduated from the Northwestern University and began her career as an engineer at Aerospace Corporation. She joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development from where she climbed up the corporate ladder. She now operates all the day-to-day activities of the company.


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The Skimm

 This daily email newsletter with  0.5 million subscribers was created by Danielle Wiesberg and Carly Zakin The friends wanted to start a daily email newsletter that contains all the latest happenings of the day. They founded The Skimm right after they were out from college and just in two years they now have over 500,000 subscribers. The Skimm is a trendy newsletter that contains all kinds of news such as the latest gossips, fashion updates etc.


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Traveling Spoon

Do you love trying out different cuisines when you are up and about different countries?

Aashi Vel and Steph Lawrence created the Traveling Spoon. The company helps connect travelers with an unimaginable dining experience while they are on vacation. They are linked to hosts that are from around the world and are sampled some of the most amazing cuisines from every culture. 

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Chomp is an app discovery engine that was co-founded by Cathy Edwards. The app discovery engine allows users to search for their desired apps through the Apple App Store on their iPhones. This is done through a combination of personalized recommendations and combinations of search engines to present to you with the best results.


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Brit + Co

Everybody enjoys a little arts and crafts but not as much as Brit Morin. Meet our very own Martha Stewart. Brit + Co is a startup by former Google’s product manager Brit Morin. Situated at Silicon Valley, Brit + Co offers its users a wide range of crafty ideas for special occasions and creative DIY ideas. Users can buy unique gifts for their loved ones. Bit+ Co has been able to raise $7.6 million from different investors.

Monique Rivers works at Ninefold, Australian company committed to delivering easy to use, high performance cloud hosting. She’s interested in web design and emerging web technologies.

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