Posts tagged women entrepreneurs

Sarika Doshi, a co-founder of the fashion and beauty website Rank & Style, shared some insight into how she launched her company while still working a full-time job:

It was a lot of work. I was working at a legal startup that was doing really interesting things, and I was learning so much, so it really wasn’t a drag. Basically I would work during the day, and then Pooja and Sonal would come over at night. We would order food and then start our second shift, building Rank & Style. It was like being in full-on final exam mode all the time. I would usually take Saturday off, but that was it.
How did you know when it was the right time to quit your job and dive in?
I was dedicated to getting my savings account to a certain place before quitting. That, and I wanted to get funded before launching. I know that isn’t traditional for a lot of risk-taking entrepreneurs, but I think everyone needs to do their own math. We ended up raising $500,000 right before we launched.

Learn more about Doshi and her company, Rank & Style, on OPEN Forum.

Sarika Doshi, a co-founder of the fashion and beauty website Rank & Style, shared some insight into how she launched her company while still working a full-time job:

It was a lot of work. I was working at a legal startup that was doing really interesting things, and I was learning so much, so it really wasn’t a drag. Basically I would work during the day, and then Pooja and Sonal would come over at night. We would order food and then start our second shift, building Rank & Style. It was like being in full-on final exam mode all the time. I would usually take Saturday off, but that was it.

How did you know when it was the right time to quit your job and dive in?

I was dedicated to getting my savings account to a certain place before quitting. That, and I wanted to get funded before launching. I know that isn’t traditional for a lot of risk-taking entrepreneurs, but I think everyone needs to do their own math. We ended up raising $500,000 right before we launched.

Learn more about Doshi and her company, Rank & Style, on OPEN Forum.

Joy Chen, CEO of all-nautral beauty line Yes to, spoke with Entrepreneur.com about how she turned around the formerly flailing company into a brand worth $50 million — four times the value when she joined in 2009.

Q: Before you took the CEO seat, how was the company’s model failing?


A: I walked into the business when it was in the worst state. It wasn’t profitable.

Initially, the Yes to company had three sub-brands — Yes to Carrots, Yes to Tomatoes and Yes to Cucumbers — and all three were cannibalizing each other. It confused people, as the product packaging didn’t communicate each line’s health benefits. So consumers thought it was just about differences in scents or flavors. As a result, each sub-brand chipped at each other’s market share. But I saw this as a clear opportunity for a turnaround. … Consumers can now view the sub-families as ingredients for a natural recipe, where each product solves a problem. 

Read more inspiring insights from Chen on Entrepreneur.com.

How a bad haircut inspired Melody McCloskey to found a StyleSeat, an app worth $300 million.

How a bad haircut inspired Melody McCloskey to found a StyleSeat, an app worth $300 million.

Women are starting businesses faster than ever, despite institutional barriers. This infographic explains why that’s great news for everyone.

Women are starting businesses faster than ever, despite institutional barriers. This infographic explains why that’s great news for everyone.

In “Rookies,” a new series on OPEN Forum, we profile business owners as they navigate the ups and downs of starting a business for the first time. Our first profile features Mackenzie Farquer of Lockwood, a lifestyle shop in Astoria:

"I was living in this neighborhood that was really underserved. There was nowhere to shop: no gift store, boutique, clothing store. I would always tell people at cocktail parties, ‘I’m going to open a store in Astoria.’ I don’t think they believed me."

Via OPENForum.com: “Rookies: How Mackenzi Farquer Went From Stockbroker to Store Owner

Though women are starting businesses faster than ever before, “women-owned businesses employ only 6 percent of the U.S. workforce and account for just 4 percent of revenues.”
Here are the barriers to growth that women entrepreneurs are facing today.
Via OPENForum.com: “3 Ways to Increase Women Entrepreneurship Worldwide”

Though women are starting businesses faster than ever before, “women-owned businesses employ only 6 percent of the U.S. workforce and account for just 4 percent of revenues.”

Here are the barriers to growth that women entrepreneurs are facing today.

Via OPENForum.com: “3 Ways to Increase Women Entrepreneurship Worldwide

Meet the women who are leading the next generation of women in tech.

“The most notable fact our culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits. The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possibilities.”—Adrienne Rich
A new eye-opening report shows that women are falling behind men when it comes to entrepreneurship. We look at the numbers and possible reasons here.

The most notable fact our culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits. The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possibilities.”—Adrienne Rich

A new eye-opening report shows that women are falling behind men when it comes to entrepreneurship. We look at the numbers and possible reasons here.

“You must be in love with your business. I’ve literally worked every weekend for the last eight weeks and I don’t mind. I’m not a workaholic; I have tons of friends and my fiancé is amazing. But I love what I do. To me, it doesn’t feel like work.” Alexa von Tobel, CEO and Founder of LearnVest
Read more on how to “Lean In” without giving up your life from some of our favorite female entrepreneurs on OPEN Forum

“You must be in love with your business. I’ve literally worked every weekend for the last eight weeks and I don’t mind. I’m not a workaholic; I have tons of friends and my fiancé is amazing. But I love what I do. To me, it doesn’t feel like work.” Alexa von Tobel, CEO and Founder of LearnVest

Read more on how to “Lean In” without giving up your life from some of our favorite female entrepreneurs on OPEN Forum

Debbie Sterling of Goldie Blox: Creating a New World for GirlsQuick: Try to name a famous female engineer. Anyone? It’s not 
surprising. According to Georgetown University, 84 percent of all 
engineering majors are men. Debbie Sterling is determined to change this statistic. She quit her job in December 2011 and in 2012 launched Goldie Blox, an Oakland-based company with the singular mission to inspire young girls to enter the field of engineering.We caught up with Sterling to find out where the idea came from, how it was funded and what’s next for Goldie. Read more here
        (via Debbie Sterling of Goldie Blox: Creating a New World for Girls - OPEN Forum :: American Express OPEN Forum)
Debbie Sterling of Goldie Blox: Creating a New World for Girls

Quick: Try to name a famous female engineer. Anyone? It’s not surprising. According to Georgetown University, 84 percent of all engineering majors are men. Debbie Sterling is determined to change this statistic. She quit her job in December 2011 and in 2012 launched Goldie Blox, an Oakland-based company with the singular mission to inspire young girls to enter the field of engineering.

We caught up with Sterling to find out where the idea came from, how it was funded and what’s next for Goldie. Read more here

(via Debbie Sterling of Goldie Blox: Creating a New World for Girls - OPEN Forum :: American Express OPEN Forum)