Five Women Who Inspire Us


Article written by Thea Holtlund Jacobsen

Working from remote locations like Nairobi in Africa, entrepreneur Jen Gurecki is the cofounder and CEO of Coalition Snow – the world’s first outdoor equipment exclusively for women. The idea behind her business was to make a statement about the way gender roles define the line of sports equipment offered to females. Gurecki felt like women weren’t offered the same quality equipment as men were, and this was something she wanted to change. She describes herself as an adventurer and an entrepreneur, and she will soon be the editor of a new magazine called Sisu as well. We can’t wait to see what Jen Gurecki has in store for us in the future!

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Picture from She Ventures

Doing competitive ice skating while taking her bachelor’s degree at Yale University is far from the only thing that makes Anne Wojcicki an inspiration. In 2006, she founded the company 23andMe with the help of Linda Avey, and the company is currently worth $440 million. Wojcicki’s goal was to provide customers with affordable ways to get hold of crucial information about your health, that could potentially save their lives. 23andMe is the first company to receive FDA approval to sell cancer-testing kits directly to customers, without any prescription needed. Through her work, Wojcicki is helping consumers better understand their genes and health, so that they can take control of their own lives. What a woman! 

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Picture from Makers

Knowing if brand products purchased online are real or knockoffs has been a problem for years. However, Julie Wainwright has found a way to deal with the problem. Through her business, TheRealReal, founder Wainwright has established a major secondary market for designer products. She is working towards having luxury fashion brands accept and embrace secondhand sellers. Wainwright believes that this would benefit their businesses as well. “When people start consigning, they have more room in their closet and more money in their pockets – and they tend to buy new things that they know they can ultimately resell,” Wainwright says.  

Only 34 years of age, Evita Robinson is no stranger to entrepreneurship. Being the founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe, she has plenty of experience with starting, launching and growing a business. Last summer, Robinson organized the first travel festival for millennial travelers of colors – a major success. The festival has the same theme as her company, by being a retailer focused on millennial travelers of colors, and the idea was so sought that that community currently has 21,000 members in addition to partnerships with corporate giants such as GoPro, Airbnb and Hyatt. 

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Picture from JBF

Arian Hamilton is the founder of Backstage Capital – a company investing in startups led by underrepresented entrepreneurs. Does it get any more Hub101 than that? Female- and black founders are strongly underrepresented in terms of what entrepreneurs are receiving venture capital. Hamilton had no plans on waiting for the tech industry to change, and she therefore raised a $36 million fund to invest in firms started by black women. Arian Hamilton is a very driven woman, and as she put it herself, “a no is just one step closer to the next yes”

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Picture from Fortune

Hub101 Pop-up Comes to Ventura

In the spirit of startup community, Hub101 will be hosting a pop-up coworking space on the 3rd floor of 505 Poli Street in Ventura on Fridays, starting November 2nd.

“While this is not permanent, The Hub101 pop-up is an experiment to bring value to the startup community in Ventura. We need community members in Ventura to step up as leaders.

We see Hub101 as a catalyst to a vibrant startup community in Ventura. The city of Ventura has had a long history of helping entrepreneurs, and now its our time as entrepreneurs to step up.” says Greg Monterrosa, Hub101 Community Manager.

Hub101 will be offering free open coworking on Fridays with lunch and learns scheduled through out the pop-ups time there.

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Hub101's Greg Monterrosa honored with Pacific Coast Business Times Latino Business Award.

Hub101's Greg Monterrosa honored with Pacific Coast Business Times Latino Business Award.

On July 19th Hub101’s Community Relations Manager, Greg Monterrosa will be accepting an award as the winner of Pacific Coast Business Times Latino Business Award in the Higher Education category. The ceremony will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach.

The Latino Business Awards is an annual ceremony that honors business men and women in the west coast Tri-county area; Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo; to reflect their outstanding achievement as leaders in their communities.

A Sophomore's Journey at Hub101 by Kaija Schoeld

By Kaija Schoeld

I began my sophomore year desperate for a job and concerned I wouldn’t be able to find something I would enjoy doing. In the midst of my search, I received an email from Hub101, a year after applying for the job, and thought “hey I may as well interview and see what they have to offer." This has to be the best decision of my sophomore year. What I found at Hub101 was more than just a campus job, I found community and a space that’s always ready to welcome you home even if you haven’t claimed it yet.

The moment I knew I was supposed to be at Hub101 was after a conversation I had with my dad about my job. We were talking about all that I wanted to get out of it and achieve from working here, the next day I went into work and my boss, Greg Monterrosa, came over to me to talk about some plans for things I could do at Hub101; it was as if he was repeating exactly what I had just talked to my dad about, almost word for word. In that moment, I was like “yeah, okay, I’m in the right place.”

Hub101 became a home for me. I feel welcomed and valued here. The atmosphere is always so positive, and I can count on going to work and leaving in a better mood than when I came in. Everyone is always excited about what you can bring to the table and are ready to throw ideas around and listen to what you have to say.

A very important part of Hub101 is the community. I’ve met so many great people here that I wouldn’t have met otherwise, and I can’t put into words how thankful I am to have met the people I have here. You can find the most interesting people wandering around Hub101 any day of the week, willing to have a conversation with you or give you the friendly smile you needed for the day.

It’s been interesting learning my job description around here. People will ask what I do, and I won’t have a definite answer because in your time here, you kind of do it all which is part of what I love about working here.

 Part of my job is doing what I love most: film making. I came into Hub101, was asked what I’m passionate about, and was given a job that focused on that. It’s the perfect job for college because it gives me a place to practice what I love doing while growing and connecting with people. I’m so thankful to be given the opportunity to grow my passion… and get paid to do it!

Hub101 is a place of community and positivity. My sophomore year would have been so different without my job here and the connections I’ve made.  I owe so much to Hub101 and I’m excited to see what else I can accomplish and start throughout my time here!

Hub101 wins 2018 Coworker Members’ Choice Award for coworking spaces

By Riley Waller  

Westlake Village, CA (Monday 16 April 2018) Hub101  today announced it has been recognized as winner of the 2018 Coworker Members’ Choice Award for Westlake Village, CA Members’ Choice award winners were determined based on the thousands of reviews, votes and opinions collected in a single year from coworking space members worldwide.

“I’m very excited and honored to accept the Coworker Members’ Choice Award on behalf of Hub101. The community of people here at the Hub101 really make it a great and supportive place to cowork. It’s amazing to see the kind of impact our workspace has had in the region”, said Greg Monterrosa, community manager of Hub101.

“Coworker is excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Members’ Choice Awards and celebrate the coworking spaces around the world that are making an impact in their community”, said Leanne Beesley, CEO of Coworker. “By putting a spotlight on coworking spaces that are providing a great environment and creating a community for their members, Coworker gives coworking spaces both large and small the ability to shine and attract new members.”


About Hub101

Operated by Cal Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers a space for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow, and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers.

About Coworker

Coworker, the member-powered platform for the global coworking community, enables people to find & connect with their perfect coworking space wherever they are in the world.