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!
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!
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.
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”