As a woman going down the path of entrepreneurship, I like to keep an eye open for fellow women to look up to, and which can help inspire me in doing the things that I love to do. Of course, there are also men in the business world that I look up to (that will be another article) but for this go-around I looked in to stories about women starting up and becoming successful in building companies of their own.
Taking the lead from the article about 44 Female Founders Every Entrepreneur Should Know, I decided to dig in to some women featured here that I truly admire. While the 44 females mentioned here are only a fraction of the number of women who have started up companies all over the world, I figure making the Mashable list is a pretty good feat.
6 Women Entrepreneurs on my List
My first on the list is Deborah Jackson. I’m really excited about what she is up to – she’s building multiple businesses to empower women entrepreneurs. She is the founder of Plum Alley, an e-commerce company that features and promotes products from women-founded businesses. Plum Alley grew out of the founders’ desire to meaningfully support female-founded businesses. Additionally, she is building several platforms to help women create and build their own businesses, including Jump Thru, Blue Glue Software, My Tech Letter and Women Innovate Mobile. Impressive, right? Jump Thru is where you’ll find all these platforms in one site to give you easier access to them. No wonder Deborah is part of the League of Extraordinary Women too!
Gina Bianchini, founder of Mighty Bell, ranks high on my list of women who inspire me. She’s been a serial entrepreneur and was a co-founder of Ning, which is the world’s largest platform for creating websites. Her current effort, Mighty Bell, is a creative online space for groups, allowing you to create an intimate community where you can share with a group of people that have the same interest, passion or goals as you. Check out the video on their site – it’ll give you a deeper idea of what that online space can do for you.
Two women founded Levo League, an online destination that connects Gen Y women with career opportunities to help ensure their success. It is for women in the formative years of their careers, as well as young entrepreneurs. Caroline Ghosn and Amanda Pouchot founded this company because they themselves were looking for female mentors when they first started working, and they were having trouble finding someone.
Another interesting woman is Jennifer Pahlka. She founded Code for America, which aims to systematize the government through the use of technology by connecting developers and the government.
Last but not the least for this series is Sara Holoubek. She is the founder and CEO of Luminary Labs. They aim to help companies in the transition period and develop resilient business models. They have a network of experts in business planning, investment, innovation, technology and design.
Do you have other women entrepreneurs in mind that inspire you to work towards achieving your goal? Please feel free to share your thoughts below.