Saturday, September 21, 2013

New York’s Top Lady-Led Startups

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, here are some of the female entrepreneurs bringing new business (and new jobs) to New York City.

Marleen Vogelaar of Shapeways

If you’re not ready to drop $2,000+ on your own 3D printer, Shapeways has 50 printers ready to churn out your masterpiece from their new factory in Long Island City. You submit your own 3D design for anything from jewelry to replacement parts, and Shapeways will deliver it to you. It’s the future of customized manufacturing – 10 minutes from midtown.

Lori Cheek of Cheek’d

Lori leverages technology to create in-person connections. Cheek’d gives members 50 sleek black business cards with flirtatious lines, their first name, and a unique URL. Slip one in the pocket of that cutie on the subway to spark a match without revealing your contact information.

Sara Chipps of Girl Develop It

Girl Develop It was the first programming class I’ve ever attended that broke down gender stereotypes and showed how coding can be a collaborative process that anyone can learn. Sara Chipps’ organization is now teaching female developers around the world

Katia Beauchamp of Birchbox

Subscription services for products are soooooo in right now, and Birchbox is one of the reasons why. Each month, customers receive a box of beauty product samples in the mail (men’s and women’s versions are available). Customers can then buy full-sized versions of their favorites from the Birchbox website.

Cindy Gallop of IfWeRanTheWorld

If We Ran The World encourages members to tap into great intentions and get help to follow through. Breaking down big goals into “microactions” that members can accomplish to chip away at audacious goals. I’d tell you all about her other company, MakeLoveNotPorn, but not while I’m at work