Topic: female entrepreneurs

Spanx Founder Sara Blakely Just Joined A Very Exclusive Club

Spanx Founder Sara Blakely Just Joined A Very Exclusive Club

Sara Blakely, the brilliant inventor of Spanx and the youngest woman to ever make Forbes‘ billionaire list, has joined a very exclusive club. Forbes reports that Blakely has just become the first female billionaire to join the Gates Foundation’s Giving Pledge, the philanthropic movement started by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates that encourages the world’s richest people to give half their money to charity. More »

The Insider: Taylor Patterson

The Insider: Taylor Patterson

The floral whizkid and head of Fox Fodder Farm Taylor Patterson creates the sort of moody,  jaw-dropping arrangements that make us scowl at the sight of bodega flowers. But before you get mad at her for upping the ante, you ought to know that girl’s about as fly as they come—and is hardly above picking greens sprouting out of sidewalk cracks. More »

From Engineer to Entrepreneur: The Founder Of Pickie Shares Her Business Secrets

From Engineer to Entrepreneur: The Founder Of Pickie Shares Her Business Secrets

Sonia Sahney Nagar has quite an impressive resumé — working for General Motors as an engineer, working for Amazon, and consulting for other businesses on eCommerce. She left it all behind, though, to form Pickie, a personalized shopping aid that just raised $1 million in venture capitalist funding. We got to talk to Sonia about how she made the leap from engineering to consulting to becoming a CEO, and her tips for women looking to follow in her footsteps. More »

Reality Shows We Actually Want To Watch: Female Entrepreneurs Duke It Out

Reality Shows We Actually Want To Watch: Female Entrepreneurs Duke It Out

When women are thrown in a room and then filmed for reality television, things can get pretty crazy. Even if there isn’t a designated competition they are supposed to be participating in, one automatically forms regardless. On the Real Housewives of Insert City, the cast competes on everything from who has the most money to friendships to who has the most important charity (which entirely defeats the purpose). Shows where women compete for love are even worse. Women degrade themselves over a mediocre guy who promises them the world (BECAUSE HE IS ON CAMERA). Even on cooking, modeling and adventure competition shows, the women are often portrayed as catty and crazy while the guys are just looked at as competitive. More »

This Woman Turned Her Love Of Sailing And Design Into A Thriving Business

This Woman Turned Her Love Of Sailing And Design Into A Thriving Business

Kearsley Lloyd knew she always wanted to be an artist but her parents weren’t quite ready for her to fully go for the starving artist life (it makes things so difficult…like eating on a daily basis.) They encouraged her to study all different aspects of the art industry with experts until she eventually got into a little school called RISD. You’ve probably heard of it. More »

The Insider: Mollie Chen

The Insider: Mollie Chen

In the Baby-sitters Club version of our lives, Mollie Chen would be our Kristy—not because she’s always wearing turtlenecks or getting all bossy, but because she’s just so good at stuff. Editorial director of our favorite beauty site Birchbox by day, Mollie is also a ridiculously good cook—to the point where you question when and how much she sleeps. And while we still don’t have the answer to that query, Mollie did share her tip for at least looking awake. More »

Nasty Gal Is The Fastest-Growing Retailer in the Country

Nasty Gal Is The Fastest-Growing Retailer in the Country

Here’s a nice counterweight to all the inane and antiquated articles on women in the workplace that have been coming out as of late: on Tuesday, The New York Times published a profile on the fastest-growing retailer in the United States. The company is called Nasty Gal and it sold nearly $100 million of clothing and accessories in the last year. Oh — and its founder and CEO is a 28-year-old woman. More »