SheWorx100 Spotlight 1: Changing the Women’s Conference for Good
As SheWorx ramps up for its annual summit series, SheWorx100, there are many reasons to celebrate its diverse and influential membership. Bot-building. VR shopping. 3D print technology. Software design. Women in tech do it all. So why compete? 600 female founders. 90 top investors. 3 cities. SheWorx100 is a space for women to come together and build relationships in a collaborative environment. We showcase innovation and connect inspiring women to the funding they deserve. Not convinced? Check out some of the rising talent you can expect to bump into at this year’s summit.
Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh, Founder & CEO, betwixt.us
In a digital world, obsessed with efficiency, it can be difficult for geographically dispersed teams to connect. Enter Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh, of betwixt.us, “the watercooler for the modern, distributed workforce”. She helps teams (starting with those using Slack) establish trust and boost collaboration. Her aim? To redefine how global communities work, play, invent and invest. Jumana feels at home in the SheWorx community that, much like betwixt.us, was created to support and advance small (but mighty!) groups. Flanked by her inter-generational and ethnically diverse management team, Jumana is excited to build real relationships with real people at SheWorx100 or, in her own words, “to get up close and personal with other brilliant, brave, badass broads!”
Tina Cheng, Founder & CEO, Capsule Jewelry
Have you ever wished you could hang onto a moment, a feeling, for the rest of your life? The first time your 3-month-old laughs. A note scrawled, with love, in that all-familiar cursive. Tina Cheng, founder of Capsule Jewelry, can help. Using 3D-printing technology on fine sterling silver jewelry, she creates unique, modern, timeless pieces that can be customized with everything from a sound wave pattern to your grandmother’s handwriting. Her ambitious goal: to be the #1 global brand in personalized jewelry. What sets Capsule apart? The ability to launch a collection in as little as 3 weeks. Future goals? Collaboration with strong female role models (think Oprah Winfrey and Rihanna) to promote female empowerment and social justice. Tina, who values the quality of mentorship and networking offered by SheWorx, is excited to meet “high-caliber, ambitious female entrepreneurs looking to make a dent in the startup industry” at this year’s SheWorx summit.
Clara de Soto, Founder & CEO, Reply.ai
What is the best way for human beings to learn? By asking questions. What makes Reply.ai, the enterprise-level bot-building and management platform unique? It provides the end-to-end solution to power 1:1 communication between businesses and their customers via two-way messaging channels. “Ask and ye shall receive”. Clara de Soto creates responsive bots to “botify” content, no matter how complex, convoluted, or large. Bots can add a conversational interface to, well, anything — which, in turn increases the humanity and accessibility. Clara, who appreciates the “collaborative vs. competitive approach” that SheWorx promotes is looking forward to engaging in open, supportive dialogue with SheWorx100, in a community “that emboldens women to ask the questions they really want to ask, with no fear.”
Erika Mozes, Founder & CEO, Hyr.work
Your hostess is sick with the flu. Your best bartender requests vacation days. You’re short on staff, and not sure where to turn. Fear not. Hyr to the rescue! Erika Mozes founded Hyr as a work solution to connect businesses with independent labor, on demand. A win-win solution to an age-old problem. Posting shifts. Reviewing and selecting talent. Payment. Hyr handles it all. With a few swipes of a smartphone, businesses get access to quality labor while talent can earn money fast (payment in 24 hours!). In 10 years, Erika expects Hyr to “be a fully integrated blended work force in multiple verticals in the shift work economy.” As a repeat SheWorx100 attendee, Erika is excited to make amazing connections with awesome female founders and VC’s. “Last year, we were early in the days of Hyr, and the connections I made helped me to shape the F&F round that we were raising.”
Neha Singh, Founder & CEO, Obsess
Picture this. You walk into a boutique shop and there it is — that satin long-line bomber jacket you’ve been coveting. Zoom in. Double Click. You’re obsessed. So is Neha Singh, ex-Google, ex-Vogue, MIT alum and founder/CEO of Obsess, a VR platform for experiential shopping. Are you tired of scrolling through generic database-on-a-webpage products? Obsess aims to create a discovery-based, branded, immersive shopping experience in a new digital medium that is virtually out of this world. Corporate vision: to build the most engaging form of commerce that’s better than both physical retail and e-commerce. Neha, who cites “actionable, practical advice” as her main take-away from the SheWorx community is excited to connect with early-stage investors and network with other inspirational founders at SheWorx100.
SheWorx is proud to be changing the landscape of female entrepreneurship, one step at a time. Celebrating and empowering women is our mission. Luckily, we have no shortage of inspiration. SheWorx100, our annual summit, is a great place to rub elbows with these inspirational tech leaders, and the high powered funders that help make the magic happen. Still on the fence? Success is no accident. Take the plunge.
Lisa Wang is a serial entrepreneur and the Co-founder of SheWorx, the global collective of ambitious female entrepreneurs redefining leadership. Recognized as the leading female entrepreneur event series, SheWorx has reached over 20,000 women, providing access to top investors, mentors, and actionable business strategies to build and scale successful companies. Lisa is a former Olympic-level gymnast, 4x US National Champion, and U.S. Hall of Fame Inductee. She was named CIO’s “Top 20 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017” and was featured on Forbes Leadership for the resilience and tenacity she brings from her athletic training to the SheWorx mission. She is a former Wall Street hedge fund analyst and a graduate of Yale University.
By: Lisa Wang is a serial entrepreneur and the Co-founder of SheWorx, the global collective of ambitious female entrepreneurs redefining leadership.
Originally published at www.sheworx.co.