women

  • Conceivable’s New App Puts A Fertility Clinic In Your Pocket

    Conceivable’s New App Puts A Fertility Clinic In Your Pocket

    For women struggling to conceive, in vitro fertilization can be a successful, but also fairly expensive, option. At approximately $15,000 per cycle, and requiring two cycles on average before it works, it’s still beyond the reach of many couples. A new app called Conceivable, launching today, is offering a different option. This subscription-based service delivered through a mobile… Read More

  • An Action Plan For Getting More Women In Tech

    An Action Plan For Getting More Women In Tech

    How can more women be encouraged into technology careers? It’s a question that is often put to delegates at tech conferences, but one which continues to be far harder to answer than it is to ask. The problem of gender imbalance in tech is systemic and societal in Western nations. It’s about expectations and aspirations. Read More

  • Bellabeat Leaf, A Health Tracker For Women, Will Now Track Your Reproductive Cycle Too

    Bellabeat Leaf, A Health Tracker For Women, Will Now Track Your Reproductive Cycle Too

    Bellabeat, the maker of a trio of health trackers for moms and moms-to-be, is now broadening its focus to include a feature set designed to appeal to all women after selling out of its initial pre-orders, netting the company $1.2 million in revenue. With the Bellabeat Leaf, a piece of “smart jewelry” that can be worn as a necklace, pendant, bracelet or brooch to track activity… Read More

  • Bellabeat Debuts A Trio Of Health-Tracking Products For Moms-To-Be And Beyond, Including Jewelry, A Monitor And A Smart Scale

    Bellabeat Debuts A Trio Of Health-Tracking Products For Moms-To-Be And Beyond, Including Jewelry, A Monitor And A Smart Scale

    Fitness-minded individuals have devices like the Fitbit to track their steps and activities. Expectant mothers have Bellabeat. The startup has been selling a low-cost “connected system” that allows moms-to-be to track their pregnancies, including being able to hear, record and share their baby’s heartbeat via a pocket-sized ultrasound tool. Today, the company is releasing a… Read More

  • Luxury Consignment Site Shop-Hers Makes Its Mobile Debut

    Luxury Consignment Site Shop-Hers Makes Its Mobile Debut

    Online consignment shops operate in a crowded market these days with a range of stores offering everything from eBay-like, peer-to-peer sales of clothes bought at The Gap and Target to high-end stores where luxury goods are authenticated, approved and sold on your behalf. One company making a dent on the latter side of that spectrum is Shop-Hers, a marketplace for luxury goods boasting… Read More

  • Getting More Women Into Tech Is Going To Be Awkward

    Getting More Women Into Tech Is Going To Be Awkward

    Big tech companies are pushing hard to get the word out about their efforts to be more inclusive for women, people of color, and other minority groups. We recently covered Google’s latest efforts to get women involved in tech, including sending “at least one person each” to upcoming tech conferences via a new scholarship program and committing $50 million over three years to… Read More

  • Google’s Tepid Plan To Boost Diversity At Tech Conferences

    Google’s Tepid Plan To Boost Diversity At Tech Conferences

    Less than a month after admitting it hires too many white dudes, Google is committing to increasing the number of women and minorities in tech to better reflect society at large. Read More

  • The MEMI, A Smartbracelet For Women, Vibrates When You Get Calls And Texts

    The MEMI, A Smartbracelet For Women, Vibrates When You Get Calls And Texts

    In TechCrunch Disrupt NY’s Startup Alley today, MEMI co-founder and president Margaux Guerard is demonstrating her company’s iPhone-compatible smartbracelet. Aimed at women who tend to carry their mobile phones in their handbag, the MEMI alerts you to incoming calls, texts and calendar events with a discreet vibration. The company, created by former strategy consultant at Bain… Read More

  • Who Runs The (Social Media) World? Girls.

    Who Runs The (Social Media) World? Girls.

    Behind every great social media platform stands millions of great women. And boy do they love their smartphones! According to research compiled by FinanceOnline, which was taken from PEW, Nielsen, and Burst Media, women use social media more often and in more ways then men do. Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter all have more women on the platform than men. Pinterest, not… Read More

  • Levo Raises $7M To Connect Young Female Professionals

    Levo Raises $7M To Connect Young Female Professionals

    Levo League, a site with career resources for young women, announced today that it has raised $7 million in angel funding from investors including Lubna Olayan, the CEO of Saudi Arabian firm Olayan Financing Co. and Véronique Morali, president of Fimalac in France, as well as CEO of Webedia/Allocine. Previous supporters have included Sheryl Sandberg, who made an angel investment in Levo… Read More

  • Google’s Got Its Own Lean In, Teams With Politico And Tory Burch For “Women Rule”

    Google’s Got Its Own Lean In, Teams With Politico And Tory Burch For “Women Rule”

    Women Rule is a new programming and event series to recognize female leaders and bring them together to give advice to women in politics and business. The joint partnership between politics blog Politico, Google, and women’s support network The Tory Burch Foundation will produce an online media hub and four-part event series in Washington, D.C., that explore the challenges female… Read More

  • Focused On Women, Sprightly Debuts A Visual Content Platform Showing What’s Hot Across Fashion, Beauty, Design Sites & More

    Focused On Women, Sprightly Debuts A Visual Content Platform Showing What’s Hot Across Fashion, Beauty, Design Sites & More

    Sprightly, a newly launching startup whose founding team has an extensive history working in female-focused businesses, including Refinery29, Etsy, Chloe+Isabel, and others, is debuting its content aggregation platform on Monday, with a focus on verticals like fashion, beauty, design, decor, and more. TechCrunch has early invites (see below). Read More

  • In The World Of Tech, Women Can Have It All

    In The World Of Tech, Women Can Have It All

    Editor’s note: Michal Tsur is a serial tech entrepreneur, having co-founded online security firm Cyota and open-source video platform Kaltura, where she is currently president. Leah Belsky is a fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where she contributes on online collaboration and technology policy, and is currently SVP of Kaltura. The blossoming tech startup… Read More

  • Modington Lets You Shop For Outfits, Not Just Clothes

    Modington Lets You Shop For Outfits, Not Just Clothes

    Pranav Dharma, a former IBM engineer, self-described “fashionable” geek, and founder of new women’s apparel startup Modington, thinks that today’s online e-commerce sites don’t reflect how women really shop for clothes and accessories. So he decided to create one. Enter, Modington. “I was inspired by observing how my wife shops,” says Dharma… Read More

  • This Is What Success Looks Like?

    This Is What Success Looks Like?

    In the business world, where male CEOs outrank females in both numbers and pay, the occurrence of a pregnant Fortune 500 CEO isn’t just a novelty, it’s a first. Unfortunately, the announcement of Mayer’s personal decision on her maternity leave (she’s taking just “a few weeks”) has also ended up becoming an inadvertent and sad statement about what… Read More

  • Adore Me Raises $2.5 Million For Personalized Lingerie Showrooms

    Adore Me Raises $2.5 Million For Personalized Lingerie Showrooms

    NYC-based Adore Me, yet another player in the subscription-based e-commerce business, has raised a second round of funding totaling $2.5 million. Investors in the new round included Redhills Ventures, U.S. angels, plus Jaina Capital and Ventech Capital, two funds that specialize in Internet, information technology, communications technology, and green startups. Since its start in November… Read More

  • True&Co Takes $2M Seed Funding From First Round, SoftTech, Others To Shake Up The Bra Industry

    True&Co Takes $2M Seed Funding From First Round, SoftTech, Others To Shake Up The Bra Industry

    The women’s liberation movement once taught ladies to cast off their bras in solidarity and empowerment; now a new startup, founded by two women, is inverting that formula to make sure that when you put it back on, that bra fits like a glove. True&Co is launching an online bra fitting service and shop that takes a very traditional (and tedious) process — finding bras you like… Read More

  • Watch Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Deliver Her Speech To Harvard Business School Graduates

    Watch Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Deliver Her Speech To Harvard Business School Graduates

    It has been a week since the Facebook IPO, with a whole lot of drama in the aftermath about the glitch with Nasdaq (and the legal implications), and questions about how much traders have lost as a result, while the share price has fallen: from a start of $38 it is now $32.79 in pre-market trading. But in a speech earlier this week to the 2012 graduating class of Harvard Business School… Read More

  • Don’t Be Afraid To Go Pink: Designing Great Tech Products For Women

    Don’t Be Afraid To Go Pink: Designing Great Tech Products For Women

    When it comes to fashion, women have embraced products that were originally designed for men. Flip through any J.Crew catalog and you’ll encounter the Boyfriend Jean, Boyfriend Blazer, unisex ankle boots, and of course the classic men’s shirt paired with skinny jeans. When it comes to tech? Not so much. In the predominantly male tech world, products are usually, by default, designed… Read More

  • Female-Focused Accelerator “Women Innovate Mobile” Announces Its First Participants

    Female-Focused Accelerator “Women Innovate Mobile” Announces Its First Participants

    Women Innovate Mobile (WIM), the new accelerator aimed to help promote companies started by female entrepreneurs, is ready to debut its first class. Like other incubators, WIM provides mentoring, support, free office space, and seed funding. Participants in the program receive $18,000 to help get their companies get off the ground. Except unlike the majority of other programs, WIM requires… Read More

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