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From our newsletter: Holiday time! Are you thriving or surviving?

I remember the days when holidays meant time off, reconnecting with friends and family, fabulous vacation travel and end of year bonuses. But now, I am a mom and an entrepreneur. For me, holidays are no longer blissful and restful. Holidays mean hustling to get some sell through (yes, I still have Venture Kits inventory), [...]




Female Founder Feature: Melissa Strawn – MyPeopleNow, Inc.

Melissa Strawn is the Founder & CEO of MyPeopleNow, Inc. Her incredible journey is a testament to the power of resilience, as you can learn from her genuine, down to earth, no-holds-barred, must-read blog. “If you have a passion for building a better freelance economy, a mission toward ending poverty and social service dependence, or [...]




Female Founder Feature: Priyanka Raha – PopSmart Kids

Priyanka Raha is the CEO of PopSmart Kids, an educational technology startup. The company was founded earlier this year and has been a big proponent of promoting Digital Citizenship through the company’s newsletters and media posts. The first app is a collaborative story-writing app for children that will launch in January 2019. Recently, Priyanka has [...]




Questioned? Doubted? Dismissed? Try our female founder battle cry.

Two magic words: WATCH. ME. How many times have you been doubted and dismissed? I recently spoke with Fast Company about this frustrating reality that every female founder – and every professional woman – has experienced at some point in her career, at the hands of women and men alike. And what’s shocking is that [...]




Female Founder Feature: Frances Dewing – Rubica

Frances Dewing is the CEO of Rubica, a cyber security startup whose mission is to protect individuals’ ‘digital rights’ and ultimately reduce the incidence of cybercrime. Rubica launched back in December 2016 and is headquartered in Kirkland, Washington. Since launching, Rubica has closed on $5.6M of investment on January 4, 2017, has offices in San [...]




Keeping up with the Female Founders Alliance

“CHANGE FOR WOMEN, BY WOMEN.”Ready Set Raise Recaps Two weeks have passed since Demo Night and it’s still a surreal experience for me. My team and I have spent this time reflecting on Ready Set Raise, following up with our participants, and evaluating our feedback. We realized that since the idea sparked in June, till [...]




Seattle Startup Week – Future Founders

During the Seattle Startup Week the Female Founders Alliance produced a half a dozen panels that included several of our members – ‘The Art and Science of Pivoting’, ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Navigating Your Startup’s Early Days’, and ‘Do I Really Need a Cofounder?’ to name a few. However, this year in [...]




Female Founder Feature: Yasmin Ali – Skillspire

Yasmin Ali is the founder and CEO of Skillspire, an education startup that offers technology boot camps and specifically targets immigrants, refugees and women. Skillspire launched back in April 2016 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Since launching, Skillspire has five employees and classes are largely taught by part-time instructors who work in technology and [...]




What I learned launching an accelerator for women

My takeaways from designing a female focused program My Journey Fall of 2012, I decided to quit my full time job, move to a new city, and test the waters with a different experience. While I had a circle of strong supporters, that risk was one of the best career decisions I made. I’ve spent [...]