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Successful Startups Founded by Women

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Summary: Woman run and founded startups are few in numbers but just as successful and powerful as companies started by men.

There aren’t many companies out there with female chief executives. The majority of the startups in the Silicon Valley are led by men. This is a list of successful startups that were started by the creative minds of women.


This company was started by Adora and Aaron Cheung. They match customers with one of their certified housekeeping professionals for only $20 an hour. The scheduling process is simple and they guarantee satisfaction.


This app was founded by Gillian Morris through TripCommon. The app allows users to make wishlists for the specific destinations they want to visit. The user receives a notification when tickets for that destination reach their most competitive price point. The app also allows users to connect through social media with friends to coordinate plans or see where friends want to visit.


This shopping app was inspired by Deena Varshavskaya. Wanelo stands for want, need, love and is like a digital mall. Users have access to over 350,000 stores in one place.


This company, founded by Kegan Schouwenburg, makes 3D shoe insoles. Schouwenburg previously worked for Shapeways, a 3D printer. Custom orthopedic shoe insoles can help anyone improve posture, correct pronation, and make feet happy. Just take three photos of your feet using the app and ta-dah.

The RealReal

This company is not just another consignment store for high-end items. They offer free shipping or in-home pickup in 16 cities for women’s and men’s fashion items. The three year old company was started by Julie Wainwright and has over three million shoppers.


Founder and CEO, Alexa von Tobel, developed this financial planning program. Users create a custom budget and plan to match their lifestyle goals. The company provides information on classes and articles to help users make better habits.


This company, co-founded by CEO Jessica Mah, helps entrepreneurs in business management areas such as payroll and bookkeeping.

The Skimm

This daily email service was started by friends Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg after they graduated from college. They service has over 500,000 subscribers. They take the news of politics, fashion headlines, etc. and spin it into a fresh read.


This fashion and lifestyle site was founded by Pasha Sadri and now has Jess Lee as CEO and “honorary co-founder”. Lee, who was working at Google at the time, was a fan of the site and emailed Sadri with ideas on how to improve the site.

Traveling Spoon

This company was started by Aashi Vel and Steph Lawrence. The service matches travelers with local hosts and authentic dining experiences wherever they might be vacationing.


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Authored by: Amanda Griffin