10 cool startups by women, for women
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Photo of Deena Varshavskaya, founder of Wanelo. Photo credit: Caroltonb / Wikimedia Commons

Photo of Deena Varshavskaya, founder of Wanelo. Photo credit: Caroltonb / Wikimedia Commons

These are startups almost any woman can get behind

Women may be underrepresented in tech, but that isn’t stopping them from launching some incredible startups and apps. And while men may be doing most of the work in the tech sector, women still have needs that the industry can address. That’s where these badass ladies come in. Here are 10 great startups built by women, for women.

1. Bumble

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Co-founder and CEO of Bumble Whitney Wolfe speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on May 11, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch via Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 11: Co-founder and CEO of Bumble Whitney Wolfe speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on May 11, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch via Wikimedia Commons

In a world of right swipes and left swipes, Bumble is giving the power back to women in the dating game. Founded by ex-Tinder exec and co-founder Whitney Wolfe, Bumble is a dating app (available on iOS and Android) that requires women to make the first move — a “modern day Sadie Hawkins,” according to Wolfe.

Wolfe has not released details on Bumble’s funding, but TechCrunch reports that Andrey Andreev, the Russian founder of European dating site Badoo, owns an 80% stake in the company. Started in December 2014, Bumble now ranks as the fourth most popular dating app. Wolfe has also been listed on numerous top women in tech lists, including Business Insider‘s “30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech” and Elle‘s “Women in Tech.”

2. bSafe

Photo credit: bSafe

Photo credit: bSafe

bSafe offers a number of features to help women feel safer in all situations. Friends and family can track the user’s location through the app (available for iOS and Android devices), which will alert an emergency contact if the user doesn’t reach their planned destination by a set time. It is also able to send fake calls to your phone, allowing an easy out when a blind date goes bad.

SILJE VALLESTAD. Photo credit: Her homepage

Silje Vallestad. Photo credit: Her homepage

bSafe was founded in 2008 by Silje Vallestad, a serial entrepreneur and investor from Norway, and has raised $4.21 million in five rounds of funding.

3. True&Co

Photo credit: True&Co.

Photo credit: True&Co.

In a real example of how technology can make our lives exponentially better, True&Co actually created an algorithm that takes two minutes to provide the user with a bra that fits perfectly.

Founded in 2012 by Michelle Lam, True&Co has had four rounds of funding, raising $12.67 million.

4. Hobnob

Hobnob cofounders getting ready for #Bates opening night. Photo credit: Facebook

Hobnob co-founders getting ready for #Bates opening night. Photo credit: Facebook

When planning an event, the invitation sets the stage for everything that’s to come. A paper invitation by mail is easy to lose. A Facebook event invite is hard to keep track of. Hobnob is taking care of party planning ladies (and guys) by providing gorgeous templates for event invites that get sent to friends in a text message. The app is available on both iOS and Android devices. 

Founded in 2014 by Tina Fitch and Tiffany Quezada (and Mark Quezada), Hobnob raised an undisclosed amount of funding in a venture round in July 2015.

5. Carelulu

Photo credit: Carelulu

Photo credit: Carelulu

Carelulu helps parents find daycares and preschools that are exactly right for their needs by allowing them to sort by everything from budget to location to teaching philosophy.

Co-founded by Evgeniya Usmanova in 2013, Carelulu raised $1.7 million in seed money in November 2014.

6. Stitch Fix

Photo credit: Stitch Fix

Photo credit: Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix, a personal styling website, curates five items personalized to the user based on budget, style and taste. Users can try out the items, keep (and pay for) only what they want, and send the rest back.

Stitch Fix has raised nearly $50 million in three rounds of funding since it was founded in 2011 by Katrina Lake.

7. Wanelo

Photo of Deena Varshavskaya. Photo credit: Caroltonb / Wikimedia Commons

Photo of Deena Varshavskaya, founder of Wanelo. Photo credit: Caroltonb / Wikimedia Commons

Wanelo stands for “want, need, love,” and it provides shoppers with a curated mall within an app. It offers customized shopping choices, gathered from more than 350,000 stores worldwide, right from your phone.

Wanelo was founded in 2011 by Deena Varshavskaya, who was born in Siberia and emigrated with her family at the age of 16 to the US. So far, it has raised $14 million in three rounds of funding.

8. weeSpring

Photo credit: weeSpring

Photo credit: weeSpring

weeSpring is an online shopping platform that lets new and expecting parents compare products, see reviews, and even see which products their friends and family love.

Founded in 2012 by Allyson Downey and Melissa Post, weeSpring has raised $700,000 in three rounds of funding.

9. The RealReal

Photo credit: TheRealReal

Photo credit: The RealReal

It’s a real dilemma to find a steal of a deal on a designer piece online, only to wonder if it’s legit, or a knockoff. The RealReal is an online resale marketplace just for luxury brands, from Chanel to Monolo Blahnik to Hermés at up to 90% off their retail prices — and it’s definitely all the real deal.

The RealReal was founded in 2011 by Julie Wainwright, and has since raised $122.97 million in six funding rounds.

10. AbbeyPost

AbbeyPost is solving every woman’s problem: Clothes just aren’t made for every body shape out there. At AbbeyPost, women input their exact measurements, and then can find clothes that are guaranteed to fit just right, or have them custom made quickly, in the U.S. and at department store prices.

AbbeyPost was founded in 2012 by Cynthia Schames and Lex Mustafin. It was acquired last year by SourceEasy, and has raised $875,000 in five funding rounds.

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