Women are breaking barriers, and creating real change in the entrepreneur world. These women have created their brands from the ground up and been extremely successful at it. Check out our compilation of influential women:
Rent the Runway: Founders Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss sought to democratize the high fashion industry. Rent the Runway is exactly what it sounds like – renting pieces seen on the runway. The service offers affordable prices for designer labels, through clothing rentals. It’s perfect for one time events or special occasions that you need to dress up for (and don’t want to spend a fortune on).
Chloe + Isabel: With the mission to empower merchandisers, Chantel Waterbury founded Chloe + Isabel, a fashion jewelry site. She grew up with the ambition to be her own boss, and that’s exactly what she achieved. Now, she gives back by providing opportunities for those with similar goals to her own through Chloe + Isabel. The company allows independent merchandisers to create their jewelry in the Chloe + Isabel studio in NYC, and then sell the jewelry through Chloe + Isabel, at a fraction of the price of boutique jewelry.
Ringly: Christina d’Avignon is the innovator behind Ringly. The groundbreaking company brought the world something it’s never seen before: a ring that connects wirelessly to your phone. How does it work exactly? Through bluetooth, your phone sends signals to the stylish ring on your finger, which vibrates when you get notifications, whether it be a text, call, or even if your uber has arrived. The rings can now connect to more than 50 apps from Uber to Tinder to eBay.
Mogul: A Harvard Business School graduate, Tiffany Pham founded Mogul to empower women. The site allows women to write articles, get advice, and gain knowledge from other women, upvoting and downvoting to show the current trends. Pham, who has extensive experience in media and television, launched Mogul in 2014 and the company was named one of the “Top NYC Startups to Watch in 2015” by Entrepreneur.
WayUp: At age 25, Liz Wessel has already founded three companies. Her most recent venture was WayUp, an online database of jobs and internships for college students. WayUp aims to filter for quality jobs as opposed to quantity, and users only see the jobs they are qualified for. Wessel created WayUp with the mission to help college students and recent graduates to land valuable positions, something that is rather difficult using mass job search websites. The site now has more than 120,000 users and 40 employees in only two years, symbolizing the immense success of the company.
Shoptiques: Featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 list for retail, Olga Vidisheva founded Shoptiques, a website selling items from boutiques around the world. Olga grew up in Kyrgyzstan and moved to the US at 17, without knowing a word of English. She was determined to prosper in America, after a rough life growing up. After graduating from Wellesley College with her bachelor’s and Harvard with an MBA, she built Shoptiques from the ground up. Shoptiques appeared on Forbes 2015 list of America’s Most Promising Companies, and is continually growing and expanding their list and geographic diversity of boutiques, most recently to Mexico.