5 Women Startups You Should Know

Becuase who doesn't love an innovative startup?!

Check out these leading ladies, in no particular order:

uBeam

Founder: Meredith Perry

Claim to Fame: uBeam is a wireless power startup that transmits power over-the-air to charge electronic devices. At only 25, Perry is already been called "the next Elon Musk." She created the first prototype wireless charger while she was an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania.

Funds raised: $23.24 million, according to Crunchbase.

Notable investors: Venture capitalists Marc Andreessen and Mark Cuban, and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

LightSail Energy

Founder: Danielle Fong

Claim to Fame: LightSail’s aim is to compress air to create heat and use that heat to create power. Fong calls herself "the girl from the future," and though she has yet to bring a product to market, she's already managed to raise serious funds.

Funds raised: $42.8 million, according to Crunchbase.

Notable investors: Bill Gates and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

Drawbridge

Founder: Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan

Claim to Fame: Sivaramakrishnan founded Drawbridge to enable brands to have seamless conversations with consumers. Unlike other mobile advertising companies, Drawbridge identifies multiple mobile devices that are used by the same person, improving ad targeting and attribution.

Funds raised: $20.5 million, according to Crunchbase.

Notable investors: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital.

PlanGrid

Co-founder: Tracy Young

Claim to Fame: Along with her co-founder and fellow construction engineer Ryan Sutton-Gee, Young set out to create a company to digitize blueprints. That company, PlanGrid, lets architects, construction workers, and their bosses access building plans from a mobile device and edit them like a group document.

Funds raised: $59.1 million, according to Crunchbase.

Notable investors: Sequoia Capital, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Y Combinator, Google Ventures.

Gobble

Founder: Ooshma Garg

Claim to Fame: A subscription-based food service, Gobble is similar to competitors like Blue Apron and Plated in that it provides a selection of meals each week and delivers recipes and pre-portioned ingredients to subscribers’ homes. The company’s key differentiator: There’s very little actual cooking involved.

Funds raised: $11.95 million, according to Crunchbase.

Notable investors: Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn; Keith Rabois, former COO of Square; and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.

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Source: Fortune


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