Rank #1: Skin Is In
Emily Weiss had no cosmetics industry experience when she founded Glossier, a beauty brand for the Instagram generation. What she did have: reams of insider info on what women actually wear -- and want -- out of skincare and makeup thanks to her popular blog Into The Gloss. In Glossier's first year in business, she raised over $10 million in funding. "It wasn't easy," said Weiss. Here's how she's using the Internet to build better beauty products.
Aug 02 2016
Rank #2: Money In The Water
Kara Goldin couldn't lose 45 pesky pounds and couldn't figure out why. Then the former AOL exec quit her diet soda habit and started making fruit-infused water in her kitchen. This year, Hint Water is set to hit $90 million in revenues. Goldin talks about how she went from one-woman band to consumer brand.
Jul 05 2016
Rank #3: Blood Sisters
In a venture capital world still run by men, The Flex Company founder Lauren Schulte did the improbable: raised $1 million to grow a startup aimed at helping make women's periods less awful. Yes, she talked about menstruation in Silicon Valley boardrooms. She'll start shipping her product -- disposable menstrual discs you can even wear during sex (!) -- to customers this September. Hear how this former marketer built a medical device company from scratch.
Aug 30 2016
Rank #4: Now We're Cooking
Ooshma Garg founded her first startup from her dorm room -- then made herself sick eating junk food while growing it. Cue her second big idea: Gobble, a venture-backed dinner kit delivery service that promises home-cooked meals you can make in one pan in 10 minutes. At age 29, she's a two-time entrepreneur; she's raised just under $12 million to take Gobble nationwide. She talks about how she set her startup apart in a crowded meal kit marketplace, and how she's tackled boardroom gender bias.
Aug 16 2016
Rank #5: Babysitter On Board
When Lynn Perkins started UrbanSitter, it was partly to solve her own problem: she had young twins, and she also wanted a social life. She wondered why there wasn't an OpenTable model for babysitting services, on-demand. To date, Urbansitter has raised over $20 million to make parents' lives easier. Its technology also allows 120,000+ caregivers in 60 cities to be their own bosses.
Jul 19 2016