Sunday, 8 May 2016

15 successful startup founders who can include the title of 'Mom' on their resumes

Beatriz Acevedo USE

If you think every startup founder has to be a college dropout like Mark Zuckerberg, you'd be wrong. 

A new generation of startup entrepreneurs are working hard to solve problems — while working just as hard at being a parent. 

Business Insider talked to venture capitalists and startup CEOs to find the moms who have risked it all to build a business. 

Many are solving the pain points in their own lives, like the craziness of carpool schedules. Others are tackling subjects like genomics or cloud infrastructure. 

If anything is clear, being a mom doesn't mean you can't build a startup. Rather, these startup founders are an inspiration to future generations of women who can really have it all. 

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Anne Wojcicki, CEO and cofounder of genomics company 23andMe

Anne Wojcicki is Silicon Valley's example of never giving up. Even after the FDA served her company with a cease-and-desist in 2013, Wojcicki didn't get sidetracked from her vision of making personal genomic testing affordable. Instead, she buckled down for two years and in October 2015 the company came out with a new line of genetic testing. Wojcicki's startup is now worth more than $1.1 billion.



Diane Greene, cofounder of VMware and Bebop, now with Google

Diane Green was pregnant with her second child when she, her husband, and three other founded VMware. "My original plan was I was going to get the company going and bring in a CEO," she once told Stanford students. That never happened. Greene scaled VMware (her third startup) until 2008. Google then acquired her latest startup Bebop for $380 million in November 2015. Greene now serves as the senior vice president in charge of its cloud business.



Beatriz Acevedo, founder and president of the Mitú network

Beatriz Acevedo wants to change how Latinos are portrayed in the media so it's not only about the soap opera stereotype. So, in 2012, the media executive took the responsibility into her own hands. Alongside raising her twins, Acevedo and her husband launched Mitú, a content network that speaks to a rising generation of Latino millennials. The startup is creating everything from sketch comedy shows to DIY beauty tutorials, which are viewed more than 700 million times a month.



See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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