When I entered into the tech space, the first executive level woman I met was very rude and condescending. Her role was to help early stage startup founders through a program that shall not be named. Instead of offering solutions, she found it more amusing to belittle my ambition, insult my idea, criticize every word that came out of my mouth and laughed at every question or request for clarification of her comments. She made me feel really small that day and I honestly questioned whether I made the right decision to quit my amazing job at Stanford with my amazing female mentors/leadership in the health space. A month after this experience I ended up being invited to demo my app product at a women's event alongside 15 other women led tech companies in various stages. It was an amazing, inspiring, and empowering event. Every woman there only wanted the other to thrive and I realized this was the proper introduction every woman should have when entering the tech space. I decided the next day to form a group for women in tech to find support and a safe space to share their challenges without ridicule. I decided I would help women so that they are always met with positive support versus negativity. It's hard enough being in a male dominated industry, women need to do what we can to elevate and empower each other with no expectation but to succeed together in our professional endeavors.
Runway Startup Restube Launches its Life-saving Products on Kickstarter
“Ten years ago I nearly drowned kitesurfing. It took me almost an hour to get to shore through powerful waves and a strong riptide,” said Christopher Fuhrhop, CEO and Founder of Restube. This near-death experience was the catalyst for the creation of Restube, a startup with the mission to create innovative water safety products for watersports and recreational enthusiasts worldwide.
"Runway is about great entrepreneurs, diversity, and community."
I’m a bit late to the game but as I was in the process of updating this site, I wanted to ensure that I included this fun interview. Toufic Gebran (@TouficGebran) is a great interviewer and host of Alhurra’s startup-focused show called iTech.
We're excited to announce that AMD sponsored Runway’s Virtual Reality startup teams with AMD FirePro 32GB W9100 cards. I asked our teams to give their insights about how such a high end card powers their development:
We’re excited to launch our new Hardware Hub in partnership with Silicon Valley Bank. Runway is home to 83 startups, including 9 startups building the future of virtual reality and augmented reality, and 4 startups building hardware and electronics products - with more new companies joining every day.
With over 72 million Americans not having any form of savings, and a generation of Millennials who do not trust most major banks, the concept of personal saving and investing can be daunting. This is what the creators of Dobot hope to change. With over 70 years of collective experience in the financial services industry, founders John Longley, Brad Pope, and Brian Davis are utilizing their immense experience to create Dobot, a personal mobile financial advisor.
It’s been a good month at Runway. In addition to launching Michelson Runway, our new edtech accelerator focused on higher education and lifelong learning, we are proud to announce that we have partnered with Silicon Valley Bank in creating the Runway Hardware Hub. The Runway Hardware Hub is our commitment to supporting hardware companies at Runway with 3D printers, desktop CNC machines, tooling equipment, and more. We are also partnering with Seeed Studio, China’s premier maker space and manufacturer of hardware prototyping products, to bring in more maker equipment and put on classes and seminars for entrepreneurs and everyone interested in the hardware journey. In the same area, we’re bringing in AR and VR equipment so AR and VR companies can show off their content to investors, partners and everyone who is interested.
I returned last week from a little time in Cuba and Mexico and have been diving back into the good work at Runway. On my way back, I stopped by SXSWedu for the launch of our edtech accelerator program. (You can learn more at michelsonrunway.com.) We’re focusing on challenges in higher ed and alternative education space, and I’m pleased with how the program is shaping up.