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.
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.
I was meeting with a friend of mine recently and our conversation turned to the commercial real estate market, something I know next to nothing about. He’s been in the field for several decades and has been thinking about long term trends lately. He was very curious to know more about some of the trends in the early stage startup ecosystem and how they might affect his world.
We have a beautiful day today in San Francisco, in spite of the Super Bowl logistics doing their best to make our lives difficult. Today we’ll be filming a promo for the launch of our edtech accelerator program which we’re announcing March 7 at SXSWedu. The focus of the program is on higher education and lifelong learning. The goal is to help startups who are making education more affordable and results focused for students who are most at risk of falling through the cracks in our society. It’s nice to be focusing on issues that extend beyond traditional Silicon Valley.
We're fortunate to be surrounded by really great startups all of the time building unique products. One of these companies is Xspaced, a startup that has a goal of helping people to make a fast and right decision when looking to buy or rent real estate. They believe that "being" on a property without physically being there makes a BIG difference (Source: Crunchbase). And we agree!