As New York City’s nascent startup scene is brimming with opportunity, backed by exponential increases in invested capital and jobs, the city’s female entrepreneur population has also surpassed other tech hubs.
While only about 16 percent of San Francisco’s startups are led by women, 21 percent of New York’s startups have at least one female founder. New York also beats out other technology centers like Boulder (18 percent) and Palo Alto (12 percent) on this front, according to CrunchBase. When considered as its own city, Brooklyn emerges as a national leader in the startup world, with 28 percent of the city’s young companies run by women.
While Brooklyn is quickly becoming a hotbed for New York tech with its open-minded inhabitants, plethora of coworking options and unicorn veterans, female entrepreneurs will continue to flock to Brooklyn as a practical borough to launch their companies. Here are some of the influential women already shaping Brooklyn tech.
Cofounder and CEO, goTenna
Daniela Perdomo founded
Nancy Kruger Cohen
Cofounder and Chief Creative Officer, Mouth Foods
Nancy Kruger Cohen is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of
Audry Hill and Gauri Nanda
Cofounders of Toymail
Producer and Founder, Dream, Girl
In August of 2014, Erin Bagwell, founder of Feminist Wednesday, launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her vision for a documentary film. Over 30 days, Bagwell’s campaign almost doubled its financial goals and raised over $100,000 to produce "Dream, Girl," a documentary that will tell the untold stories of women entrepreneurs. Dream, Girl will be released in the spring of 2016.
Emily Doubilet and Jessica Holsey
Cofounders of Susty Party
Emily Doubilet and Jessica Holsey met at a party and then decided to launch a line of eco-friendly products together.
Cofounder, CEO, Editor-in-Chief, Chalkbeat
With a passion for journalism and educational equity, Elizabeth Green founded
CEO and Cofounder, Hopscotch
Jocelyn is the CEO and cofounder of
Cofounder at PolicyGenius
A former McKinsey consultant, Jennifer Fitzgerald cofounded to fill a gap in the insurance industry. PolicyGenius provides a modern form of consumer insurance with instant, accurate online quoting and digital advice tools. In June, the company nabbed a $5.3 million Series A.
CEO and cofounder at Eligible
Katelyn Gleason is the CEO and cofounder of
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