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Like many entrepreneurs, Lisa Curtis solved her own problem, then realized that others had the same one. Curtis, a vegetarian, felt sluggish on her bean, rice and millet diet when she was in the Peace Corp in Niger. Women in the local health center recommended eating the leaves from moringa trees. She did and her energy returned.It turns out that moringa is a plant protein like quinoa. It has essential amino acids, half the daily iron requirement, and a lot of vitamins and antioxidants. It’s anti inflammatory properties may be even greater than turmeric.
While others may run from a problem, innovators approach it like what it is: an opportunity. Some problems may be so big and systemic that one innovator can’t fix them alone. These problems need an entire ecosystem built to address them
Tackling political, economic and social inequality between the sexes is one such problem. The fuel for change is money. I’ve been watching that ecosystem build for years. It started as seeds that were spread far and wide. The soil wasn’t fertile. Yet, despite the odds, some took root. Now those seeds have reached critical mass — the point at which significant and unstoppable change can take place.
It started as a drip, drip, drip — men being fired for sexual harassment and abuse — such as Roger Ailes, Travis Kalanick and Bill O’Reilly. Then it became a trickle: Justin Caldbeck and assorted male venture capitalists no longer had their jobs. Now it’s a waterfall — Harvey Weinstein and many more have been exposed as the predators that they are.Audrey Froggatt
Women — en masse — stepped forward to tell their stories as part of the #MeToomovement. In the past, the victim was not believed. Instead, she was blamed, shamed and demonized. Some still arebut things have changed … finally. Women are being believed.
Finding another female-founded tech startup with ambitions to scale in Arizona is like looking for the mythical unicorn, said Vicki Mayo, cofounder of TouchPoint Solution, a wearable technology that reduces the stress response.
So when she heard about Project Entrepreneur’s Summit in Los Angeles, where women entrepreneurs had the chance to connect with one another and workshop their ideas with investors, she jumped for joy. Project Entrepreneur is a partnership between Rent the Runway co-founders Jennifer Hyman and Jenny Fleiss and UBS. Both companies are on a mission: to break traditional barriers women face in growing their companies big.
The financing system for women entrepreneurs is broken. Whether looking for a loan or equity financing, women have a tougher time getting financing than men. But they aren’t sitting idly back, waiting for the system to get fixed. They are coming up with their own solutions. After all, for an entrepreneur, a challenge is an opportunity.
Because it’s Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m focusing on solutions that Latinas are creating to fix the financing system. Two weeks ago, I highlighted Cat Berman’s CNote, which raises money from people who want to get higher interest rates than a bank savings account by investing in Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs invest in minority- and women-owned businesses. This week, I highlight Nathalie Molina Niño, CEO of BRAVA Investments, a Berkshire Hathaway-like holding company (holdco). that invests in companies that serve women.
Making money shouldn’t be just for the rich. Catherine Berman, a serial entrepreneur and former managing director at Charles Schwab, wanted to create financial products for everyone, not just the wealthy few. She teamed with Yuliya Tarasava, who had decades of experience creating financial products on Wall Street. Together, they founded CNote.Mike Ivancie
Woman investing via CNote.
They particularly wanted to serve women and millennials, who tend to be “over-savers,” putting a higher proportion of their investment portfolio in savings rather than the stock market, Berman explained. She is CNote’s CEO.