Whitney Wolfe Herd - Founder, and CEO of Bumble
Meet the world’s youngest self-made billionaire – Whitney Wolfe Herd. Everyone is familiar with Bumble today. It is a social media app that allows you to connect with people for dating, friendships, and business.
Started in Texas, in 2014, Whitney maintains that she started this venture as the gender dynamics in the field of dating and romance bothered her. Visit the personal letter that she has put up on the official website, and she writes, “It was 2014, but so many of the smart, wonderful women in my life were still waiting around for men to ask them out, to take their numbers, or to start up a conversation on a dating app. I thought, what if I could flip that on its head? What if women made the first move, and sent the first message?”
She therefore built a platform where women could take the lead. The app now has around 100 million users across six continents. In 2021, the company went public valuing it at almost $8 billion
Allyson Kapin - Co-founder of Rad Campaign, Founder of Women Who Tech
Melanie Perkins, Co-founder, and CEO of Canva
This free-to-use design platform has become a hit not just amongst corporates but the overall public in general due to its easy and consumer-friendly features.
And one of the visionaries behind it all is Melanie Perkins, who is now competing with tech titans like Microsoft and Adobe. She co-founded Canva in 2013 in Australia and within just 5 years, she became one of tech’s youngest female CEOs, at 30! Not only that, as of 2020, Perkins was the 3rd richest woman in Australia and has been listed in Fortune’s 40 under 40 rankings for Tech.
Canva is now worth $3.2 billion. In Feb 2021Canva acquired two European startups – Kaleido AI and Smartmockups.
Well, the lady truly “meant business” and the rest is history!
Sharon Naim Ourian - Founder and CEO of CyberActive
Jessica Alba - Founder of The Honest Company
The market is flooded with celebrity skincare brands be it Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, JLO beauty by Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Skin by Kylie Jenner. But if there’s a celeb that has been able to dominate the skincare space like no other it’s Jessica Alba. The Fantastic Four actress came up with The Honest Company, which is a safe baby and beauty store that sells toxic-free products.
She founded The Honest Company based on the idea that everything that touches the little one and his/her family needs to be nontoxic, while at the same time affordable and beautiful.
The company which was started in 2012 reached a valuation of a billion dollars in 2015. Although the business did hit a few roadblocks in 2017, Jessica kept going. She hired a new CEO that brought about significant changes in the business model, quality assurance and the brand picked up its sales in 2018. As of today, The Honest Company is allegedly eyeing an IPO with estimated valuation of $2 Billion!