Meet Inc.’s Female Founders 100 — the leaders, the fighters, and the trail blazers you should be watching now. Congratulations to founders Vlada Bortnik (Marco Polo), Jaclyn Fu (Pepper), Lia Winograd (Pepper), Shadiah Sigala (Kinside), Alexandra Fennell (Attn: Grace), and Zuleyka Strasner (Zero Grocery). Inc.
Not every country has a Multiple Listing Service to aid in buying and selling a home. This often makes the process complicated as buyers weed through fake and duplicate listings and little pricing data, unlike in the United States. Property technology startup Nomad Homes is working to change that by creating a personalized real estate buying experience in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a region that represents $20 trillion in real estate, company CEO Helen Chen told TechCrunch. TechCrunch
Jenny Du, co-founder of Apeel, which uses technology to make fruits and vegetables last longer in order to drastically reduce food waste, and Zuleyka Strasner, co-founder of Zero Grocery, which provides a plastic-free grocery delivery service, discuss how the pandemic impacted their businesses and what the future of the industry looks like. Inc.
Audioshake gets featured in DJ Mag as part of their rundown of sound separation tools. DJ Mag
Footwear brand Blackstock & Weber on Friday launches one of two limited-edition styles at J. Crew as part of the retailer’s many collaborations and partnerships to come. WWD
Talking with Dr. Quinn Wang felt like having a conversation with a multitude of people at once. Her insights made us think differently about the world around us. Quinn has acquired an awareness like nobody we have ever seen. She’s lived in 21 different places and plans on seeing the rest of the world when the pandemic reaches the finish line. Venture Insider
Rebecca Allen founded her eponymous shoe company, Rebecca Allen Inc., to solve a problem that many women of color face in the corporate world. At Goldman Sachs, where Allen was working in investment management, “the nude pump was something that all of the white women in my office wore. It’s the wardrobe staple. It lives under your desk. It goes with everything. And it looked so silly on me.” Forbes
This year’s Google for Startups Black Founders Fund cohort was just announced, and one of Pittsburgh’s most prominent entrepreneurs is on the list. Jim Gibbs of parking payment software company Meter Feeder is one of 50 new recipients of the fund, which includes up to $100,000 in non-dilutive funding per founder, along with Google Cloud credits, ad grants and other support resources. Technical.ly
Kudos are the first and only disposable diapers to have earned the cotton natural seal from Cotton Inc. for having 100% clean cotton touching baby’s bum all day instead of plastic. Founder Amrita Saigal spent 2.5 years developing this diaper free of harmful ingredients and made with 4x more plant-based materials than the leading disposable diaper. Before Kudos, Amrita designed an elegantly sustainable sanitary pad for thousands of women in India. Sheen Magazine
Hip-hop artist Gunna and Goodr have partnered to set up a free grocery store inside of Ronald McNair Middle School. It is a part of the Gunna’s Drip Closet and Goodr Grocery Store to provide for students and families in need. Essence
Earlier in her career, Shannon Goggin was a product manager, and her role was to figure out how to create great insurance experiences for small business customers. “I became increasingly focused on infrastructure, on connectivity, on data availability as a driver for all the cool innovative things people wanted to do,” Goggin said. This focus led Goggin, who will be speaking on innovation during the upcoming Women In Insurance California event, to become CEO and co-founder of Noyo, the API solution for benefits software. Noyo “creates that critical technology layer to transform data exchange across the insurance ecosystem,” she explained. Insurance Business America
Shadiah Sigala is the cofounder and CEO of Kinside, touted as a childcare service for today’s working parents. Sigala is herself a single mom and two-time tech founder. She previously cofounded HoneyBook, a startup that reached unicorn status and provides client management software to more than 100,000 freelancers running their own small businesses. Fortune
This underrated brand makes nude shoes that cater to all skin tones — and they’re actually comfortable
Imagine a pale peach color being the only foundation shade for everyone. That would be ridiculous, yet that’s historically been the reality with “nude” shoes. Now, Rebecca Allen’s inclusive nude footwear is changing the game. Insider
Spark Grills was listed as the best charcoal grill by Rolling Stone! Rolling Stone
Blend Financial Inc. hauled in $56 million in a new financing led in part by a firm co-founded by former Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Dick Costolo, as it pushes ahead with the expansion of its benefits platform. The San Francisco-based fintech, which does business as Origin, offers a suite of services to companies’ workforces that include advising on retirement, equity grants, real estate and taxes. Wall Street Journal
Incredible Health CEO And Founder Dr. Iman Abuzeid Talks Being Backed By The Venture Capitalist World, Empowering Nurses, And Institutional Racism In Healthcare
In honor of August being National Black Business Month, MADAMENOIRE recently spoke with Dr. Iman Abuzeid about her company Incredible Health. Incredible Health allows nurses have control over where they work and how much they get paid in a way that pushes the healthcare system forward. MADAMENOIRE
Sugar, a startup that aims to turn apartment buildings into “interactive communities,” has closed on $2.5 million in seed funding. A slew of investors participated in the financing, including MetaProp, Agya Ventures, Concrete Rose, Debut Capital, The Community Fund, Consonance Capital, Lightspeed Scout Fund and Jason Calacanis’ LAUNCH syndicate. Also participating were angel investors such as SquareFoot CEO Jonathan Wasserstrum, Ben Zises, Diran Otegbade, Oleksiy Ignatyev and Zillow board member Claire Cormier Thielke, also of Sequoia Scout Fund. TechCrunch
HR automation software startup Sora announced this morning that it closed a $14 million Series A round of funding. Two Sigma Ventures led the financing event, putting in $10 million, with prior investors completing the round. TechCrunch
This summer, Sony launched the first-ever “Demixing challenge.” In this global contest, participants from around the world — including research institutes, private companies, and hobbyist coders — submitted their AI models to run against the same test set so that their results could be compared by SDR score.
Audioshake scored nearly a half decibel higher than the second-place winner, a researcher from Facebook. In third place was a research team from Korea University. TikTok parent company, Byte Dance, was also in the top ten. Particularly notable was Audioshake’s vocal stem, which was a full decibel higher than any other competing team. Audioshake
DocSpace announced raising $1.2 million in seed capital Aug. 18. The financing was led by Los Angeles-based Slauson & Co., an early-stage venture capital firm focused on economic inclusion. Slauson & Co. announced launching a $50 million investment fund earlier this year. Precursor Ventures, Acrew Capital’s Scout Fund, Sputnik ATX and angel investors also contributed to the seed capital funding. Houston Inno