Archive for Entrepreneurs

The Rise of Female Entrepreneurs

The Rise of Female Entrepreneurs

In New York, there are 782,000 women-owned firms who run businesses across vast swaths of industries. For women like Stephanie Falsetta – a paralegal who left her career for the more satisfying path of founding soap and lotions company Goats in a Coat – the rise in government-sponsored initiatives and…

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Why we need Female Investors

Why we need Female Investors

In a recent Huffington Post article, it was pointed out that female entrepreneurs are often excluded by male-dominated investor groups, either intentionally (and illegally) or unintentionally through familiarity bias. What’s the answer to this glaring problem in our entrepreneurial ecosystem? Female mentors, female business leaders, and female…

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The Grit of a Local Entrepreneur

The Grit of a Local Entrepreneur

It’s always great to see local entrepreneurs flourish in the Orange County area. Take, for example, Alli Webb of Drybar. Alli created Drybar in 2010, a hair salon that specializes in quick and relatively cheap “blowouts” for men and women with longer hair. As the…

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The State of Women-Owned Businesses

The State of Women-Owned Businesses

The most recent data for women-owned businesses in 2015 is out, and the findings show that these businesses continue to soar. In the United States, over 9.4 million enterprises (30% of the nation’s businesses) are owned by women, providing nearly 1 in 7 jobs accounted for…

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Wrapadoo Takes on ABC’s “Shark Tank”

Wrapadoo Takes on ABC’s “Shark Tank”

On June 7, 2014, a Chicklabs company, Wrapadoo, auditioned on ABC’s popular entrepreneurship television show, Shark Tank! Wrapadoo CEO, Cynthia Saito, had an amazing experience and enjoyed the adrenaline rush of pitching to a large crowd with the prospect of presenting Wrapadoo products to the successful…

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Meet Our Companies: Wrapadoo

Meet Our Companies: Wrapadoo

Here at Chicklabs, we have a lot of respect for our entrepreneurs. We feel fortunate to be working with a dedicated  group of innovators who are leading some pretty groundbreaking companies. As we navigate their paths to acceleration, we want to introduce our companies and…

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Over a Dozen Orange County Residents Set to Blast into Space on the Virgin Galactic Spaceline

Over a Dozen Orange County Residents Set to Blast into Space on the Virgin Galactic Spaceline

                        By Margot Roosevelt When Frank Kavanaugh was a boy, he marveled at the Apollo launches, devoured science fiction and guzzled orange-hued Tang. “The astronauts drank Tang,” he recalls, “and I wanted to be…

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Birchbox Goes Brick-and-Mortar in NYC

Birchbox Goes Brick-and-Mortar in NYC

By Nina Zipkin Digital beauty subscription service Birchbox, which lets users test drive samples of high-end cosmetics for each month before settling on their favorite brands, will soon be able to connect with their customers IRL (in real life). Co-founders and CEOs Hayley Barna and…

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Healthy Food Delivery Startup Zesty Goes Corporate With The Launch Of A Catering Service

Healthy Food Delivery Startup Zesty Goes Corporate With The Launch Of A Catering Service

  If you work at a startup or tech company, one of the perks you’ve probably gotten used to is a free lunch. Those meals have become ubiquitous through a number of tech companies in San Francisco, but too often, there aren’t a lot of…

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Don’t Focus On What You Sell, Figure Out What Makes Customers Buy From You

Don’t Focus On What You Sell, Figure Out What Makes Customers Buy From You

Why You’re Not In the Business You Think You’re In By Eric V. Holtzclaw via Inc.com When I start advising a company, a few conversations into our relationship I get to work on one of my favorite exercises: I ask the management team to figure…

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