3 Women Entrepreneurs that Made Global Headlines in 2016

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Busy and hectic lifestyles have changed the way women used to think about their work. Instead of sticking with the traditional and inflexible 9 to 5 jobs, many women around the globe have taken the matter in their hands to start their own business to attain a balance between work and life.

Some women entrepreneurs, owing to their dedication, hard work, and many other qualities, have made their name globally in the world of business. Let’s have a look at them and how they have achieved this feat.

Glamourising the Humble Water Bottle

SarahKauss
Sarah Kauss

Sarah Kauss is the founder of S’Well, a company that sells a high-end version of the most unlikely product “a water bottle”. The revenue generated by the company in 2015 was $47 million. Sarah Kauss, claims to be a lifelong environmentalist and her work in this field is extraordinary.

S’Well bottles are sleek, stainless steel bottles that are available everywhere from J.Crew, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Jack Spade and – famously – Starbucks.

These bottles have a celebrity following including Ellen Degeneres who aired them on her show, while Tom Hanks ordered them for his company.

Sarah is enjoying success after over 10 years in the world of tax auditing, real estate and consulting. She was inspired to create a fashionable water bottle that could keep liquid cool, and be environmentally-friendly.

The bottles can keep cold liquid cool for 24 hours, and hot water hot for 12 hours, and are priced from US$25 to US$45.

The bottles can keep cold liquid cool for 24 hours, and hot water hot for 12 hours, and are priced from US$25 to US$45.

 

It's easy to see why S'well bottles are a hit
It’s easy to see why S’well bottles are a hit

 

Hooi Ling Tan of GrabTaxi
Revolutionising transportation in Asia

Tan Hooi Ling of GrabTaxi
Tan Hooi Ling of GrabTaxi

GrabTaxi is giving Uber a run for their money. Southeast Asia’s very own GrabTaxi has been named ‘one of Southeast Asia’s unicorn startups’ and now has an estimated valuation of 1 billion.

Hooi Ling Tan is co-Founder of GrabTaxi, which is now available in 21 cities, and 6 countries across the region.

As a recipient of a sponsorship to study for her MBA at Harvard, Hooi Ling began working on Grab part-time while working at McKinsey & Company.

While Grabtaxi was first viewed as giving competition to taxis, it has grown so popular that even Prime Taxi has selected Grab as its exclusive app partner. Over 1,000 Prime Taxi fulfil on-demand passenger bookings via the Grab platform.

With this partnership, the third to be announced by Grab, commuters can use the Grab app to access more than half of Singapore’s taxi fleets.

While Grabtaxi was first viewed as giving competition to taxis, it has grown so popular that even Prime Taxi has selected Grab as its exclusive app partner.

Trish Costello, Founder and CEO of Portfolia
Investing a billion in women-run enterprises

 

Trish Costello is committed to investing a billion in women-run entreprises
Trish Costello is committed to investing a billion in women-run entreprises

Named as one of the 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs of 2014, Costello, is the founder and CEO of Portfolia. It is a collaborative equity investing platform with a focus on consumer-facing tech, products and platforms.

Companies can access both money and markets as investors engage their social networks and combined buying power for the company’s competitive advantage and mutual long-term financial gain.

Portfolia investors are industry opinion leaders and market-makers as well as experienced investors.  Portfolia has the highest percentage of women investors of any on-line equity platform in the world, leveraging the viral social networks and early adopter status of affluent opinion leaders.

Portfolia has the highest percentage of women investors of any on-line equity platform in the world, leveraging the viral social networks and early adopter status of affluent opinion leaders.

Trish Costello was named as one of the top ten women to watch in Tech in 2015. She has gained international recognition for her pioneering work in the field of education and preparing venture capital investment partners. In 2016, she took a bold step of making an investment of $1 billion in women-run enterprises.

And that’s our top 3 list of headline-makers of 2016. It’s clear that women entrepreneurs have broken away from the typical mindset and carved a niche for them in almost every field one could think of.

It’s our hope, at LadyBoss, that by the end of 2017, you’ll be reading more and more success stories of women who will be striking on their own and becoming entrepreneurs.

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