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Entrepreneur Stories

Videos and articles about successful women entrepreneurs building great companies, breaking through barriers and cultivating economic and social good.

Finding Inspiration in Life’s Toughest Moments

We have received over a hundred submissions from women sharing their stories starting a business. One of the questions we ask women is why they started their business in the first place. On several occassions, their answers astounded me.

Is Your Startup Cool?

Author of The Coolest Startups in America, Doreen Bloch talks to The Story Exchange about the coolest startups and sheds some light about the women in the startup industry.

The Quest for an Even Suntan Motivates Young Entrepreneur

I was just reading some submissions on the Your Stories section of our site and came across entrepreneur Cheri Garcia, a 25-year-old who already has a patent for her product, a tanning bed invention (not the NJ woman who over tanned type tanning bed) and a few years of entrepreneurial experience under her belt.

Women in Space: Space for Women

When reading this I was touched by what Mae Jemison – the first African-American female astronaut – had to say. She grew up during NASA’s Apollo era of space travel and as a child was irritated by the lack of women involved, who could have been role models for her.

The Adventure Project Helps Others Help Themselves

Becky Straw and Jody Landers are unlikely partners on a shared mission to alleviate poverty in developing countries. In 2010 they started The Adventure Project, a non-profit that provides funding to social enterprises. “We almost act as the VCs, where we have the money and we’re investing wisely in these enterprises so they can scale,” Straw told The Story Exchange.

High-Tech Mom Entrepreneur Gets Families Organized

As a working mother with four boys – aged two to eight – Joanne Lang has always been extremely organized to manage her busy life. But it’s been challenging and time-consuming, and her background in computer science made Lang think, there must be a better way.

Who Inspires Tory Johnson?

Tory Johnson is an award-winning business leader, contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America, and bestselling author devoted to career success. The Story Exchange wanted to know what drives this powerful business woman, who is personally responsible for helping countless women entrepreneurs start their own businesses.