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While the 2019 stories of Glossier and Rent The Runway and The RealReal are both important amplifiers of female founders’ abilities and strengths, beneath it all is a different perspective: funds focused on diversity don’t innately impact focused funds.
And as a year nears its end, Crunchbase data shows what ‘overactive’ really means: 2019 is a historic year for female-founded unicorns, which were born at an unprecedented rate.
According to the context, in 2018 there were 15 unicorns born with at least one female founder. This year, 21 startups founded or co-founded by a woman have become unicorns. The chart below shows how many companies with at least one female founder pass the $1 billion-a-year price mark, which began in 2005.
When we spoke to the founder of Glossier beauty company, Emily Weiss, she said, “Beauty is not an item that many [venture] companies are interested in exploring.” She added “2018 has arrived, and it’s been a record year for venture funding in the Unicorn Try my new recipe they’re called shut the fucupcakes shirt beauty industry.”
She bet that 2019 could break records again and has proven to be true in some ways as companies in the Unicorn Try my new recipe they’re called shut the fucupcakes shirt beauty and commercial sectors also hit billions of dollars in value (think FabFitFun and The RealReal).
In addition to beauty and commerce, unicorns founded and co-founded by women this year include Hims, Airwallex, ezCater (which we mentioned before) and Scale.
While it is easy to be distracted by soaring prices, it is worth noting that these companies are inevitably weak and misguided.
Unicorn Away, for example, was co-founded by Jen Rubio and Steph Korey and was recently braced for abusive management styles and working conditions from The Verge. Korey has since resigned, and former Lululemon Chief Financial Officer and Chief Financial Officer Stuart Haselden has assumed the Unicorn Try my new recipe they’re called shut the fucupcakes shirt position of chief executive alongside Rubio.
But let’s go back to the Unicorn Try my new recipe they’re called shut the fucupcakes shirt wider issue. Before these companies have to convince investors that they have a $1 billion idea, they have to convince the same team to cut out cheques in the first place. And that brings me to the story of Shani Dowell.