Just in time for Mother’s Day, Raster wanted to show a little appreciation to the tech moms and gurus out there that don’t get as much attention as they should. So in honor of that and in honor of these titans of industry these Momtrepreneurs (Mom Entrepreneurs), we decided to write an article in for these dames of the tech world!
I will not only give you insight into the lives of these modern moms, but it will also give you information on their successes and where you can find more information on them. From blogs on life advice to multinational companies, these moms really put the super in superhero!
Lisa Cash Hanson
Lisa Hanson wears many Hats. She is an inventor, entertainer, CEO, Blogger, Social Media Guru, and, above all, a Mother. She blogs about startups, social media, and the mom blogger influence. In order to steady her family’s finances, she left her career as an entertainer to take on a business of her own creation, Snuggwugg. Then in 2012, she won the Huggies Grant. Later she was named By Entrepreneur Magazine In the “Top 10 Most Innovative Small Businesses of 2013”. Hanson has also been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, featured on Yahoo Shine, and named by Blogtrepeneurs as one of the top 40 people to follow on twitter. Along the way, Hanson successfully established a college savings account for her infant daughter. Talk about set for life!
From 2001-2003, Julia worked with MTV as a Coordinator of Series Development and was part of the team that that found Jackass. That’s right all you Knoxville fans! Next she worked for FX networks and was on the development team behind The Shield, and Nip/Tuck. Does this Lady know good TV or what? After leaving such a considerable mark on our evening TV time, she left television in 2006 to start a technology company. This business would focus on creating a self-serving web based ticketing platform for events. It allowed anyone from local bands to headliners and sports teams to promote and sell tickets for venues. That company, if you haven’t guessed it yet is Eventbrite. In 2011, Eventbrite raised $50 million led by Tiger Global. Then again in 2013, Tiger Global led them to another $60 million in growth capital with the added help from T. Rowe Price. By the end, their total funding was up to $140 million! As you can see she has had a pretty busy life all while juggling daily mom duties. For more info, you can read about her adventures on Eventbrite’s blog.
After the birth of her son, Lisa, went on to find parenting friendly work in the brave new world that is the internet. Having previously worked in the CNN newsroom she didn’t really receive allot of support from her traditional journalism colleagues. Of course at that time it was hard to take it seriously. With the odds against her she charted ahead in this new territory. “People thought I was nuts and I had no idea where I was going or what my job would be,” Stone said. “I took advantage of finding myself in Silicon Valley as a single mother with a one-and-a-half-year-old and went for it. Lisa served as the editor in chief and vice president of programming for Women.com. She was even the first internet journalist to be awarded Harvard’s Nieman Fellowship. In 2005, she co-founded and became CEO of BlogHer.com. This popular blogging hub reaches 100 million women each month.
There were plenty of other women that could have graced this article and if not for limited space (and this sudden onset of carpal tunnel) they would all be listed here. If learning about these moms has taught you anything it should be that hard work & determination are key factors in being successful. Whether you have 2 kids or 200. Your mom could be the CEO of a mega-conglomerate or the CEO of your life. They deserve your support and appreciation. So when getting ready for this Mother’s day, amidst all the commercialism and TV movies don’t forget to let them know how much you care and love them. Raster stands behind moms and their abilities to lead in both the workplace as well as their personal lives. They are a true inspiration!
Happy Mother’s Day!