At Comcast Ventures, we’ve seen thousands of entrepreneurs pitch their ideas. Our focus is identifying the best, then investing money and our resources to help our portfolio companies disrupt verticals and grow impressive businesses. While it’s no surprise that still today, a majority of entrepreneurs we meet are men, it’s been refreshing to see a steady uptick of savvy, visionary female entrepreneurs come through our office doors.
Over the years, we’ve invested in an array of female-led companies so, in the spirit of Women’s History Month, here are a few:
Adi Tatarko, the founder and CEO of Houzz, quickly became a part of our consumer portfolio. Tired of cutting pages out of magazines for her inspiration file, she created an online database for people in the process of building, remodeling and decorating.
Kelle Khalli, founder and CEO of one-stop online wedding shop, Loverly, started the company after recognizing the opportunities in the over $50 billion wedding industry.
Co-founders Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp created beauty commerce platform, Birchbox, to help people discover the products they love, in a convenient and affordable way.
Sandra Oh Lin, the founder and CEO of kid-focused ecommerce site, KiwiCrate, saw an opportunity to help the next generation explore, create and innovate.
Daniella Yacobovsky and Amy Jain, co-founders of BaubleBar, created the go-to online destination for jewelry.
Lisa Stone, co-founder of a female-targeted media site, BlogHer, gave women a place to engage and learn from a like-minded community. That community grew so much, SheKnows acquired it, allowing Lisa to build an even larger community as Chief Community Officer.
Identifying talent, working with startups and creating new and exciting opportunities for Comcast NBCUniversal is what we do, making Comcast Ventures an extraordinarily fun and exciting place to work.
As the years continue, our group hopes and expects to see the number of female entrepreneurs rise in what has been a traditionally male-dominated world.
After all, ideas are gender neutral.