Photos by Nicole Paulson
On Wednesday evening, Gilt City (Gilt’s version of the Living Social and Groupons of the world) and Skinny Scoop organized an event that gathered together women Bay Area entrepreneurs at the Beauty Company in San Francisco’s Russian Hill for mingling, noshing, drinking and swapping ideas. Skinny Scoop is an online question asking and answering extravaganza where you can go to find out, for example, if you’re similar to the majority of women who say they’re happier after having kids, or if you’re more like the tiny portion who admit the opposite. But back to the event — it’s the kind of thing that needs to happen much more often, methinks.
The organizers featured founders from a handful of companies. Betsy Ellis Chung and Erin Aliaga told us about Clover by Clover, their online effort to combat the enormous waste generated by kids’ birthday parties. Apparently these days you have to invite the ENTIRE class, and these ladies have four and three boys, respectively. Also: respect! That’s a lot of boys. Emily Goligoski and Caitlyn Bristol were there for Ecofabulous, a blog where they write about about environmental friendly and stylish clothing and wares. Kimberly Pinkson told us about her site Ecomom, which researches and sells safe products for your kids and home. Tamara Mendelsohn represented Eventbrite, the online ticket vendor that has morphed into a community that has helped many a startup get to the next level. Miriam Naficy told us about Minted, a site where designers submit stationary designs and the community votes on which ones will be produced and sold. Eden Godsoe and Erin McBride Crocker from the afore-mentioned SkinnyScoop, and Splendora‘s terribly pretty founder Gina Pell made a cameo. Last but not least, Decorati founder Shane Reilly was there with a success story: her site was recently acquired by Gilt Home.
I don’t think I realized how many rockin women we had in the Bay Area starting up companies. I go to a lot of fun events (I’m so fancy) in San Francisco, but it was such a bonus to learn something and get inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of these women. Well done, everyone!