Women in the military do not want standards to be lowered to help them get into ground combat jobs, advocacy groups and servicewomen say. "We don't want unqualified women in these positions," said Maj. Mary Hegar, a decorated helicopter pilot who was part of a lawsuit demanding the Pentagon open ground combat fields to women.
That investment bolsters the €40,000 invested by Wayra as part of its incubator program, where Dattch will remain until January.
Being a dating app specifically designed for gay women may not sound too remarkable — but in fact the gay female dating scene is spectacularly badly served, says founder and CEO Robyn Exton. ”Every single dating product that’s been produced for gay women is horrific,” she tells TechCrunch. ”The biggest problem [with rivals' products] is they don’t have any consideration of how these women are different.”
RebelMail, formerly called EngageInbox, has raised a $2 million seed round for an interactive email product that launched a few months ago. Venture firms Vaizra and Boldstart co-led the round with participation from Lerer Ventures, David Tisch's Box Group, Gary Vaynerchuk's Vayner RSE, and angel investors.
People sure are excited about Ello. If you haven't heard the hype, Ello is the once-mysterious social network that promises zero ads and a creative layout. Ello is currently in beta, and is invite-only, which has led to influx of people signing up and requesting invites.
With a high profile panel of judges, chaired by Fiona Scott Lazareff, founder of Divento.com – including Debbie Wosskow, Founder and CEO lovehomeswap.com; Elizabeth Varley, Co-Founder and CEO, techhub.com; Mandeep Singh, Co-founder of streethub.com; and Bindi Karia, Vice-President Accelerator, Silicon Valley Bank – the awards are open to women who are either already involved in a tech-related start-up or who are in the process of launching one. The team are on the hunt for the next generation of game-changing women techpreneurs, either at the conceptual or at the development stage.
International Women's Day was earlier this month, and I spent the week speaking to many different audiences, largely of women, from big corporations to a small community college. My impressions and take-aways over the course of the week provide a snapshot of the state of the movement toward genuine male-female equality in the U.S.