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Cloud 100: Meet The Leading Female Tech Founders Who Made The List

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In a field where men predominate, more and more women are rising to fill various top leadership roles in businesses or make their own fortune as entrepreneurs.

Eight of the 100 companies on this year’s Cloud 100 list are headed by women. This is an increase from the 6 from the previous year.

These firms concentrate on e-commerce, SaaS, edtech, and other areas. Even if it is a small percentage of all female founders of unicorns, the number is nevertheless impressive.

About Cloud 100

The Cloud 100 honors the world’s top private cloud providers. The Bessemer Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures-produced Cloud 100 program honors outstanding companies in the hottest areas of technology, from fledgling startups to well-funded behemoths.

Here are some of the female tech founders that made it on this year’s list:

Melanie Perkins (Canva)

Melanie Perkins founded Canva in 2013. The business began as a little yearbook design firm and has since grown into a $40 billion behemoth. Canva, which is ranked 3rd on the list this year, is the highest-ranked female-led business. Canva is an Australian graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content. The app includes templates for users to use. The web-based visual design tool has assisted corporations, students, social media managers, and school organizations in creating attractive artwork. “The goal of our business is to enable design across the globe”, according to the CEO.


Rachel Carlson (Guild Education)

Rachel Carlson, a native of Colorado founded Guild Education in 2015. The $553 million platform for education is dedicated to assisting the biggest businesses in creating benefits plans that let staff members attend college for free. After a challenging early work experience when she claimed no one explained how equality and remuneration work together, Carlson vowed to act differently when she established Guild Education in 2015. The tech firm is ranked number 32. As at 2017, she was a Forbes 30 Under 30 alumnus and a member of the hall of fame. Carlson has a lengthy association with publications and is also listed among America’s self-made richest women.


Edith Harbaugh (LaunchDarkly)

Edith Harbaugh co-founded LaunchDarkly in 2014, which is rated at number 34. LaunchDarkly is a SaaS platform for developers to manage feature flags. By decoupling feature rollout and code deployment, LaunchDarkly enables developers to test their code live in production, gradually release features to groups of users, and manage flags throughout their entire lifecycle. After previously participating as a juror for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Enterprise Technology list of 2022, Harbaugh has established herself as a pioneer in her field. In an interview with Forbes earlier this year, Harbaugh said, ”The software feature management company has demonstrated its ability to grow year after year with 532 workers and well-known clients like IBM and Grubhub”.


Karen Peacock (Intercom)

Karen Peacock founded Intercom, which is a $1.2 billion customer communications platform that helps businesses engage and support their customers and prospects. She grew up developing a love of technology early and began coaching high school students in STEM subjects. Her company took the number 35 spot on this year’s list and has high-profile clients like Microsoft, Meta, and Contentful.


Bernadette Nixon (Algolia)

Bernadette Nixon founded Algolia, a Cloud 100 newcomer. This year’s list places the API search and discovery platform at number 39. The company is mainly female-led, as more than 50% of its employees identify as female, which is unprecedented in the tech sector. Nixon said that Algolia was developed with the user in mind and hopes that its 12,500 users would find inspiration on the platform.


Eynat Guez (Papaya Global)

This entrepreneur was born in Israel and used her over 20 years of experience in global workforce management to her advantage when she founded Papaya Global in 2016. Papaya Global is an automated platform that helps companies hire, onboard, manage, and pay people in more than 160 countries. The company is one of Israel’s fastest-growing startups, with a valuation of $3.7 billion and a year-over-year revenue growth rate of 300%. The company moved up 24 spots from last year’s list, coming in at number 74. As the CEO, Eynat holds diversity as a core value of the company, with half of its 200 employees identifying as female.


Laura Behrens Wu (Shippo)

Last on the list is co-founder and CEO, Laura Behrens Wu who founded Shippo as an online store in 2014 with a classmate. Shipping helps e-commerce businesses, online marketplaces, and platforms integrate shipping with multiple carriers through their API and web application, helping users to compare shipping rates, create labels, generate international customs documents, return labels, and track parcels. Some of their customers and partners are eBay, GoDaddy etc. The company raised over $29 million in funding lead by Bessemer Ventures, SoftTechVC and Union Square Ventures.


Mathilde Collin (Front)

Mathilde Collin is the CEO of Front. Front is one of the 100 newcomers to the 2022 Cloud 100 list. Front is a customer communication hub that keeps teams focused on ensuring every conversation strengthens the customer relationship. In other words, it brings all customer messaging and business apps into a single place and pairs them with native internal collaboration so that every person in a company can have an impact on the customer experience. The app also takes out the stress of team inboxes and enables you to scale your customer support, hiring, sales and more. The company has raised more than $138 million in venture capital funding and has more than 200 employees with offices located in San Francisco, California, and Paris, France. Its mission remains: to help people everywhere work happier.

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Vendease, closes $30 million Series A round to expand services to more restaurants

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In order to link food businesses with suppliers, Wale Oyepeju, Gatumi Aliyu, Olumide Fayankin, and Tunde Kara launched Vendease in 2019.

However, the business quickly encountered other hurdles, such as slow delivery times and problems with quality control.

To handle the flow of food supplies from one point of production to the point of consumption, the business started working on a full payment, logistics, storage, and inventory management system.

By utilizing data, lowering waste, and boosting profitability, Vendease enhances business operations throughout the value chain.

According to the business, their “digital procurement engine” makes it simpler for restaurants in eight locations across Nigeria and Ghana to purchase food supplies at rates markedly lower than those found on the open market, with a 12-hour delivery guarantee.

Additionally, Vendease’s clients can obtain working cash through its Buy Now, Pay Later program, maximizing their chances for expansion.

According to the business, its platform has witnessed a threefold increase in users and a fivefold increase in revenue over the past year.

Through its incorporated finance offering, users have also gotten access to approximately $12 million in inventory.

The funding will make it possible for the company to serve more establishments. Additionally, it will expand its food companies throughout Africa and develop fresh products and services to spur development along the entire food value chain.

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Ted Lasso and Richmond FC Make FIFA23

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The upcoming Fifa 23 will allow gamers to play as characters from the popular TV sitcom Ted Lasso.

The newest iteration of the game will feature several fictional AFC Richmond players as well as their manager, who sports a moustache.

Jason Sudeikis, the creator and star of the Apple TV show, called the decision a “dream come true.”

In a brand-new, external trailer that EA Sports released, the characters were introduced.

Additionally, Fifa 23 will be the first version of the game to include female club teams.

Since the release of its first complete season on Apple TV in 2020, Ted Lasso has been one of the platform’s major success stories.

It follows a foolish US sports coach as he tries to save a fictitious English team’s season.

Sudeikis expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership between his program and Fifa in a statement.

“Our cast and crew work tremendously hard on this show, and we are flattered that it resonates with so many folks,” he said.

“We look forward to our fans having the opportunity to play with, play as, and even play against their favourite AFC Richmond characters.”

Two-time Emmy winner Brett Goldstein, who plays AFC Richmond player Roy Kent, jokingly said it would be a chance to extend his character’s on-screen fight with Jamie Tartt into the online world.

“I look forward to beating my nephew in a game with me as Roy Kent and him as Jamie Tartt. He’s gonna be furious,” the actor said.

The titular character played by Sudeikis can be chosen to manage AFC Richmond as well as other teams.

Similar to that, supporters will be able to select or invent a new manager to take charge of AFC Richmond.

Nelson Road, the home field of AFC Richmond, as well as well-known series characters Kent, Tartt, Sam Obisanya, and Dani Rojas will all appear in the game.

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Report: Over $2 billion Raised by 383 Nigerian Tech Firms in the Past Seven Years

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According to a report, 383 Nigerian tech startups raised a total of $2 billion in funding between January 2015 and August 2022, more than any other nation in Africa during that time.

This information was revealed in a recent report by Disrupt Africa, a research platform that covers news on African digital companies, titled “The Nigerian Startup Ecosystem Report 2022.”

Based on information gleaned from a list of 481 Nigerian digital firms, the report charts the expansion and growth of that country’s startup ecosystem from 2015 through August 2022.

According to the survey, South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, and Nigeria make up the “big four” startup ecosystems in Africa.

“Between 2015 and 2022, 383 tech startups raised a combined $2,068,709,445 a higher total than any other country,” the report said.

According to the report, as of August 2022, 107 Nigerian firms have raised money, making up about one-third of all funded startups on the continent this year.

According to the report, the nation’s running total for 2022 is $747.9 million, which is very close to the previous year’s yearly record total of $793.8 million.

It said that earlier this year, the largest round in history was also held in Nigeria.

“Fintech Flutterwave netted a $250 million Series D round, reflecting both the enhancing maturity of the Nigerian ecosystem and its prowess in the fintech space,” it said.

With at least 481 startups active across the country as of August 2022, Lagos leads the way with no fewer than 425 – 88.4 per cent of the startups tracked by the report based out of the city.

“Capital city Abuja comes a poor second with just 23 ventures, while activity is also in evidence in 13 other locations,” the report said.

According to the report, a total of 173 of the startups tracked (36 per cent) are fintech ventures, almost three times more than its nearest challenger.

“That is e-commerce and retail tech, which account for 12.1 per cent of Nigerian tech startups, with e-health and ed-tech coming in third and fourth respectively.

“There is, however, an extremely diverse range of activity across the ecosystem, with ventures active across areas as diverse as recruitment, mobility, logistics, agri-tech, entertainment, marketing, prop-tech, legal-tech, waste management and auto-tech,” it said.

The report said only 75 – 15.6 per cent of Nigerian tech startups have at least one woman within their founding team which means the country is more diverse in this regard than Egypt and South Africa.

However, the report said this figure is still far too low for a leading ecosystem such as this.

It said out of 481 startups tracked, 217 companies have taken part in either a local or an international accelerator or incubator, with this 45.1 per cent figure better than the 38.6 per cent witnessed in Egypt and far outstripping the 25.7 per cent rate seen in South Africa.

“Nigerian startups employ a combined total of 19,334 people, dwarfing the 11,340 employed by their counterparts in South Africa.

“The average headcount per startup stands at 40. The fintech sector accounts for almost half of Nigerian startup employment, with 8,653 jobs, while between them the fintech, e-commerce, mobility and logistics, and e-health spaces account for 74.9 per cent of all jobs,” it said.

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