Posts Tagged ‘mompreneur’

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

ZOMM Loves Female Innovators

As many know, ZOMM was invented by Laurie Penix, the mom of the Penix family. Laurie recalls being on the treadmill, watching Oprah, when a phone call from a girlfriend inspired her to look further into the idea of a wireless leash. Inspired by Laurie’s innovation, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to find some of the other top mompreneurs to share with – and hopefully inspire – everyone.

Heather Armstrong – dooce.com

Easily one of the most popular blogs out there for moms and non-moms alike, the readership for dooce.com is in the millions. Since Heather’s blog started garnering more attention, she’s launched two books, landed an advertising partnership with Dove Beauty and a blogging deal with HGTV. She was also named the 26th most influential women in the media by Forbes.

Julie Aigner-Clark – Baby Einstein

Julie produced the first Baby Einstein video in her family’s home basement— with her own funding. After meeting with a tradeshow buyer in New York, Baby Einstein was an instant success story. More recently, Julie sold Baby Einstein to the Disney Corporation for over $20 million, and used her experiencing in surviving breast cancer (twice) to write a children’s book on the subject.

Sophia Chiang – Qlubb

Qlubb is an online calendar tool that helps parent-led groups like PTAs or sports programs keep in touch and coordinate teams of volunteers. Sophia said she had the idea after she noticed a small group of parents always volunteering for activities at her children’s school. Many parents said they wanted to help but didn’t know how, which gave Sophia the idea for Qlubb. Now with 75,000 users, Qlubb continues to grow.

Cinnamon Bowser – Nail Taxi

Even the most innovative of moms needs a little pampering every now and then. But with kids, work, and a household, it can be difficult to get to a nail salon. Cinnamon solved that problem with her service, Nail Taxi. Nail Taxi is a service that brings the salon to you: at home, in the office, or wherever else you may need salon services.

These are some of our favorite mompreneurs, but we want to know who we left off the list. There are so many wonderful female innovators, it’s hard to choose the best. Let us know in the comments below who you would add!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Women Impacting the World: ZOMM Highlights Famous Female Entrepreneurs

At ZOMM, we believe new ideas are the backbone of our brand.  As you know, Laurie, the ZOMM Mom, came up with idea for ZOMM while on the treadmill one day. Then, we took that idea and turned it into a product in under a year. We’ve had great success as entrepreneurs, so naturally, we love hearing about other entrepreneurs (especially female ones)!

Here’s to a handful of powerful women in the industries of media, food and fashion who are influencing our world one new idea at a time.

Arianna Huffington, @ariannahuff
This media mogul leads the online news industry as co-founder of The Huffington Post. Since developing the multi-million dollar news website, she’s racked up top media awards, from The Guardian’s Top 100 in Media to being number 12 on Forbes’ first Most Influential Women in Media list.

What’s Arianna up to these days? After AOL acquired The Huffington Post in February 2011 for $315 million, she’s sitting pretty as president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group.

Rachael Ray, @rachael_ray
As the bubbly, modern Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray is a multi-million dollar foodie superstar. Rachael, while working in upstate New York, began simple cooking class promising 30-minute meals. The concept, needless to say, exploded.

Rachael expanded her 30-minute meals into five Food Network television programs, 19 cookbooks (the last six made the New York Times bestseller list within one month) and a monthly Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. In 2007, Rachael thought she wasn’t busy enough, so she added a daily one-hour, nationally syndicated talk show called Rachael Ray to her empire. What will her next idea be? We’ll all have to wait and see!

Tory Burch, @toryburch
After eight years, 30 stores in four countries and distribution in over 500 department stores, Tory Burch and her self-titled fashion label have burst into the upscale style scene. Tory started her bohemian clothing and accessory lines in her New York City apartment in 2004. A year later, she was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Since Oprah’s support, Tory has been a busy woman. In between expanding the Tory Burch brand and taking care of her three boys, she’s collected an array of awards, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Accessory Designer of the Year in 2008 and Forbes’ World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

Thanks for the inspiration ladies!

Do you know a motivating woman entrepreneur? We’d love to hear about her!

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

ZOMM – Keeping Busy Moms from Losing their Cell Phones!

Think of some of the busiest people you know. Who are they? Moms. Moms get pulled in a million different directions everyday, so misplacing or forgetting their mobile phones isn’t uncommon. Does this video remind you of your daily routine?

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Mompreneurs: Our Generation’s Superwoman

Here at ZOMM we are proud to say that our product—the first wireless leash for mobile phones—is the brainchild of a mom. Our ZOMM Mom, Laurie Penix, is the Co-Founder and President of our company. Laurie’s a hard-working entrepreneur, and an even harder-working mom. Because of this, you’ve probably seen (or heard) us refer to her as a “mompreneur.”

So just what is a Mompreneur?

Since the newly-coined word isn’t in the dictionary (yet), we turned to the online Urban Dictionary to find a definition. They define “mompreneur”as:

“An entrepreneur who also happens to be a mother. Some may prefer to transpose the professional and personal roles to read a mother who happens to be an entrepreneur.

According to the latest research done by Entrepreneur magazine, there are 10.6 million women-owned businesses in the United States, and these businesses are generating $2.5 trillion in revenue each year. The same study showed that women are opening businesses at twice the rate of men. The numbers are quite impressive…

However, is anyone really surprised?

Moms are multi-taskers. And moms know everything. (Didn’t yours?) For years moms have been juggling multiple responsibilities and basically being superwomen. Whether it’s finding lost socks, cooking a 5-course meal or coaxing a stubborn child into swimming lessons, moms make it look easy. So it doesn’t surprise us that they are so successful as entrepreneurs…er, mompreneurs.

Being a successful mompreneur requires a delicate balance between work and family time. Many moms choose to work out of their homes so they can be close to their children. Others create family-friendly office environments. This is a bit easier for our ZOMM Mom since her children are all in college. (Laurie’s oldest, Zac, works as the IT director for ZOMM.)

However, it’s still something every working mom must think about.

As usual, though, moms across the nation are handling the balance gracefully. You can learn about their successes by checking out some of these popular blogs and groups dedicated to (and made by) mompreneurs:

Mompreneur Blogs & Mompreneur Groups

Are you a successful mompreneur? Know any? We’d love to hear your stories!

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    As many know, ZOMM was invented by Laurie Penix, the mom of the Penix family. Laurie recalls being on the treadmill, watching Oprah, when a phone call from a girlfriend inspired her to look further into the idea of a wireless leash. Inspired by Laurie’s innovation, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to find some of the other top mompreneurs to share with – and hopefully inspire – everyone....

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