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Founded: A podcast series for women who lead

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Founded is a podcast that follows the journeys of women tech founders from across the globe. Join us as we learn about how they started their companies, how they secured their first round of funding, and all of the challenges and excitement in between.

Trailer: Rana Abdelhamid

Join Rana Abdelhamid, the host of Women Techmakers' and Google for Startup's newest podcast: Founded. In each episode, we sit down with a woman tech founder from across the globe and we'll hear from them on how they started their companies and how they secured their first round of funding.

Subscribe and listen to learn more about how women tech founders are tackling some of the world's biggest challenges, from healthcare to economic justice, to sustainability.

For more information on how Women Techmakers supports women in tech, visit www.womentechmakers.com.

Episode 1: Noura Liben

In our first episode, we sit down with Noura Liben. She tells us about her journey as the CEO and Founder of Open Beauty, a digital health startup developing front office tools for clinicians at the intersection of medicine and beauty.

A third culture kid, Noura was born and raised in Sweden to Ethiopian parents and later moved to Texas as a teenager - experiences that really inform her understanding of culture, teams, and business. Noura weaves those experiences as she shares her story with us.

You can follow and learn more about her tech startup, Open Beauty, at https://openbeauty.co/.

Episode 2: Layla Shaikley

Layla Shaikley is the Cofounder of Wise Systems. To date, she and her team have raised $23 million to develop the smartest next-generation routing software in the world.

Her eclectic resume reflects her dynamic personality. In fact, you may have first heard of Layla when her YouTube video "Muslim Hipsters: #mipsterz" became a viral sensation. She was a NASA intern, an Instagram influencer, and now an entrepreneur. While pursuing her Masters of Science in Architecture at MIT, Layla designed software for the first time to bridge development and data to help better protect those in conflict zones like Iraq.

Today she is developing Wise to bring transportation operations into the 21st century through powerful data-driven technology.

Learn more about her tech startup, Wise Systems, at www.wisesystems.com

Episode 3: Tanya Sam

For this episode, we're chatting with Tanya Sam, a tech-savvy investor who has made it her mission to empower the next generation of minority entrepreneurs.

As the Director of Partnerships at TechSquare Labs, Tanya has mentored over 60 companies with women and minority founders and helped invest in over 50 companies that have generated a total of over $100 million in revenue.

Prior to joining the tech industry, Tanya served as an oncology nurse practitioner at Northside Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and more. She walks us through her journey from nurse to tech investor to entrepreneur.

You can follow Tanya’s work at https://techsquare.co/

Episode 4: Sanskriti Dawle

We're very excited to share Sanskriti Dawle's journey as a tech founder. In fact, her startup journey began at a college hackathon and today, she is the CEO & Cofounder of Thinkerbell Labs, an inclusive education technology platform supporting students across the globe. One of their tools is Annie which enables students to self-learn how to type and read in Braille.

In this episode, Sanskriti takes us through her experience as a tech founder, from learning Braille and building relationships with students and teachers to securing funding.

Learn more about Sanskriti and her team at: https://www.thinkerbelllabs.com/

Episode 5: Hande Cilingir

In this episode, we're chatting with one of the top three women CEOs in the world, Hande Cilingir. Hande is the Cofounder and CEO of Insider, an AI-powered growth management platform for marketers. Insider operates in 24 countries across the globe with more than 550 team members and 800 clients.

Hande was granted the most successful woman entrepreneur of the year by Microsoft, and recently, Hande was ranked as one of the top three women CEOs outside of the US by Crunchbase. She shares all the excitement that goes along with her bold vision: to build one of the top tech companies in the world.

Learn more about Insider here: https://useinsider.com/

Episode 6: Dr. Jaishree Naidoo

Dr. Jaishree Naidoo is using AI technology to revolutionize the health industry in Africa. Based in South Africa with a background in medical imaging, Dr. Naidoo is the CEO and Cofounder of Envisionit Deep AI, a company that uses AI to streamline and improve medical imaging diagnosis.

For the last episode of this season, we'll learn more about Dr. Naidoo's journey from doctor to tech entrepreneur and her passion to positively influence the lives of children by offering sustainable healthcare solutions in Africa.

Follow her work at https://www.edai.africa/