Episodes

  • In this episode, we'll be chatting with Gloria Chou - a PR guru, former Diplomat, and TV producer.

    Gloria has never worked at an agency or had any formal training, ever. She learned how to "hack" her own PR by cold calling/emailing thousands of editors and learned what works, and now she teaches her winning methods to early-stage founders.

    Gloria is a PR coach at many organizations like Barclays RISE, IFW, Freelance Founders, and more.

    Key Take-Aways:

    How to get started with your PR journey Why it's important to start thinking about PR early and often PR resources, tips, and tricks And more
  • Ruchika Mishra is a mother, a product owner for a top financial firm, and a meditation teacher. Listen to her inspiring story of finding balance in these roles and moving forward with equanimity during the pandemic. She gives practical advice on how to take care of one's mental health and easy self-care tips that can be applied in one's daily routine.

    Key Takeaways: 

    - How to break into product management 

    - Overcoming imposter syndrome 

    - Prioritizing self-care, mental health and dealing with stress during the pandemic 

    - And more...

    Podcast Host: Aratrika (Doni) R, Product Marketing Analyst at TransUnion 

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  • Meet, Erin Flynn, Co-founder and CEO of Cladwell - An app that helps you experience the freedom of a capsule wardrobe. 

    Erin has 10 years of experience in taking ideas or insights and transforming them into products that people use daily. She’s spent the majority of her career starting and creating new businesses both on her own and within a corporation.

    In 2009, she grew her fashion blog, Reality Chic, into a business and was featured as a Microsoft Champion, appeared on a reality tv show ALL ON THE LINE on with Joe Zee (Creative Director of ELLE Magazine), and secured brand partnerships with T.J. Maxx, Accessorize, Shoe Dazzle, The Huffington Post, and attended Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. In 2017, Erin was selected as a recipient of The Women of Influence Award.

    In this episode Erin talks to us about: 

    Her journey and how she became an entrepreneur Her advice on raising funds and going through accelerators Dealing with obstacles  And a lot more...

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    If you or something you know would like to be featured in an upcoming episode - drop us an email at info@productsbywomen.com. You can learn more about Products by Women and our initiatives here!  

  • Ire Aderinokun is a self-taught Frontend Developer and User Interface Designer from Lagos, Nigeria. She is the Cofounder, COO, and VP Engineering of BuyCoins (YC S2018), a cryptocurrency exchange for Africa, and previously worked with eyeo, the company behind products like Adblock Plus and Flattr Plus, building open source software to make a better internet.

    Ire is a Google Expert, specializing in the core frontend technologies HTML, CSS, and Javascript, but is passionate about all aspects of technology. She has written over 100 articles on these topics on her blog, bitsofco.de, and regularly shares her knowledge through speaking at conferences around Africa and the world.

    In this episode, Ire talks to us about: 

    - How she transitioned from being a lawyer to a developer 

    - Y Combinator application tips

    - Tips on raising early stage funding

    - Why diversity and inclusivity matter in tech 

    - And a lot more... 

  • Upasna is the Product Manager on the E-Commerce team at CNN where she develops and optimizes the technological infrastructure that powers the domain. Prior to her Product Management role at CNN, Upasna worked in SEO and data science for a decade and has architected and managed the organic search strategies for PCMag, Mashable, Ford Motor Company, Valvoline, Mars Corporation, Mars Pet Food, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and Kimberly-Clark. She has presented her thought leadership on product and search optimization at major tech conferences across the globe, including the Digital Summit series, INBOUND, SMX Advanced, Conductor C3, State of Search, Data Science Salon, and Advanced Search Summit. One of the highlights of her professional career was in May 2019, when she delivered her TED talk in Dallas, titled “Optimizing for the Next Billion.”

    In this episode Upasana will talks to us about: 

    Her journey so far and transition into tech and product Skill needed to thrive in the tech space  How she became a public speaker The importance of mentorship  Leadership and a whole lot more 

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    Host: Shrinedhi Rajan | Editor: Stephan Cho

  • Montilla shares her experience overcoming the biases and how valuable it is to constantly learn and grow. Also, as Montilla suggests, everyone's success is unique and so is the magic formula to succeed. And it's up to us to explore the different avenues and find what's best for us!

    Elaine is recognized as a dynamic and solutions-oriented IT Executive with 20+ years of progressively responsible experience providing vision and leadership while developing and implementing large-scale IT strategies and initiatives within the higher education industry. She drives operational excellence through improved business processes and enterprise systems, while also managing institutional risks and ensuring alignment with the academic mission.

    Take a listen to Elaine's TED talk here

    Elaine is also respected as a motivational, influential leader and collaborator who guides cross-functional teams in delivering complex projects that achieve long-term goals while fostering a culture of transparency, accountability, and professional development. She continually researches and recommends emerging technology solutions to unique problems, elevating efficiency and effectiveness throughout the institution. Highly organized and self-directed, Elaine has a proven ability to manage large budgets, allocate resources, and handle all software licensing and vendor contracts. She builds and maintains lasting relationships with campus stakeholders to maximize project success, while also communicating the technology vision through a people-focused approach, and she thrives in fast-paced, diverse environments that champion inclusion and innovation.

    Elaine has exemplary educational qualifications, including a Master of Science in Business Management and Leadership from the CUNY School of Professional Studies, combined with a Project Management Professional Certification to support her extensive experience.

    Elaine is also the founder of 5xminority, whose mission is to demonstrate how businesses can be powerful platforms for social change. All companies must create workplaces that reflect the communities they are serving, and the voices of each employee need to be supported and celebrated daily. 5xminority was created to advocate for and support women and minorities to thrive in the workplace while being their whole self.

    We hope you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to reach out to us and share your feedback at info@productsbywomen.com . 

    Host: Shrinedhi Rajan Editor: Stephan Cho 
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden

    Dr. Elina Berglund Scherwitzl, Co-founder and CEO of Natural Cycles - the world’s first, and only, app to be certified as a contraception by the FDA in the U.S. and CE marked in Europe. Prior to founding Natural Cycles, Elina was part of the team that discovered the Higgs boson at the CERN laboratory, which led to the Nobel Prize in physics in 2013. Following this success, Elina was looking for an effective, natural birth control and decided to apply her skills from particle physics to create a unique algorithm that could accurately pinpoint when a woman was fertile. From there, Natural Cycles was born. Today, Natural Cycles has over 1.5 million registered users across 162 countries and has raised ~ $37.5 million to date.

    In this episode Elina talks to us about:

    - Her background what inspired to be the person she is today 

    - How she took her knowledge from particle physics, data and got started on Natural Cycles 

    - Raising funds being a women entrepreneur  

    - Resolving impediments 

    - And a lot more...

    We hope you enjoy this episode. We'd love to hear from you - so do drop us a line at info@productsbywomen.com.

    Host: Naimeesha Murthy

    Editor: Stephan Cho

  • Location: San Francisco Bay Area

    Zeenia Framroze is the Head of Sales and Business Development at Smartcar - the first and only car API for mobility applications. Our platform allows web and mobile apps to locate, unlock, and read the odometer from vehicles across brands.

    Zeenia studied Political Theory and Social Policy at Harvard and Oxford. In her free time, she loves reading, hanging out with her family, and carefully rationing out episodes of the Sopranos to last her through the end of quarantine.

    In this episode Zeenia will talk to us about:

     Her journey in to tech Developing the business and pricing model at Smartcar Working in automotive tech and having her voice heard and more... 

    We hope you enjoy this episode. We'd love to hear from you - so do drop us a line at info@productsbywomen.com. 

    Host: Naimeesha Murthy

    Editor: Stephan Cho

  • Lina Chan is the CEO, Founder at Parla - An expert-led community changing the conversation around fertility.

    Parla was inspired by Lina’s experience with fertility. She always felt on the back foot. Like many women, Lina found it difficult to understand what was going on with her body, get trusted support, and take care of my emotional health. Parla means to speak, and we believe it’s time to make women’s health an ongoing informed conversation. We’re breaking taboos and making misinformation a thing of the past by creating a space that empowers women as they become the authority of their health, body and choices.

    In this episode, Lina talks to us about how:

    How Parla came into being Her experience with accelerators Tips on raising VC funding Challenges she’s faced along the way And more…

    We hope you enjoy this episode. We'd love to hear from you - so do drop us a line at info@productsbywomen.com

    Host: Naimeesha Murthy

    Editor: Stephan Cho

  • Location: New York 

    In this podcast episode we are speaking with Neha Govindraj - the Co-founder, President & COO of Glowbar: a skincare concept disrupting the spa industry with no-fluff 30-minute, customized and solution-oriented treatments at $65. Prior to Glowbar, Neha was a management consultant at Bain & Company, where she focused much of her time in their retail practices consulting Fortune 500 and other companies on consumer strategy and operations. During her time there, Neha did an externship with the C-level team at the millennial beauty brand, Glossier, leading various strategic initiatives within the operations, marketing and finance functions. Shortly thereafter, Neha left Bain & Company to form Glowbar, with a singular mission to fill a whitespace in the market and make it easier for everyone to take care of their skin– consistently.

    In this episode Neha talks to us about:

    Her background and what shaped her to be the person she is today  Why she quit her job at Bain & Company and decided to go small Tips on raising funds and more...

    We hope you enjoy this episode. We'd love to hear from you - so do drop us a line at info@productsbywomen.com

    Host: Naimeesha Murthy Editor: Stephan Cho

  • Location: New York, US

    Ashlee Wisedom is the Founder and CEO of Health In Her HUE - a digital platform that connects Black women to the healthcare providers, services and resources that are committed to their health and well-being. Our platform connects Black women to Black healthcare providers and offers culturally relevant, evidence-based health content.

    In this episode Ashlee talks to us about: 

    What shaped her to be the person she is today How her immigrant roots made her more resilient How she built a team, tested and validated the market  Her vision for Health in Her Hue. 

    Most recently Health in Her Hue was awarded a grant by Serena Williams through her campaign with Stuart Weitzman and Vital Voices. Health in Her Hue has also been featured in publication like Forbes, Vogue and more…

    We hope you enjoy this episode. We'd love to hear from you - so do drop us a line at info@productsbywomen.com

    Host: Naimeesha Murthy Editor: Stephan Cho

  • Location: New York, US

    Karen Rios is Lifesaver’s Co-founder and CEO. Prior to founding Lifesaver, Karen served as Chief Compliance Officer for Seminole Management Company. Karen was the first Latina and youngest C-level officer in the firm’s history. Prior to that role, she worked for an education technology startup. In another life, she worked as a beat writer in Paris while studying abroad at the Sorbonne, and would later return to the U.S. to work for the Obama Campaign. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University.

    The Lifesaver app turns legacy financial institutions into cutting-edge digital players so users can open, fund, track, and transfer between accounts simply and instantly. We prompt our users to tap into new financial products from the Lifesaver Marketplace by intelligently recognizing individual need. We continuously improve user behavior with gamification, clarity and realization of financial possibility. Customer relationships are created in and grown through Lifesaver. No white-labeling. No integrations. No staff training. No maintenance.

    At the end of the episode, you will have a better idea about: 

    Validating and testing product ideas  Benefits of joining an accelerator   Entrepreneurial challenges - especially as a women and a lot more! 

    We hope you enjoy this episode. We'd love to hear from you - so do drop us a line at info@productsbywomen.com

    Host: Naimeesha Murthy Editor: Stephan Cho
  • In this episode, we spoke to Jennifer Yeh, Jennifer Tsay and Kat Tchernavskikh the executive founding team at Shoott.com, a female-run startup that celebrates diversity and seeks to provide accessible and quality photography to everybody. 

    Shoott was launched in the summer of 2018 in NYC and has since held thousands of sessions.  Shoott’s elite team of talented photographers have shot for some of the world's biggest brands, including Forbes, Elle, GQ, The Cut, Buzzfeed and more. 

    How it works:

    1. Book your free 30 min session

    2. Enjoy a customized photo shoot

    3. Pay only for the pics you love

    Shoott selects only the top 5% of applicants and screen for amazing technical and creative skills as well as a winning personality.

    Google Reviews:

    “Dawit was fantastic! I love how simple and straightforward this whole process was. The 30min session was the perfect amount of time to convince the camera shy to try it out. Such a great concept to get exactly what kind of photos you are looking for, well done!” Savannah Taylor

    “I had a maternity shoot with my best friend who is due 2 weeks after me. We had a really lovey time and the location we chose was gorgeous! We got some beautiful shots that will last us a lifetime of memories! Glad we discovered shoott and will most definitely be using this service again when my baby is born!” Kristina Olmedo

    At the end of this episode, you learn more about: 

    - How the idea came into being 

    - How the team validated a need 

    - About their leadership styles and what they've had to teach themselves 

    - How they balance their side hustles along with a start-up and more... 

    We hope you enjoy this episode. We'd love to hear from you - so do drop us a line at info@productsbywomen.com!

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    Host: Naimeesha Murthy | Editor: Stephan Cho

  • Neeti Mehta Shukla is the Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Brand and Culture at Automation Anywhere - A robotic process automation (RPA) company based out of San Jose, California.

    Neeti is an avid strategist with more than 20 years of business management, technology marketing, and entrepreneurial experience. A visionary and advocate of bot ethics, she's one of only five women globally who've founded companies worth more than USD $2 billion.

    Automation Anywhere recently raised $290 million in series B funding at a post-money valuation of $6.8 billion. Salesforce Ventures led the round, with additional contributions from existing investors, including SoftBank Investment Advisers and Goldman Sachs. This brings Automation Anywhere’s total raised to date to $840 million.

    In this episode, Neeti talks to us about:

    - How Automation Anywhere came into being

    - How the core founding team went about defining and validating the MVP

    - Personality traits one should look for in co-founders

    - Neeti’s thoughts on obtaining VC funding

    - D&I and it’s is importance in building inclusive products

    - And more…

    We hope you enjoy this episode. We'd love to hear from you - so do drop us a line at info@productsbywomen.com!

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    Founder and Host of Products by Women: Naimeesha Murthy

    Editor: Stephan Cho

  • The cereal industry is mainly dominated by four large companies making the barrier to entry high and allowing minimal innovation in the space.

    Margaret Wishingrad is changing that with Three Wishes Cereal: a high protein, low sugar, grain free breakfast cereal, that tastes like the cereals of your childhood, made with modern day clean ingredients.

    In this episode Margaret talks about how she came up with the idea, developed the product by validating a need and brought it to market successfully by securing shelf space in large retail stores like Wegmans and Wholefoods. She also talks about some challenges she faced along the way being a women entrepreneur and more…

    We hope you enjoy this episode. We'd love to hear from you - so do drop us a line at info@productsbywomen.com! 

    Products by Women is a podcast series that features the women behind innovative, sustainable, ethical and cutting-edge brands and products across industries from fashion to tech and everything else in between. We’ll be talking to women leaders and innovators around the world about how they built and scaled their products and what motivates them and keeps them going!

  • Julie Clark is the founder of Province Apothecary – a best selling and an award winning Canadian organic skincare brand. 

    After struggling with allergies and eczema all her life, Julie Clark began crafting natural, organic beauty products out of her kitchen. Despite her busy schedule as a costume designer and stylist, Julie found herself drawn to holistic skincare, using her time off to experiment with oils, waxes and herbs- all in pursuit of the perfect skin care regime. In 2010 Julie began studying Aromatherapy, Holistic Health and Esthetics in Toronto. Here she formed the foundation of her skincare expertise, experimenting with raw materials and natural ingredients.

    For Julie, natural beauty goes beyond simply organic ingredients; natural beauty means a pledge to helping clients feel good in their own skin. “I gather so much inspiration from my clients, the weather, and the seasons,” says Julie, of her individually-tailored approach to skin care. Her facial treatments often include hand-blended masks using local produce and seasonally appropriate, farmer-friendly ingredients. While PA has long outgrown the kitchen, Julie’s devotion to fresh, seasonal, and organic beauty continues. Now a certified holistic esthetician and aromatherapist, Julie remains committed to innovation, sustainability, and small-batch skin care of the highest quality.

    “Our shopping patterns are changing; our spending habits are changing and they will be very different for the next few years. So, if you really want to really start a company, make sure there is a market for it." – Julie Clark

    At the end of this episode you will learn:

    How to convince people to believe in your vision and build a team An idea of how to build and ship physical products How to educate your customers through your brand messaging How to prioritize product launches And more… 

    We hope you enjoy this episode. We'd love to hear from you - so do drop us a line at info@productsbywomen.com!

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    The Products by Women podcast is a series that features the women behind innovative, sustainable, ethical and cutting-edge brands and products across industries from fashion to tech and everything else in between. 

    We’ll be talking to women leaders and innovators around the world about how they built and scaled their products and what motivates them and keeps them going!

  • Michelle Kennedy is a lawyer, former board member of Bumble and CEO of Peanut - a social networking app to meet, chat and learn from like-minded moms and women.

    For Michelle, Peanut is more than an app to connect mothers. It’s about recognizing a pain point that millions of women encounter and finding a solution. Motherhood can be challenging, and Michelle’s focus is to reduce these feelings and empower women to unite, all over the world.

    So far, Peanut has raised $9.8 million in VC funding, and the app has over 1 million users.

    At the end of this episode you will learn the importance of iteratively building products, narrowing your target audience, importance of having topnotch UI/UX and most importantly a strong mission behind your product.

    We hope you enjoy this episode. We'd love to hear from you - so do drop us a line at info@productsbywomen.com!

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    The Products by Women podcast is a series that features the women behind innovative, sustainable, ethical and cutting-edge brands and products across industries from fashion to tech and everything else in between. We’ll be talking to women leaders and innovators around the world about how they built and scaled their products and what motivates them and keeps them going!

  • Roopa Pemmaraju is the Founder of a modern, sustainable and ethical luxury fashion brand. Roopa’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Cosmopolitan  and various other mainstream publications - Her beautiful work has also been featured in prestigious fashion shows in Australia, Paris, Dubai and India.

    “I love day dreaming, but at the same time to make it real, a lot of hard work is involved” - Roopa Pemmaraju

    In this episode you will get a glimpse into what really go behind all the glamour and how luxury sustainable fashion products are made from start to finish. You will also learn more about what sustainability truly means and why sustainable garments are expensive and more...

    We'd love to hear from you - so do drop us a line at info@productsbywomen.com!

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    Products by Women Podcast is a series dedicated to featuring the women behind innovative, sustainable, ethical and cutting-edge brands and products. We’ll be talking to product innovators, change makers and leaders about how they built and scaled their companies and what motivates them and keeps them going!

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    ·  Kul Riddim, Konrad OldMoney, YouTube Audio Library

  • Products by Women Podcast is a series dedicated to featuring the women behind innovative, sustainable, ethical and cutting-edge brands and products. 

    In this podcast, we’ll be talking to product innovators, change makers and leaders about how they built and scaled their companies and what motivates them and keeps them going!