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July 10, 2020
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  • Snack // Current Events: Femtech Sees Major Growth And Nominations for Inc’s 100 Female Founders Is Open
  • Today's Special // HER-Story: Surfing Pioneers, Princess Kalea and Princess Ka’iulani

Neolith, interviewed by Paper Bag Daily earlier this year, is one of 10 entrepreneurs from around the world to be selected for the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center's Summer 2020 Milestone Makers program.

Willow, the world's first quiet, all-in-one, in-bra wearable breast pump, has tapped Laura Chambers, former AirBnb, eBay exec and mom of 3.
The ‘momtech’ startup saw user growth of 120% year over year and are primed to take their share of the femtech market that is projected to reach $50B by 2025.

Brie Code, founder and CEO of Tru Luv, is changing our relationship with technology. Her app #selfcare (2M downloads to date) is a free AI companion for joy and self-connection. Brie talks to TechCrunch about creating apps for underserved groups of people for whom the typical gaming structure of challenges and rewards has not proved very satisfying.

Nominations are open for Inc.'s 2020 Female Founders 100. Apply here, the deadline is Monday, July 13. Here’s the 2019 list: “America’s Most Innovative and Ambitious Businesses”.

One positive from this year is access to conferences. Some of the well-known events have either made their virtual events free or reduced the ticket price by quite a bit. We are looking forward to this year’s TC Disrupt line up – Jennifer Doudna, Kerry Washington, Melissa Bradley and many more.

Surfing Pioneer Princesses
Summer is here. The air is hot, the water warm, and the waves are pumping. So we thought we’d dive into the history of one of our favorite social distancing approved activities, surfing. The REAL history. About two princesses who preferred their surfboards over everything and everyone. Including a King.
Princess Kalea - 1400's, Maui, HI

An avid surfer, who was rumored to have told her brother she’d never marry a man, only her surfboard.

Born - 1400’s, Maui, HI

Family - Daughter of High Chief Kahekili I the Great of Maui and his wife, Lady Haukanuimakamaka of Kauai, and thus a sister of Chief Kawaokaohele. Her paternal grandmother was Queen Kapohauola.

Full name - Keleanohoanaapiapi

Prophecy - Having spent most of her time in the ocean, her love of the sea was known by all. It is said a wave whispered to her that if she kept surfing in Lahaina, a husband would come to her there.

Marriage - Kalea still remembered the prophecy. One day while surfing she saw canoes and paddled out thinking it was her own people. However, they were strangers. Messengers of Chief Lo-Lale from Oahu, including his cousin, Kalamakua, had been sent to find him a wife. They scooped her up, brought her back with them, and she was forced to marry the Chief.

Surfing - Lo-Lale’s first wife had drowned. Because of this he hated water and forced Kalea to live inland with him. She was miserable, stealing trips here and there to the beach to surf in which Kalamakua accompanied her. Finally one day, determined to return back to her homeland, she stopped to surf with Kalamakua and accepted a proposal of marriage. The prophecy had been right all along.

Princess Ka’iulani
Revived Surfing in Hawaii, and brought the sport to Europe.

Born - October 16th, 1875, Honolulu, HI

Full name - Victoria Kawēkiu Kaʻiulani Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapa Cleghorn

Family - Her mother, Princess Miriam Likelike was of Hawaiian Royal descent, and married Scottish Financier, Archibald Scott Cleghorn. Ka’iulani’s Aunt, Queen Lili’uokalani, was older and childless, which made her second in line to the throne.

Education - Because she was to be Queen, her parents thought a British education was needed. At the age of 13, she was sent to study in Northamptonshire, England, and eventually to Brighton, a village by the sea.

Surfing - In the late 1800’s, missionaries had all but tried to erase surfing from Hawaii because of religious beliefs. Not only was Princess Ka’iulani responsible for defying this and reviving the sport, she most famously brought it to England, surfing the English Channel.

“The tall foreign dignitary stood erect on a thin board with her hair blowing in the wind and rode the chilly waters.” (British Surfing Museum of Brighton)

When news spread of the princess surfing, the nobility of Europe were soon trying it. Following her return to Hawai‘i in 1897, Princess Kaiulani was a regular surfer at Waikiki.

Her 7 1/2-foot surf board can be seen a the Bishop Museum.

Interesting life story reading: Houses With History: Princess Kaiulani
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