Women Housekeepers And Domestic Workers Earn More Thanks To This Tech Duo’s Company

The cleaning industry—an industry largely composed of historically disenfranchised groups such as women and people of color—is desperate for change.

With over 2 million housekeepers across the U.S., an overwhelming number of domestic workers live in poverty. Many of these workers barely earn enough to make ends meet. Unfortunately, this circumstance has been exasperated by COVID-19, where a significant number of domestic workers are either unemployed or experiencing a rapid decline in service requests.

Learn more about the current reality domestic workers face and the tech company, Neu, that is building equity by empowering domestic working women.

The Stark Reality for Domestic Workers Amid COVID

A recent study by the Economic Policy Institute illustrated how the coronavirus has revealed the ways in which domestic work has been undervalued and it’s workforce under-protected. While employers are taking steps to practice social distancing, a large number of domestic workers have been left without work and the looming prospect they may lose their jobs.

In addition, with a disproportionate number of domestic workers being women, many have struggled with balancing their careers alongside the needs of their households. This has particularly applied to working mothers who, in addition to supporting their families financially, have opted to stay at home to support their children as caregivers facilitating e-learning initiatives while a majority of schools nationally remain closed. However, while some housekeepers have this option many do not and and have had the looming need to find work safely, forcing them to work in unsafe conditions to survive and feed their families—typically without adequate protection.

Opportunity for Change In An Industry Ripe for Disruption

Given the stark reality faced by domestic workers, the tech start up Neu is rising to the occasion to increase opportunities for domestic workers.

Neu—a tech platform that provides quality cleans, on-demand—primarily supports two customer segments: vacation rental hosts (Airbnb, VRBO, and more) and cleaners (domestic workers, housekeepers, or others). As a socially-conscious company, Neu has committed to building equity and creating economic opportunity for historically disenfranchised groups with their mission to make cleaning seamless, safer, and stress-free.

The 9-person company, headquartered in Seattle, WA, recently secured seed funding bringing the organization to date to having raised $800,000. In addition, the company’s founders are recent graduates of the 2020 Techstars Seattle cohort. And while ripe for growth, Neu recently expanded to Phoenix, AZ and has plans to enter a third market in early 2021.

Why Now And Why Neu?

“As a computer engineer who moonlighted as a professional Airbnb Superhost, I co-managed a profitable business that couldn’t scale as we lacked a reliable cleaning solution… we would take turns rushing to clean our Airbnbs during our lunch breaks… failing to do so had steep consequences, ranging from losing thousands in revenue from a canceled stay or future bookings from bad reviews,” says Kwame

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Parkland teen’s clothing company raising funds for diabetes research

Fourteen years old may seem too young to start a company for most people but not for Parkland entrepreneur Lauren Buchwald, the founder and CEO of Splattered Essentials.

She started selling her tie-dyed casual clothing back in March, donating a portion of the sales to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation in Hollywood.

In support of research for a cure, Buchwald, who has had Type 1 diabetes since she was 2, said she is proud to give back to the foundation and came up with the idea for the company during the start of the pandemic.

“The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation has always been a part of me and my family,” Buchwald said. “I’ve always wanted to start a business. I love clothing. I love to design. Going into quarantine, there were a lot of big trends on social media about small businesses and stuff with tie-dying clothes.

“I decided to start something,” she said. “I ordered a few things online and I honestly tie-dyed outside, having fun. I took art classes online with different people from the city. I started to post stuff on my social media and people were like this is really cool. I then was like let me turn this into a business.”

Getting about five or six orders a day, Buchwald, who attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has managed to process over 500 shipments since she began the company.

With her merchandise also in five stores around the country, Splattered Essentials shirts can be purchased at Mona’s Clothing Boutique, 4614 N. University Drive, in Coral Springs, and Pink and Blues Boutique for Tweens and Juniors, 829 N. Hob Hill Road, in Plantation.

Buchwald’s clothing can also be found in Chicago, New York and Miami.

“This is not only a business for me,” Buchwald said. “This also a big part with the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. This is not just for money but it’s also to give back, especially for what is such an amazing part of me.”

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Black-Owned Clothing Company Launches Line of Pro-Black Apparel to Empower Minorities Through Positive Expression

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Lex Pyerse’s stylish apparel uses eye-catching and thought-provoking words and images that capture the essence of Black excellence and promotes individuality

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / November 30, 2020 / Lex Pyerse Clothing announced this week the launch of their new Pro-Black Clothing line of apparel that is meant to empower African-Americans through freedom of expression. Lex Pyerse Clothing uncovers the stifled Black voice, empowers younger generations, and remembers the Motherland. Their clothing is for those who want to advocate and spread the message of diversity and individual Blackness.

To learn more about Lex Pyerse Clothing’s’ exciting movement or to purchase their apparel, visit their official website at https://lexpyerse.com/.

Lex Pyerse Clothing, founded in 2019, is a pro-black apparel company that focuses on Pan-African colored and inspirational word clusters, as well as African and Caribbean national flags and their dates of independence for men, women, and children of all ages. The Lex Pyerse website sells shirts, cases, mugs, and hoodies with affirmations created into a word cluster which emphasizes uniqueness and Black pride. Their hats have affirmations without the word cluster.

During a recent interview, the company spokesperson for Lex Pyerse Clothing was quoted as saying, “Our apparel has stylish, easy to read, thought-provoking, and eye-catching words that everyone can understand. It is filled with the words, images, and colors of how we see ourselves and the Black people that we admire. We use our desire to express Blackness and individuality to empower my people.”

He went on to say, “This is something that we have always wanted to do and now we are providing a way for others to not only express their Blackness, but find it in a world that wants to bury the Black voice.”

Pyerse Lex Dandridge, the founder of Lex Pyerse Clothing was quoted as saying, “I knew at a young age that I could educate the wisest and brightest people with my words and experiences. I knew at a young age that I knew how to tell stories. I consider myself blessed that I was able to find a way to combine all of my passions to affect positive change through pro-black clothing and to empower my fellow brothers and sisters from the motherland.”

About Lex Pyerse Clothing:

Lex Pyerse Clothing offers a stylish and empowering line of Pro-Black clothing, as well as cases, mugs, hoodies and more. Shoppers can mix and match the designs to come up with their own meaningful message about Blackness, individualism or any statement they wish to express. For more information, please visit https://www.lexpyerse.com

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Women’s Wellness Tech Company, Bellabeat, Adds New Star Hire

Wellness has grown to be a top priority in people’s life encompassing wellbeing, beauty and lifestyle. The industry has seen massive growth in the past few years worth over $4.2 trillion with wellness tourism predicting to be a $919 billion industry by 2022, which would represent about 18 percent of all global tourism. 

The rise of the industry has also sparked wellness tech into a  steep upward trajectory in the past few years. While tech giants like Apple and Samsung have played a major role in this development, there are also numerous other players in the wellness and beauty sector that shaped this market with the help of new, innovative products and technologies such as San Francisco startup Bellabeat.

Bellabeat is a data-oriented wellness tech company that was founded by Sandro Mur, Urška Sršen, and Lovepreet Singh in 2013. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in London, Hong Kong, and Zagreb. The business focuses on women’s health and wellness but its main product is the Bellabeat Leaf. The Leaf is a water-resistant device that tracks your activity, stress, sleep, meditation, and reproductive health. The data is then shared with the consumer to help her adjust diet, exercise and wellness based on her hormones and menstrual cycle. It is made of hypoallergenic, vegan-friendly materials and can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or clip, depending on which accessories you combine with it. Within four years after its inception, Bellabeat has already sold over 700,000 pieces of jewelry.

 Although the wellness tech sector is being flooded with wearables, like smartwatches or smart rings, there is still a distinct lack of products specifically aimed at women. Bellabeat’s smart jewelry, on the other hand, is designed with women’s health in mind. The Leaf was also named the best overall smart jewelry by Business Insider.

The menstrual cycle is a big part of just about any woman’s life. It affects the hormonal balance of the body, and, thus, it has a big impact on women’s wellbeing. With the Bellabeat Leaf and its accompanying app, women can track just about everything that might have an impact on their health or performance. This knowledge can then help them optimize their lives. While Bellabeat has seen success since 2017, the company has now added the economist Jeppe Christiansen to its board in an effort to advance the wellness tech industry even further. Christiansen, who is a distinguished economist with an MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen and has decades of professional experience in the financial sector, joined Bellabeat as a board member to further improve the business and its products to help it reach even more women.

At the moment, Christiansen is CEO of Maj Invest, which is an asset management business based in Copenhagen, as well as vice-chair of Novo Nordisk,

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How One Company Built Philanthropy Into Their Business Model

It all began when RoHo founder, Caleigh Hernandez, fell in love with a pair of beautiful beaded leather sandals in a craft market in East Africa. She brought several for herself and her mom. They were so impressed with these sandals; they began a year-long quest to find something similar in quality in the area, which led them to coastal Kenya.

RoHo’s products are handmade by over 400 artisans in Kenya, with over 95% of women. The line includes beautiful beaded leather sandals, cowhide rugs and pillows, Binga baskets, jewelry, and more. The company strives to use what they sell to break the cycle of poverty by helping people help themselves. RoHo sandal artisans are paid 50% higher than the industry standard, and they are currently providing 16 education grants to send their artisans’ children to quality local schools. They also ensure 100% of their artisans are above 18 years old.

RoHo is Swahili for ‘kindness and spirit,’ which is something the company is striving for. Since it’s formation, they have been recognized for their work and this kindness as well. They have won several awards and accolades for our efforts. These include the Spirit of Entrepreneurship’s 2019 Giving Back Award, Women’s Economic Ventures’ 2019 Business of the Year, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) ‘s 2019 Entrepreneur to Watch, and Pacific Coast Business Times’ 2019 Think Global Award.

RoHo’s Various Missions

Kenya has a population of 44 million people, and over 40% live below the poverty line. Unemployment rates are high, especially amongst women and other marginalized groups. Consistent and fair paying work is even harder to come by. RoHo has partnered with four artisan groups across Kenya to create consistent, proper paying work for our artisans, most of whom are women.

“At RoHo, we aim to bring about meaningful change through beautiful products,” Ms. Hernandez said. “I witnessed cyclical poverty because people are stuck in their relative positions while working for nonprofits across East Africa.”

According to RoHo, providing quality jobs to skilled artisans is key to supporting community development. An employment for their artisans means more than just a paycheck—it creates opportunities and stability in a household and a chance to invest in the futures of the artisans’ children.

“We asked our original artisan group, the sandal makers based in Malindi, Kenya, how we could better serve them,” Ms. Hernandez explained. “They responded that lack of quality education was one of the largest contributors to poverty in the area, so we decided to provide educational opportunities for their children.”

“We also control international distributions for a Fair Trade group of 280 Maasai women in the south of Kenya,” Ms. Hernandez continued. “There’s already a nonprofit operating in the area Africa Schools of Kenya (ASK), that provides scholarships for local children. So we have partnered with ASK to offer scholarships to

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J.Crew promotes the head of Madewell to take over the company, as its CEO exits after just one ‘brutal’ year leading the struggling clothing company



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  • J. Crew promoted Madewell head Libby Wadle as its new CEO, the company announced Tuesday.
  • Wadle will replace Jan Singer, who took over in January after the struggling private-equity-backed retailer went more than a year without a leader while trying to revive its brand.
  • “The continued executive turnover at J.Crew adds to the turbulence of an already brutal year for the retailer,” Moody’s analyst Raya Sokolyanska told Business Insider.
  • The pandemic has added challenges for J.Crew, which recently emerged from bankruptcy. 
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J. Crew Group has named Libby Wadle, the head of Madewell, as its next CEO, the company announced in a press release Tuesday.

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Wadle’s promotion comes less than a year after outgoing CEO Jan Singer took over the struggling retailer and caps off an already tough year for the company, which emerged from bankruptcy in September.

The private-equity-backed J. Crew has seen extensive turnover at the top level, with Wadle becoming its fourth CEO in under four years.

Longtime CEO Mickey Drexler stepped down in 2017 as J.Crew fell out of favor with consumers and was succeeded by Jim Brett, who lasted just 17 months before stepping down in November 2018 amid a clash over the company’s direction, after which the retailer went more than a year without a CEO until Singer’s appointment in January.

“Moving forward as a company under unified leadership, we will harness the power of our collective platforms and talented teams to ensure our brands can continue to inspire and grow,” said Wadle, who has spent the last 16 years in senior leadership roles at various J.Crew brands.

Read more: How to avoid the critical mistakes made by Brooks Brothers and J.Crew — and follow the Louis Vuitton model to stay relevant with customers, generation after generation

Wadle takes over as economic fallout from COVID-19 has ravaged brick-and-mortar retailers, but J.Crew’s sales had been declining even before the pandemic hit. In May, J.Crew became the first major retailer to file for bankruptcy as a result of the pandemic, reaching a deal with its lenders to convert about $1.65 billion of its debt into equity.

“The continued executive turnover at J.Crew adds to the turbulence of an already brutal year for the retailer. The brand’s turnaround, which was in process during 2019, is now more challenging given the ongoing disruption in apparel spending, as the pandemic continues to radically alter US consumers’ shopping habits,” Moody’s vice-president and senior analyst Raya Sokolyanska told Business Insider in a statement.

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Elite Model Merger With Galileo Blank-Check Company Collapses

(Bloomberg) — Model agency Elite Model World’s merger discussions with blank-check firm Galileo Acquisition Corp. have fallen apart without a deal being reached, according to people with knowledge of the matter.



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The company, which describes itself as the largest model management network in the world, informed investors this month that the talks had collapsed, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

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Galileo is searching for a new merger target.

Representatives for Elite and Galileo didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, have flooded U.S. exchanges this year, raising more than $67 billion. That has spawned competition for some targets. Some deals, such as Crescent Acquisition Corp.’s negotiations with F45 Training Holdings Inc., have fallen apart.

Elite Model has in recent years diversified into representing social media influencers, as well as its traditional fashion model clientele.

Galileo and Elite Model held talks last month with potential investors about raising new equity for a merger that would have taken the agency public, people familiar with the matter said at the time.

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