In this episode, I speak with Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of theSkimm - a non-partisan digital media company dedicated to succinctly giving women the information they need to make confident decisions.
Carly and Danielle disrupted the male-dominated media landscape and defined a new category altogether when they launched theSkimm. In the past decade, they have grown it from a daily newsletter, to an entire ecosystem of newsletters, podcasts, a mobile app and more. TheSkimm breaks down the news, trends, policies, and politics impacting women so that they can navigate their daily lives with confidence.
In our conversation, Carly and Danielle talk about the problems they identified that drove them to start theSkimm, how it continues to address gaps in the male-dominated market, and advice they would give to aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Some topics we cover include:
- The gaps in the male-dominated media landscape that led Danielle and Carly to start theSkimm
- Challenges they faced as young, female entrepreneurs
- Their journey of building theSkimm from a single email newsletter to an entire ecosystem with more than 12 million skimmers
- The power millennial women have as a key voting block and financial decision-makers
- The current state of women in health, money, family, and politics - and how this challenging moment presents an opportunity for driving progress
- Danielle and Carly’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs
Transcription is available here
theSkimm’s State of Women report: https://www.theskimm.com/stateofwomen
Changemakers: How women make change happen
This is the first episode of the new Changemakers series which explores how women make change happen from those at the top helping to drive it. Each episode, we look at where we are on this long march to equality, what lies ahead, and how important you are in the fight.
In this 14-episode series, we’ll hear from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, and Afghanistan's youngest ever female mayor Zarifa Ghafari, among others. Guest host Asha Dahya speaks with co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement Alicia Garza.
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