Exclusive: Kirsten Green’s Forerunner Ventures Is Investing in Femtech Startup Modern Fertility

Kirsten Green, the founding partner of VC firm Forerunner Ventures, has become a household name in the startup world with her investments in trailblazing consumer brands like Dollar Shave Club, Glossier, Outdoor Voices, Away, and Warby Parker. But her latest bet extends beyond the typical retail world: Modern Fertility, a women’s health startup that’s making […]

How to Stop Automation From Leaving Women Behind

Millions of workers are likely to be displaced by automation technologies and artificial intelligence over the next decade. The ones who equip themselves with the skills the changing labor market demands will find their niche in the new economy–and overcome the challenges that predate automation’s threat. That’s especially true for women, according to a new […]

SoftBank Partner: Fundraising ‘Environment Has Changed’

SoftBank’s $100 billion Vision Fund has helped usher in a new era in fundraising, for better or worse. The bigger check sizes (the so-called mega-fund’s minimum individual investment is $100 million) are helping startups stay private longer and go global more quickly. “The environment has changed,” said Kirthiga Reddy, SoftBank’s first female investing partner and […]

Why Luxury Fashion Sees the Sustainability Movement as an Opportunity

The shift towards more sustainable fashion will be a boon for luxury brands, according to Anya Hindmarch, founder and managing director of her eponymous British handbag label. “It’s much better to buy less, buy beautiful things, and wear them more,” said Hindmarch, speaking at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International Summit in London on Tuesday. “[Sustainability] […]

Why Crystal-Maker Swarovski Is Getting Into Diamonds

Daniel Swarovski, who started his eponymous crystals company 125 years ago, used to say, “diamonds are for royalty, but I want to create a stone for every woman, that every woman can afford.” Now his great-great-granddaughter, Nadja Swarovski, a member of the company’s executive board, is on a path to create diamonds that are accessible […]

’12 Billion Transactions:’ How Data Is Transforming the Music Business

We don’t yet have a foolproof algorithm capable of churning out nothing but hit songs. Even so, the music industry is embracing data wholeheartedly. Speaking at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women International Summit on Tuesday, Kobalt Music Group COO Avid Larizadeh Duggan gave attendees a taste of the data that underlies our favorite songs. “There are […]

Ex-U.K. Trade Minister Disagrees With Trump’s Assertion That U.S. Deal Can Make Up for Brexit

Could a U.S.-Britain trade deal help take the sting out of Brexit? U.S. President Donald Trump certainly seems to think so, telling The Sunday Times that, “We have tremendous potential to make up more than the difference,” and, after arriving in London on Monday, tweeting: “Big Trade Deal is possible once U.K. gets rid of […]

Tech Companies See Big Opportunity in an ‘Undercounted and Underestimated’ Africa

For companies and investors eager to profit from Africa’s innovation revolution, there’s one key thing to keep in mind: The world’s second-most populated continent is far from monolithic. “It’s so often that when we discuss Africa, we don’t get the granularity of the diversity of the region,” said Nunu Ntshingila, Facebook’s head of Africa, speaking […]