StartHerUp.org Offers Legal Resources for Entrepreneurial Women

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The new site provides informed articles, interviews and resources to support women interested in starting technology companies.

I decided to help women entrepreneurs by making sure they have easy access to start-up hints and a community of like-minded women, while demystifying some of the perceived legal hurdles of starting a successful company.

StartHerUp.org announced today the launch of its online legal resource space for entrepreneurial women. The website, http://www.StartHerUp.org, will make expert business information and resources accessible to women founders, and features informed content created by attorneys, business and technology leaders, and venture capitalists.

StartHerUp founder Jill Fishbein, a top corporate law attorney and partner at Carr & Ferrell LLP with nearly 25 years of experience working with science and technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, created the site after experiencing a disproportionately low representation of women in entrepreneurial roles in the Silicon Valley. “As I rose through the ranks, first in my pre-lawyer days as a commercial banker in New York, and then as an attorney, I could not help but notice that I had fewer women colleagues, faced fewer women of similar seniority as opposing counsel, and rarely came across other women in board of directors meetings,” Fishbein said. “I decided to do what I could to help women entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley by making sure they have easy access to start-up hints and a community of like-minded women, while demystifying some of the perceived legal hurdles of starting a successful company.”

In addition to providing tips and resources about topics such as drafting a business plan, choosing the right form of entity, selecting board members and protecting your business’ name, StartHerUp.org will feature interviews with successful women entrepreneurs. Two recent contributors to share insights on entrepreneurship, technology, and business include DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar and Silver Tail Systems Co-Founder Laura Mather. In their interviews with Fishbein, Prabhakar and Mather each describes her path to professional success and her various professional positions within the technology sector.

“We have been getting an incredible outpouring of feedback and support from women in leadership roles for the development of StartHerUp.org. There is definitely a sense within the business community that women need access to the types of resources we are providing — not just the technical information related to starting a business, but also the mentorship opportunities and motivational support that communities like this can offer,” Fishbein said.

Fishbein hopes to continue to encourage a community of women entrepreneurs and industry experts around StartHerUp, adding new expert content and fostering ongoing education, mentorship, and networking among women interested in starting new businesses in science and technology.

About StartHerUp.org
StartHerUp.org is an online community dedicated to providing legal resources, mentorship, and inspiration for entrepreneurial women. While StartHerUp is available to entrepreneurial men and women who pursue all manner of new enterprises, its focus will be for science and technology entrepreneurs. We welcome all respectful input from men and women that can help propel the success of women entrepreneurs.

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