Startup Stories: Woman (and husband) in tech startup at 50+

“Flexibility is a Life Skill” — banner in my daughter’s grade school cafeteria. At 50, I sold the company I had run for 22 years and made all the preparations to be able to move anywhere in the country with my brilliant software architect husband. Our youngest was off to college, and we wanted to start our own company – together.

When we got married 6 years ago, we wanted to find a way to blend our skill sets and work together, so we could spend every moment of our lives together. I have 20 years of volunteer school fundraising; I kept coming home to him saying “there has to be a way to apply technology to school fundraising.” We did some market research and found it’s a $5B/year business, and one in which local community businesses are completely left out of fundraising efforts for schools.

In late January 2013, we were accepted into the Seed Hatchery startup accelerator in Memphis. With 2 weeks’ notice, we found a furnished loft in Memphis, got a pet sitter to move in to our Indianapolis home, and reported for boot camp. It has been a wonderful ride spending all our time together working on our startup baby. We share the focus and vision to think big, and envision a day when our mobile payment platform will replace the traditional credit card monster with funds being raised for schools.

All the women in my family are amazing — literally trailblazers, like my pioneer great-grandmother who moved her young family all over the country chasing dreams. Or my mother, who started our high school’s first softball team so my sister and I could compete, and went on to be one of the first women in the Illinois HS softball coaches’ Hall of Fame. Or my sister, who gave up her teaching career for her most important student — her son Ben, who was nearly killed in a motorcycle accident at age 19.

Yes, flexibility is a life skill. But lay your plan out, and execute. As they say, you always miss the shots you don’t take.


  1. Even when for a few of such complications the consequence will be noticeable soon after days or weeks – in the case of a chronograph, the consequence is actually instant, in the case of to start dating ?, the effect is lower — it’ll continue in the final a rate alternative, something which just isn’t likable inside high-end wrist watches.

  2. Now apparently in spite of the actuality the reality that household Hawaiian features questioned the particular lifestyle, even so the F-35 martial artist program while using the Hawaiian affiliate marketer purchasing might be simply no basic adjust. Nonetheless, the Aussie Defense Reverend Stephen Cruz pointed out not too long ago the fact that Hawaiian army might alter the particular timetable with the procurement while using F-35 martial artist.

  3. Not really that Breitling doesn’t always have what exactly is visiting its regarding “retro-themed” pilot timepieces, but in any case there is also present day kinds.

  4. Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this information together. I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

  5. como ganhar na lotofacil, acertar na lotofacil, ganhar na lotofacil, como ganhar na lotofacil de verdade, como ganhar na lotofacil sempre, como ganhar na lotofacil 2020, como ganhar na lotofacil 100 garantido, dicas lotofacil, como acertar na lotofacil, dicas para ganhar na lotofacil

  6. Some things turn around for a lifetime. I didn’t know each other at first, but finally I didn’t know each other. If love is just passing by, why bother here. Some love, had to settle each other, suddenly looking back, I can no longer tell.

  7. Life is playing chess with God. You take one step, God takes one step. It is impossible for you to take every step, so you must take every step of your own. The final destiny is either you will have God’s army, or God will be your army.

  8. Hello I am so delighted I found your blog, I really found you by error,
    while I was searching on Askjeeve for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would
    just like to say thank you for a tremendous post
    and a all round entertaining blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through it
    all at the moment but I have saved it and also included your RSS
    feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the excellent b.

  9. Its such as you learn my thoughts! You seem to grasp so much approximately this, like
    you wrote the ebook in it or something. I believe that
    you could do with a few % to force the message house a little bit,
    however instead of that, this is fantastic blog.
    A great read. I’ll definitely be back.

  10. In the journey of life, i am touched every time the coming Of a fate, a short greeting message, a kind message conversation, all moved me, the beauty of the fate, the warmth of friendship! Pong you a gentle blessing! I only wish good friends happy every minute! Health, good luck and happiness!

  11. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who was conducting a little homework on this. And he in fact bought me lunch due to the fact that I found it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk about this issue here on your web site.

  12. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources
    back to your weblog? My website is in the exact same niche as yours
    and my visitors would truly benefit from some of
    the information you provide here. Please let me know if this
    ok with you. Regards!

  13. My coder is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on various websites for about a year and am concerned about switching to another platform. I have heard excellent things about Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress posts into it? Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!

  14. Generally I don’t learn post on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very forced me to check out and do so! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, very great post.

  15. 128700 514625Usually the New york Weight Loss diet is definitely less expensive and flexible staying on your diet scheme intended for measures even so quickly then duty keep a nutritious everyday life. weight loss 225929

  16. We are a bunch of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community. Your site offered us with helpful info to work on. You’ve performed a formidable activity and our entire group might be thankful to you.

  17. Wow, superb blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is excellent, let alone the content!

  18. Thanks for another informative site. Where else could I get that kind of info written in such an ideal way? I have a challenge that I am simply now running on, and I have been at the look out for such info.

  19. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author for your site. You have some really great articles and I feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please send me an email if interested. Many thanks!

  20. Thanks for your text. I would also love to say that your health insurance specialist also works best for the benefit of the actual coordinators of a group insurance policy. The health insurance agent is given a listing of benefits desired by someone or a group coordinator. What any broker may is search for individuals or perhaps coordinators which best fit those requirements. Then he offers his suggestions and if the two of you agree, this broker formulates a legal contract between the two parties.

  21. Nice blog here! Also your website loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here