In The Interview: Episode #16, Ciara Pressler interviews Lora DiCarlo, tech founder, inventor, and sexual health advocate.
Lora and Ciara talk about…
- Tech entrepreneurship and equity in an industry that worships innovation while undermining innovation’s full potential with overwhelmingly homogeneous leadership
- The importance of hiring the right team and having people to support you
- Creating products to recreate the most mind blowing orgasm she’s ever had
- Creativity and using altruism as a vehicle
- Fighting back against gender discrimination
- How having a purpose can help improve profits
Lora DiCarlo founded one of Oregon’s fastest-growing tech startups, Lora DiCarlo, which develops and markets robotic consumer products for womxn’s sexual health and wellness. Lora is the inventor of Osé, Lora DiCarlo’s flagship product, which holds 9 patents in micro-robotic technology and was a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Robotics and Drones product category. When the award was redacted, Lora opened the public conversation about gender bias and inclusion in the tech industry, and worked with CTA to update their policies for 2020. Not only that, but she also came back to win two additional awards in robotics for her newest products, Onda and Baci. Lora sits as a board member for the Technology Association of Oregon, and is also involved in TAO’s Diversity Initiative Working Group. To date, she has raised $6M for the company, and even received government funding from the State of Oregon. Lora is an internationally sought after speaker and has appeared at events including Forbes’ Global Women Summit, SXSW, Tech Open Air, TechCrunch Disrupt, and Women in Tech, among many others. Lora has been listed as one of the top women disrupting HealthTech by Forbes.