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Tech Gals give women a voice in the N.J. startup scene

By , - Last modified: August 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM
Sarah Himmelbaum, of Mommies247, is a co-founder of New Jersey Tech Gals.
Sarah Himmelbaum, of Mommies247, is a co-founder of New Jersey Tech Gals. - ()

Christine Curatolo has a knack for identifying needs and creating ways to fulfill them.

That's how she founded her startup, Jumblzar, an online marketplace for moms to sell new and used baby items that she developed after watching her sister struggle to offload old baby gear using Craigslist, eBay and social media sites.

"None of them really met her needs or reached her market quick enough," Curatolo told me.

With her company off and running, she started networking with local tech groups and realized she was one of a just a few other women making the rounds. So she joined forces with another tech entrepreneur, Sarah Himmelbaum, and founded NJ Tech Gals, a group that provides an outlet for women to share their experiences in the startup world and get the support they need to advance their businesses.

"If you have a tech startup, it's kind of a rocky hill," Curatolo said "Being in the room with other women who understand that and do the same things and can offer advice is empowering."

Here's my story about the NJ Tech Gals.

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