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When She Founded with Somer Hamrick, CEO & Founder of Channel Clinical is an insider view on what it really takes to start and scale a company in STEM. Each episode takes a deeper look into one such business venture and the woman who started it. Industry mavens describe their personal path to entrepreneurship through one-on-one conversations with a host who has been figuring it out herself. Somer Hamrick launched her own company in early 2019. With 20 years’ experience in business development and half that specifically in global health and clinical research, Somer found herself having to reach outside the life science community for support and mentorship. She created When She Founded as a platform to share what she has learned and is still learning, on her journey. This podcast demystifies some of the steps for female founders in industries where representation is lacking.

Apr 9, 2020

Lora Haddock DiCarlo is the Founder and CEO of Lora DiCarlo, a woman-run sexual wellness tech company. Lora is the inventor of Ose, a sex-tech device that holds nine pending patents in micro-robotics. She has won several accolades, including a Gold Stevie Award for Executive of the Year, and was a Consumer Electronics Show Honoree for the Robotics and Drones category in 2019. In addition to her career as an inventor and entrepreneur, Lora is also an internationally sought-after speaker and serves as a board member of the Technology Association of Oregon.


Lora joins me today to share her experiences as an entrepreneur. She explains what inspired her to create a sex-tech product. She illustrates how she pivoted from medical school to pursue her product idea and eventually build a health and wellness company around it. She describes how her company experienced gender bias in the tech industry and how the company won a Consumer Electronics Show Innovation Award. She also discusses the impacts of building strong company values as well as highlights the power of making value-driven decisions.




“Be a purpose-driven company, not just profit-focused. The profits will come as long as you’re making socially-conscientious decisions.” - Lora DiCarlo




Today on When She Founded:


  • Lora’s experiences with COVID-19 and undergoing quarantine
  • The life-changing experience that inspired the Lora DiCarlo company
  • Why Lora transitioned from medical school to entrepreneurship
  • How Lora gathered data and created a concept for her sex-tech product
  • Why Lora started working as an assistant to CEOs and why she sought the advice of entrepreneurs
  • The number one hurdle that prevented Lora from launching her company
  • The difference between a sex-tech product and a sex toy
  • How the Lora DiCarlo company clashed against, and overcame, gender bias in the tech industry and reshaped the Consumer Electronics Show
  • The power of being a mission and values-driven company
  • How the Lora DiCarlo company is responding to the coronavirus pandemic



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