Fast Company just published this fantastic roundup of an amazing and inspiring group of women business owners. These are the women who won Fast Company's first business competition and they all are creative, successful, innovative and totally inspiring.
For me, the major themes amongst the winners seem to be: searching for gaps in the market and filling them; taking chances and trusting your instincts; paying attention to trends and conceptualizing ideas that help make people's lives easier.
I think my favorite winner is Taryn Rose. She was a former surgeon who just couldn't seem to quench her love for shoes. Against the wishes of her friends and family, she quit her job to start a line of sexy, fashionable high heel shoes that are actually comfortable. Her line is now sold in Neiman Marcus and other high end stores throughout the country.