About Us


Based in Amsterdam, Ciara Byrne is a full time techie and part-time writer. She has worked as a software developer, team lead, engineering manager and mobile standards expert. 

Simone Brummelhuis is founder of The Next Women, providing access to capital, programs, resources and networks for female entrepreneurs and of the The Next Women Crowd Fund. Simone is supervisory board member of The Telegraaf Media Group and board adviser with several startups, Xs4all (till 2015), Astia (she was VP Europe), the premier venture accelerator and entrepreneur programme for high-growth women-led companies, and currentky serves on the Astia European Advisory Board.

Based in New York City, Joanne Wilson, aka Gotham Gal, started working with web startups folllowing a career in fashion. She is now involved with various startups as an advisor or investor, including Curbed (Eater/Racked), Food52, Red Stamp, Ricks Picks, Hot Bread Kitchen, Gotham Gym, The Moon Group and MOUSE. She has also invested in a few restaurants, is an early supporter of the Highline project, and sits on various non-profit boards. 

Our previous Global Editor has remained with The NextWomen to head up the Business Advice Programme, which she set up and now leads.

Beth enjoys the flexibility that online work brings by dividing her time between the UK and Ecuador.

Joana Picq joined the NextWomen in November 2009 to run operations and further develop the business through new partnerships.

She worked for 8 years as an International Business Manager, for IBM and L’Oreal in Rio, then for Microsoft in Paris and Munich (incubating acquired software companies across Europe), before becoming a multiple entrepreneur in London.

Pemo Theodore is a startup coach and founder of EZebis: Winning the Venture Game for Women. She video interviews venture capitalists & women founders on the shortfall in funding for women to raise awareness of the challenges that women sometimes face in obtaining investment in startups. She has been an Australian origin entrepreneur in online business for over 6 years since developing her other site, AstraMatch.

Linde Wolters was involved in the start-up of TheNextWomen.com back in 2009 and is a former editor in chief of the web magazine. She has a background in international law and journalism. She worked for an international start-up title, a local UK paper and Dutch media blog spotlight.nl before joining The Nextwomen. She since worked across editorial, marketing and government relations. She currently resides in Sydney, Australia where she works in PR and Public Affairs for peak body The Communications Council. 

Launched in January 2008 as a spin off to The Next Web Conference, The Next Web is a technology site bringing news and views from an international perspective. 

A Spanish-based community, Ellas 2.0 was founded with the aim of promoting women in the creation of technology-based businesses.

Part of the Forbes publishing and media company, ForbesWoman is a magazine and web site for career-minded women who mean business.