Behind Her Empire Podcast: Two Female Founders on Managing Motherhood and Career

Yasmin Nouri

Yasmin is the host of the "Behind Her Empire" podcast, focused on highlighting self-made women leaders and entrepreneurs and how they tackle their career, money, family and life.

Each episode covers their unique hero's journey and what it really takes to build an empire with key lessons learned along the way. The goal of the series is to empower you to see what's possible & inspire you to create financial freedom in your own life.

Shilpa Shah  and Daina Trout

On today's episode of the Behind Her Empire podcast, we're talking about the realities of managing both motherhood and career.

The fundamental question many women ask themselves is: can I still be successful professionally and be a mother and build a family? The short answer is yes.

I picked two incredible entrepreneurs to expand on the topic of why balance is BS, especially when it comes to women, motherhood and their careers. Shilpa sums it up when she says, "I don't think you can be all things to all people at all times. And I think anyone who she says is, is going to be sad because they're failing all the time. It's just an unachievable objective." Shilpa praises her long-time nanny as an indispensable piece of Shilpa's success. Trout relates and says motherhood forced her hand. She hired somebody "who takes care of the kids, does the laundry and cooks me dinner every night. That's how I make the CEO thing work."

Today's mini-episode features Shilpa Shah, the founder of the direct-to-consumer luxury fashion brand Cuyana, and Daina Trout, the founder of the popular kombucha brand Health-Ade Kombucha.

Both Shilpa and Daina share advice they would give their younger self or any woman who is thinking about building both their family and empire.

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How Nex Cubed is Helping to Level the Playing Field by Promoting Diversity in Tech

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is a reporter at dot.LA. Prior to that, she was an editorial fellow at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

How Nex Cubed is Helping to Level the Playing Field by Promoting Diversity in Tech
Photographed by Alexis Jacobs, ButterbeanShots

Black founders have historically been at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing funding. Only 2% of VC dollars each year reach the hands of black founders and in 2022, they saw even less with a 45% decrease in funding.

Nex Cubed, a San Diego-based early stage incubator is looking to change those percentages by prioritizing Black and diverse founders with its HBCU Founders Fund accelerator program.

“We've been investing since 2017,” Managing Director Mike Ma said, “primarily in fintech and digital health and we have always prided ourselves on looking at diverse and minority founders. 60% of our founders of that portfolio at a time have been women and underrepresented founders.”

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With AI and Biosensors, Sensydia Hopes To Revolutionize Heart Disease Screening

Samson Amore

Samson Amore is a reporter for dot.LA. He holds a degree in journalism from Emerson College and previously covered technology and entertainment for TheWrap and reported on the SoCal startup scene for the Los Angeles Business Journal. Send tips or pitches to and find him on Twitter @Samsonamore.

With AI and Biosensors, Sensydia Hopes To Revolutionize Heart Disease Screening
Source: Sensydia

More than 6 million U.S. adults are currently living with heart failure. By 2030, that number is expected to climb to nearly 8 million.

Currently, the way to test for heart failure is a painstaking process known as cardiac catheterization.

Simply put, the procedure involves inserting a tiny tube into a blood vessel in someone’s arm or leg and injecting a dye that’s visible to an X-ray. Pressure and flow of blood in the heart are measured, and the photos taken via X-ray show where the heart or arteries are damaged or blocked. Hazards of the process include strokes or heart attacks, tearing arterial lining or blood clots.

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There’s No Real Plan for Preserving Internet Content. Here’s Why That’s a Problem

Lon Harris
Lon Harris is a contributor to dot.LA. His work has also appeared on ScreenJunkies, RottenTomatoes and Inside Streaming.
There’s No Real Plan for Preserving Internet Content. Here’s Why That’s a Problem
Evan Xie

Back in April, image hosting site Imgur – a popular option for users of Reddit and similar forums seeking to post memes or photos – announced a sweeping change to its Terms of Service. As of May 15, the site will no longer host “nudity, pornography, & sexually explicit content,” and it also plans to purge “old, unused, and inactive content” that’s not tied to an active user account. Though some of the terminology in Imgur’s blog post – like “old” and “inactive” – leaves them lots of wiggle room to decide what gets to stay on the site, and they have even allowed a general exception for “artistic nudity,” the overall message is clear: the site plans to rid itself of NSFW content.

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