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When She Founded

58 EpisodesProduced by Somer HamrickWebsite

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 entre… read more


Lora DiCarlo: Getting Down to Business with Sex-Tech and Social Activism

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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