The 2013 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs

This year's crew of founders may span industries, but they all share a similar fearlessness that helped their companies find success.

Jules Pieri

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  • Company: The Grommet
  • Age: 53

After years working with large consumer product companies like Stride Rite and Keds, Pieri grew frustrated with the difficulty mom-and-pop shops had launching new products. "The more innovative a product—as opposed to mainstream and "known"—the harder it was to get distribution," she explains. In response, she launched The Grommet, a discovery platform that connects customers with inventors' stories and their products, five years ago. Pieri, whose company helped launch products including SodaStream and Fitbit, counts HP CEO Meg Whitman as a mentor and has a side-gig as an entrepreneur in residence at Harvard Business School.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated October 10 2013 08:02 AM ET
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