Elpha

The most powerful network for women in tech.

Leap has spun out of YC into an independent company with a new name, Elpha! We’re an online community for women in tech. Access industry experts, learn from your peers, find answers to your most pressing questions and make lasting friendships.

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21 Reviews4.8/5
Abadesi
Hunter
Founder & CEO, Hustle Crew
Hi hunters and makers! I’m excited to announce my new role as Chief Community Officer of Elpha and the launch of our online community today. My co-founders @cadran_c, @kuanluo and I are building the most powerful network for women in tech. Elpha is the place you can come to find thoughtful industry content delivered through the female lens. Questions we’ve discussed include: 🤔How do I find my first software engineering role? 🤑How do I hire my first salesperson? 😬How do I ask my manager for a promotion? Please share your feedback, I can’t wait to see what you share in the community.
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Virrindra V ArgekarProduct break-downs and break-throughs.
@cadran_c @kuanluo @abadesi Congratulations on the new role A :-) Wish you the best.
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Amrith Shanbhag
Community at Opal 💎 Board of Gen-Z 🐝
@cadran_c @kuanluo @abadesi More power to you! Congrats on the launch! 🙏
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James Gallagher
Researcher @ Career Karma, EIR @ On Deck
@cadran_c @kuanluo @abadesi Good luck in your new position! It's great to see that Leap has grown from a small community by a YC teammate into it's own company. I am excited to see where you take Elpha as the Chief Community Officer 🚀
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Anne-Laure Le Cunff
Founder, Ness Labs
@cadran_c @kuanluo @abadesi Massive congrats on the new role!! 🙌
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@abadesi congrats on the new role. Can't wait to join. Tried joining when it was Leap. Wouldn't let me for some reason. Will try again now.
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Ryan Hoover
Founder, Product Hunt
Pumped for you, @abadesi and team. 🙌🏼 Curious to hear from @cadran_c about the biggest surprises/learnings since starting Leap almost a few years ago and how that's informed the new direction with Elpha.
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Abadesi
Hunter
Founder & CEO, Hustle Crew
@cadran_c @rrhoover Thanks Ryan! Was so great learning all the community best practices from you while I was on your team 😊🎉
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Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Head Of Operations @ Product Hunt
Congrats on the launch! Excited to be a part of this community 💫
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Abadesi
Hunter
Founder & CEO, Hustle Crew
@emilyjsnowdon thank you!
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Anna Filou
Tech Geek, Web Designer, Illustrator
With all due respect, why do people keep building things that are "only for women"? Why are we OK with this and generally not with products that are "only for men"? I read in the FAQ that "We welcome people who identify as women or non-binary." So basically anyone, not only women, just not men. I don't see the point of keeping men out of a community and inviting everyone else. What is the goal here?
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seenazzz
Founder @ FestivalHunt.com, Pitchenvy.io
@anna_0x I agree. This is the literal definition of discrimination, but yet somehow disguised as "progressive." Apart from that, does this product innovate in any way? No- it just seems like a glorified Facebook group IMO. But of course, I don't know because my gender is banned from the platform 🙃 I recommend everyone check out this other YCombinator company that helps women in an innovative way, all while not excluding men: https://www.projectcallisto.org/ 👍 👍 👍 Their description is: "Use Callisto to securely store the identities of perpetrators of sexual coercion and assault. These identities will be encrypted in a way that not even the Callisto team can view. If multiple founders name the same perpetrator, they will be referred to an attorney who can then decrypt the founder’s contact info and reach out to provide them with free advice on their options for coming forward, including the option to share information with other victims of the same perpetrator."
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@anna_0x I do believe we need a lot of platforms/products for women. As a working mother and wife, I've had lots of questions related to managing my roles at home and my startup journey. I didn't know where to turn, even in my community or online. I wouldn't want to go to a community with men and bug them down with those kinds of questions. That's just one reason. There are many more. There is dire need for products like Elpha
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Abadesi
Hunter
Founder & CEO, Hustle Crew
@anna_0x @quin_caylor Thanks Quin 😊 could you email me abadesi@elpha.com what email you used so I can fix login.
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@abadesi I went ahead and signed up this time with my work address. Will send email
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Anna Filou
Tech Geek, Web Designer, Illustrator
@quin_caylor dear Quin, it sounds like you're implying that your "roles at home" are somehow strongly tied to your gender. Not all or even most women will be able to give you advice on those matters simply because not all women are mothers. Many male parents would also have answers/questions/advice "related to managing their roles at home and their work," I really don't see why they should be excluded from the conversation. Of course, not all men are parents either so I think that you should look for a "community of parents who work" to discuss these issues, not a "community of women". That would make more sense in my humble opinion. I did notice that you said that that's just one of the reasons these communities are "needed" but I'm willing to bet that the other reasons are not actually specific to females either, but rather specific to traditional female gender roles.
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taniazapataCo-founder & CEO at Akily.co

I have been in this community for about a year and have found lots of support, answer to questions, unconditional help. Cadran and Abadesi have created a very positive environment. Congrats for the public launch.

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Great community!

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None.

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Cadran Cowansage
Maker
CEO & Co-Founder of Elpha
Amazing!! I'm so glad to hear it 😃
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