Welcome to the 188th episode of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, hosted by Inc.'s editor-in-chief James Ledbetter.

Executive editor  Danielle Sacks talks about the inaugural Female Founders 100 List in Inc.'s October issue. The list is composed of innovative enterprising empire builders, from serial entrepreneur Tina Sharkey, who raised $240 million to launch Brandless, which sells consumer staples like knives and ketchup all for $3, to Alicia Chong Rodriguez, who is building a bra that can detect heart disease an alert the wearer's doctor. Sacks also discusses the debut of the State of Women and Entrepreneurship survey, which was conducted by Inc. and Fast Company. The survey dives into what it's like to be a female founder during the #MeToo era.

I talk about how Bird, the  e-scooter company, is eyeing the New York City market. E-scooters are currently illegal in the state, so the company is working with politicians in an effort to get the laws changed. The company would also have to go through a competitive bidding process to obtain a license before launching. Bird is already in 60 cities, but can the unique mode of transportation catch on in New York?

Editor-at-large  Maria Aspan explains how founders can build good relationships with investors and keep them happy. Inc. columnist  Helaine Olen writes that founders need to know that good communication practices and respect can go a long way--be proactive about problems and share bad news right away.  

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