This article is part of a series from the Los Angeles chapter of All Raise providing guidance and advice to startup founders. All Raise’s mission is to accelerate the success of female founders and funders to build a more prosperous, equitable future.

Photo by Jacob Lund from Noun Project

The stressors of a raging pandemic, political unrest, and reckonings with systemic racism and inequality have pummeled us all in waves over the past year. It is during these turbulent times when people need strong, thoughtful and supportive leadership the most, whether that’s at the top of government or at the helm of a company. …


A new photo collection celebrating empowered women leading at work, at home, in their communities, and beyond. In partnership with TIME’S UP Foundation, The 3% Movement, The Female Quotient, and FREE THE WORK.

Throughout history, women have been trailblazers and change-makers at the forefront of powerful movements, critical discoveries and advancements in STEM, and innovative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging issues.

Today, on the global political stage nations led by women have outperformed their male counterparts in their nation’s handling and containment of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States just elected Kamala Harris as the first woman…


Help get out the vote with these two free resources from Noun Project and Vote.org

At Noun Project, we have always strived to use our platform as a force for good. Right now, nothing is more important than increasing voter registration and turnout for the November 3rd election, which is why we’ve developed two free resources anyone can use to help spread the word.

One of the most impactful actions you can take to get out the vote this November is to share why you’re voting with your friends and family. …


A new collection of stock photos to champion more inclusion and diversity in tech.

It’s 2020, so why is there still a serious lack of diversity in tech? The first computer code was written by a woman, women were among the field’s earliest innovators, and Black women in computing made history at NASA. Silicon Valley, still the global hub of tech, innovation, and venture capital, started in 1930’s as an (older) white boy’s club. …


Professionally curated, art-quality photos that celebrate diversity. Created by a global community of photographers.

We founded Noun Project in 2011 to build a global visual language that unites us. Over the last decade, we have shown our firm commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through initiatives like Iconathons and the Redefining Women collection, and by championing the creation of more civic-minded content that supports equal and accurate representation in iconography.

Visual language has the power to shape, reinforce, and change our perceptions about the world. It is more important than ever that the visual resources we have access to, from…


At Noun Project, we believe in being fair, transparent and inclusive with our employees regarding how their salary is determined. A company’s compensation strategy (or a lack thereof) is one of the clearest indicators of its values and culture, which is why we openly share the information used to calculate a salary for a position not only as part of a candidate’s job offer, but also for an employee’s entire tenure with our company.

A fair salary is a critical part of people’s lives, it’s how we take care of our own well-being as well as the well-being of our…


A few months before Coronavirus officially escalated, Noun Project rolled out a remote work policy that has enabled us to continue working seamlessly through recent events. Over the last week I’ve received multiple emails from other founders & CEOs for advice on how to implement a remote-work policy that would enable their teams to stay safe, while keeping the company engines running. The following is an outline of the steps we took to successfully implement remote work at Noun Project. …


Noun Project launches a new collection of 60+ icons representing women in design, technology and leadership positions, available for free as Public Domain.

Visual language has the power to shape, reinforce, and change our perceptions about the world. Symbols are some of the best universal tools to overcome language and cultural communication barriers, and it’s more important than ever that they communicate in a socially conscious way.

Despite the recent steps we’ve taken as a society to champion gender equality, many visual representations of women today still support outdated stereotypes. When you search the web for images related to words…


Noun Project’s Redefining Women Iconathon series will bring creative communities together to design new public domain icons that more accurately represent the women (and men) of today.

Visual language has the power to shape, reinforce and change our perceptions about the world. Despite the recent steps we’ve taken as a society to champion gender equality, many visual representations of women today still support outdated stereotypes. If you search the web for images of “entrepreneur,” “leader,” or “boss,” the majority of results are still images of men. …


Photo by Hey Beauti Magazine on Unsplash

I’ve been the CEO of Noun Project for 8 years and it’s been an honor and a privilege to lead an amazing team of people. I’ve worked hard to get to where I am — it takes grit, ambition, and a bit of fearlessness to start your own business. It takes tenacity, perseverance, and courage to get through the rough patches. It also takes fairness, kindness and foresight to lead a team. …

Sofya Polyakov

CEO & Co-Founder of Noun Project, COO & Co-Founder of Lingo, Founder of Kindred Collective. @spolyakov

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