Emma McGowan

Freelance writer and editor with a focus on startups and sex positivity.

A full time blogger and digital nomad for the past five years, Emma McGowan writes primarily about startups and sex. Her work has appeared in Mashable, The Daily Dot's The Kernel, Mic, Bustle, The Bold Italic, KillerStartups, and MiKandi. She's the Editor in Chief at the sex tech website Kink&Code.
This is just a sampling of Emma's work. Links to each website can be found at http://emmamcgowan.com/.

Portfolio

13 Pieces Of Sex-Positive Protest Gear For Nasty Women
The Women's March on January 21, 2017 was an historic moment, with millions of people marching around the world the day after Trump was sworn into office. And from photos on the...
What Is Planned Parenthood's Pink Out Day? March 29 Is A Day To Fight For Women's Reproductive...
Wednesday, March 29, Planned Parenthood is planning a Pink Out Day. Yup, you read that right - a pink out. The constantly embattled reproductive rights organization is looking...
You Don't Have to be Trendy to be Successful
The first thing you notice when you arrive at Aeclectic Tarot, the internet's largest resource for tarot cards and the people who love them, is that it feels like a step back in...
What Sex & Abortion Were Like Before Roe v. Wade Made Abortion Legal
My mom had sex for the first time in 1967. I had sex the first time in 2002 - and the differences between my experiences as a sexually active teen and my mom's are stark. I had...
What Does A Clitoris Look Like? Its Full Shape Wasn't 'Discovered' Until 1998
I was raised in sex-positive household. My mom bought me a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves when I was like... Nine? So I really thought that I knew all there was to know about my...
What It's Really Like When Your Startup is Acquired
Acquisition is often the end goal for so many startups, especially if they took on venture capital at any point during their journey. Founders dream of multi-million dollar...
Forget Coffee Shops. Spacious is the Future of Coworking
Coffee shops have become de-facto coworking spaces, a situation that isn't working well for anyone. But where can the growing mobile work force go instead? Find...
Professional Dominatrixes Weigh In On The Donald Trump "Golden Shower" Allegations
Recently, the internet exploded when Buzzfeed released a 35-page unverified document compiled by a former British intelligence official about Donald Trump and his associations...
Cards for Humanity: One Designer's Simple Solution to Tech's Big Diversity Problem
As a startup founder, you've undoubtedly put a lot of thought into building your team. After all, the experts all say that a great team is essential if your startup is going to...
Antigua Guatemala is the Perfect Hidden City for Digital Nomads and Startups
I've been a digital nomad (or "slow traveler" or "location independent worker" or whichever buzzword you prefer) for over five years now. I quit my life in 2011 after the Great...
How To Set Sexual Boundaries, According To Dominatrixes
Navigating sexual boundaries can be tricky. Sometimes it's hard to even figure out what your sexual boundaries are, much less enforce them. Other times you don't even know you...
The Next Big Thing is Small Towns
Marc Nager has spent the past eight years of his life building Startup Weekend into one of the biggest startup ecosystems in the world. His next big bet? Small ...
Tramps Against Trump Sends You A Nude Pic If You Vote, And Here's What They're Doing Post-Election
Young people don't like voting - but they do like nudes. Or at least, that's the premise behind Tramps Against Trump (NSFW), which started during the primary season as a way to...
San Francisco's freak flag is flying at half-mast
For generations, San Francisco has been home to the rest of the country's misfits, whether free-loving hippies or leather-daddy gay men. San Francisco could be counted on to...
The Work & Travel Course | Be Your Own Boss
Hey ladies! Welcome to Week Three of "Globetrotting Girl Boss" life! This week, we're so excited to chat with Emma McGowan - the 28-year-old professional blogger and...
Predicting the future of online dating
Five years ago, I was sitting next to a couple I'd just met at a friend's dinner party in Brooklyn. They were the type of adorable couple that makes you want to puke, holding...
I Ditched My Birth Control Pills For A Diaphragm, Because It Lets Me Control My Reproductive Health
Like a lot of women my age, I started taking hormonal birth control in my teens.
10 Ways You Can Be More Trans-Inclusive In Your Everyday Life
If you're ready to be a trans ally, it's time to think about how you can be more trans-inclusive in your daily life. The first trans person that I knew was a transgender man I...
Cops Watched Over My White Brothers & Arrested My Black Brother
My brothers committed multiple crimes when they were kids. They threw eggs at cars (vandalization of personal property), stole street signs (felony theft), and got wasted...

Startups

Doing Business with Mom: What it's Like to Be a Second Generation Entrepreneur
How does having a entrepreneur parent shape a person's life and career? Kelly Cornell, son of designer and retailer April Cornell, talks family, business, and w...
The Bouqs is Making Millions, One Stem at a Time
What happens when a Disney brand director and a Venezuelan flower farmer team up? A multimillion dollar flower company that is shaking up the florist industry. ...
These Women Entrepreneurs Fight Sexism to Revolutionize How We Hook Up
Jennifer McEwen was at a tech gala in Seattle when a male attendee asked her what her company does. She explained that her sex tech company, MiKandi, is a third-party Android...
I Refuse to Choose Between Artists and Techies
Editor's note: this editorial is part of The Bold Italic's ongoing mission to publish opinions that help move the current tech and culture debate in San Francisco forward. If...
14 Tips For Couples Who Both Work From Home
It took a long time for my boyfriend, Benjamin, and I to learn how to work from home as a couple. When we met, we were both working online from a coffee shop on the Chilean coast.
Why Flirt with Plain Emoji When You Can Sext with These Guys?
Not to get all Freudian on you right from the get go, but sometimes an eggplant emoji isn't just an eggplant. In these days of sexting, sometimes that eggplant is signifying a...
Married to My Co-Founder: What Happens When a Startup Really is a Marriage
TL;DR: A lot of startup founders joke that they're "married" to their co-Founder, but Michael and Angela Smith actually are married. Their secret to success? Never turning off....
How to Stay Fit on the Road as a Location-Independent Solopreneur
I am not one of those people who loves working out. You know the type, right? They get off on endorphins and sweating or whatever. They talk about "runner's highs" and "pushing...
The Woman Behind Argentina's Startup Revolution
I believe passion is infectious, and when you get likeminded individuals in a room together, discussing real change and impact for not only a company or organization, but also...
The Key to Viral Marketing? Science, Not Magic
Manuel Frigerio, Founder of the popular viral marketing widget MaƮtre, explains the science behind making a campaign go viral.

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