When you think of a hot Silicon Valley start-up, software to help divorced parents manage shared child-support expenses is hardly what comes to mind. Often, the biggest sensations—from disappearing photo-sharing apps to addictive video games—are developed by millennials for the enjoyment of users like them.
Sheri Atwood is out to change that. A middle-aged single mother with 15 years of tech experience—most recently as a vice president at Symantech—has developed SupportPay, a desktop and mobile platform to help other divorced parents keep track of child-care costs. Over the last six months, she's raised more than $1 million in venture capital funding, but it hasn't been easy.