Founder Profile

Meaghan Rose

Rocksbox

Because jewelry rental just makes a ton of sense

Company Information
Year Founded
2012
Location
San Francisco, California
Industry
Consumer Products & Services
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020

Melanie Perkins

Canva

For making design accessible to everyone -- and building a company worth $6 billion

Company Information
Year Founded
2012
Industry
Software
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020

Melissa Butler

The Lip Bar

Because make-up is supposed to be fun

Company Information
Year Founded
2012
Location
Detroit, Michigan
Industry
Consumer Products & Services
Co-founder
TK Co-Founder Name
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020
Company Description

Working on Wall Street was a lot of things to Melissa Butler, but she felt it wasn't inclusive, fun, or true to who she was. She started beauty company the Lip Bar in her Brooklyn kitchen in 2012, and then moved back to her hometown of Detroit and bootstrapped it for six years before raising $2 million. Butler now has 18 employees--and a deep appreciation for mentorship. "Mentorship is really about uncovering the truth," she says. "Sometimes as a founder, you don't see the full picture. Talking with a mentor is like seeing things from a helicopter." She adds that "the reality is, you can't do it alone if you want longevity."

During the pandemic she says she relied on her team, advisors, and mentors more than ever. "The Lip Bar didn't become a real business until I started being vulnerable and sharing my wins and shortcomings with people who could help guide me. Mentorship can be powerful, as it can help shape and give structure to your vision." --Brit Morse

Nicole Sahin

Globalization Partners

For bootstrapping a global company that is changing the way hiring is done

Company Information
Year Founded
2012
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Industry
IT Services
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020

Pooja Bavishi

Malai

Because it's about time ice cream came in flavors such as lemon cardamom and pumpkin garam masala crumble

Company Information
Year Founded
2015
Location
Brooklyn, New York
Industry
Food & Beverages
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020