Makers Who Made It: 100 Stories of Starting a Business

Makers Who Made It: 100 Stories of Starting a Business

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ISBN-13: 9781944243296
Publisher: The Grommet
Publication date: 11/30/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 267,699
File size: 31 MB
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About the Author

Jules Pieri is Co-founder & CEO of the The Grommet, a site which has launched more than 2,000 consumer products since 2008. The company’s Citizen Commerce™ movement is reshaping how products are discovered, shared, and bought. Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies and was a senior executive at Keds, Stride Rite, and Playskool. The Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Design Continuum and President of Ziggs.com. Jules completed her undergraduate degree summa cum laude at the University of Michigan and people tell her she is the first designer to graduate from Harvard Business School, where she is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence. Jules was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013 and one of Goldman Sachs’ 100Most Interesting Entrepreneurs in 2014. In June 2014, Jules was invited to the White House Maker Faire to launch The Grommet Wholesale Platform. This extension of the Grommet business connects Makers with Main Street Retailers by bridging the gap between the two and helping to ensure Grommet’s goal that within five years 10% of all products flowing through U.S. retail originate from independent small-scale Makers. Jules is frequently asked to speak on consumer trends and technologies, design, and entrepreneurship. She has presented as HBS, SCAD, MIT, and at conferences, including SXSW, Internet Retailer, and the Conference on World Affairs. She’s been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, and many other media outlets.


Joanne Domeniconi is the Co-founder & Chief Discovery Officer at The Grommet. Founded in 2008, The Grommet is a curated, online media platform for launching innovative consumer products created by Maker entrepreneurs. At The Grommet, Joanne guides the Discovery of emerging consumer products in sixteen different industries including Gift, Consumer Tech, Housewares, Hardware, Toy, Pet, Beauty, Fitness, Outdoor and Apparel. Joanne spent her early career at Stride Rite Corporation where she held various Retail Merchandising, Buying and Product Development roles during a 20 year career in footwear. She served as Vice President of Product Development for Keds, the sneaker company, before founding The Grommet. In 2014, Joanne was invited to The White House to be recognized for The Grommet’s positive impact on the Maker Movement and the launch of The Grommet Wholesale. In 2015, she co-authored The Grommet’s ebook, Makers Who Made It, the story of 100 successful Maker businesses. Joanne is on the Board of Directors for the United Inventors Association (http://www.uiausa.org), a graduate of Simmons College and lives in Massachusetts.

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