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Jessica Herrin

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Jessica Herrin graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and quickly became an entrepreneur. She co-founded, at the age of 24, WeddingChannel.com. It was the world’s most popular wedding site at that time.

In 2003, Jessica began designing jewelry and held her very first Trunk Show in Austin, Texas that year. She continued working out of her living room in the years of 2004-2005. She worked with her company Luxe Jewels. She took the jewelry business to the social platform in 3005 and took in one million in sales that year.

Stella & Dot was launched in 2007. Blythe Harris came on board to help with the start-up, and the company was named after Jessica and Blythe’s grandmothers. By 2011, the company sat at # 57 on the Inc.500/5000 Fastest Growing Private Company list. In 2012, the company then launched in the United Kingdom.

Jessica has been named by Ernst & Young and Inc. 500 as a Top Entrepreneur. She has also been featured at Oprah, New York Times, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. She supports the Young Presidents Organization in the San Francisco Bay area. The company is also known for its Stella & Dot Conduct Code in which the standards of the company are outlined.

Companies and Investments

Stella & Dot (Founder, CEO), Dell Inc. (Executive), WeddingChannel.com (Co-Founder, Vice President of Product Management), Trilogy (Marketing)

Lessons Learned

There are many lessons to be learned in life and in the business world. As a woman, I learned that you need to keep pushing. Chase the capital, and do not be surprised if you are denied because you are a woman. Another lesson would be just how important it is to maintain a work and family balance, so that you find joy at work and with your family both.

Lastly, I would say that it very important to be flexible. When you own your business, you never know what is going to happen day to day. Keep an open mind and be ready to bend.


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Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the Ordinary.

Cecil Beaton

Jessica Herrin's Quotes

The most wonderful thing about life is that it’s just one step at a time. Focus on what matters most.

Jessica Herrin

I wanted to create a business for women about defining success as happiness, their pace, their way.

Jessica Herrin

We get great joy out of designing irresistible jewelry. And yet, jewelry is just the tangible expression of something much greaterwe are creating. We have a vision of the world where STRONG WOMEN LIVE BOLDand joyful lives.

Jessica Herrin

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