Jewel's Open Road


    Women In STEM


    Atlanta, GA


Co-Founder & CEO
Partpic Inc.

“Don’t be frustrated with curves in the road...Try to find the glimmer of goodness in the bad turns.”


Engineering Science


Determination Societal Pressures Confidence Individualism Inspiration Choices Community Opportunity Support & Encouragement




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  • Attended Howard University; while she was there, she connected with an on-campus recruiter from Google.
  • Moved to Silicon Valley after college and realized that there was a whole “world” of tech-loving, entrepreneurial people like her, living in one place.
  • She was employed at Google for several years before deciding to leave to take a job in parts distribution.
  • Right when she started her new job, she realized she’d made a huge mistake—she freaked out and wondered why she’d left Google.
  • Decided that instead of giving into regret, she’d look at this new job from a Silicon Valley perspective: she’d use the job an opportunity to find a new idea and innovate the business.
  • She was working in the call center when she realized that people were struggling to describe the part that they needed—they wanted to take a picture of the part and send it to her.
  • Inspired by Shazam—the app that can “listen” to music and tell you which song is playing—she decided to build a visual search tool to match these pictures of parts to their distributors.
  • She gathered a team of engineers by networking and hanging out at nearby Georgia Tech; she eventually connected with her co-founder and together they started Partpic.

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