Jewel's Open Road
Co-Founder & CEO
Don’t be frustrated with curves in the road...Try to find the glimmer of goodness in the bad turns.
- 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.