Jewel Burks

Jewel Burks

Co-Founder & CEO


Partpic Inc.

Atlanta, GA USA


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

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
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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Education

High School
Bachelor
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Howard University

Career

Co-Founder & CEO

I am the co-founder of a startup that is using visual technology to streamline the purchase of repair parts.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Science
Problem Solving

Day to Day

No two days are ever the same and the life of an entrepreneur is ever growing and evolving. Some days I work on our business model and ways to best market the company; I work to secure additional funding to grow the business; I recruit and manage our growing team; I develop timelines to ensure we are delivering results on time, etc.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Don't get discouraged by bad situations. Always try to see the good and make the best of what you are given. Find mentors and learn from others that have come before you. Read as much as you can.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get involved whenever you can. Intern, network, join clubs. Wherever there are opportunities to learn more, go for it!

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"How did I get here? WHY am I here? "

Challenges I Overcame

Discrimination