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#AskAMogulAnything:Hi,I'mAlexisMaybank.I'mtheCEOofProjectSeptember,thefoundingCEOofGilt,andamanexpertwhenitcomestoecommerce.Askmeanythingyou'dlike!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVE10/27@12:30pmET.

Alexis Maybank
Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt

Your questions will be answered on Thursday, October 27th at 12:30 pm ET. To ask a question, click here to create a Mogul profile, then post a question in the comment section below!

Hi - I'm Alexis Maybank. 

I've defined my career by building and launching innovative and compelling ecommerce experiences for consumers. I'm the CEO and Co-founder of Project September, a social shopping app that launched in April 2016, which bridges the gap between online shopping and social browsing.

Project September is designed as a shop-able, shareable digital magazine spread, where the world's most stylish people show you exactly where and how to buy their favorite brands. Each image features one or more shoppable items that can be tapped and instantly purchased. Anyone can join and creators can earn a commission from the sale of items purchased through their work. We're thrilled to have major brands on the platform, including Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and Stuart Weitzman.

In 2007, I was founding CEO of Gilt, working to expand the company’s sales categories from women’s brands to include lifestyle categories such as sporting goods, home decor, children’s apparel, local experiences and luxury travel services.

Prior to founding Gilt, I served as general manager and business development director for AOL’s ecommerce businesses. In 1998, I became an early member of the eBay team, where I helped launch the company’s first strategic planning group and also launched eBay Canada, which grew to become Canada’s largest ecommerce business. I later helped found eBay Motors, which grew to over $2.5 billion in gross sales and continues to be the largest category of goods sold on eBay today.

I earned an MBA from Harvard University. I also serve as a director for Girls Who Code and am a long-time chair of Audubon's Women in Conservation program.  In 2010, I was named to Crain’s “40 Under 40” and was awarded Ernst and Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award. I call New York City my home.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Thursday, October 27th at 12:30 pm ET. 

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  • Lauren Klein
    3y ago

    Hey Alexis! I'm a fan. Love Gilt. In your experience, can you talk about how you were able to "have it all" so to speak in terms of finding your match, and building an unreal and cool career? Dating can be so hard and sometimes it feels like having it all is impossible. And do you have advice for going into fashion? It seems like the biz is changing a lot, so it'd be cool to hear from you on how someone should best prepare themselves.

    Hey Alexis! I'm a fan. Love Gilt. In your experience, can you talk about how you were able to "have it all" so to speak in terms of finding your match, and building an unreal and cool career? Dating can be so hard and sometimes it feels like having it all is impossible. And do you have advice for going into fashion? It seems like the biz is changing a lot, so it'd be cool to hear from you on how someone should best prepare themselves.

  • Kelly Hudson
    3y ago

    When it comes to retail and shopping, do you think physical stores will disappear and fully shift to digital?

    When it comes to retail and shopping, do you think physical stores will disappear and fully shift to digital?

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    Guest
    3y ago

    Hi, I love Gilt. I remember reading By Invitation Only and it shaped me in a big way. Do you ever have pinch me moments where you can't believe the amazing successes? Do you still have moments of struggle sometimes, even though you are very established? How do you push through those moments?

    Hi, I love Gilt. I remember reading By Invitation Only and it shaped me in a big way. Do you ever have pinch me moments where you can't believe the amazing successes? Do you still have moments of struggle sometimes, even though you are very established? How do you push through those moments?

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      Thank you! I view my career as a journey, with twists and turns, ups and downs. There have been many challenges along the way. I try to keep in mind that a career is measured over the course of the years, not moments. I have learned that I need to take a step back and look at my career not in the one crushing moment or in the moment of massive success, but in aggregate. Celebrate the successes but always move forward and evolve. A career is built over many, many successive quarters and years and good decisions—never, ever made in a single moment.

      Thank you! I view my career as a journey, with twists and turns, ups and downs. There have been many challenges along the way. I try to keep in mind that a career is measured over the course of the years, not moments. I have learned that I need to take a step back and look at my career not in the one crushing moment or in the moment of massive success, but in aggregate. Celebrate the successes but always move forward and evolve. A career is built over many, many successive quarters and years and good decisions—never, ever made in a single moment.

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  • no_problem
    3y ago

    hey alexis, i started an e-commerce business in high school as a side job but it began to feel oversaturated. do you believe that mobile apps are the next step for ecomm? how do you go about identifying the sweet spot between early adopter/trendsetter and bandwagoner?

    hey alexis, i started an e-commerce business in high school as a side job but it began to feel oversaturated. do you believe that mobile apps are the next step for ecomm? how do you go about identifying the sweet spot between early adopter/trendsetter and bandwagoner?

  • Talia M.
    Talia M. Student
    3y ago Argentina

    Hey Alexis. I was just wondering when you were starting Gilt, if it was difficult to find investors, and whether you found raising funds were ever impacted by the fact you were two female co-founders?

    Hey Alexis. I was just wondering when you were starting Gilt, if it was difficult to find investors, and whether you found raising funds were ever impacted by the fact you were two female co-founders?

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      At investor meetings where we pitched the idea, not a single firm had a female partner. So when explaining fashion to a bunch of men in khaki pants and blue button-down shirts, their response was always 'Oh, let me see if my wife thinks this is a good idea.' I would love to see more women get into venture capital. Women drive the majority of purchases and are thus the backbone of a large part of our domestic economy. The good news is that a number of funds are emerging to back women and that recognize the importance of the female consumer. See BBG Ventures, Female Founders Fund, and Halogen Ventures as great examples.

      At investor meetings where we pitched the idea, not a single firm had a female partner. So when explaining fashion to a bunch of men in khaki pants and blue button-down shirts, their response was always 'Oh, let me see if my wife thinks this is a good idea.' I would love to see more women get into venture capital. Women drive the majority of purchases and are thus the backbone of a large part of our domestic economy. The good news is that a number of funds are emerging to back women and that recognize the importance of the female consumer. See BBG Ventures, Female Founders Fund, and Halogen Ventures as great examples.

  • Lucy Chen
    3y ago Chicago, IL, United States

    What was it like to go to Harvard? Do you have any tips on how to get into their business school? I've thought about it but have to be honest, sometimes I get very intimidated to apply.

    What was it like to go to Harvard? Do you have any tips on how to get into their business school? I've thought about it but have to be honest, sometimes I get very intimidated to apply.

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      Listen Harvard is a wonderful school. And it takes all types to make it wonderful. What makes you uniquely you? Emphasize that, your unique passions, and emphasize the ways you have been a leader and want to be a leader in your future career.

      Listen Harvard is a wonderful school. And it takes all types to make it wonderful. What makes you uniquely you? Emphasize that, your unique passions, and emphasize the ways you have been a leader and want to be a leader in your future career.

  • mehervaswani
    3y ago

    Hi Alexis, your story is such an inspiring one, especially for aspiring female entrepreneurs like myself. What do you think was the biggest challenge you faced in establishing your own business? What do you think helped you in getting to where you are today? I'm so nervous about starting my own business because I feel unequipped to handle all the risks involved and I'm not even sure what the first step to building a business is! Any advice would be so helpful!

    Hi Alexis, your story is such an inspiring one, especially for aspiring female entrepreneurs like myself. What do you think was the biggest challenge you faced in establishing your own business? What do you think helped you in getting to where you are today? I'm so nervous about starting my own business because I feel unequipped to handle all the risks involved and I'm not even sure what the first step to building a business is! Any advice would be so helpful!

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      First and foremost, what you need to build a business is resilience. As an entrepreneur, you are often failing as much as you are succeeding. You are falling on your face as much as you are stepping up and moving forward. You need that ability to get up, re-gather, think of what you are going to do next, not letting that misstep pull you down. Next, you cannot be afraid of being imperfect. You have to be okay with sticking your neck out, being willing to fall down, and knowing that you are more measured over time about how you are getting back up.

      First and foremost, what you need to build a business is resilience. As an entrepreneur, you are often failing as much as you are succeeding. You are falling on your face as much as you are stepping up and moving forward. You need that ability to get up, re-gather, think of what you are going to do next, not letting that misstep pull you down. Next, you cannot be afraid of being imperfect. You have to be okay with sticking your neck out, being willing to fall down, and knowing that you are more measured over time about how you are getting back up.

  • Brett Steiner

    What do you think is next for the fashion industry? With so much progress being made on social media and even virtual reality, how can brands adapt to the new frontier?

    What do you think is next for the fashion industry? With so much progress being made on social media and even virtual reality, how can brands adapt to the new frontier?

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      The fashion industry is constantly changing and Project September is a testament to that evolution. People aren’t shopping in stores or on store websites the same way they used to. They are taking inspiration from all kinds of places and expect to be able to instantly buy anything they see. Consumers were discovering products and want to easily move from social browsing to shopping and instantly purchase. So, the store has moved to the “pocket” and every brand has to think mobile first.

      The fashion industry is constantly changing and Project September is a testament to that evolution. People aren’t shopping in stores or on store websites the same way they used to. They are taking inspiration from all kinds of places and expect to be able to instantly buy anything they see. Consumers were discovering products and want to easily move from social browsing to shopping and instantly purchase. So, the store has moved to the “pocket” and every brand has to think mobile first.

  • Rachel Borowicz
    Rachel Borowicz Software Engineer & Arts Philanthropist
    3y ago San Francisco, CA, United States

    What is the biggest lesson you've learned in terms of heartbreak?

    What is the biggest lesson you've learned in terms of heartbreak?

  • Kathy May
    Kathy May Associate at Deutsche Bank
    3y ago New York, NY, USA

    Thank you Alexis! It's so amazing to have you here and answering our questions. Would you happen to have any advice for scaling your business from 10 to 50 people? I'm at that stage now, and would love to know what advice you have for this stage.

    Thank you Alexis! It's so amazing to have you here and answering our questions. Would you happen to have any advice for scaling your business from 10 to 50 people? I'm at that stage now, and would love to know what advice you have for this stage.

  • Tiffany Pham
    Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
    3y ago New York, NY, USA

    What is the your favorite part of starting a new business? Do you still feel tied to your first business?

    What is the your favorite part of starting a new business? Do you still feel tied to your first business?

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      Thanks so much for having me! P.S. Please remember to Check out Project September (www.projectseptember.com) and tell me what you think. Thanks for your thoughtful questions everyone. It's been fun connecting with you. Would love to see you again on Project September! You can download the app at i.psyou.com and also follow along with me also on Instagram @ProjectSeptember and Twitter @ProjSept XOXO

      Thanks so much for having me! P.S. Please remember to Check out Project September (www.projectseptember.com) and tell me what you think. Thanks for your thoughtful questions everyone. It's been fun connecting with you. Would love to see you again on Project September! You can download the app at i.psyou.com and also follow along with me also on Instagram @ProjectSeptember and Twitter @ProjSept XOXO

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      I love all my businesses I have started and feel I never fully "leave" them. Instead you always take it with you (they are your babies after all!) and learn so much with every passing year. These learnings fuel your next idea and also make you a better entrepreneur or business person year after year.

      I love all my businesses I have started and feel I never fully "leave" them. Instead you always take it with you (they are your babies after all!) and learn so much with every passing year. These learnings fuel your next idea and also make you a better entrepreneur or business person year after year.

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    • Tiffany Pham
      Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
      3y ago New York, NY, USA

      Such an honor to have you Alexis!

      Such an honor to have you Alexis!

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    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      Raising capital is always the hardest and most critical. I have learned how to pitch an idea better to get it funded and scale businesses faster.

      Raising capital is always the hardest and most critical. I have learned how to pitch an idea better to get it funded and scale businesses faster.

  • Casey Jackson
    3y ago

    Hi Alexis! Would love to know how you balance it all - between a full-time career and having a family, how do you make it work?

    Hi Alexis! Would love to know how you balance it all - between a full-time career and having a family, how do you make it work?

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      Sorry to blow the myth: there's no such thing as balance. You can't perfectly plan your personal life or your work life. When we founded Gilt Groupe, I worked 24/7 and also had two children in its first five years. This year when we launched Project September, I had my third child just weeks later. Each day, you either feel like you’re a better professional or a better parent. You never are actually great at both in the same day. It's all about tradeoffs. But what's important is looking back and feeling assured that you tackled all the important things the best you could.

      Sorry to blow the myth: there's no such thing as balance. You can't perfectly plan your personal life or your work life. When we founded Gilt Groupe, I worked 24/7 and also had two children in its first five years. This year when we launched Project September, I had my third child just weeks later. Each day, you either feel like you’re a better professional or a better parent. You never are actually great at both in the same day. It's all about tradeoffs. But what's important is looking back and feeling assured that you tackled all the important things the best you could.

  • Alexis Maybank
    Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
    3y ago

    Hello, I am happy to be here on Mogul. I will be answering questions below, so throw me any questions you have! Thanks xoxox Alexis

    Hello, I am happy to be here on Mogul. I will be answering questions below, so throw me any questions you have! Thanks xoxox Alexis

  • Default
    Guest
    3y ago

    What's the fashion and beauty industry really like to work in? What are the best and worst parts about it?

    What's the fashion and beauty industry really like to work in? What are the best and worst parts about it?

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      It's fun, exciting, ever changing, chaotic and beautiful, all at the same time! It's an interesting blend of left and right brain, however all the best decisions are always made through the heart.

      It's fun, exciting, ever changing, chaotic and beautiful, all at the same time! It's an interesting blend of left and right brain, however all the best decisions are always made through the heart.

  • miranda444
    3y ago

    Hi Alexis - Congratulations on all of your success! Have you had mentors along the way? If so, how have they helped you and how important do you consider mentors in building a successful business and brand?

    Hi Alexis - Congratulations on all of your success! Have you had mentors along the way? If so, how have they helped you and how important do you consider mentors in building a successful business and brand?

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      Mentors are critical. I first started talking about the concept of your Own Personal Board of Directors more than a decade ago. This is essentially your own "Kitchen Cabinet" of mentors you keep with you throughout your career. They know you, and they know your strengths and weaknesses. It is this group that you turn to with the hard questions and at the critical moments of your career. Maintain those relationships because they are deeply important.

      Mentors are critical. I first started talking about the concept of your Own Personal Board of Directors more than a decade ago. This is essentially your own "Kitchen Cabinet" of mentors you keep with you throughout your career. They know you, and they know your strengths and weaknesses. It is this group that you turn to with the hard questions and at the critical moments of your career. Maintain those relationships because they are deeply important.

  • Sally22
    3y ago

    You have such an impressive background. Wondering what the process was like in starting Gilt? How did you come up with the idea? Were you surprised at how rapidly it grew?

    You have such an impressive background. Wondering what the process was like in starting Gilt? How did you come up with the idea? Were you surprised at how rapidly it grew?

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      Gilt opened a window to the exceptional, everyday. Through the power of the platform, fashion fans could discover brands they liked, invite their friends to join and ultimately determine who was a part of the community and how quickly it should grow. Gilt did 75% of its revenues in just 90 minutes a day. No brick-and-mortar store could have opened its doors to 10 million shoppers and had millions stampede in at the very same moment. Starting the business and growing it was no small task. It initially was born out of a passion for sample sales my Co-founder Alexandra Wilson and I shared. It grew exceptionally fast, all through word of mouth for the initial years, and at a pace we could never have predicted.

      Gilt opened a window to the exceptional, everyday. Through the power of the platform, fashion fans could discover brands they liked, invite their friends to join and ultimately determine who was a part of the community and how quickly it should grow. Gilt did 75% of its revenues in just 90 minutes a day. No brick-and-mortar store could have opened its doors to 10 million shoppers and had millions stampede in at the very same moment. Starting the business and growing it was no small task. It initially was born out of a passion for sample sales my Co-founder Alexandra Wilson and I shared. It grew exceptionally fast, all through word of mouth for the initial years, and at a pace we could never have predicted.

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    3y ago New York, NY, United States

    And how does Project September benefit young people who want to join the fashion world?

    And how does Project September benefit young people who want to join the fashion world?

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      BTW IF YOU HAVEN'T DOWNLOADED THE APP YET, PLEASE CHECK OUT PROJECT SEPTEMBER HERE & IN THE APP STORE :-) I.PSYOU.COM/HI

      BTW IF YOU HAVEN'T DOWNLOADED THE APP YET, PLEASE CHECK OUT PROJECT SEPTEMBER HERE & IN THE APP STORE :-) I.PSYOU.COM/HI

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      Project September unlocks the creative talent of anyone by giving them a platform to connect to audiences and share their passion for style and design. We’re building a space for lots of aspiring entrepreneurs to build their own fashion media businesses, connect with audiences at large and stretch their editorial skills. Anyone who's just starting out can create, share and earn from their work on Project September.

      Project September unlocks the creative talent of anyone by giving them a platform to connect to audiences and share their passion for style and design. We’re building a space for lots of aspiring entrepreneurs to build their own fashion media businesses, connect with audiences at large and stretch their editorial skills. Anyone who's just starting out can create, share and earn from their work on Project September.

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    3y ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Alexis, you are awesome! It's so cool to have you as a guest on Ask A Mogul Anything. What inspired you to create Project September and how does it work? How is it different from other apps?

    Hi Alexis, you are awesome! It's so cool to have you as a guest on Ask A Mogul Anything. What inspired you to create Project September and how does it work? How is it different from other apps?

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      Thanks, Bethany! The concept for Project September began while my co-founder Leah Park and I were at Gilt Groupe. We noticed an increase in online traffic from social media platforms. After exploring that influx, and taking our own experiences into account, we found that people were frustrated that there wasn’t a way to immediately buy the products they like. There has been many times where I’d spend 30-40 minutes looking to buy something I liked. We set out to provide fashion lovers with the first immersive, visual shopping experience and a way to find and purchase the items they love. That’s where the idea for Project September was born.

      Thanks, Bethany! The concept for Project September began while my co-founder Leah Park and I were at Gilt Groupe. We noticed an increase in online traffic from social media platforms. After exploring that influx, and taking our own experiences into account, we found that people were frustrated that there wasn’t a way to immediately buy the products they like. There has been many times where I’d spend 30-40 minutes looking to buy something I liked. We set out to provide fashion lovers with the first immersive, visual shopping experience and a way to find and purchase the items they love. That’s where the idea for Project September was born.

  • MaryPflumPeterson

    Hi Alexis - So great to have you answering questions on Ask A Mogul Anything. What's been the favorite part of your career so far? What's been the most challenging? And what's your advice to young women out there who want to start their own businesses?

    Hi Alexis - So great to have you answering questions on Ask A Mogul Anything. What's been the favorite part of your career so far? What's been the most challenging? And what's your advice to young women out there who want to start their own businesses?

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      For those wanting to start a business, remember: it's a long winding path and resilience is the key ingredient. First and foremost, without a doubt, is resilience. As an entrepreneur, you are often failing as much as you are succeeding. You are falling on your face as much as you are stepping up and moving forward. You need that ability to get up, re-gather, think of what you are going to do next, not letting that misstep pull you down. Next, you cannot be afraid of looking stupid or not being perfect. You have to be okay with sticking your neck out, being willing to fall down, and knowing that you are more measured over time about how you are getting back up.

      For those wanting to start a business, remember: it's a long winding path and resilience is the key ingredient. First and foremost, without a doubt, is resilience. As an entrepreneur, you are often failing as much as you are succeeding. You are falling on your face as much as you are stepping up and moving forward. You need that ability to get up, re-gather, think of what you are going to do next, not letting that misstep pull you down. Next, you cannot be afraid of looking stupid or not being perfect. You have to be okay with sticking your neck out, being willing to fall down, and knowing that you are more measured over time about how you are getting back up.

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      I love starting businesses with friends and people I REALLY want to spend time with ....lots of time with! You can shape your own business norms and values, and have fun building a business with people you care about. You spend a lot of time working, so I have loved spending that time with people I really want to learn from and tackle the challenges of a startup with.

      I love starting businesses with friends and people I REALLY want to spend time with ....lots of time with! You can shape your own business norms and values, and have fun building a business with people you care about. You spend a lot of time working, so I have loved spending that time with people I really want to learn from and tackle the challenges of a startup with.

  • booklover423
    3y ago

    Your career is so impressive. It seems as if you've been really great at anticipating the needs and interests of society. How do you keep your finger on the pulse? What are your go-to media sources and favorite books? What are your sources of inspiration?

    Your career is so impressive. It seems as if you've been really great at anticipating the needs and interests of society. How do you keep your finger on the pulse? What are your go-to media sources and favorite books? What are your sources of inspiration?

    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      Firstly, I go to what I know! I like ideas where I am the target consumer. I pursue ideas that I am passionate about. It’s so important to do something you really love and believe in, something you can relate to and truly enjoy. At the same time, starting a business that you want to get off the ground, it's important to remember that every month it might feel like things are going wrong, things are breaking. Competition changes, your role changes, and new, unforeseen challenges pop up. You just have to keep it all in context and remember that you have to just go with it and most importantly adapt.

      Firstly, I go to what I know! I like ideas where I am the target consumer. I pursue ideas that I am passionate about. It’s so important to do something you really love and believe in, something you can relate to and truly enjoy. At the same time, starting a business that you want to get off the ground, it's important to remember that every month it might feel like things are going wrong, things are breaking. Competition changes, your role changes, and new, unforeseen challenges pop up. You just have to keep it all in context and remember that you have to just go with it and most importantly adapt.

  • VivianaVizcaino
    VivianaVizcaino Viviana
    3y ago New York, NY, United States

    While in school, do you feel that you always knew exactly what you wanted to do in the business world?

    While in school, do you feel that you always knew exactly what you wanted to do in the business world?

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    • Alexis Maybank
      Alexis Maybank CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt
      3y ago

      Hi Viviana. While in school I had no idea what I wanted to do. literally no idea whatsoever. I had a vague notion I wanted to be the female Jacque Cousteau. So while that might have been farfetched, I decided to study what what I thought was interesting, and luckily too lots of science and math. I moved to Silicon Valley after college because I thought it seemed like a big adventure. I ended up working for one of eBay's co founders when the business was just growing. I learned then --> always go to growth. A fast growing business always gives the young person an opportunities to lead and manage so much earlier in their career!

      Hi Viviana. While in school I had no idea what I wanted to do. literally no idea whatsoever. I had a vague notion I wanted to be the female Jacque Cousteau. So while that might have been farfetched, I decided to study what what I thought was interesting, and luckily too lots of science and math. I moved to Silicon Valley after college because I thought it seemed like a big adventure. I ended up working for one of eBay's co founders when the business was just growing. I learned then --> always go to growth. A fast growing business always gives the young person an opportunities to lead and manage so much earlier in their career!


Alexis Maybank
CEO, Project September / Founding CEO, Gilt

Alexis has dedicated her career to building and launching innovative and compelling ecommerce experiences for consumers. Alexis is the CEO and Co-founder of Project September, a social shopping app that launched in April 2016, which bridges the gap between online shopping and social [...]

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