Jess Lee is CEO of Polyvore, a social commerce technology company. Prior to co-founding Polyvore, Lee was a product manager at Google, where she worked on Google Maps and launched features like My Maps and draggable driving directions.
After four years at Google, Lee became hopelessly addicted to making Polyvore sets and decided the only cure was to join the Polyvore team. Jess has a degree in computer science from Stanford University.
Peter Fenton joined Benchmark Capital in 2006 after spending seven years as a partner with Accel Partners. Fenton currently sits on the boards of DotCloud, EngineYard, HortonWorks, Lithium, New Relic, Polyvore, Revinate, Twitter, Yelp, Zendesk and Zuora.
His previous investments include Coremetrics (acquired by IBM), FriendFeed (acquired by Facebook), JBoss (acquired by RedHat), Reactivity (acquired by Cisco), SpringSource (acquired by VMWare), Terracotta (acquired by Software AG), Wily Technology (acquired by CA), Xensource (acquired by Citrix), and Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!).
Fenton holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business School, as well as a BA from Stanford.
In this insightful conversation with investor Peter Fenton of Benchmark Capital, Polyvore CEO and co-founder Jess Lee talks about her personal and professional transition from working at a large organization to a becoming an entrepreneurial, first-time CEO. Fenton and Lee also examine the priorities of the CEO role, founder and investor relations, and creating the right team to build the product.