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.
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In making career decisions, Polyvore CEO Jess Lee cites advice she received from Marissa Mayer, "Always choose the path that is most challenging." In this conversation with Peter Fenton of Benchmark Capital, Lee discusses the benefits and challenges of working inside a large organization and the value of learning from mentors.