Archive for November 2009

Interview with Leslie Linevsky, founder of

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background prior to starting your business?

I graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Marketing, then earned my Masters of Business Administration at University of Miami, with a specialization in International Business. I’ve always enjoyed sales and marketing, and I have a passion for travel. I also love to entertain, and consider myself a pseudo gourmet chef.

Leslie Linevsky

Leslie Linevsky

How did you come up with the idea to start

I got my start in Internet retailing in 1994, when e-commerce was in its infancy. Together with my husband, we launched, an upscale mail order print catalog and website selling artistically designed men’s neckties.

From that experience, I learned the power of filling a specific retail niche for online shoppers.  The web offers the perfect place to shop efficiently and conveniently for specific products in a way that is nearly impossible in bricks-and-mortar stores.  By bringing together a comprehensive collection of catalogs all on one site, we realized we could offer a level of options and convenience not previously available to shoppers.

That realization was the spark for Recognizing the untapped potential of aggregating and indexing a wide array of catalogs that shoppers might not know about or have access to, we developed a way for Internet shoppers to select and receive catalogs of their choice all in one place.

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Interview with Sharon Rowe, founder of

Could you tell us about your background prior to starting

Sharon Rowe

Sharon Rowe

I was a professional actress in NYC, balancing an acting career with various other positions –

1. Worked at CBS 60 Minutes as Administrative Assistant

2. Senior Account Executive (sales) with MicroVideo, Inc. a start up company that I worked at and helped to build into a multi million dollar business.

How did you spot the opportunity to start

I don’t know that I spotted the opportunity as much as I started living the opportunity. It all started because I didn’t want to accept single use bags, which led me to find “filet” cotton string bags (like the ones I saw all over Europe).  I bought some for my own use and began bringing them with me for shopping.  Everyone wanted to know where I got them and where they could get some so, coming from an entrepreneurial family I guess I had an “aha” moment and thought that there might be a business opportunity in there somewhere. Read more