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Tech Crush Thursday: Matt Edelman

This week we’re crushing on Matt Edelman, the CEO of Glossi. We were lucky enough to meet Matt at the recent IFB conference, as well as watch a presentation of the publishing platform.

Glossi allows users to create their own online magazines, essentially cutting out the need for an editor in chief. Like Tumblr, Glossi offers everyone a chance to be his/her own content organizer, but instead of scrolling vertically, Glossi offers the experience of opening a magazine and “flipping” the pages by mouse or swipe.

Edelman has said the company offers a seamless interpretation of the traditional magazine layout onto a digital platform. The best part about Glossi, however, is you don’t have to be a big brand or retailer to use the technology. Individuals can upload images, music, videos and text into folders, then page-by-page drag and drop into a format of choice, and essentially write and edit their own publications.

Although Glossi was just introduced in late 2012, Matt Edelman is certainly not new to the publishing industry. Prior to Glossi, Matt ran the Publishing and Business Development groups at a premier mobile games and publisher, as well as acted as the Vice President (and part of the founding team) of Marvel Studios. Matt has also served as a business parter and advisor to retail, media and entertainment brands including Nordstrom, Gap, JCrew, Nike, Lucky Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, and MTV, to name a few.

With great success thus far, Glossi is set to introduce new applications and features throughout 2013. So far, we like what we see. Current publishers on Glossi include DKNY PR Girl, Nine West, ThreadSence, fashion blog On the Racks, and so many more.

Fashion Icon Friday: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
You know this fraternal duo from the TV series, Full House, where they were debuted to the world as infants. And while we love those cute moments, we’re not necessarily going to talk about that time in their lives. No, we’re going to talk about the empire that these ladies have built post- “You got it, dude!”
With their increasing popularity in the preteen market in the late 90s, early 2000s, their names quickly launched brands attached to books, fragrances, magazines, movies, and clothes. They even had their own line of dolls created by Mattel.
In 2002, the Olsens appeared in Forbes “Celebrity 100” list and then again in 2007 where there were ranked (together) as the 11th richest women in entertainment. Not too shabby for Michelle Tanner.
But their fashion & business contributions in this industry is what we love. With two major brands under their belts, The Row and Elizabeth and James, as well as a string of other, more affordable and accessible lines found in department stores like Walmart and JCPenney (Mary-Kate and Ashley: Real fashion for real girls and Olsenboye), this sister team has seamlessly made a name for themselves even influencing new trends referred to as, “ashcan” or “bohemian-burgeois” consistent with their loose sweater, oversized sunglasses look.
Today, the girls continue to make strides in the industry dominating clothing brands of girls in all age groups, even working on their first-ever line of “affordable” handbags starting at about $195, as well as becoming huge players in the fight for workers’ rights around the world. How iconic!

Fashion Icon Friday: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

You know this fraternal duo from the TV series, Full House, where they were debuted to the world as infants. And while we love those cute moments, we’re not necessarily going to talk about that time in their lives. No, we’re going to talk about the empire that these ladies have built post- “You got it, dude!”

With their increasing popularity in the preteen market in the late 90s, early 2000s, their names quickly launched brands attached to books, fragrances, magazines, movies, and clothes. They even had their own line of dolls created by Mattel.

In 2002, the Olsens appeared in Forbes “Celebrity 100” list and then again in 2007 where there were ranked (together) as the 11th richest women in entertainment. Not too shabby for Michelle Tanner.

But their fashion & business contributions in this industry is what we love. With two major brands under their belts, The Row and Elizabeth and James, as well as a string of other, more affordable and accessible lines found in department stores like Walmart and JCPenney (Mary-Kate and Ashley: Real fashion for real girls and Olsenboye), this sister team has seamlessly made a name for themselves even influencing new trends referred to as, “ashcan” or “bohemian-burgeois” consistent with their loose sweater, oversized sunglasses look.

Today, the girls continue to make strides in the industry dominating clothing brands of girls in all age groups, even working on their first-ever line of “affordable” handbags starting at about $195, as well as becoming huge players in the fight for workers’ rights around the world. How iconic!

Tech Crush Thursday: Manish Chandra Having just returned from our West Coast Tour, we cannot stop thinking about all of the fabulous fashion tech startups in the golden state! That’s why this week, we cannot help but crush on Manish Chandra, Founder and CEO of Poshmark!Manish is definitely not a new entrant to the startup scene. Since recieving his MBA from Haas Business School, Manish has spent his years in the Silicon Valley, starting and growing companies in the internet and technology space. Prior to Poshmark, he was the Founder & CEO of Kaboodle, a pioneer in social shopping (which was acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2007).Poshmark, Manish’s current project, is a leader in the mobile fashion marketplace place. Poshmark launched in December 2011 and aims to simplify how fashion is bought and sold. Sellers simply take a photo of items they wish to sell using the photo app, select a price, and post it for sale. The app handles the payments and shipping labels, releasing the payment to the seller contingent on the buyer’s approval of the received item. It truly is an addicting and fun mobile app!We were lucky to partner with Manish and the Poshmark team at our meetup this week in San Francisco. We absolutely love their platform, and cannot wait to see what Manish and the rest of the lovely Poshmark team comes up with next!

Tech Crush Thursday: Manish Chandra

Having just returned from our West Coast Tour, we cannot stop thinking about all of the fabulous fashion tech startups in the golden state! That’s why this week, we cannot help but crush on Manish Chandra, Founder and CEO of Poshmark!

Manish is definitely not a new entrant to the startup scene. Since recieving his MBA from Haas Business School, Manish has spent his years in the Silicon Valley, starting and growing companies in the internet and technology space. Prior to Poshmark, he was the Founder & CEO of Kaboodle, a pioneer in social shopping (which was acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2007).

Poshmark, Manish’s current project, is a leader in the mobile fashion marketplace place. Poshmark launched in December 2011 and aims to simplify how fashion is bought and sold. Sellers simply take a photo of items they wish to sell using the photo app, select a price, and post it for sale. The app handles the payments and shipping labels, releasing the payment to the seller contingent on the buyer’s approval of the received item. It truly is an addicting and fun mobile app!

We were lucky to partner with Manish and the Poshmark team at our meetup this week in San Francisco. We absolutely love their platform, and cannot wait to see what Manish and the rest of the lovely Poshmark team comes up with next!

Fashion Icon Friday: Jenna Lyons

Jenna Lyons proves that you truly can work your way up to the top. J. Crew’s creative director started at the company about 20 years ago as an assistant to someone’s assistant; now she is the one responsible for turning the prepster brand into a fashion-forward multimillion dollar mass retailer. Did you know they were the official partner of the CFDA this year? That’s impressive!

Jenna moved to New York in 1987 to study at Parsons School of Design. After graduating, she worked briefly at Donna Karan before switching over to J.Crew, and the rest is history. Jenna has grown with J.Crew from a small mom and pop company, to the international retailer it is today. Teaming up with CEO Mickey Drexler, together they have found the perfect balance of creative and commerical that draws millions into J.Crew. “Jenna’s Picks,” items handpicked by her, widely influence shoppers who are inspired by her mix-and-match style.

In an interview with Business of Fashion, Jenna talks about how she makes decisions that have gotten her and the company to where they are today: “Ultimately, fashion is all about gut anyway—there’s no science to what this should look like or that should look like or how many times you can redraw that or resketch that or redo that catalogue cover. The fact of the matter is, either it grabs you or it doesn’t.”

She’s not just fashion-forward, but also a forward thinker—and we love that.

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Meet Jessica Surbaugh, our Digital Content Editor.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
JS: Energizing, radiant, thorough
How do you think others would describe you in 3 words?
JS: Silly, diplomatic, sincere
What are your go-to blogs for fashion & tech news info?
JS: Fashionista, Fashion Indie, WWD, Fashion’s Collective, Business of Fashion, The Next Web, The Verge
Pick one: music, food, or movies.
JS: Food—but music’s a close second.
If you could eat one type of food forever, what would it be?
JS: Seafood!
What do you love most about working with Third Wave Fashion?
JS: My coworkers! We laugh our way through everything and we’re infinitely more successful for doing so. Also, the fashion tech space is heaven for a research junkie—something new is always out there waiting to be discovered.
Who’s your style or business crush?
JS: Sienna Miller will forever be my style crush. As for business, hands down our founder Liza—I mean, have you met her?! *swoon*
What’s your favorite startup right now, and why?
JS: I’m sort of obsessed with Cut On Your Bias right now. I really respect the fusion of fashion design and technology and I think their branding is gorgeous. AND I think the name is genius.
Who inspires you— whether in business or in life?
JS: Successful entrepreneurs who are in the business of doing what they’re passionate about and who are able to live with great freedom as a result. And a beach. I love a good beach.
Where do you see yourself in 7 years?
JS: In fashion/tech/art—I’m never leaving! The rest is tbd.