Upcoming Events at Story
Jun 12, 2019 | 5:00 PM | Wednesday
You’re invited! Techstars and LEAP are hosting a FREE twice-a-month series of founder stories and entrepreneurship workshops for the greater Louisville region. If you are a current founder, interested in becoming an entrepreneur, joining a startup team, or being more en
Techstars and LEAP are hosting a FREE twice-a-month series of founder stories and entrepreneurship workshops for the greater Louisville region. If you are a current founder, interested in becoming an entrepreneur, joining a startup team, or being more entrepreneurial in your job or life, this is for you.
Join us on Wednesday, June 12 from 5:00 - 6:30PM for an in-depth discussion with Jennifer Williams to learn her story of becoming a startup founder.
Why a founder story?
In the news, on social media, and in community conversations, we hear and tell the stories about an entrepreneur’s big wins: a fundraising event, winning a pitch competition, making a prestigious hire, or securing a successful exit. What’s often missing, however, is the full picture of the founder’s journey that includes the hard times, the perseverance, and even the fun and fulfillment of building a company.
This series of founder stories is intentionally intimate (Twitter-free, and no recording!) and will give the audience a dose of reality they wouldn't get in any other context. Founders will share an open account of their time handling things like cofounder conflict, the personal cost of entrepreneurship, and how things have changed since being in the startup. Founders will also talk about the funny stuff, unexpected learnings, the random luck that got the company through at times, and more. These talks are highly personal and confidential.
Together we’ll see that all founders can be vulnerable and talk about the hard parts of building a company with their peers and find support and help within the startup community.
Jennifer Williams is an ex-actuary turned entrepreneur from Seattle, WA. She is the co-founder and COO/CFO of Cuddle Clones, an online pet company whose flagship product is a stuffed animal made to look exactly like your pet. Before Cuddle Clones, Jennifer spent 10 years as a benefits consulting actuary, primarily working on large defined benefit plans and stock-based compensation programs. She made the entrepreneurial leap in 2012 and quit PricewaterhouseCoopers to focus on Cuddle Clones full-time. She earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound in Tacom