Jewel Burks: Southern female founder takes on the $10B parts industry

Born in Nashville, building her company in Atlanta, Jewel Burks just nailed $1.5mil in seed money to take on the $10B parts industry. That's after winning almost every startup competition she entered, from TechCrunch Disrupt to Steve Case's Rise of...

Your breakfast today?

I had a smoothie with kale, banana, pineapples, berries, and orange juice.

What’s your workout?

I’m resting on my metabolism right now, but I’m working on incorporating working out back into my life!

What’s on your phone’s home screen?

Way too many apps!

logoWhat inspired you to start your business?

I was inspired to start my business while working in the part distribution industry and becoming frustrated with the current antiquated tools for part search.

Where do you want it to go?

I want to build a high-growth company by bringing to market a defensible technical product that solves everyday problems.

How can we help your business?

Know any leaders of fastener companies? Tell them to sign up to use our API!

What do you love about being an entrepreneur?

Waking up everyday and being eager to get to work. At my previous job I had to pry myself out of bed.

Why does this work matter to you?partpic-640x331

I love solving problems and achieving my goals. I set out to build a great company, and now I am on a mission to achieve that goal.

What’s your “entrepreneurial superpower?

No matter how tired I am, I get a special jolt of energy when pitching Partpic.

Who is the entrepreneur you admire most right now?

I really loved hearing Julia Hartz of Eventbrite‘s story at 36/86, so super inspired by her. Also intrigued by Stewart Butterfield of Slack—mostly because Slack has completely changed our communication (for the better) at Partpic and because he is very outspoken, which I admire.

DisruptWhat’s the best about being a female entrepreneur?

Building something great so that women coming behind me will never have to worry about whether or not being female is a disadvantage in tech and in business.

And the worst thing?

Worst thing is having to endure the ridiculous micro (and sometimes not-so-micro) aggressions that come from men in tech and in the parts industry.

Do you think male entrepreneurs are “different” from female entrepreneurs?

Probably so. But I also think people are different. I try not to generalize too much.

What the best advice you ever got, and from whom?

This is hard. But I’ll give some advice from one of my favorite books, The Four Agreements, that has been extremely applicable as I’ve become an entrepreneur: “Don’t take anything personally.”

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