From shutting down my startup to finishing a full-stack dev program and launching a new company. I'm Avni Patel Thompson.Featured
Hi Elpha! I'm Avni Patel Thompson - I was the founder and CEO of Poppy, which was a managed marketplace that connected parents to vetted caregivers when they had gaps in care. We grew it for 3+ years, serving thousands of families in Seattle across a range of services. Our mission was to build something that could serve as a safety net for the millions of parents in this country and when it was clear the scale and supply side economics weren’t there, we shut it down at the end of last year.For the past nine months I’ve been exploring new ways to tackle the challenges of working parents (in particular, working mothers!) and I also just finished a Full-Stack dev program through Lambda so I can put together my own prototypes in React/Node. After playing around with a couple of things, I’m now working on launching a new company.Prior to taking the entrepreneurial leap, I built consumer products at P&G, adidas, BCG and Starbucks. I studied chemistry at the University of British Columbia and have an MBA from Harvard Business School. Outside of work, I like to write , and travel with my husband and daughters. Ask me anything - from making the hard decision to shut down your startup, building a marketplace, being a parent while scaling your startup, going through Y Combinator (W16), or something else!