Jules Pieri is Founder and CEO of the product launch platform The Grommet. The company’s “Citizen Commerce” platform is reshaping how consumer products get discovered, shared, and bought. Jules started her career as industrial designer for technology companies, and was subsequently a senior executive for large brands such as Keds, Stride Rite and Playskool. The Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Design Continuum and President of Ziggs.com (sold to Reputation.com). She completed her undergrad degree, summa cum laude, at the University of Michigan and people tell her she is the first designer to graduate from Harvard Business School.
Jules is frequently tapped to speak on consumer trends and technologies, social media, design, and entrepreneurship and has done so at many institutions such as HBS, SCAD, and MIT, and at conferences such as South by Southwest, and in media outlets like NECN, NPR, and FOX. She is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business school.
Early in her career she worked as an industrial designer at Sagem S.A. (Paris), and Burroughs (Detroit). She was also a graphic designer at Data General (Boston).
She lives near Boston and is the mother of three sons who look like they are going to be solid citizens. Phew.
- University of Michigan, BFA Industrial Design, Graphic Design
- Harvard Business School, MBA
- Design Continuum, Vice President of Sales
- Stride Rite, Vice President of Strategic Planning
- Ziggs.com, President and COO
- Avid hiker, theatergoer, and rescuer of greyhounds