Julie Wainwright The RealReal.com Founder & CEO
Julie Wainwright is a technology industry veteran, e-commerce pioneer, and brand management expert whose career spans more than 25 years. As a CEO for over 10 years, she helped pioneer e-commerce as CEO of Reel.com in 1997, and then again at Pets.com in 1999. She has been recognized as one of the top female entrepreneurs by The San Francisco Business Times. She is a frequent speaker and presents at prestigious events and universities all over the country, most recently at Harvard University, Purdue University and CES.
She is a former board member of Baker and Taylor, Wizards of the Coast, The San Francisco Art Institute, Magic Theatre and Headlands Center for the Arts. Raised by artist parents, she developed an early love of fashion and design. Julie graduated from Purdue University Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in General Management, and a minor in Art. She is passionate about beautifully made clothing an accessories and gravitates toward a minimalist aesthetic, while favoring clean lines and high, high heels! Her short list of go-to designers are Lanvin, Balenciaga, Chloe and Louboutin.