12 Black Women Leaders You Need To Know // Jewel Burks

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An experienced sales and marketing professional, Jewel Burks leads the Partpic team as CEO. Since its founding in August 2013, Jewel has been responsible for building a team, goal setting and execution and fundraising. Prior to founding Partpic, Jewel worked in Enterprise Sales at Google and in Sales Management at McMaster- Carr Industrial Supply. Jewel graduated from Howard University and is from Nashville, Tennessee. Featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, Jewel started Partpic. Built with computer vision technology, it allows customers to use a smartphone to search for a needed part—whether for an automobile or a drill press—and order it quickly. She cofounded the company with Jason Crain, another former Googler, who was working at Shazam, and got the company going with the help of a few Georgia Tech programmers. The pair has raised $1.5 million to date, but their biggest validation was meeting President Obama this summer for the first-ever White House Demo Day.