Co-Founder of Maker’s Row
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, perhaps it was only natural that Tanya Menendez would go into the tech world. And after graduating from UCSD with a focus in economics (sample paper published while at the University of California: “The Economics of Migration”), Menendez worked with a range of companies as varied as Google and Goldman Sachs. However, when it became apparent to Menendez that she wasn’t one to sit quietly at a desk, she decided to throw herself into other pursuits, specifically entrepreneurial ones. So she quit her day job and began working with Matthew Burnett of The Brooklyn Bakery where she managed the sales and operations for the leather goods company. While there, Menendez got the idea to build a platform where fellow entrepreneurs would be able to connect directly with manufacturers. In 2012, Menendez made this idea a reality and, along with Burnett, co-founded Maker’s Row, a startup which breaks down barriers for other would-be entrepreneurs, making starting a company less of a stab in the dark when it comes to seeking suppliers, and more of a sure thing. What differentiates Maker’s Row from the hordes of other startups out there is that it has a very real application, and provides a service that people actually need. And much like crafty micro-business behemoth Etsy, it generates business in its wake and bridges the gap between the people actually making materials and the virtual world.