Melody McCloskey Absolutely Had to Start StyleSeat

December 5, 2014

6:30 pm

When Melody McCloskey had the idea to start StyleSeat she had no experience as a technical founder or as an engineer. She had been working with engineers for the better part of 10 years, but in order to move her idea into the real world she needed some help.

The only thing holding McCloskey back in the beginning was her fear of starting up. However, she knew that if she didn’t start StyleSeat, and somebody else did, she’d be upset. It wasn’t about insecurity; the starting of the company was something she absolutely had to do.

Dreaming of starting the next billion dollar business is easy, but McCloskey realized she had to scale back a bit and start at square one. The first thing she did was get a prototype built to show potential technical co-founders, which would then lead to seed funding and beyond.

Not long after getting her prototype, she snared a technical co-founder and began tackling the funding. In their first year of business StyleSeat was bootstrapped, but they were able to raise $1 million of capital in their first round.

McCloskey joined Frank Gruber on stage at our recent Miami Sessions event to talk about how far she’s taken StyleSeat since. Here’s the video:


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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America's Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He's the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he's off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing...or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach. Follow Will on Twitter @WJS1988

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