StyleSeat’s Melody McCloskey: On Proving Naysayers Wrong and Raising $14.9M in Funding

November 17, 2014

10:00 am

How do you raise US $14M in venture capital from bald investors for a startup that deals with hair? For starters, you get high-profile investors like Ashton Kutcher, Sophia Bush and Guy Oseary on your side. Just ask Melody McCloskey, co-founder of the online booking platform for salon professionals StyleSeat, who was recently featured in The New York Times Women in Tech Video Series. On November 19th, McCloskey will be speaking at The Stage Miami at Tech Cocktail’s Miami Speaker Sessions, about her entrepreneurial journey.

But it wasn’t easy for McCloskey to become one of Silicon Valley’s most established female entrepreneurs. Even as a high school student taking AP classes in Computer Science, McCloskey was the only woman.

“The coursework wasn’t harder than any of my other AP courses,” she told The New York Times. “But I was the only woman in the class.” And right away, she said, “there was all this tension and attention present because of that. All the guys either wanted to talk to me or didn’t want me to be there.”

Years later, and a brief career change later, McCloskey pursued her tech passion.

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Since its launch in 2011, the San Francisco-based startup has recorded more than $500 million in bookings, and it now operates in 15,000 cities. It  has over 260,000 stylists use the platform.

Join Tech Cocktail November, 19th at The Stage Miami to hear from McCloskey and Scout Venture’s Edward Boland. You won’t want to miss it!

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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