Jules Pieri, CEO of The Grommet Honored by Goldman Sachs for Entrepreneurship

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Pieri among 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at 2014 Builders + Innovators Summit

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Being a successful entrepreneur is a crazy, unpredictable ride that demands personal drive, perseverance and luck. To be honored as an intriguing entrepreneur by Goldman Sachs is validation that the ride has been worth it,

Today, Goldman Sachs is recognizing [The Grommet CEO Jules Pieri as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014 at its Builders + Innovators Summit in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Goldman Sachs selected Ms. Pieri for this recognition among a number of other entrepreneurs from multiple industries to be honored at the two-day event. Ms. Pieri has been The Grommet CEO since she and Co-Founder Joanne Domeniconi founded the company in 2008. Ms. Pieri has previously worked as an industrial designer for technology companies, as a senior executive for large consumer products companies, and as VP and president at two prior startups. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and graduated from Harvard Business School, where she is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence. Jules Pieri was also named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013 and a New England finalist for 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In June 2014, she was invited to launch Grommet Wholesale at the first-ever White House Maker Faire.

"Being a successful entrepreneur is a crazy, unpredictable ride that demands personal drive, perseverance and luck. To be honored as an intriguing entrepreneur by Goldman Sachs is validation that the ride has been worth it,” said Ms. Pieri.

"We are honored to recognize Jules Pieri as one of the most intriguing entrepreneurs of 2014," said David Solomon, co-head of investment banking at Goldman Sachs. "This is the third year for the summit and our goal remains the same. We pair seasoned and emerging entrepreneurs -- the builders and innovators -- from a diverse set of industries to discuss how to make vital, enduring companies that reshape industries and boost the world's economies through innovation."

About Goldman Sachs:
For more than 140 years, Goldman Sachs has been advising and financing entrepreneurs as they launch and grow their businesses. In addition to honoring 100 entrepreneurs, the summit consists of general sessions and clinics led by Goldman Sachs experts, seasoned entrepreneurs, academics and business leaders as well as resident scholars.

About The Grommet:
Founded in 2008, The Grommet is a curated online marketplace and product launch platform for undiscovered products that's reshaping the way people fundamentally launch, discover, share, influence and buy products online. The Grommet supports independent Makers and connects them with the supporters and retailers who can help them to sell, scale and succeed. Its mission is rooted in the philosophy of Citizen Commerce™, a movement that enables product purchases that express powerful contemporary values around sustainability, quality, technology and social enterprise. Since its founding, The Grommet has grown into a trusted and influential source for launching new products, having been among the very first to discover Fitbit, Soda Stream and Bananagrams, and making them into household names. To learn more about The Grommet's products and Grommet Wholesale, visit the website at http://www.thegrommet.com and CEO Jules Pieri's blog at http://jules.thegrommet.com/. You can also follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and Facebook and watch their videos on their YouTube channel.

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