7 Jessica Wilson
2016 is shaping up to be a big year for 24-year-old tech entrepreneur Jessica Wilson, having recently returned from China after participating in the country’s own version of Shark Tank.
While Wilson is tight-lipped on her placing in the show, we know she made it into the finals and was the last woman founder to remain on The Last Unicorn.
It’s something Wilson is proud of, telling SmartCompany it “was quite a milestone for me”.
Wilson made her mark on Australia’s tech scene after developing and releasing Stashd, a fashion app that allows people to swipe right or left on a clothing item, stashing or trashing it respectively.
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Stashed items are kept in a list, and users can review and then buy them, netting an 8% commission for the app. Recently, Stashd reached a milestone of 500,000 items stashed by its users.
Based out of Surry Hills, Sydney, Wilson runs the business with just six staff members. Despite this, the app is active in more than 136 countries and has won Apple’s best new app in 11 of those.
Currently, Wilson is working on a reality series pilot about her company.
“I had a couple of producers approach me for things like that, and I decided to say yes to a director who is passionate about women in tech. We raised funding and shot the pilot,” Wilson says.
She is hoping this pilot will increase company exposure and ramp up revenue, with the aim to have it air on a television network in Australia.