Jarrett will lend consumer and ecommerce expertise to Pepperlane, a platform that helps mothers transform their skills into micro-businesses that let them work flexibly
November 15, 2017, Cambridge, MA—Pepperlane, a company that provides mothers the platform to turn their skills into micro-businesses that provide truly flexible employment opportunities, announced that seasoned retail and technology leader, Rachel Jarrett, is joining its advisory board. Jarrett is currently the President and COO of Zola, a company reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience.
Jarrett’s expertise in leading, building and growing engaging consumer technology businesses will be an asset to Pepperlane as it continues to develop the tools and marketplace to help mothers showcase their unique and valuable skills. Prior to Zola, she held executive positions at several traditional retail companies as well as ecommerce start-ups including Toys R Us, Barnes & Noble.com, and Gilt Groupe.
“Pepperlane is taking a bold, innovative approach to expanding opportunities for mothers looking to re-enter the workforce, by building the tools and support they need to run their own businesses,” said Jarrett, a mother of two. “I’m excited work with them as they develop their marketplace of services offered by and for mothers to create an entirely new set of possibilities and economic potential.”
The Pepperlane platform breaks down barriers by helping mothers launch their business with a simple website that can be completed with no coding or design skills, and a built-in marketplace and community to connect with through online and offline events. Since launching to the public in May 2017, Pepperlane has reached over 300 communities, and has seen mothers offer more than 55 different skills, from custom quilting to marketing consulting to meal prep.
“Rachel is a proven force at building consumer brands that challenge the status quo and digital commerce experiences that delight,” said Pepperlane CEO and co-founder Sharon Kan. “We’re thrilled to have her on board as we build thoughtful tools that address a huge problem in dire need of solving: allowing mothers to bring value to their incredible skills in a way that works for them.”
Pepperlane is a platform that helps mothers transform their skills into micro-businesses that create truly flexible employment opportunities. It’s tapping into an ignored, underutilized source of economic potential by providing mothers a complete platform to start their own businesses. Pepperlane was founded by mothers of all stages, including CEO and co-founder Sharon Kan (a serial entrepreneur who sold last startup to Barnes & Noble). The team has experience in large-scale consumer tech at companies like Carbonite, Hopper, Paint Nite, Runkeeper, and Stella & Dot. For more information, visit pepperlane.co.