Julie Wain­wright

THE REALREAL

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Af­ter be­com­ing the CEO of Pets.com in 1999, and then tak­ing it pub­lic right be­fore the dot-com crash, Wain­wright was left with a less-than-stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion. By 2011, then in her 50s, she de­cided to launch her sec­ond startup, a lux­ury con­sign­ment retailer that sells ev­ery­thing from Tif­fany di­a­monds to Her­mès Birkin bags, on­line and off. Seven years in, with nearly $300 mil­lion in ven­ture cap­i­tal and over 40 per­cent an­nual rev­enue growth, Wain­wright is eye­ing an IPO—again. “When you fail so pub­licly,” she says, “it frees you up to be more bold.”

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