Melissa’s true passion is meeting people and learning about brands. After getting her MBA from Wharton, she built a career at Rakuten, becoming GM of the US and UK business. She learned a lot about big brands and running teams. She then worked at a fashion startup. With three successful exits under her belt, she loves helping startups figure out how to monetize their business via partnerships. Melissa takes her relationships seriously: she’ll drive through a snow storm (she’s done it) to see someone. She’s proud to call the many contacts she’s built in her career friends as well as clients.