https://yesplz.ai

사실 투자를 받은지는 좀 시간이 지났지만, 발표는 이제서야 하게 됬습니다. 발표시점과 그에 따른 준비를 하는데도 시간이 좀 걸리더라구요. 타이밍은 좀 놓쳤지만, 그래도 도움을 받은 분들께 꼭 감사의 인사를 하고 싶었습니다. 이야기가 좀 깁니다.

이년 반쯤 전입니다. 첫번째 사업이 잘 안되고, 다시 취직을 하려고 했습니다. 그래도 너무 아쉬워서, 제대로 된 아이디어 구현이라도 한번 해보고 취직하겠다면서 남편에게 3개월 안에 쇼부치겠다고 했습니다. 그 3개월 안에, 전에 해보지 못했던것을 실컷 해보고 장렬히 회사를 문닫자는 생각에서 였습니다.

이번에는 사용자 인터뷰부터 시작하고 싶었습니다. 예전에 같이 일했으나 한동안 연락 …


https://allraise.org website

I have been asking myself, “How do I take my startup, YesPlz.AI to Series A in the smartest way that I can’t help but feel proud of myself in 18 ~ 24 months later?”

Fundraising is neither an ultimate goal nor a key success matrix, I don’t think. Yet, it is such a good frame to keep the business on track.

In the past 3 days, I have been so lucky to participate in one of the ALL Raise programs which its mission is to help female founders to raise series A. …


What does AI/ML do for eCommerce?

This is the expert interview series at YesPlz (https://yesplz.ai) that discusses about fashion, eCommerce, and technology. Some are very insightful and deserved to be shared with more people.

At this interview Eva, Director of Strategy, Americas at Farfetch shares a solid and insightful strategic thinking about AI/ML and fashion eCommerces. I myself work in this industry and find her interview very impactful. She shares her perspectives in a high level, but well guides us to look through fashion eCommerce future with AI/ML.

Tell us about your eCommerce background

I have worked with Farfetch, an online platform for the luxury industry, since 2015 in different roles covering…


Hiring is hard.

I was mingling with other founders at one of the network meetings. One guy introduced himself as a founder slash CTO with backend engineering background. Suddenly, people in the room turned around and started asking him questions as if they were interviewing a backend engineer position for their companies. I live in Silicon Valley and let me tell you, we don’t have enough engineers at the least that’s the case for the most startups. How many startups can fight against FAANG companies with $200K basic salary?

A job description along with a company’s vision and culture: https://www.notion.so/yesplzai/YesPlz-Is-Hiring-4589d60bb375497db59a39bbf9c4bfd3 )

Meet first, strategy comes later.

I was tired of saying ‘hiring…


I met Rebeca from one of the freelance platforms. I was looking for a designer who can upgrade the YesPlz website. Among the many candidates, I liked Rebeca for her creativity and awesome looking websites she has worked on.

To make a long story short, it was a bit rocky journey in the beginning. Rebeca had many ideas and poured out her creativity into our product. Yet, I realized what I was looking for was enhancement for the website, not the complete makeup over.

I have been a product manager over 15 years that I know too well it does…


Haimanot, a FFF from Ethiopia!

I met Haimanot at Draper University in San Mateo, CA. We had a entrepreneur training together but in a separate program and ran into each other a number of times in our dorm, but we didn’t really get a chance to talk to. One day, we were assigned into a team called “Angel’ and happened to spend the entire day together running Amazing Race in San Francisco.

My first impression about Haimanot was a skinny, pretty, and very shy girl from Ethiopia.

When we were running all over the places in San Francisco to complete our missions, Haimanot seemed to…


Meet female founders. Photo credit: Female Founder Summit hosted by Google Launchpad.

Whether the person is female or male, an entrepreneur can use some support from their friends. But what kind of support does it actually help her? As a struggling entrepreneur myself, I got many bits of help and supports from my caring friends and thought I’d share the list that has well worked for me. Because I know you care about your friends and their success and want to help them in a meaningful way.

1. Be Her Test Users!

Beginning of product development, a user study is so crucial. Unfortunately, I skipped this part from my first business and…


Ana Maria Echeverri T, Co-founder of Medea Interactiva.

People I admire are someone who endures and overcomes the hard problem. Ana is a co-founder of a company Medea Interactive, which makes VR content for corporate training in Colombia. Her company is one of a few VR companies in her country and she has chosen to lead a company’s destiny to VR space which is cool but not fully proved yet as a successful business especially when the distribution of VR devices is not so high in Colombia. …


Mia Perdomo, Co-founder and CEO at Aequales

It is my joy to meet a fierce female founder for the powerful inspiration I get from her. I am sure someday in the near future, this won’t be such a big deal. We might be even overwhelmed by too many FFF. Till then, I wanted to share her stories in case there are some people like me who can use a great inspiration.

I met Mia and Ana at an event and they both happened to be from Colombia. Mia is a co-founder of Aequales, which its mission is to improve gender equality in Colombia and Peru. …


A friend of mine Ki took me to his favorite Japanese restaurant for a lunch. As we sat down I started talking about the event I attended a couple days ago. The event was two days workshop for female founders and a truly inspiring event.

Suddenly my friend Ki who is a male and software engineer in Silicon Valley asked me. “Jiwon, I don’t know how to ask, but do you really feel like you are discriminated against your gender? Because I never thought my female colleagues at work are less competent than any of my male colleagues. I don’t…

Jiwon Hong

I care to be a good friend and dream to build the world best recommendation engine│a founder of YesPlz, AI for fashion recommendation. (https://yesplz.ai)

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