Desiree Vargas Wrigley
Founder & CEO, Pearachute (Chicago, IL)
Things covered in this podcast episode:
#CorporateVentureFund #StrategicCapital #SharkTank #KC #FundRaise #AccessToCapital #Pearachute #TechStars #Children #MomEntrepreneur #VentureCapital #Entrepreneurship
Prior to launching Pearachute, Desiree co-founded GiveForward, the world’s leading crowd giving platform for people facing a major life event. Under her leadership, the company helped friends and family contribute nearly $160M to loved ones in need.
After graduating from Yale, Desiree worked at the Kauffman Foundation as a specialist in entrepreneurship and at Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors. Most recently, she taught New Venture Discovery at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Desiree has been named to Inc’s 30 Under 30, Crain’s 40 Under 40, one of Parents Magazine’s Most Inspiring Moms, one of Forbes Women to Watch, and has appeared on Shark Tank, closing one of the largest deals on the show to date.
When not working, she enjoys spending time with her 2 young sons, stepdaughter, and crime-fighting husband.
“It’s your job as a founder to be out there spreading the message.”– Desiree