Stella Garber is vice president of marketing at Trello, a project-management tool, and co-founder of Matchist, an online network that links Web and mobile developers to businesses that need their skills.
She was CEO at Matchist until August 2015, when she gave up the position after taking the role at Trello. She and Tim Jahn launched Matchist in 2012. Garber spoke to Blue Sky about the importance of timing in getting a new venture off the ground.
“It would have been better to launch more quickly. It’s a mistake a lot of entrepreneurs make where they wait a long time,” she told Blue Sky. “We were very cognizant of not wanting to do that. But when we launched we realized we should have (launched) three or four months previously so we could start collecting data and learning.”
Before Matchist, Garber was part of the founding team of FeeFighters, a venture-backed payments startup that was acquired by Groupon in 2012. She is also a co-founder of Entrepreneurs Unpluggd, a media and events firm that helps early-stage entrepreneurs. She was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Excelerate Labs, now Techstars Chicago.
She has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she received the Herman Family Fellowship for Entrepreneurship.