wei huang

New York, New York, US

Founder of Maker's Brand, Arringement (acquired), LoveHuang, and Huangandco
wei's Skills
Product Management
Business Development
Fundraising
Finance
Management
Marketing
Sales
Technical
Background

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

Age Group

25-35

About wei

Founded and ran 3 companies ranging from construction to jewelry to pure tech. Previously worked as Director of Operations and Sales for a manufacturer, building sales across major tv networks, department stores, and ecommerce sites.

Looking for find a technical co-founder for a retail startup

Work Experience

CEO & Founder

Maker's Brand Inc

October 2015 - Today

• Created sales & marketing plans that achieving $68,000 of sales within the first 4 months of operations and an estimated $160,000 for 2016 with no website, inventory, investments, and funding. • Manage a team of 22 staffs across 4 countries to create a functional platform combining features from Alibaba, Kickstarter, and RangeMe while meeting aggressive development timetables. • Manage investor relations for the company and successfully raised $250,000 in angel funding with future commitments from major investment firms such as Google, Sequoia, Lightspeed, and Greylock Partners. • Created and manage the company’s product from concept to beta market deployment by working with all team members as well as investors, retailers, and universities. • Sourced and built the first 5 consumer production categories for the company through personal factory networks across India and China. • Oversaw international factory operations in China and India by traveling to meet with prospective partners, reviewing quality assurance, and negotiating deals. • Manage Bloggers and Youtubers in creating personally branded product lines across shoes, handbag, jewelry, and watches.

Director of Sales and Operations

Quintessence Jewelry Corp.

August 2012 - February 2017

• Built a national brand from scratch that is currently sold to Nordstrom, Amazon, Zulily, The View, Wendy Williams, and Extra TV achieving $1M+ in revenue within the first 8 months. (Olivia Leone) • Created new product programs to grow company sales by working with vendors to explore growth opportunities which resulted in increasing company sales by 23% year over year. • Created a new dropship business for the company and spearhead the technical developments with forecasted revenues of $500K+. • Managed Major client accounts such as Amazon, Overstock, HSN, JTV, Sears, Ross Simons, Nordstrom, Zulily, Hautelook, Groupon, amongst others while maintaining growing sales targets by communicating and forecasting buyer demands. • Inventory planned for all clients while ensuring high turnover, optimal factory cost, and minimize closeout percentage. • Restructured and developed internal inventory database with EDI, API, & FTP compatibilities by spearheading the project. • Built trade show samples lines and attended the shows across the country yearly to growth client relations. • Build new clients by approaching and closing through product offering with multi-stage meetings to address all needs and requirements. • Managed production quality and web data over all products ensuring requirements are met as per vendor guidelines while reducing penalties & legal risk.

CEO

Arringement International, Inc.

July 2013 - August 2015

• Created, planned, and executed startup initiative to combine 3D modeling, rendering, printing, and personalize jewelry into minimum viable product. • Manage all departments and personnel to structure a sound corporate body capable of scaling operations by 1000 folds. • Contracted and negotiated with suppliers, manufacturers, and wholesalers from India, China, and Thailand to provide customization on production regardless of volume while maintaining extreme pricing targets. • Recruited and manage an expert tech. team which produced various customization & 3D software’s. • Manage accounts payable, receivable, and payroll by efficiently utilizing QuickBooks and Peachtree. • Manage all sales account by optimizing product planning resulting in a 1600% increase in sales in 7months. • Developed current business model, sales model, and grow model utilizing regression analysis on various competitors, market trend, and growth targets.

Education

Queens College

Finance and Economics

2008 - 2012