Birchbox for nail polish: Julep lets members customize monthly beauty boxes

In the past, Julep gave its Maven subscribers a special beauty box every month with nail-related products that were hand-picked by Julep employees. Now, though, the Seattle-based cosmetics and e-commerce powerhouse is putting the power in the hands of its customers. Julep today debuted a customizable beauty box, allowing subscribers of its Maven program to choose from… Read More

Jane Park

Julep raises $30M in oversubscribed round, looks to build big beauty brand

With revenues more than tripling last year and new beauty products in the works, Seattle cosmetics and e-commerce powerhouse Julep has raised $30 million in fresh funding. Azure Capital, Madrona Venture Group and Altimeter Capital participated in the round, joining existing investors Maveron and Andreessen Horowitz. Total funding in Julep — founded seven years ago… Read More

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Startup field trip: Seattle’s top female CEOs help 7th-grade girls learn about entrepreneurship

Inside the pink-laden walls of Julep’s office lobby, the high-pitched demands of seventh-grade girls fill the room. Julep CEO Jane Park stands in front of a flatscreen, showing off her company’s style profile quiz that matches individual customers with Julep’s products. Park, who is teaching the values of brand building, asks the girls to help fill… Read More


Here they are: GeekWire’s 2013 Newsmakers of the Year

It has been a giant year for news at many of the Seattle region’s technology companies — with successful IPOs, historic transitions, surprising technology plans and comeback stories keeping the GeekWire news team busy throughout the year. And with that as the backdrop, we are pleased to present an annual tradition, the unveiling of the… Read More

Jane Park, CEO of cosmetics e-commerce startup Julep.

Cosmetics upstart Julep returns to physical world with Manhattan pop-up store

Julep is bringing its successful online cosmetics store back to the physical world. The Seattle-based startup is launching its first pop-up store in Manhattan next month for a little over one week in an attempt to let shoppers experience Julep’s online personalized Maven subscription program in real life. Julep, which raised $15 million in venture funding earlier this year from… Read More


Top 5 reasons why startups are wasted on the young

Okay, I admit it.  In my entire life, nothing has made me feel older than pitching to VCs on Sand Hill Road.  Maybe because they all look like they are barely out of high school (at least the ones I was allowed to meet with initially, for the most part). Maybe it’s because I am… Read More


Score one for Seattle startup partnerships: Tatango, Julep team up for text-message campaign

As the Seattle startup scene continues to grow, so do opportunities to form partnerships with neighboring companies. And that’s exactly what happened with two fast-growing startups here in the Emerald City: group-SMS service Tatango and cosmetics company Julep. Both companies knew each other because of shared mutual investors. When Julep launched their e-commerce site, Tatango… Read More