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Priya Sheth

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Senior Product Designer, BASIS Science and Founder and CEO, BeScrappy. University of Michigan grad.

Senior Product Designer, BASIS Science and Founder and CEO, BeScrappy. University of Michigan grad.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Product
  • UI/Design
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Product
  • • UI/Design

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  • • Business Development
  • • Engineering
  • • Fundraising
Advisor With
  • • B2B
  • • Enterprise
  • • Business Development
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

My background is an aerospace engineering and I worked in the industry for a few years before realizing that my true passion was design. I figured this out after taking some design classes in order to create better presentations for my aerospace job.

In July of 2010 I quit my job as an aerospace engineer in Los Angeles and moved to San Francisco to pursue interaction design. I was part of Women 2.0's Founder Labs program for 5 weeks where I was introduced to entrepreneurship and then continued to do freelance UI/UX work for early stage startups in the bay area.

In January of 2011 I applied to Founder Institute and was accepted in the 3 month accelerator. This is where I started Be Scrappy - a website that connects people who need tools for home improvement and DIY projects with lenders that have them. I successfully graduated Founder Institute and went on to launch Be Scrappy at four hardware stores in San Francisco (Cole Hardware) in October of 2011.

I love entrepreneurship and incorporating my design and engineering background into creating great and useful products!

You can read more about my previous experience in this blog post that I wrote for Women 2.0:
http://www.women2.com/aerospace-engineer-turned-entrepreneur-priya-sheth-launches-be-scrappy/

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I bring a strong fusion of design and engineering to a founding team. I am able to think about a product from both a design and user perspective while giving equal weight to the technical side of building out the product. As the founder of a company right now, I have overseen both the business developing and marketing sides as well as interfacing with my backend engineers on building a product. I can wear many hats and bring a strong commitment to design and creating products that also provide a great user experience.

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