Loading Preparing Cameras

Desiree Vargas Wrigley

About

I am a second-time founder and CEO of Pearachute, a company that strives to help parents feel like better parent and to inspire children's creativity and passion by empowering parents through convenience and choice. I love building businesses that matter. I started Pearachute to solve a need I had personally, which was that as a busy mom with kids in childcare, I worried about over-scheduling and overcommitting our family but still wanted to experience art, music, dance etc with them. After unsuccessfully forcing my oldest into swimming and soccer, I realized that the format for young childhood classes is broken. It creates stress to drag them to classes they get bored with and wastes valuable money on things that don’t bring families closer together. Previously, I co-founded GiveForward, one of the world's first crowdfunding platforms. Over my seven years there, we helped hundreds of thousands of families raise more than $190 million and built the company to $5mm/year in revenue. My co-founder, Ethan Austin, and I learned so much through our multiple rounds of funding (Angel, series A, venture debt, and strategic), and I am grateful for the opportunity to take those lessons to those I mentors and to my next adventure. I am passionate about how technology can make the world a smaller and more connected place. I subscribe to the belief that every one of us can take small actions that change someone's world. As a believer in the Conscious Capitalism movement, I'm deeply committed to maximizing stakeholder value and creating a workplace that elevates every team member. I'm an active mentor to other entrepreneurs and enjoy sharing the lessons we've learned along the way as a panelist or keynote speaker. I am the mother of two young boys, Griffin (5) and Aedan (3), and stepmom to Danielle (12), and wife to a Chicago Police Officer.
Videos (1)
Maneuvering The Highs And Lows Of Entrepreneurship With Award Winning CEO Desiree Vargas Wrigley
Company Spotlight in Tech
alligatortek
videos (2)
Sid Bala
Fooda
videos (1)
Orazio Buzza
Forte Group
videos (2)
Steve Kreynin
HubTran
videos (1)
Matt Bernstein
AIT Worldwide Logistics
videos (1)
Vaughn Moore
Cloudbakers
videos (1)
Mitch Greenwald
Cityzenith
HigherGround Managed Services
videos (1)
Brian Brammeier
InstruMMents Inc.
videos (1)
Mladen Barbaric
G2 Crowd
videos (2)
Tim Handorf
Intersog
videos (1)
Igor Fedulov
Framework CareFree IT
videos (1)
Ben Kohn
Impact Engine
videos (1)
Jessica Droste Yagan
Pearachute
videos (1)
Desiree Vargas Wrigley
InvestHER Ventures
videos (1)
Cayla Weisberg
Heidolph NA
videos (1)
Jim Dawson
Chicago Health Executives Forum
videos (1)
Georgia Casciato
Steadfast Networks
videos (2)
Karl Zimmerman
ArrowStream
videos (1)
Frank Morgiewicz
Civis Analytics
videos (1)
Dan Wagner
AMPY
videos (1)
Tejas Shastry
CBIZ, Inc.
Jerome Grisko
ActiveCampaign
videos (1)
Jason VandeBoom
Insuresoft
videos (1)
Tony Villa
Page Vault
videos (1)
Jeffrey Eschbach
Trading Technologies
videos (1)
Rick Lane
Sales Engine
videos (1)
Craig Wortmann
Vous Vitamin, LLC
videos (1)
Arielle Levitan
Keono
videos (1)
Michael Medema
FactSet
videos (1)
Mike Giordano
Gogo
videos (1)
Ash EIDifrawi
Chicago Interactive Marketing Association (CIMA)
videos (1)
Eric Whobrey
Helix
AAron Dannenbring
Red Caffeine
videos (3)
Kathy Steele
FLEx Lighting
videos (1)
Mike Casper
Netrix, LLC.
videos (1)
Rob Dang
Hireology
videos (2)
Vanco International
videos (1)
Brad Corbin
CTS Computers
videos (1)
Tyler Wallace
Cleverbridge
videos (1)
Craig Vodnik
Elevate
videos (1)
Larry Bak
SkillNet
videos (1)
Mike Kritzman
Intellihot
videos (1)
Sridhar Deivasigamani
physIQ
videos (1)
Gary Conkright
Fresh Content Society
videos (1)
Scott Emalfarb
Scientel Solutions
videos (1)
Nelson Santos
Specifi LLC
videos (1)
Ed Marcheselli
Champion Healthcare Technologies
videos (1)
Peter Casady