Greg Selkoe

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Greg Selkoe
Greg Selkoe Karmaloop Headquarters Boston.jpg
Boston, MA
ResidenceBoston, MA
Alma materRollins College; Harvard University
TelevisionKarmaloop TV
Spouse(s)Dina Selkoe

Greg Selkoe (born June 4, 1975) is an American entrepreneur and the founder of[1] Since January 2010 he has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Selkoe was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood.[3] He went to The Winchendon School, a boarding school in Winchendon, Massachusetts. Selkoe received his undergraduate degree from Rollins College[4] in Winter Park, Florida. After graduation from Rollins and before starting Karmaloop, Selkoe worked for the City of Boston for three years at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.[5]


Selkoe began Karmaloop from his parents' basement in 2000.[6] After starting Karmaloop, he continued his education at The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and completed a Masters in Public Policy in 2005.[5] Selkoe also suffers from ADHD, but cites the disorder as one of the reasons he's been successful.[7] is one of the world’s largest online retailers of streetwear (including footwear, apparel, accessories, housewares and more).[8][9] The company targets and sells to the "Verge Culture” demographic, a multicultural group referred to as the first generation “raised on the internet" typically between the ages of 18 and 34 years.[10]

Selkoe was interviewed and featured in articles regarding Karmaloop and Karmaloop TV including in USA Today,[11] The New York Times,[12] Business Week,[1] Entrepreneur[6] and The Boston Globe.[4] He has been interviewed on TV networks including Fox Business,[13] CNBC[14] and Bloomberg Television.[15]

Selkoe made a cameo as himself on the HBO scripted drama “How to Make it in America” in the first episode of Season 2.[16]

Selkoe was featured in a chapter of the 2007 book Outside Innovation by Patty Seabold.[17] He was a contributor to the 2010 book "Black Sheep: An unconventional look at good ol' family values" by Karyn A. Gray [18] He was featured in a chapter in the 2011 book 10 Who Mentor by Denise Korn.[19]

Selkoe sits on the board of the Kanye West Foundation,[20] contributes to and works with the Boston Public Health Commission on its youth anti-violence programs,[21] and was a spokesperson for the Vote for Change campaign during the 2008 presidential election.[22] He also filmed a public service announcement for the Vote for Change website, encouraging young people to vote for Barack Obama.[23]

Selkoe founded the Future Boston Alliance in 2011[24] – a group dedicated to improving cultural life in Boston and retaining local creative talent. He is involved with Pharrell Williams' Kidult Youth Conference,[25] has contributed a significant portion of the money toward the restoration of the Brewer Fountain on the Boston Common,[26] helped to create a partnership between the Boston Ballet and Karmaloop,[27] and sits on the board of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy[28] and the board of Youth Design, an organization that helps find paid summer design internships for inner city high school students.[29]

Selkoe is also actively involved with the Institute of Contemporary Art,[30] and UNICEF.[31]

In 2009, Selkoe was selected as one of the top 25 most influential entrepreneurs under 35 in the United States[32] and was invited to participate in a White House[33] summit for young business leaders on economic policy, new media, and youth messaging.[34]

In 2010, Selkoe signed on to be a blogger[35] with popular liberal news site, The Huffington Post,[36] where he comments on current events.

Selkoe received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award in the e-commerce category in New England.[37]

Personal life[edit]

Selkoe currently[when?] lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and Creative Director at Karmaloop, Dina Selkoe.[38]


  1. ^ a b "True Believers". Businessweek. 2006-12-24. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  2. ^ "Greg Selkoe: Gay Marriage, Let the Apologies Begin". 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
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  4. ^ a b "Greg Selkoe keeps hipsters in the loop - The Boston Globe". 2008-03-20. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  5. ^ a b "Online streetwear retailer Greg Selkoe finds his groove - Boston Business Journal". Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  6. ^ a b "From Basement Boostrapper to Prominent Retailer". 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  7. ^ "Karmaloop CEO Greg Selkoe: Why Having Creative People Makes Successful Businesses [INTERVIEW]". Retrieved 2013-10-29.
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  9. ^ / (2010-12-21). "Karmaloop: An Underground Fashion Empire | Radio Boston". Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  10. ^ "Up-and-coming sites may make Boston a leader in e-commerce - The Boston Globe". 2011-07-10. Archived from the original on March 2, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  11. ^ O'Donnell, Jayne (2008-10-21). "Karmaloop founder keeps ear to street to sell cool clothes". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  12. ^ Schneider, Keith (2006-11-01). "Word of Mouth Helps Them Fly Off the Shelves". The New York Times.
  13. ^ "Online Urban Retailer | Fox Business Video". 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  14. ^ "Pharrell Williams & the Verge Generation - CNBC". Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  15. ^ "Karmaloop and Pharrell's Cable TV Channel: Video". Bloomberg. 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  16. ^ Archived from the original on December 11, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Seybold, Patricia (2007-02-01). "Customer-Controlled Innovation". Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  18. ^ "Black Sheep: An Unconventional Look at Good Ol' Family Values". Karmaloop TV. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  19. ^ Archived from the original on November 16, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  27. ^ Shanahan, Mark; Goldstein, Meredith (2009-09-19). "East meets Western Mass". The Boston Globe.
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  30. ^ Goodnough, Abby (2009-03-12). "Boston Vandalism Charges Stir Debate on Art's Place". The New York Times.
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  32. ^ Archived from the original on March 26, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  35. ^ Selkoe, Greg. "Greg Selkoe". Huffington Post.
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  38. ^ "25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2009 - Dina Selkoe - The Boston Globe". 2009-11-05. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-22.