Jennifer Fleiss

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Jennifer Fleiss
EducationYale University, Harvard Business School
OccupationCo-Founder/Head of Business Development, Rent the Runway

Jennifer Fleiss is the co-founder of Rent the Runway[1] and as of 2018, is the head of Jetblack, a firm operating within Walmart's startup incubator, Store No. 8.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Fleiss grew up in New York City. She graduated cum laude from Yale University with a BA in 2005. She later attended Harvard Business School, where she met future co-founder of Rent the Runway Jennifer Hyman, and graduated with an MBA in 2009.[3]


Fleiss co-founded Rent the Runway with Jennifer Hyman. She served as head of business development and as a member of the firm's Board of Directors. Fleiss managed business growth and long-term strategy planning, including key partnerships and sponsorship sales. She also assists with company-wide infrastructure, project planning, and key logistics decisions.

Fleiss is credited[by whom?] with vertically integrating the Rent the Runway operation in the company's 40,000 square foot distribution center in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Recode reported that Code Eight was testing a personal shopping service in New York City, and had posted a job listing for "a trusted personal shopping companion that surprises and delights the high net worth urban consumer."[2]

Fleiss presents on topics such as the sharing economy, female leadership, entrepreneurship, and industry trends in retail, social media, and marketing.

Fleiss started her career crafting long-term company strategy in the Strategic Planning Group at Morgan Stanley.[4] She then moved on to Lehman Brothers’ Asset Management Group where she was responsible for analyzing business growth opportunities through acquisitions, international expansion and new product strategies.

Awards and honors[edit]

Fleiss has received various honors and recognitions including Fortune’s “40 Under 40”[5] and “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs”;[6] Forbes’s “Disruptors 2013”;[7] Inc.’s “30 Under 30”; Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology”;[8] Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” New York Area Regional finalist;[9] and's “Most Influential People in New York Fashion.”[10]


  1. ^ Moore, Booth, "Rent the Runway heads to Vegas' Cosmopolitan in time for New Year's", "Los Angeles Times", December 17, 2013
  2. ^ a b "Walmart is developing personal shopping services and cashier-free stores – TechCrunch". Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  3. ^ "Rent the Runway Sets Up Shop at Neiman Marcus - Alumni - Harvard Business School". Retrieved 2022-04-03.
  4. ^ Openshaw, Jennifer. "Rent the Runway's Jennifer Fleiss: From finance to fashion". Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  5. ^ Keating, Caitlin, "40 Under 40", "Fortune", October 17, 2012
  6. ^ Sellers, Patricia, "Fortune's most promising women entrepreneurs", "Fortune", September 13, 2011
  7. ^ Carlyle, Erin, "Disruptors", "Forbes"
  8. ^ Evans, Suzy "The Most Influential Women in Technology 2011 - Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss", "Fast Company", January 10, 2011
  9. ^ "2013 finalists announced", "Ernst and Young"
  10. ^ Sherman, Lauren, "Fashionista 50: The Most Influential People in New York Fashion", "Fashionista", February 8, 2011

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