Leslie Bradshaw

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Leslie Bradshaw
Leslie ann bradshaw.jpg
Born 1982 (age 34–35)
Carson City, Nevada
Education Bachelor's degree (2004), Gender Studies, Economics, Anthropology
Alma mater University of Chicago
Organization Phi Beta Kappa Society
Known for JESS3
Website lesliebradshaw.com

Leslie Ann Bradshaw, an American businesswoman, is the former chief operating officer, president and co-founder of JESS3. She received recognition for her work at JESS3, including being named by Fast Company as one of the top female executives in the technology industry.[1] Bradshaw is a partner in her family's vineyards, Bradshaw Vineyards. In January 2013, she became the chief operating officer of technology startup Guide, which has since folded.

Early life and education[edit]

Bradshaw was born in Carson City, Nevada[2] and spent her early years on a family farm in Oregon.[1] In an interview with Washington Exec, she stated that she developed an interest early on for math, science and economics, which she pursued in school and at camps at Bryn Mawr College.[2] She later studied economics, gender and anthropology at the University of Chicago and graduated in 2004 with a B.A. as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate.[2][3][4]


Early career[edit]

Bradshaw's early career in communications included a producing role at The McLaughlin Group and new media projects with C-SPAN and National Journal.[1] She began working in social media while at her second job in Washington, D.C., when she began monitoring Facebook for a client as none of her colleagues had access to the site at that time.[1][3] Bradshaw built on this advantage by developing her knowledge of social media, in particular through early adoption of new platforms.[5]


In 2007, Bradshaw and Jesse Thomas co-founded JESS3, a creative agency specializing in social media marketing, branding, web design and data visualization.[2][5] Bradshaw was the president and chief operating officer, managing the company's operations[1][3][6] and consulting on social media engagement strategies for companies including Nike and Intel.[7] According to a 2011 profile, Bradshaw "played a key role" in increasing revenues at JESS3 by 4000% from 2007 to 2011.[5] Under her leadership the firm grew to over 27 employees[8] based principally in the United States and United Kingdom. As of October 2011, major JESS3 clients have included Samsung, Facebook, Google[1] and The Economist.[9] Bradshaw left JESS3 in December 2012.[10]


In January 2013, Bradshaw joined Guide, a technology startup developing an app to translate text from online news sources and blogs into streaming audio and video.[11][12] She is the company's chief operating officer.[10]

Other roles[edit]

Bradshaw contributes to Forbes.com,[13] and frequently appears as a speaker on social media and its impact on design.[5] She is on the board of advisors for FitFluential, a network of fitness bloggers.[7]

She is also involved in the management and operations of her family's vineyard, Bradshaw Vineyards, in Oregon's Willamette Valley. She helped to establish the vineyard and is a partner in the business.[1][2][14]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Bradshaw has received recognition from industry press, including being named as one of Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology 2011" and the The Wall Street Journal Fins’ "Top Women in Tech Under 30".[3][13] In 2011, was named a "Tech Titan" by The Washingtonian along with JESS3 co-founder Jesse Thomas,[15] and by Terra as one of the top women in technology.[16] In 2012, Bradshaw’s work at JESS3 led Inc. to name her one of the top 30 entrepreneurs under 30.[17] Also that year, she was featured by Mashable in its list of 44 "accomplished female founders".[18]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "2011 The Most Influential Women in Technology". Fast Company. 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Aisha Jamil (July 25, 2011). "Q&A With Leslie Bradshaw of JESS3: Data Visualization at its Best". Washington Exec. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Shareen Pathak (April 13, 2011). "Tech's Top Women Under 30". WSJ Fins. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Leslie Bradshaw". Forbes. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d "30 Under 30 Social Media Titans". Splashlife. August 30, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Leslie Bradshaw". Crunchbase. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Board of Advisors". FitFluential.com. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ Thomas Heath (13 October 2011). "Value Added: An exchange program for entrepreneurs". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Kyana Gordon (22 March 2011). "Jesse Thomas of JESS3 discusses inspiration, team players and his future strategy". psfk.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Kira M. Newman (16 January 2013). "Leslie Bradshaw leaves JESS3, starts afresh as COO of Guide". Tech Cocktail. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Eric Pfeiffer (16 January 2013). "Social innovator Leslie Bradshaw joins new venture transforming text into living video". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Nisha Chittal (16 January 2013). "Three Reasons Why Startups Are the New MBA". Huffington Post. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Inside JESS3: Leslie Bradshaw". Uniballblog.com. Uniball. September 8, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Leslie Bradshaw". Blogs.Forbes.com. Forbes. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  15. ^ Garrett M. Graff (April 21, 2011). "Tech Titans 2011". The Washingtonian. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Conheça as mulheres poderosas da tecnologia" [Discover the powerful women in technology]. Terra (in Portuguese). September 22, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  17. ^ J.J. McCorvey (2 July 2012). "JESS3 Couple Figures Out the Big Picture". Inc. Magazine. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  18. ^ Lauren Drell (6 August 2012). "44 Female Founders Every Entrepreneur Should Know". Mashable. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 

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