CEO of peach
Janet Kraus is the CEO of peach, a discovery platform of inspiring, feel good apparel, accessories and content for women who believe in better. peach mobilizes its inspiring stylist corps to showcase seasonally unique collections of feel-good and meaning-filled apparel and accessories both in the home and on social media. peach collections feature products made by peach AND by totally cool, up-and-coming and mission-aligned entrepreneurs. peach collections are supercharged with content that positively reinforces women on their journey to live a life of purpose and panache.
Janet is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Harvard Business School and was a member of the entrepreneurship faculty at HBS from 2010 to 2014.
Prior to her role at Peach and HBS, Janet co-founded and sold two companies in the high-end travel and leisure industry. Circles (sold to Sodexo in 2007) is a concierge and events company, and Spire (sold to Perfect Escapes in 2010) was a high end travel and leisure social resource.
As an entrepreneur and CEO, Janet has been involved in every stage of the entrepreneurial process including idea generation, product development, building teams, fund raising, identification of key strategic partners, business development and direct sales, operational scaling, crisis and recovery, buying and exiting companies.
She and the companies she has lead or advised have been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fortune Small Business, the New York Times. She has been a speaker at conferences and educational institutions on the subjects of entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, building teams, vision, values leadership, happiness and life planning.
Janet is a recipient of Boston’s 40 under 40 and was a finalist of Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Circles was awarded the Small Business of the Year Award by the Chamber of Commerce.
Janet received a BA from Yale University in Political Science and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
An entrepreneur’s advocate, Janet sits on the board of directors of three start-up companies and advises many others. She currently lives outside of Boston with her husband and 10 year old twin daughters.