We talk to Emily Washkowitz, the founder of shares gifting service Shareswell to see how the company will be involved in Columbia Startup Labs

Shareswell is the simple and secure platform for gifting stock. The company launched last week (April 21) and already has users on the site setting up registries and making gifts.

Emily Washkowitz, the founder of Shareswell says, “We launched the company because we realized that people were often receiving gifts that they did not want or did not need and end up returning them.
People want an easy way to save for the future and Shareswell both empowers users to invest in their future and build toward a nest egg and enables individuals to give the gift of financial security.”

Emily launched Shareswell during her time at Columbia Business School and cannot imagine a better place to continue working on the company. “The CSL is a perfect opportunity to stay connected with Columbia and to surround myself with supportive and inspirational entrepreneurs,” she explains.

Before starting Shareswell, Emily was involved in the launch of StyleCaster and she learnt many important lessons. There were ups and downs, she explains, but the company was able to overcome whatever challenges presented themselves.

She says, “During my time with StyleCaster, I was able to support the company’s growth into a multi-million dollar business. The lessons I learned there and through other programs like 37Angels and the Startup Leadership Program have made me a better entrepreneur. I am excited to be part of a community where I can help other entrepreneurs going through similar growing pains.”

Columbia Startup Labs is a built-in network of a diverse group of entrepreneurs from both Columbia University and WeWork and a huge sense of community will be achieved by the two organizations coming together in this way.

CSL is a co-working space located at the WeWork building in Tribeca, New York. It brings together some of the best companies and entrepreneurs from Columbia University to foster camaraderie, support and vibrant partnerships to help great ideas come to life.

Additionally, the CSL will include practical programming and networking events in the space on a regular basis to help all teams further their businesses.

New York has always been vibrant in terms of the startup community and Emily thinks the addition of CSL will help boost it even further.

“Steve Schlafman (@schlaf) at RRE put together a great Guide to NYC Tech that shows how large and diverse the NYC tech community has become and why it has a bright future. I think the CSL is an exciting addition to the NY ecosystem and will have a big impact on the startup scene moving forward.”

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