When Jana Francis walks in the door, heads turn. This 5'2" spunky dynamo is a triple threat. She's raising three kids, running a multi-million-dollar startup company, and charming everyone she meets - from finicky new mommies to the most brilliant of engineers at Google. Jana has a hard working, tough-as-nails attitude, coupled with a down-to-earth honesty and charisma.
Before founding Steal Network, Jana spent her career specializing in advertising and marketing for technology and internet companies in Silicon Valley, California, and for KSL, the largest media company in Utah.
Jana's motivation to start her own company came on her drive back to her corporate job after maternity leave with her latest baby. Her love of online deal hunting (her friends called her the "dotcom princess") and her quest for finding the most sought-after baby products at steep discounts were the catalysts for a new kind of website. Only having $5,000 in savings, a burning ambition to succeed and 18 months of planning, she partnered with Rett Clevenger and created Steal Network. In April of 2008, with her seven plus years of broadcast media experience and Rett's e-commerce experience they launched BabySteals.com, the first website in the Steal Network family. Six months later she left her 12-year career in the corporate world for good.
Jana has partnered with some brands to create customized offerings just for Steals.com customers. The Jana Bag by The Bumble Collection is the best selling diaper bag that BabySteals.com has sold, and Pretty Fierce, a workout DVD filmed with Lindsay Brin of Moms Into Fitness the most popular fitness program that they have sold.
Jana and Rett were Utah Finalists for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 and 2013, and Jana was one of Utah's 30 Women to Watch for 2013.
Raised in Park City, Utah, Jana now lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and three lively kids. She is passionate about fitness, gardening, cooking, and is also an outdoor recreational fanatic. She pours her whole self into everything she takes on and does it all with irresistible zest.
See Jana live at one of her upcoming 2016 speaking engagements:
March 16th, 8pm
Lectures in Entrepreneurship event. Free to the public: details
March 31st, 12–1:30pm
Women Tech Council
Online Retail Tech talk: details
10th Annual Governor’s Economic Summit: details
IRCE Internet Retailer Conference, Chicago IL: details
Chamber West Women in Business: details
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