Creating cultural & social impact through entrepreneurship
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New York, NY 10018
Mica May is the Founder & CEO of May Designs. She forged the idea for the company while running her own design agency, as clients complimented the custom notebooks she brought to meetings. She saw an opportunity and shifted gears to focus on perfecting the May Book. Through grassroots marketing efforts, the product was featured on “Good Morning America,” catapulting her tiny hobby into a national brand. A wife and mother of three young kids, Mica is balancing running a business, being a mom, and loving her husband. Mica has a journalism degree from Texas A&M University.
Jason Ford is the CTO of May Designs. A technologist and entrepreneur with more than 15 years in digital marketing, he thrives most in the intersection of business, creativity, and technology. Jason founded his first company, FeedMagnet, in 2009, and sold it in 2014 to Bazaarvoice. In 2012, as a side project, he wrote the graphics software that enabled May Designs to launch at scale. After selling FeedMagnet, he joined May Designs as a partner to help manage and grow the business. Jason has a jazz degree from the University of North Texas.
2016 Business Accelerator Finale:
May Designs is an e-commerce company selling beautiful, customizable paper goods. The flagship product is the May Book, a simple notebook that can be customized to reflect each customer’s style; it lays flat and fits nicely in your purse. The product line now includes stationery, greeting cards and photo books that pull in your Instagram feed into canvas-bound books. The heart behind each product is allowing customers to create something that makes everyday life more beautiful. May Designs has been featured by “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” Real Simple and was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things.