Who (l. to r.) Co-founders Scott Weiner, Matthew Burnett and Tanya Menendez
What Business-to-business portal
Where Dumbo, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Like so many startups, Maker’s Row resulted from a big pivot. Unable to get a consumer e-commerce venture called Brooklyn Bakery to take off, its principals launched a portal to digitally connect American manufacturers and material suppliers to designers and brands in the U.S. after realizing the headaches involved in sourcing from China. “We were working so hard to get Brooklyn Bakery off the ground,” co-founder Matthew Burnett said. “Then we said, ‘Hey, this is a huge problem with much more potential that we can tackle.’ ” And since it made its debut in October, more than 4,000 U.S. businesses are using the site.