@WORK: Kristi Hawley Taylor


Published: Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 6:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 6:52 p.m.

Kristi Hawley Taylor, CEO & Co-Founder of MonkeyWish.com

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Kristi Hawley Taylor

Age: 37

Tell us about the company, website and application MonkeyWish.com and how it’s caught on so far:

MonkeyWish.com is a one-of-a-kind virtual gift registry that provides what most gift registries do not: The ability to add any item from any store for absolutely any occasion. Users can add items to their wish lists through the MonkeyWish.com website, the UPC scanner app for iPhones/Androids or input the items manually. We are thrilled with how well MonkeyWish.com is catching on and have recently introduced a new and improved site that makes wishing and giving even easier.

Tell us about the transition from your prior profession, residential development, to the technology sector and what brought it about:

I worked as a real estate broker and developer for over 14 years. Unfortunately, when the housing market began its downward spiral a few years back, I was not exempt from the distress. Rather than approach the situation with hostility, I used it as an opportunity to follow my passion in technology development. Thanks to a pre-holiday shopping trip to Toys R Us with my three children, I realized there needed to be a digital way to create wish lists, and I decided to create it.

How valuable has the Innovation HUB been in assisting the firm:

UF’s Innovation HUB has provided a stimulating environment that our company is privileged to be part of. They have fostered our company and have been a wonderful support in so many ways. The HUB is a huge contributor to our success. My favorite part of being at the HUB is the platform they have provided for me to share my story and hopefully inspire others to start their own company.

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