Jay Steinfeld // Founder and CEO Blinds.com, A Home Depot Company
As founder and CEO of Blinds.com, Jay was an early mover in e-Commerce, in 1993 bootstrapping his website built in his garage for just $1500 into the world’s #1 online window covering store. In January 2014, Blinds.com was acquired by The Home Depot. Jay is still active as CEO, driving and integrating the Blinds.com platform into Home Depot’s interconnected retail strategy.
Jay earned a BBA in Accounting with Honors from the University of Texas in Austin, after which he worked as a CPA for KPMG Peat, Marwick. His next seven 7 years were with the national franchisor, Meineke Discount Mufflers as Vice-president of Finance. In 1987, following the sale of Meineke, he and his wife started a small brick and mortar retail store selling custom window coverings. They sold their store in 2001 and went online full-time.
Blinds.com has been awarded 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in America, Top 5 Workplaces in Texas, Houston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work, Best Customer Service Department of the Year, among many other others.
Jay has served on numerous charitable organization boards, and is currently on The XPRIZE Innovation Board. He is an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Houston Technology Center, and writes a column for Inc. Magazine entitled Chief Effective Officer. Jay is an advocate and frequent speaker on how company culture and authentic core values drive profitable growth.