Divya Gugnani is CEO and Co-Founder of Wander Beauty, clean beauty essentials you reach for every day, wherever you wander. She is also Founding Partner of Concept to Co, an early-stage investment firm that invests in breakthrough entrepreneurs and brands.
After earning her B.S. from Cornell University and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, Divya began her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs before moving on to private equity and venture capital at Investcorp International and FirstMark Capital. A self-proclaimed ‘accidental entrepreneur,’ she later left the finance world after selling her first business, and, bitten by the startup bug, went on to become a serial entrepreneur. After co-founding multiple companies and having children, she found her former beauty rituals tossed to the wayside as she became more time-starved than ever.
Balancing a thriving career and motherhood left Divya applying concealer during her morning subway commute and doing her skincare routine at the gym. She craved clean formulas, free of hormone-disrupting toxins, that were fuss-free and foolproof, and suited her busy lifestyle. She needed multitaskers that saved time in her day, space in her beauty bag, and that never sacrificed on performance. She Co-founded Wander Beauty in 2015, has spearheaded Wander Beauty's digital and international growth, and lead the brand to win over 30 prestigious industry and consumer awards.
Divya is passionate about entrepreneurship, investing, leadership, and building brands from inception to scale. She has appeared regularly on MSNBC, NBC, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.