Tiffani Ashley Bell

CEO & Founder, Pencil You In

Panel Discussion: Starting Your Start-Up: Success Stories from Women Who Took A Chance on Themselves

Tiffani Ashley Bell is a twenty-something in pursuit of better living through software.

She is the CEO and founder of Pencil You In (http://pencilyou.in), a platform enabling the world's hairstylists and barbers to delight their clients and more efficiently manage their businesses by accepting appointments online. Tiffani graduated from Howard University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems and Computer Science. In college, she interned at IBM as a mobile developer and twice at HP as a web developer, and after college, worked at a government contractor as a web developer before leaving to work on Pencil You In full-time.

A Ruby on Rails developer since 2005, she also develops for Apple iOS and Google Android. Most recently, she was a member of the first class of the NewME Accelerator (http://www.newmeaccelerator.com), an accelerator whose aim is to introduce minority-led startups to the inner workings of Silicon Valley. CNN chronicled Tiffani and other startuppers in the NewME Accelerator in Silicon Valley for Summer 2011 for its newest Black in America installment airing November 13th. An avid tweeter since 2007, Tiffani can be found tweeting at http://twitter.com/tiffani or http://twitter.com/pencilyouin.