Shan-Lyn Ma

CEO & Founder, Zola

“I met Shan Lyn Ma on my first day of work at, the ecommerce innovator that introduced flash sales in the US. Shan was Gilt’s first product manager, and a gifted one, who spent her days exploring what would delight customers and what would move them to buy. In time she became GM of Gilt Taste, where she developed the strategy and business model for a drop-ship food and cooking site. Shan brought both those experiences to her current role, as co-founder and CEO of Zola, the fast-growing wedding planning and registry platform that combines great business fundamentals with a customer-centric experience. She’s a unicorn in the world of entrepreneurs: a creative thinker who’s also a master of execution.” – Susan Lyne

Shan-Lyn Ma is the CEO and Founder of Since creating Zola in her Brooklyn living room in 2013, Shan-Lyn Ma’s built her startup into the fastest growing wedding registry in the U.S. With a valuation of more than $220 million and over 500,000 users, Zola’s on track to become a New York unicorn. Shan’s proven to be a natural founder, adept at both selling big ideas to investors and shrewdly managing low operating costs during rapid growth. Previously, Shan-Lyn was the Chief Product Officer of Chloe + Isabel and prior to that, the General Manager of Gilt Taste, Gilt’s entrance into the food and wine arena. The third culture heritage kid holds a BCommerce with First Class Honours from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and an MBA from Stanford University.