To lead her team, Stephanie Leffler draws on a wealth of personal accomplishments, experiences and wisdom born from tackling the mountain of challenges that new and growing businesses must face. Leffler took on her first CEO role at MonsterCommerce, a leading e-commerce storefront solutions company. After spearheading the sale of MonsterCommerce to Network Solutions, Leffler and her partner Ryan Noble started Juggle.com. Leffler served as the CEO of Juggle during the company's startup phase. After splitting Juggle into three spate divisions, Leffler took on the role of CEO for CrowdSource, the company's division that builds world class solutions for publishers and merchants looking to leverage Crowdsourced solutions in their day to day operations.
The heart and driving force behind the idea and reality of CrowdSource is best summarized by a statement made by Leffler at a recent industry event, "Merchants and publishers face a similar set of challenges in the ultra-competitive online landscape. While algorithms can elegantly solve many problems, humans are still better and more efficient at certain tasks. This is the first time in history that people's brains have been networked and allowed to run in parallel. It is the most powerful computing system I have ever seen."
Under Leffler, MonsterCommerce experienced growth in both clients and team members. At the start of Leffler's time as CEO, the company had only 10 clients; following her departure. The company boasted more than 8,000 clients. In addition, annual sales soared beyond $20 million with a workforce of 280 employees. Driving the success behind this growth was Leffler's penchant for creating innovative software while providing exemplary customer service.
MonsterCommerce enjoyed feature stories by national media outlets that include MSNBC, eCommerce-guide.com, Information Week, Entrepreneur.com, Network World Press and Practical Ecommerce.
In addition to national news recognition, the company was honered with a series of awards including SIIA Codie Award Finalist for Best E-Commerce Software, selection by the St. Louis Commerce Magazine as one of St. Louis's Top 50 Businesses and recognition by the St. Louis Business Journal as the Fastest Growing Private Company in St. Louis.
Leffler herself also received distinctions as one of the "30 Under 30" young entrepreneurs to keep an eye on listed by the St. Louis Business Journal. Her entrepreneurial spirit and success was further applauded when she was selected as a 2005 finalist for the Stevie Awards for Women Entrepreneurs Best Young Entrepreneur award.
Leffler was a driving force behind the acquisition of MonsterCommerce by the industry giant and original domain registrar Network Solutions. Following the sale, Leffler served as President and General Manager of MonsterCommerce, now a company under the umbrella of Network Solutions, for one year. From there, she was promoted to Senior Vice President of Partners and New Sales Channels at Network Solutions, where she stepped into a more expansive role. Leffler stayed with Network Solutions until May 2007.
Leffler and her partner Ryan Noble's second startup, Juggle.com, came to fruition in early 2008. From its beginnings as an online reference resource, this endeavor evolved into a vast network of websites that covers thousands of subjects. Serving 70,000,000 unique visitors since February 1, 2009, and receiving the St. Louis Business Journal's distinction as one of the Best Places to Work in 2011, the network of websites known as Juggle is a resounding success.
To support its voracious appetite for quality content, Juggle engineered a platform for crowdsourcing in November 2009. This software, called Scalable Workforce, was used for internal purposes until Juggle productized the software in September of 2010.
Seeing the massive opportunity in the Crowdsourcing market, Leffler and Noble spun off CrowdSource, LLC in March 2011. As a result, the partners split management responsibilities with Leffler taking over as CEO of CrowdSource and Noble serving as CEO of both ROI Media and Clickable Names.