New York-based writer, designer, teacher, entrepreneur.
Co-founder of Pure Cure Denture Detox, a biocompatible denture services company.
Front-end web designer at designstrategist.co. Currently working on a novel.
Contact Melissa at email(at)melissamesku.com
Pure Cure Denture Detox is the originator of the concept and process of removing toxins and allergens from resin-based dentures. Our line of biocompatible denture services enables dentists to provide patients with safer, healthier dentures. I was privy to a little-known health problem in the industry and used that knowledge to research and develop a market solution.
In my role as co-founder, I am responsible for:• Product development
I've been doing freelance front-end web design and development for a few years and I continue because I enjoy it so much. I recently founded DesignStrategist.co with a friend, which is the new name under which I perform web design/development, content writing, and content strategy work.
In my client-focused role, I am responsible for:• Working with creative professionals and small companies to articulate their value proposition
New project! I am the founding editor of New Worker magazine, a digital publication for and by coworkers, soon to launch in Spring 2014.
TRAVEL + PHOTOGRAPHY
I've visited 400+ cities in 25+ countries and have traveled through most of the US either for fun or on speaking tours. I've lived and worked in seven US states and four countries. I have a brief travel photography portfolio here: http://melissamesku.com/photography/slideshow.html
FUNDRAISING + NONPROFIT SUPPORT
I'm an active supporter of nonprofits and social/environmental causes, and have worked with and cofounded a number of organizations over the years. For Rainforest Foundation, I recently gave crowdfunding a try, using donation-matching to double supporters' donations. Visit the CrowdRise fundraiser page here: http://www.crowdrise.com/doublerainforest
COWORKING + COLLABORATION
I love the coworking space I work from and am a big fan of the coworking movement and the collaboration that can arise from it. I recently represented New York coworkers in a live webinar series put on by Open Coworking and was a co-host for an event put on by Coworking Community NYC. Watch the video here: Coworking Core Values Talks #1: Collaboration.
As mentioned above, I am also the founding editor of New Worker magazine, a digital publication for and by coworkers.
STARTUP + TECH COMMUNITY
I will be collaborating to "build a startup from scratch at 60 miles per hour" on the StartupBus heading to this year's South By Southwest in Austin. More to come!