░ New York-based writer, designer, teacher, entrepreneur
░ Co-founder of Pure Cure Dental Technology
░ Front-end web designer/developer and content strategist at DesignStrategist
░ Founding editor of New Worker Magazine
░ UC Berkeley graduate, summa cum laude, in Rhetoric and
― Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
░ Teacher certification from University of Cambridge and state of Texas
New York-based writer, designer, teacher, entrepreneur. Co-founder of Pure Cure Dental Technology. Front end web designer at designstrategist.co.
I have a warm laugh, an unflagging sense of humor and a friendly disposition. More than anything, I'm motivated by meaning and enjoy wholly diving into things that matter. I am always open to new opportunities and love to help problem-solve. I always make time for people who reach out to me, so please feel free to do so.
I am passionate about enabling people to reach their potential. I help people articulate their goals, create plans, overcome obstacles and grow their capacity.
I am a creative professional with exemplary skill in writing, editing, and design. As a front-end web designer/developer, I help entrepreneurs and freelancers articulate their ideas and then translate their vision into beautifully designed websites and print media.
A big fan of collaboration, I recently founded New Worker Magazine, a digital publication for and by coworkers (entrepreneurs, freelancers, and independent artists/makers/workers who work from coworking spaces). As Editor in Chief, I connect with people around the world who do self-directed work and are harnessing the power of collaboration and networks, and I help them share their stories with a wider audience.
I also cofounded Pure Cure Dental Technology, the first company to develop services that remove toxins and allergens from dentures. I've taken the path of business ownership in order to grow the number of people who have access to safer dentures.
As a supporter of social and environmental causes, I believe one of the most urgent global problems is the loss of indigenous languages and cultures. I've long been looking for a good excuse to work in the Amazon with an indigenous group, so if you know of something wild like that, definitely reach out.
I have an eclectic background that includes living and working in four countries and seven US states, and extensive travel in 25+ countries and across the US. I've tried my hand at a ton of different things because—fuck it—life is short. Currently I'm new to the startup ecosystem in New York but I'm grabbing it by the balls and finding new ways to make myself useful (StartupBus, coworking, Meetups, etc.). I've done the same in other fields: teaching, non-profits, language, cooperative housing, and activism. If you're in any of those fields, I'd love to hear about it.
• Email: email(at)melissamesku.com
Pure Cure Dental Technology is the originator of the concept and process of removing toxins and allergens from resin-based dentures. Our Pure Cure Denture Detox® line of biocompatible denture products enables denture wearers to remove toxic and allergenic substances from their denture safely and affordably. Our earlier business model was B2B where we removed toxins and allergens from dentures as a laboratory service for dentists. My founding team 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—no joke—because I like to geek out at 4 in the morning. With DesignStrategist, I do web design/development, content writing, and content strategy for artists, freelancers, and small business clients.
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 the global community of people who work from coworking spaces and collaborative workspaces. We just launched in May 2014.
July 2014 — Article in New Worker Magazine: Creating value through crowdfunding and collaboration, an interview with Luka Piškorič
June 2014 — Article in Freelancer's Union blog: Get the best out of coworking without having to join a space
June 2014 — Article in New Worker Magazine: What the hell is a new worker?
June 2014 — Article in New Worker Magazine: Turn your coworking space into a crowdfunding powerhouse
May 2014 — Article in OuiShare Magazine: Massive collaborative potential for coworkers worldwide
May 2014 — Article in New Worker Magazine: iRegular Project’s gorgeous, inspiring use of collaborative design
October 2014 — Deskmag (interview) “The Coworking Community Expands with New Worker Magazine” by Amanda Gray
August 2014 — The Story Exchange: "Don't let your mind hold you back" by Candice Helfand
July 2014 — Final Call: "Minority teachers abandon classrooms" by Stacy M. Brown
May 2014 — Shareable (interview) “New Worker Magazine launches today” by Cat Johnson
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. In January I 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 participated in StartupBusNYC this year, a whirlwind trip where 30 people "build a startup from scratch at 60 miles per hour" on a bus heading to South By Southwest Interactive in Austin, TX. On the trip, I formed a team with 5 excellent new friends, focusing on an issue that's near and dear to my heart: data awareness and enabling people to take ownership of their personal information from across the internet. Check out Datalize.me. More to come...
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'm even abroad right now! I have a brief travel photography portfolio here: (returning soon)
NONPROFIT SUPPORT + FUNDRAISING
I'm an active supporter of social/environmental causes and have worked with and cofounded a number of organizations over the last decade. For Rainforest Foundation, I raised thousands of dollars by combining crowdfunding with donation matching. I sourced donors to double supporters' donations and then put it to the crowdfunding community to test it out. Visit the CrowdRise fundraiser page here: http://www.crowdrise.com/doublerainforest