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Asha Banks Founder CheerNotes

Our CEO, Asha Banks


How It All Started

As a Black woman who religiously buys cards for family and friends, I’ve always felt left out of the greeting card aisle. I’d usually settle for a pretty card that didn’t seem so generic, make my own card, or rejoice in those rare times I found something that I was actually excited to give.

While traveling to a new city for work, I had a time crunch to purchase my mom’s birthday card and get it into the mail. I typically know the few stores or areas of a city that might have a relevant card but not knowing where to go really highlighted how frustrating shopping for cards has been.

It’s hard to find cards for your family and friends when your life, moments and relationships don’t align with the mainstream narrative.  As a volunteer, student, engineer, consultant, and entrepreneur I’ve prioritized building solutions that were intentionally designed with more people in mind. In 2019, I set out to rethink what it’s like to discover and share cards with the world's first marketplace for diverse cards and I haven’t looked back!

CheerNotes was inspired by my frustration with the experience of buying cards because of the lack of diversity in representation and messaging. We believe cards can have an impact that authentically weaves into the stories of our relationships and makes finding, giving and receiving a card personal and special.

Read Asha's interview with Target Corporation Accelerators!


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