Creative Technologist, Thiel Fellow
Madison Maxey is a creative technologist focused on apparel and hardware. As a 2013 Thiel Fellow, her work has been featured in publications like The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company. Previous experience includes Tommy Hilfiger, General Assembly and Nylon Magazine. She currently spends her time computing and designing at The CRATED.
Madison Maxey is a self-taught fashion designer and Parsons-dropout who, in 2013, was made the first-ever fashion designer to receive Peter Thiel‘s Thiel Fellowship. She is currently focused on fashion/tech project, The Crated.
The Thiel Fellowship offers students under the age of 20 $100,000 to drop out of school and pursue other work for two years. This can involve scientific research, creating a startup, or working on a social movement.
After spending a year in France at 16 and running a popular fashion blog that received invitations to Paris Haute Couture and Mercedez Benz Berlin fashion weeks, she returned to the states.
Her senior year of high school, Maddy won a CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship for college and interned in California and New York.
Maddy attended Parsons, the New School for Design for 4 months before taking a leave of absence to start her own clothing company. Madison Maxey Blazers led to a successful Kickstarter campaign, acknowledgement from industry leaders, and a love for entrepreneurship and tech.
She is now a Thiel Fellow for the class of 2013. Featured in New York Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Her Campus, and many other press outlets, Maddy has been named a “Female Founder to Watch” by Women 2.0.