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Person 2 Person: Mike McEwan

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Person 2 Person: Mike McEwan (Photo provided by Jane.com)

(KUTV) Mike McEwan is the CEO and founder of Jane.com, a boutique marketplace that has products from hundreds of sellers.

McEwan and a few others started it about six years ago after he had lost his job.

"A few of us decided we wanted to start a development company doing custom development, custom work for companies," McEwan said.

It started out selling women's clothing where it had a deal a day. McEwan's wife, Megan, was in charge of finding the deals.

Eventually, some partners left for other jobs and interests and Jane was left up to McEwan and his wife to keep together.

McEwan got a full-time job working for the LDS Church and would work on Jane.com after coming home.

He did double duty for about a year.

"There were times where you felt like you're going absolutely nuts and that your business owned you instead of the other way around," he said.

It took several years before McEwan felt like Jane.com was succeeding.

"It's crazy to look at the business now and see the space that we're in and having 130 employees," he said. "It just never crossed my mind that we'd get to where it is right now."

McEwan has known since college that he wanted to be an entrepreneur.

"I've always liked a good challenge and solving problems is one of my favorite things to do," he said.

He also has ADD, which he said "worked against me a in a lot of areas."

But it has helped him with his business.

"I can see each area of the business and contribute to it because I can take interest in each one of them," he said.

McEwan grew up in a big LDS family where he was the fifth of six children. His family was very organized and he learned a lot about hard work.

He and his wife, Megan, have four children. The fourth came while the couple was launching Jane.com.

"She really was Jane. She was the face of Jane," McEwan said of his wife. "She's a model of hard work and dedication as well."

McEwan's faith also plays a big part in his life.

About a year and a half into Jane.com's existence, McEwan felt that giving back was an important part of the company.

"I kind of got this feel like, 'I'll help you. I'll help you grow this if you'll help me out,'" he said.

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