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After eight years in the web industry, it wasn't long before Helen Zhu decided to branch out on her own. A Berkeley Graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Helen partnered with then roommate Corinne Chan to launch Chictopia in April of 2008. Seeking to spearhead a project that would keep their interest, the three settled on fashion; an industry that, in Helen's words, "lacked innovation."

Helen now enjoys doing what she loves in San Francisco, a city she calls home. While she may have gotten a perfect math score on her SATs, Helen isn't just brains. She also has quite a knack for Salsa and Swing dancing, even belonging to a Swing dance group with her friends. When she isn't dancing, doing math, or building the Chictopia brand, you can find her watching Gossip Girl and scouring the web for more style photos of Blair Waldorf.

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Meet the Team

Helen Zhu, CEO
Corinne Chan, COO


7x7 Magazine, Apr 2010
Forever 21, Aug 2010
Mashable, 2008
Mashable, 2009
Moxie, Apr 2010
MSNBC Today, Aug 2010
Polyvore, Apr 2010
Refinery29, Mar 2009
Refinery29, Apr 2010
SF Chronical, Apr 2010
TechCrunch, June 2008
Teen Vogue, July 2008
Teen Vogue, Jan 2009
Teen Vogue, Mar 2009
Teen Vogue, Jan 2010
Teen Vogue, Apr 2010
The New York Times, Sept 2009
Women's Wear Daily, Sept 2009
Women's Wear Daily, Jan 2010
Women's Wear Daily, Feb 2010


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