Almost right when I arrived in SF, I had the amazing opportunity of meeting Kaitlyn, Community Manager for Copious through involvement with a Copious photo shoot. Instantly, I felt that Kaitlyn was going to be a great person to get to know as a newbie in SF– the whole combination of new fashion tech start up plus creative opportunites was encouraging.
We have been very impressed with how our relationship with Copious has evolved– ArielSimone has been super successful with 6000 followers to date! We have Kaitlyn to thank. So now, we want you to meet her because she is just sooooo cool!
KB: I’ve worked with start-ups for three years now ranging from international communication platforms to social enterprise. I’m currently working in the social commerce space as the Community Marketing Manager of Copious, a social marketplace to buy and sell the things you love. Right now, marketplaces are set up as a ‘one size fits most’ package. Copious, however, creates a unique experience for each user based on the their interests and social connections- essentially, an E-bay meets Pinterest marriage.
AS: Could you tell us about some of your work?
KB: With Copious I’ve had the privilege of getting my hands dirty in all types of projects, from marketing videos to fashion shoots to creative marketing campaigns. I’m the touch point to our community which is an amazing privilege since our community of buyers and sellers include some of the most creative and inventive people across the US.
Right now I’m managing the sweepstakes we’re running for a trip to New York City for Fashion’s Night Out.
AS: What inspires you? How do you stay motivated?
KB: The Copious team is incredible. I work with some of the most intelligent and innovative people in the industry so I’m constantly learning and trying to push boundaries.
Not only that, but I get to interact with our eclectic community of buyers and sellers directly who inspire me on a daily basis . I love finding ways to collaborate, like when we were able to get ArielSimone pieces in our first fashion shoot [styled by the elle tee]. After all, the only way Copious succeeds is when our sellers succeed.
AS: What is something that you always carry with you?
KB: Purse essentials: Android phone, wallet, gum, a spare of flats and five shades of lipstick (you just never know).
AS: What is the hardest part about your work?
KB: Both the hardest part, and in my opinion, the most rewarding part of working at a start-up is the unknown element. You have to constantly poke, prod, innovate, redesign and take big risks in order to keep moving forward. There’s never a dull moment working at a start-up, but then again why would you want things to be dull?
AS: Could you share one goal that you have?
KB: To be on the cover of Forbes.
AS: How would you describe your style?
KB: Boho rocker meets gold-centric drag queen.
KB: I’m constantly introduced to incredible minds within our Copious community of online sellers and buyers. That always keeps my wheels turning.
Working in Silicon Valley has allowed me to meet so many brilliant entrepreneurs. It’s a really inspiring environment and always keeps you thinking about what’s next.
AS: How do you bridge the gap between business and art?
KB: Give artists a social and sustainable platform to do business.
AS: Lastly, any words of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs/artists?
KB: I think it was best said in Galaxy Quest: “Never give up. Never surrender”.
by Nkechi Njaka