Allison Shea is on the branding team at a startup in Providence, RI called Teespring. TeeSpring is a platform that allows you to create and sell custom apparel with no hassle, no upfront costs and zero risk. Teespring's website says they are the best way to design and sell custom apparel online. Seems cool to me!
You can learn about how to launch a campaign for your custom apparel on Teespring here.
Allison Shea gives us a little bit of insight in what it is like to work at a startup as a woman. Please share her story with your friends and colleagues so we can help to expose more women to what it is like to work as a woman in tech.
A lack of resources in the average start-up means that there's the ability to take on jobs that a higher-up in a different setting might deem "out of my league." It's exhilarating to be given that much responsibility, and I'm that much more motivated to kick ass at it and be trusted with even more. Additionally, the amount of autonomy is absolutely unmatched. Most start-ups (depending on at what point you enter, of course) are ran relatively horizontally giving you - whether you're the CEO or the intern - the freedom to take on and own a project. This is my first job out of college, and I can't imagine being in any other setting that would be a better fit.
Women offer a different skill set - not in that they're softer, or more compassionate, or add a different kind of conversation to the workplace. But because we've lived lives in a profoundly and fundamentally different way than men. We're going to have a unique perspective on the best way to pitch to a specific demographic, the most useful way to collect and make meaning out of big data, etc. Should you want to hear more I can for sure ramble! Just let me know.
What do you think women should know about your role?
I'd actually like to nominate a co-worker of mine - Bridget Sauer (firstname.lastname@example.org) who owns Teespring's (Y Combinator graduate, crowd funded custom apparel platform) social media page. She's grown the page to over 200,000 likes since she started in August, when it hovered around a measly 3,000. What started as relative random posting (and bribing our friends to comment and like!) has turned into a metric-driven branding project now requiring three full-time positions. Job creation for the win!
Love this story and love what you guys are doing at Teespring. Teespring is hiring people in many different positions so you should check out their startup jobs.
You can follow Allison Shear on Twitter @allisonshea30.