Karmaloop CEO Greg Selkoe talks about growing the e-commerce company, and making Boston more hospitable for young entrepreneurs and artists [Audio]
We talked about the history of the company...the site's design... raising venture capital... how they obtain merchandise and fulfill orders... the strategy of creating ancillary brands like PLNDR and MissKL... customer service... Boston as a major center of the sneaker business.... his collection of 500 pairs of sneakers... and Future Boston Alliance, the non-profit Selkoe created to help make Boston a more welcoming city for entrepreneurs and creatives of all stripes.
The audio runs 30 minutes. It's one of the funniest and most unpredictable interviews I've ever done with a CEO in public. But beware: Selkoe drops a few f-bombs during the course of the talk.
I last wrote about Karmaloop in 2011: "Up-and-coming sites may make Boston a leader in e-commerce."
(The photo above was taken by Debi Kleiman of MITX.)
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Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.
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