Life in Destin, Florida is a little slower. But the ambling pace of smaller-town life hasn’t hindered husband and wife Corey and Magda Cooper, who co-founded BOTE Paddle Boards.
When they first tried paddling nearly a decade ago, Magda, who grew up swimming, and Corey, who loves fishing, skiing, and anything to do with water, loved it. That is, everything but the products, which were like big, unstable surfboards. They knew they could make something better—and better-looking—that fit their intrepid lifestyle.
With a pocket full of credit cards and just a few thousand dollars to their name, Corey quit his job as a mechanical engineer and Magda walked away from her role as a financial advisor to start the business out of their garage. Today, with almost 300 dealers and a loyal customer base worldwide, the beauty of their customers’ aquatic adventures is captured in their emails.
Maybe you’ve heard about MailChimp’s Coffee Hour, our Friday morning speaker series. It’s been a staple of our culture for years, growing and changing along with the company. In fact, the last time we blogged about Coffee Hour was all the way back in 2012. Back then, we had around 150 employees and almost 2 million users. We now employ more than 600 talented people who serve more than 15 million customers all over the world. In our spare time, we run ads about singing shrimp.
Five years later, we’re still inviting creative, interesting, weird, and thought-provoking people to speak at Coffee Hour.
Little things have changed here and there. Instead of having a guest 2-3 times a month, we bring in someone once a month, and we’ve added bagels and donuts to the menu. But the purpose of Coffee Hour is still the same: to challenge and inspire MailChimp employees.
Here are some of the folks we’ve hosted lately:
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