Stitch Fix has come a long way since the days when Lake was running around purchasing and returning clothes from retail stores and boutiques. Over the last two years, her startup has shipped more than 100,000 fixes and has expanded from 16 employees in August 2012 to 145 today, one of whom is the former vice president of data science and engineering for Netflix. The San Francisco-based company is even on track to become the fastest-growing e-commerce company of 2013. But like many startups, Stitch Fix had a few growing pains in the beginning.
Six years ago I became intensely involved in the company. I started in sales and business development and advanced to project manager and board member. After completing my MBA I will return to my family’s business to execute our expansion plan. I have already started by founding a timber company in Central America and designing a pilot for a smart fueling project in Nigeria and Ghana. My immediate next goal is to focus on growing our telecommunications department. Due to recent investments, this department has potential to serve most of Western Africa with low marginal cost. I intend on leveraging this position by leading our company into other countries, including Nigeria, Liberia and Cameroon.