I had lunch with a relatively new friend, Savannah Peterson. We ate at the wonderful French Bistro Les Halle, which unbeknownst to us has 1/2 price bottles of wine on Mondays. That place always reminds me of when my dad would take me there on Bastille Day at the now closed Washington, DC location. We split a bottle of wine and got to chatting. Savannah is wonderful. She’s the kind of person that is so cool and so unique that you just know the minute you meet her that you want to be her friend. She has her hands in a bunch of different projects and she keeps herself constantly busy. She’s lived in a bunch of places that I want to live but she now calls NYC home.
Our conversation ranged from kids (mine, she does not currently have any), love, career and how hard it is to make female friends as you get older. I’m very grateful to have stumbled upon her and I’m excited to get to know her better. Looking back, I don’t actually remember the entirety of our conversation (see 1/2 priced wine above) but I just remember loving having it and I’m glad I recorded the interview.
How do we know each other?
We know each other because we were co-panelists on a great event at Pace University called Pace Path Live which was a day-long event focused on getting young people to pursue careers in technology and computer science. It was a really fun event and I’m pretty sure we were having a better time than the students. It could have been like a hokey career day almost but it was actually a really great event. I think it was so unique because all the panelists really are leaders and experts in their little social circles and fields. It totally made us feel like more of an expert than we really are. It was really fun getting to research everyone [Savannah was actually the moderator and she emailed us some questions which caused an ocean of animated gifs flooding my inbox].
What do you do?
I am currently the global community manager at Shapeways, the world’s largest 3D printing marketplace and community. I run the community team there and mentor the designers as they build their brands. I handle all of our engagement focused communication. I look at someone who is creating and sharing on the site as more valuable then, say our own sharing because they are attracting their own circle of designers.
I was originally hired on as what was known as the “Shop-owner coach” which was like a seller evangelist, mentor, educator role. Having taken conventional products to market before, this style of manufacturing is a really fun transition. I get to work with more designers than anyone else in the company which I think is the most exciting part.
I also like to have as many little hustles going on the side as much as possible from my own 3D printing creations to general consulting. I’ve done a lot of crowd-funding consulting and taken a lot of unconventional products to market.
Why do you do it?
I do what I do because I think beautiful ideas have a place in the world and I think that while I might not be the person who comes up with all those ideas I am uniquely equipped to facilitate their journey from their brain to the marketplace. I really am inspired by helping people create and do things and I think the missing link is often the knowledge of the landscape and that’s the part I do know. The “how to make the best whatever” is not what I know but I can help you figure out the essential steps to get there, it’s a gift. Nothing matters to me more than seeing people be successful. I’m sort of the the “hype woman”.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Initially I was set on Katie Couric and the President. I liked the idea of addressing people either on stage or in the political arena. And I worked in TV for a while and just realized that a lot of it was for the sake of production and not necessarily for the sake of quality entertainment or sharing the news. I wanted whatever I did to have a lot of value. I think that I found that more in helping independent entrepreneurs. For what I’d want to be now, I’d love to be wealthy enough to be an investor…wealthy is kind of the wrong word…successful enough to be an angel. I’d love to take what I do and actually put my money where my mouth is and go from saying “wow, that’s so great! to saying “wow, that’s so great, here’s the cash to get you to the next level.”
What’s something I don’t know about you?
You don’t know how much respect I had for you [Marissa] going into that panel. Because Matt [Knell] had talked about you as being someone that I should meet for a really long time and I had lurked on you pretty good! I knew that you had done some really badass stuff. I’m just kind of a creeper that way (I think all of us in the digital space are professional online stalkers). So yeah, I had stalked you and I know it’s weird to think about this going into an event like that but I just thought, we’re going to get along in like a really cool way. In like a smart, tech woman way not just in a like-minded way. I am your proud internet stalker.
If you don’t already know about Shapeways, please go check it out immediately. If you’re a tinkerer like I am it’s definitely the next wave of crafting via technology. Or if you just like buying unique pieces that you can’t get anywhere else, it’s the perfect place for that as well.
Editor’s note: sorry for the delay in posting. I was under the weather for the past week or so and it was hard to get writing. I hope to do more regular updates.