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Jen Rubio: Co-Founder, Away
If you’ve been to an airport in the past few years, chances are, you’ve seen Away suitcases in abundance. But just four years ago, Jen Rubio found herself stranded in an airport with a broken bag and not a single go-to brand to solve her problem. So in 2015, she and her co-founder Steph Korey decided to found Away, a luggage company that would change the way people travel today. The result was a collection of sleek luggage at an affordable price, complete with a portable charger and more travel essentials that emulate the modern traveler today. Away has sold over 1 million suitcases and counting worldwide and created a cult following of jet-setting customers who have made their product their most trusted travel companion. The company has raised over $156 million in support and recently announced its $1.4 billion valuation.
In this episode, Jen and I talk about what it's really like to work in tech as a woman, how a coffee table book saved their business, and how she’s determined to have it all at no expense.
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