The Shoeboxed Team Spotlight: Anjana
It’s time for everyone’s favorite monthly feature: The Shoeboxed Team Spotlight! Each month we interview a member of our team so you can get to know the people helping you get organized.
This month the spotlight is on Anjana Mohanty, our Head of Product. Anjana makes sure all the Shoeboxed products are functional, fantastic and moving forward.
Shoeboxed: So, Anjana. Tell us a little about yourself!
Anjana: I was born and raised in a small town in Maryland before coming down to North Carolina to attend UNC. I love cooking, dancing, all things motorized (cars, motorcycles, power tools) and sushi!
SBX: How did you come to join Shoeboxed?
Anjana: I joined Shoeboxed in May of 2011 as an intern– basically I bugged our COO & CFO Tobi until he hired me!– and I have been here ever since. My path so far has been an interesting one. I started helping out with customer support and marketing as a Lead Customer Advocate/Marketing Manager, then I moved into our product team as a Junior Mobile Developer, then Lead Product Manager, and now Head of Product. I’ve loved every minute of it and am a strong believer that I wouldn’t have been afforded the same opportunities anywhere else.
SBX: So, what exactly do you do around here every day?
Anjana: I have the amazing opportunity to maintain and advance Shoeboxed as a product and service! This means I interface with multiple departments here at Shoeboxed, listen to customer feedback and conduct a good deal of research to determine what features we want to improve or build next. Then, I translate this into specs and user flows and manage our development team to see the features to completion.
SBX: Wow– no wonder you’re always so busy! What’s your favorite part of working at Shoeboxed?
Anjana: My favorite part of working here is the people. Whether that means getting to work with our different departments, the developers or interface with our users – I love the opportunity to learn what other people do, how they think and how I can improve their experience.
SBX: We are absolutely lucky to have such an amazing team here. Now here’s a tough task: describe yourself in three words.
Anjana: Colorful. Resourceful. Mobile.
SBX: When you’re not working, what would we find you doing?
Anjana: When I’m not working you’ll find me either in the kitchen (check out my creations at instagram.com/anjanoms), busting a move (Indian classical dance) or playing with my new puppy Wasabi!
SBX: We can certainly vouch for your cooking– it’s our favorite part of celebrating team members’ birthdays at the office! Okay, here’s another tricky one: give us one tip for staying organized!
Anjana: Something I learned from my dad – to do lists! Writing (or typing) out the tasks I have at hand gives me the best picture of what is to be done and how to prioritize and allocate time amongst it all. Also, it always feels great to cross things off. :)
SBX: Indeed, it does. So, all of us love our location in downtown Durham. What’s your favorite part of living here?
Anjana: The growing food, drink and small business scene. Even outside of being a huge foodie and startup enthusiast – it’s great to experience the area around you evolving in a positive direction, and to feel like you’re a part of that growing community.
SBX: Another tough one: What’s the best purchase you’ve ever made?
Anjana: Wasabi (my Shiba Inu puppy) – albeit very recent, its definitely one of the most rewarding and fulfilling purchases I’ve ever made – a gift that keeps on giving!
SBX: Good answer– we love it when Wasabi visits Shoeboxed HQ!
Thanks for chatting with us, Anjana! Stay tuned next month for an interview with another awesome Shoeboxed team member.
The Shoeboxed Team