Shoeboxed Shenanigans: Smashing Pumpkins Edition

Shoeboxed Shenanigans gives you a glimpse into fun(ny) happenings here at Shoeboxed HQ. In this edition, you’ll find out what we did with our pumpkins after a fun Halloween celebration in the office.

Shoeboxed Shenanigans is a weekly feature that gives you a glimpse into our lives here at Shoeboxed HQ. Each installment will share a story about our office, the people in it,  or a something fun we did to take a break from keeping the world organized. Even organized superheroes like us deserve a break every once in a while, right? Anyway, we’re not the most serious group of individuals so read on and enjoy!

Smashing Pumpkins, Shoeboxed Style

Wednesdays are rough. You’re halfway through the week, but there’s still half of it left. No matter how much we love our jobs, who doesn’t love the weekend? In order to make it to the light at the end of the tunnel that is the weekend, we usually stick to this soon-to-be -classic commercial to get us up and over Hump Day. However, when you compound a Wednesday with the first cold front of the season, you can see why this particular morning was a toughie. So what did we do to get ourselves through the frigid mid-week blues? We ventured out into the cold and faced the impending winter head-on.

The leftover decorations from our Fall Fest were just dying to be used again, so the team filed out to the parking lot with a couple of pumpkins in tow. We asked ourselves one very simple question: what can you do with pumpkins aside from using them for decorative purposes? The answer was clear, eat them or smash them. We chose the latter. With that bold choice came the subsequent decision: how?

We decided to throw the pumpkins at the structure in the back of our parking lot. The rules were as follows: an individual must stand with their back towards the structure and fling the pumpkin as high as they could. Hopefully this would result in the pumpkin smashing and raining down upon us.

We had some close shots:

Shoeboxed Pumpkins 1

And some not so close shots:

Shoeboxed Pumpkins 2

Regardless, the end result was quite satisfying:

Shoeboxed Pumpkins 3

So there you have it! A Shoeboxed office adventure that got us through the work week and boosted team morale.  Looking back on it, the pumpkin smashing was a way for us to say goodbye to Halloween and the early fall holidays and mentally prepare ourselves for Thanksgiving and winter. Goodbye pumpkins and leaves, hello turkeys and snow! Each season and holiday brings new food and traditions to revel in, and pumpkin smashing is now one of those new traditions at the Shoeboxed HQ.

What do you do to spice up your life at the office? Any cool holiday traditions we should try? Let us know in the comments!

The Shoeboxed Team Spotlight: Anjana

In this month’s Shoeboxed Team Spotlight, we chatted with our Head of Product, Anjana Mohanty. Read the interview to learn more about how she juggles working long hours and parenting her precious Shiba Inu puppy, Wasabi! Spoiler alert: cute puppy pictures inside!

anjana mohantyIt’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.

Anjana in Bucharest with our CEO Taylor.
Anjana in Bucharest with our CEO Taylor.

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.

Anjana's puppy Wasabi, who joined the Shoeboxed team at a Durham Bulls game this spring.
Anjana’s puppy Wasabi, who joined the Shoeboxed team at a Durham Bulls game this spring.

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.

Stay Organized,
The Shoeboxed Team

The Shoeboxed Team Spotlight: Joel

Today we’re excited to introduce a new monthly feature on the blog: The Shoeboxed Team Spotlight! Each month we’ll be interviewing a member of the team so you can get to know the people helping you get organized.

Joel Bush Shoeboxed EmployeeFirst up is Joel Bush, our Vice President of Business Development. Joel not only leads the sales team and manages strategic partnerships for the company, he also makes sure we all get some exercise during the workday with touch football when it’s warm out and extreme ping pong when it’s not.

As a long-time startup veteran, Joel has worked with lots of new ventures to grow them into sustainable businesses. Here at Shoeboxed, he’s responsible for bringing our users partnerships with many companies you already love and use like Wave and Intuit. Continue reading “The Shoeboxed Team Spotlight: Joel”