Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung started Poketo as a side project, collaborating with artists to create wallets and throwing art shows to launch them. The pair then opened an online store which catapulted to fame around the globe. Over a decade later they have collaborated with Target, Nordstroms and have two thriving retail locations. Whose work excites them and what advice do they have for budding entrepreneurs? Read on!
Photography by Bryan Dale
1. What makes your work unique? We do what we love, and we love what we do. We put our heart into everything we do, that is what makes us unique.
2. What advice do you have for people on making that switch from struggling creative to successful business owner? Start small, think big. Poketo started with a single product and we just grew organically over the years.
3. Everyone hears about success stories but it's important to hear about failure too. Have you failed and if so, do you have any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs? Falling is part of the everyday. If you don't fall or fail, you'll never grow and move forward. Part of being an entrepreneur is to free fall into the unknown and just build your parachutes as you fall. More than likely, you'll be standing on your own two feet.
4. Let's spread the love...Who is doing great work in your circle that you would love to give shout-outs to? We collaborate with so many different types of artists and designers. This past year has given us the opportunity to work with the likes of Eric Trine, Ladies & Gentleman Studio, Sean Knibb, Song Exploder, and Bonnie Tsang just to name a few.
5. What app or program can you not live without? I love my podcasting app on the Iphone. Instagram is also great. @poketo !!
6. What are a few of your favorite albums? Currently listening to RAC, Classixx, everything on Stones Throw.
7. Everyone has an a-ha moment. When was yours? Being happy is finding purpose. Life and work can be one and the same. If you love what you do, there is no differentiation and you are just living an awesome life.