Kipsu recently welcomed Rae Knopf to our Entrepreneurial Leadership Rotation Program! Prior to joining Kipsu, Rae studied Entrepreneurial Management and Product Design at the University of Minnesota and worked with Avacadish-an avocado-based restaurant in Minneapolis. Outside of work, you'll find Rae sketching, painting, and hiking while reading up on tech, food systems, and evolutionary psychology.
What drew you to Kipsu in contrast to other companies?
Upon my first introduction, it was clear that Kipsu is a company that designs around the user. The innovative nature of Kipsu's product drew me in, but the people I met definitely made me stay.
What were some things you noticed about the Kipsu team during your first week?
Kipsuvians are some of the most kind and intelligent people I've met. Everyone I came into contact with is well-intentioned and shares the same mindset about the company's goals. I have never really experienced an organization with the consistency and originality I found at Kipsu.
What challenges are you looking forward to tackling in your work at Kipsu?
The opportunity to work on the numbers side of the company in my Finance rotation is something I didn't anticipate, but am very grateful for. I am excited to watch Kipsu grow in the months to come, as well as learning more about the product itself in future rotations.
What is your favorite Kipsu core value?
"Never be satisfied." Because that value emphasizes the innovative nature of the company. So far, it seems that Kipsu is always searching for better ways to accommodate customer needs and I appreciate the fluidity.
If you could meet any person for a chat over a shared dinner, who would you pick and why?
Gordon Ramsay. His career has been an inspiration to me as long as I can remember, and I've heard that he is a great guy. Also, if the dinner is poorly prepared, I'm sure I would be in for a show, so it's a win-win no matter the quality of food.