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Kiwi Crate

Sparking kids' natural creativity and curiosity with materials and inspiration for hands-on fun

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10 DIY Activities to Celebrate the First Day of Spring!

Kiwi Crate Blog • March 18, 2016

It’s officially spring! Even though some families will need to wait a few more weeks to actually see it, a DIY celebration seems to be in order. Explore springtime with the DIYs below from our library.

Kiwi Crate delivers hands-on fun for autumn days indoors and out

Chicago Tribune • Sept. 1, 2015

When kids go back to school, their weekend afternoons often boil down to two options: birthday parties or boredom. Kiwi Crate lends a hand with both. The subscription-based company launched in 2011 to supply creation kits for kids ages 4-8. Last fall, the founder expanded with Koala Crate (ages 3-4), Doodle Crate (ages 9-16 and up) and Tinker Crate (ages 9-16 and up).

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Founders / Key Team

Sandra Lin
Sandra Lin
CEO & Founder

Sandra is the founder and CEO of Kiwi Crate. Before founding Kiwi Crate, Sandra was the GM for eBay Fashion, an industry leader with $5.5 billion in annual sales. Sandra led the rollout of eBay’s new fashion marketplace.  Prior to eBay, Sandra launched PayPal Mobile and led product management and marketing at start-ups including Transium and RemitNet. Sandra’s early career began at Procter & Gamble where she managed global upstream product development. Sandra graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dave Li
Dave Li
Product & Strategy & Co-Founder

Dave has 15+ years of experience launching consumer internet, mobile, and ecommerce products and businesses.  He is a three-time entrepreneur, previously the co-founder & CEO at Mill River Labs and Third Ave Labs. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Dave was a former Product executive at PayPal for over 5 years and strategy consultant, with clients including AOL and eBay. Dave graduated with honors from Stanford University and has an MBA from Stanford GSB

Lara Housser
Lara Housser
Marketing & Partnerships

Lara was a former exec at eBay where she built new commerce businesses, such as eBay Express, led key categories like Collectibles and Home & Garden, and managed product marketing efforts across the company. Prior to eBay, Lara developed new marketing strategies and programs for Sotheby’s. She began her career as a strategy consultant. Lara graduated from Dartmouth College. She has an MBA from Stanford GSB.

Lisa Hom
Lisa Hom
Product Design & Merchandising

Lisa has extensive experience in product development, design, and merchandising having spent 10+ years at Levi, Gap, and Mervyn’s. Most recently, she was the COO at West Coast Novelty where she led product development, marketing, order management, and distribution. Lisa began her career in management consulting. Lisa graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.

Nancy Spector
Nancy Spector
Operations & Finance

Nancy has over 10 years of experience leading operations for consumer goods businesses, including TimBuk2 & TableTopics. She has managed the development and implementation of systems and processes in manufacturing, supply chain, inventory planning, and fulfillment for in-house teams and 3PLs. Nancy began her career in marketing and consulting. Nancy graduated from Brown University. She also has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Hovhannes Tumanyan
Hovhannes Tumanyan
Engineering

Hovhannes has over 10 years of experience leading technology teams in developing scalable highly scalable products. He is an experienced CTO and technology leader – most recently at CarsArrive - the largest car hauler network in North America. His previous leadership experiences includes Director of Engineering roles at Openlane and Postpath. Prior to Postpath, Hovhannes developed software and systems for HPL, Epygi, and the Ford Motor Company. Hovhannes has a BS in Computer Science.

Josh Kopelman
Josh Kopelman
Board Member

Managing partner of First Round Capital. Previously founded Half.com (acquired by eBay), Infonautics (NASDAQ IPO) and TurnTide (acquired by Symantec).