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Meet the Co-Founders of Kyubu Market

Jen Yamasaki

Posted on April 11 2017

Hello Kyubu Community! We're working hard building the website, designing the cube and meeting awesome artists in Vancouver. So we decided to take a quick moment to introduce ourselves 👯

 

Gloria Kang

Gloria Kang

What is your background/influence/experience?


As a corporate lawyer, businessperson and scientist by education and training, I understand the building blocks of how pieces logically fit together. In each of these roles, I’ve been fortunate to meet so many talented people and take joy in helping them to join their pieces together on their paths as entrepreneurs.  My unending curiosity drives me; my appreciation for talented people inspires me; and my love of great design has brought me to Kyubu.

What are you passionate about?


Passion is my passion.  I thrive off of the energy of people passionate about what they are doing and creating. Oh, and a nice smoky scotch. Neat.

Can’t live without?


My days would be incomplete without a to-do list.

Fun fact? Unusual skills?


I have won a number of handwriting competitions…such a useful skill in the 21st century 😐

Favourite artist? Brand? Why?


I am obsessed with Sacai. The designer and founder Chitose Abe has such an innovative fashion mind and has successfully built her brand by staying true to herself, her vision and her rules.   


Jen Yamasaki Maker Labs

Jen Yamasaki

What is your background/influence/experience?

It has been a fun, winding and fitting road towards Kyubu.

As a trained graphic designer, marketer and public relations specialist, I love telling stories through design, visual communication and social media. I’m also fascinated by the commitment and hard work it takes to be an artist and maker. Passion and inspiration can be powerful tools for motivation but most days you’ve just got to get your hands dirty and get shit done. Kyubu lets me tell these stories.

What are you passionate about?

Ramen, a full bodied chianti and design thinking (while drinking an old fashioned...).

What makes you cry?

Disney movies 😢

Fun fact? Unusual skills?

I’m a serial performer and karaoke artist - I danced in the 2010 Vancouver Opening Ceremonies with a fiddle rigged with fireworks and performed in a competitive lip sync battling competition to a mash up 90s tunes.

Favourite artist? Brand? Why?

I love the online community and the role social media plays in giving artists a voice. Have to give shout outs to a few artists and creators that I’ve discovered on social media: Shantell Martin, Casey Neistat, and Rachel Ryle.

 

Gloria and Jen Co-founders of Kyubu Market 

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