Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Paguinto.
Kate, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Presko was created with the small business owner in mind. Having come from an e-commerce background, myself, I knew that there was something crucial missing in my day-to-day interactions with customers. I loved the convenience of selling online, but I also craved the meaningful conversations I used to have with my audience when I would sell at flea markets and art shows.
Unfortunately, I found it increasingly difficult to participate in these events due to my limited amount of time and resources. I was tired of churning out dozens of pieces in inventory and spending 8 hours in a tent, wondering when I would finally break even. I figured, if I could sell my products to a more targeted audience with a smaller setup, for a shorter period of time, I’d still be able to work on my online store AND build an offline community without burning out.
That’s why I created Presko.
Not only did I want to build a bridge between brands and their customers, I also wanted to create a way for small businesses to work with each other.
Has it been a smooth road?
So far, I’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response regarding Presko. It’s a new and unique approach to the retail experience and I think people can really see its potential. My biggest challenge was getting the platform built because I knew nothing about tech or building my own marketplace. Luckily, I was able to find a great team to work on it with me. My main goal now is getting more people on board so we can expand our reach to more cities across the U.S.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Presko – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Prekso is a marketplace where online-based businesses can book space inside of local stores and sell their products in person. Think of it like Airbnb for pop-ups! Our mission is to help small business owners connect with their customers face to face while also collaborating with other small businesses within their communities.
I’m incredibly proud of the fact that we were able to launch in just 4 months and that we have such a supportive community to keep us going. Most of the people who are currently on Presko actually signed up before we even launched because they loved the idea so much!
What sets us apart from other companies is that we’re not just renting out space. We’re facilitating collaborative experiences and allowing e-commerce store owners to build relationships with their customers offline. The fact that people can sell their goods in established brick and mortar stores with built-in foot traffic increases their chances of selling and gaining exposure.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love that there’s so much diversity! That’s always been super important to me because I like learning about other people’s lives and backgrounds. I’m very easily inspired so being surrounded by such creative people is definitely a treat for me.
My least favorite thing about my city is that everything is kind of spread out. You can’t really get anywhere without driving. I would love to be able to just walk to my favorite stores or coffee shops without having to worry about traffic and parking.
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