Teamwork makes the dream work, and we'd be nowhere without our talented, dedicated team of employees.
To give you a glimpse into the day-to-day happenings of our team, and give you a chance to meet the brains behind the operation, we're highlighting a new Beautiful.ai employee each month. Every employee brings their own unique ideas, skills, and perspective to the company and contribute to the overall business in different ways. To show you a behind the scenes of each department, we're interviewing members of the team on all things presentations, remote work, and everything in between.
For this month's interview we caught up with Crystal Brown, VP of Operations. Crystal wears a lot of hats managing Beautiful.ai's operations, business development, partnerships, and strategy. Today it's her turn to tell her story. Let's get into it.
Q: How long have you worked at Beautiful.ai?
A: I have been working at Beautiful since 2020, although I have been a user, fan and advocate since inception!
Q: What is your role and what does it entail?
A: I am currently leading Operations, Business Development, Partnerships and Strategy and work closely with the CEO. I interact with Sales, Marketing, Customer Success, and Product teams on a daily basis! I also work with our partners such as Monday.com.
Q: How do presentations play a role in your day-to-day responsibilities?
A: I use presentations in just about every meeting I have - and I usually have at least 15 per week. With the ease of use and familiarity I have with Beautiful.ai - I can’t imagine using anything else!
Q: What do you love most about working at Beautiful.ai?
A: This is a hard question because I love the team, the leadership and the product equally! But if I had to pick one, it is the incredibly intelligent, dedicated and enthusiastic team!
Q: What is your favorite Beautiful.ai feature?
A: I love the logo look up. Having been a founder, investor, advisor and operator for over 20 years, most of my decks include list of customers, clients, partners and the ease of adding the logo’s is incredible! Hard to pick one feature though.
Q: What is something exciting you’re working on right now or something work-related you’re proud of?
A: I am really proud of launching our partnerships with early stage start ups and also education clients. Both groups love the product, use it daily, and have the potential to become long term customers of Beautiful.ai.
Q: What was your first job?
A: I worked as a waitress at a local busy breakfast restaurant in Berkeley, California. If I learned anything it was balancing about 100 things at once.
Q: The best career lesson you’ve learned so far?
A: Being a former tech founder myself, I have learned that a great team matters, iterating and experimenting is the only way to succeed, and don’t be afraid to try new things - experiment, iterate, learn, grow.
Q: How would you describe your job to a class of Kindergarteners?
A: I help my company get new customers. So I find ways to tell people how to use our product, why it is useful and why they need it!
Q: Favorite remote work activities?
A: I think I have gotten to look forward to the efficiency of work-from-home. I can stand up, I can group meetings, and still have time to walk my dog or take a quick break. I love not commuting!
Q: When you aren’t working, what do you like to do for fun?
A: My recent new passion is pickleball - I am addicted to it! And otherwise, I try to be as active as I can and make use of our awesome local hiking trails.
Q: What is one thing you cannot live without?
A: My peloton. It has become a daily ritual - and I just feel better as soon as I get started cycling!