Birchbox: Katia Beauchamp

Katia Beauchamp is the co-founder and CEO of Birchbox
Suzanne Dias for NPR
Katia Beauchamp is the co-founder and CEO of Birchbox

Suzanne Dias for NPR

When Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna launched Birchbox from business school in 2010, they set out to disrupt the beauty industry by delivering monthly samples in a box.

Even though people told them the idea would never work, Birchbox attracted hundreds of thousands of subscribers and enthusiastic buzz as a subscription pioneer.

But the speedy success was overwhelming for Katia; over the years the company endured plenty of growing pains as it found its distinctive voice in the beauty industry.

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