Manish Chandra

Poshmark Founder & CEO

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How Do You Know When Someone Is Ready to Be a Manager?

When you look at people's growth and growth velocities, people are often growing at different velocities. Sometimes they're slow to grow, sometimes they're fast to grow. My mindset in general is, and sometimes [it] actually…

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What Is the Secret to a Great Co-Founders’ Relationship?

Openness and directness, I think that's the number one thing. Really level setting the expectations up front [is] number one and number two being open throughout the process. This is my second company and I've…

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What’s Your Power Outfit?

My clothing style is constantly changing. I think I'm experimenting with a lot of emerging designers, that's sort of my fun side. I get into one designer and I'm sort of deep into it and…

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What Is Your Corporate Culture?

A lot of it is, I think people want to be respected, people want to feel loved and people want to feel empowered. It's really the combination of these three things, in that order, that…

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What Is Your Must-Ask Job Interview Question?

My general question is, where do you want to be? Where do want to be sort of in a certain amount of time? It's not as much as what you really want to be, inasmuch…

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How Do You Put Yourself in Your Customer’s Shoes?

I would say from the very beginning a constant stream of dialogue and sort of connection. Whether it is the millennials who sort of dominate our platform or our seller stylist from a different perspective. Just…

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What Is a Unique Challenge Faced by Women Entrepreneurs?

First thing that is there is just being able to articulate, it's not just female entrepreneurs, even us as a female-focused business, is being able to articulate your value proposition in front of investors, especially…

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What Do You Do When Team Members Fight?

I'll try to air them out, like let them discuss it, confront all of that. If there's dysfunctionality, you've got to cure it, there's no sort of easy solution if there's issues. At the same…

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When Did Customer Feedback Make You Change Something?

When we started the platform, we had really locked down the entire platform, because of identity to only register through Facebook. Very soon we started to get feedback from customers who wanted to create accounts,…

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What Did You Stop Doing After Becoming a CEO?

I really, I would say, I'm still sort of trying to do the same things. One of the things that my team asked me not to do is sometimes directly respond to customers' inquiries, but I…

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What Do You Hope People Get Out of Listening to Your Answers?

I think for me the two things that have driven the Poshmark mission and just the clarity over the last 10 years is that through love and through acceptance you can actually build a very…

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What’s Your Biggest Regret So Far?

I wish I would have traveled a lot more a lot sooner. I think I'm traveling a lot now, but I think the global perspective you get, especially if you travel young, is amazing. I'm…

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How Hands-On Are You With New Projects?

I'm pretty hands-on early on, it depends upon whom I'm partnering with. So if I have a tremendous amount of comfort with a person, then very quickly I'll get hands-off and then I'll dive into…

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What’s a Sign Someone Is Ready for a Promotion?

I think they're typically doing way more than what their job calls for, and they are sort of showing all the hallmarks of being a leader. Then we mentor them and scale them, and sometimes,…

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Do You Have Any Tips for Managing Millennials?

So millennials [are] the predominant demographic in Poshmark, I think our average age is probably in the high 20s or mid 20s. The younger they are, the more sort of journey of self-discovery they are…

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What Makes Your Blood Boil?

When I see people treating other people with disrespect, that is really challenging to me. That is something that is a real no no and it's something that I actively try to avoid in the…

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How Do You Find Great Talent?

Well, the first thing is when you find a good person, you don't let them go. The second thing is recruiting based on core values, not just skills and talent. Many people have skills and…

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How Have Your Parents Affected You?

My Father and Mother are both sort of different personalities and different approaches. My Mom, surprisingly, was in some ways the creator of ambition. She was very hard driven and hard charging even though she…

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When Does It Make Sense to Take a Pay Cut?

I think when you're passionate about something, I think pay will come. I really believe that if you focus on love and passion, money will come, and it always comes.

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Who Do You Surround Yourself With in Business?

The focus for me is really surrounding myself with people who are growing me at every juncture. As I'm growing, some of the people I surround myself with who are my mentors have to scale…

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If You Could Write a Letter to Your 21-Year-Old Self What Would You Say?

I would say really pursue your passion as soon as you can. Actually, it's something, I have a 21-year-old son, so it is something that I talk to [him about] although my advice is frequently…

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When Did You Know Your Business Was Validated?

You know, one of the things that happens in consumer business is, we focus a lot on sort of growth and monetization, but for me the key is engagement. So, when we launched our app,…

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What’s a Specific Problem for Women in the Workplace?

I think the first thing that starts at various points in time, is women tend to, and I'm going to use this and so please don't take this as a sexist remark, just as a…

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Where Did You Get the Idea for Your Company?

So Poshmark is the largest social marketplace for fashion and it started right in my closet, looking inside the closet and looking at the shopping bags that my wife had lying unopened. From there and…

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What Was One of the Toughest Moments in Your Life?

In 2006, we were going through a place where I was growing my previous company Kaboodle, and we had reached a place where the growth had stalled for a few months, and money was running…

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"His previous company, Kaboodle, was acquired by Hearst Corporation"

Manish Chandra is the Founder and CEO of Poshmark and drives the vision, strategy, and growth for the company. Under Manish’s leadership, the company has grown to become the largest mobile marketplace for fashion in the U.S. With Poshmark, Manish has applied his 20+ years experience building and scaling companies to build a new class of fashion marketplace where the deep connections between users fuels massive engagement and growth.

Prior to Poshmark, Manish founded Kaboodle, the first social shopping company, which was acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2007. Before Kaboodle, he held executive positions at Versant (NASDAQ: VSNT), Versata (IPO 2000, acquired by Trilogy), and Sybase (IPO 1991, acquired by SAP).

Manish received a BTech from IIT Kanpur, MS from UT Austin, and an MBA from Haas School of Business.