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The Interview — Christina Mercando, Founder and CEO, Ringly

Founder and CEO, Ringly

Christina Mercando is the founder and CEO of Ringly, a New York City company composed of designers and engineers dedicated to blending fashion and technology in meaningful ways. Their first suite of products integrates wearable technology with beautifully designed jewelry and accessories. Prior to founding Ringly, Mercando was the VP of Product at Hunch, a social recommendation service aiming to build a “taste graph” of the entire web by intelligently connecting people to the things they love. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in both Fine Art and Human Computer Interaction and has a strong interest in user-centered design and its power to enrich and strengthen both online and offline experiences. Follow Ringly on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates!

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August 20, 2015

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One piece of advice you would give your 18 year old self:

Christina

Take more risks.

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What do you love most about your work?

Christina

I love learning from, and being inspired by my amazing team. I also love seeing creative Instagram posts from our customers showing off their Ringly. It makes me so happy!

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Midnight snack of choice:

Christina

Haagen Dazs chocolate peanut butter ice cream. Mmmmm. 

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Your motto in life:

Christina

In words of Coco Chanel: “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”

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At 9 am each day, you are...

Christina

At the office, catching up on email. 

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You decompress each day by:

Christina

Reading before bed - it helps me get a more restful sleep. 

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Cocktail of choice:

Christina

Anything with mezcal. The Black Friar Cobbler from Mayahuel in the East Village got me hooked on it. 

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Your longest lasting friendship?

Christina

My mom and my sisters are my best friends and have been my longest lasting friendships.

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Your greatest achievement:

Christina

Founding Ringly - it's been a wild ride. 

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Your current Netflix addiction:

Christina

I love Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. I'm a sucker for anything food or travel related.