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Talking Top Tens: Olga Vidisheva

Founder & CEO, Shoptiques


Olga Vidisheva is the founder and CEO of Shoptiques, an online destination where customers can shop the best boutiques from around the world. After graduating from Wellesley College in 2007 and Harvard Business School in 2011, Olga went on to be the first single-founder non-technical entrepreneur accepted to Y Combinator in early 2012. Later that year after raising over $2 million in funding from investors such as Greylock Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel, Benchmark, and William Morris Endeavor Agency, Olga went on to launch Shoptiques with 25 boutiques on the platform. As of today, Shoptiques partners with well over 1,500 stores—and the company is on pace to grow 600% in 2015. Follow Shoptiques on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

And more with Olga Vidisheva…

Favorite Instagram account to follow:

I love following @dahliafashion. They’re a London-based boutique and, no joke, they’re the only reason we expanded to the U.K. so early on. They contacted me out of the blue saying they wanted to work with Shoptiques and I just couldn’t let the opportunity pass us by. I love every single item they sell; it’s all such a great mix of feminine pieces with quirky accents.

What do you love most about your work?

My team. I’ve never worked with such passionate and dedicated individuals. We’re all helping to build the Shoptiques legacy together, and I feel grateful and excited every day when I walk in the door. I cannot wait to get to the office every morning!

Skincare product you can’t live without:

I am a huge fan of all Tula products. I’m very picky about what I put on my skin and I love that these formulas incorporate lots of high quality natural ingredients. One thing I never travel without: My Tula Probiotic Skincare Hydrating Day and Night Cream—it’s gentle yet effective, and leaves my skin glowy.

Your motto in life:

Go big or go home. Be the best that you can be and never give anything less than 100%—otherwise, it’s just not worth your time.

Your last great read:

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. I’m a big reader and really enjoy learning what I can from the successes (and sometimes, the failures) of other businesses. Both Amazon and Shoptiques are marketplace platforms so Jeff Bezos, his story, and the decisions he’s made particularly fascinate me.

On Sunday, we’ll find you wearing:

Workout clothes. I’m a Barry’s Bootcamp devotee and you can usually find me taking a class on Sunday morning. I hate it while I’m actually working out, but I feel so good after I leave that I keep going back for more.

The trend you hope never goes out of style:

Distressed denim. I would live in my ripped jeans if I could. Unfortunately, business meetings keep me from wearing them all week long. I recently had our merchandiser create a distressed denim category because if I am passionate about this super cool style, then our customers most certainly are too.

Nail color currently on your hands and feet:

It’s boring, but I usually choose a neutral like Essie’s Mademoiselle or Ballet Slippers. With the amount of moving around that I do, all polish chips quickly so I usually opt for something where the wear-and-tear isn’t super visible. Plus, nothing bothers me more than blatantly peeling polish. 

Your last takeout order:

Shake Shack. I already admitted to being a French fry fiend and I’ve found myself really craving their "grilled cheese with everything" and cheese curly fries.

Where does your credit card get the most use? I know it sounds like a shameless plug, but it’s 100% true. I launched the business because I personally wanted a way to shop well-curated stores from around the world. My credit card is paying the ultimate price.