Veteran Owned Business Q+A – Pair

Each month, Capitol Post interviews a veteran-owned business to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly on creating a sustainable and scalable business. This month, we spoke with Pair, a technology company that brings the showroom to your living room.  Business Name: Pair Year Founded: 2015 CEO Name: Andrew Kemendo Key Members: Taylor Clark…

Each month, Capitol Post interviews a veteran-owned business to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly on creating a sustainable and scalable business. This month, we spoke with Pair, a technology company that brings the showroom to your living room. 

Pair Logo

Business Name: Pair

Year Founded: 2015

CEO Name: Andrew Kemendo
Key Members: Taylor Clark (CTO), Mike Mills (Chief Scientist), Israel Medina (VP Business Development)
HQ: Cheverly, MD
Number of Full-Time Employees: 4

Brief Business Description: 
Pair brings the showroom to your living room by letting users see over 400 virutal products in their real environment using only their iPhone or iPad Camera view.

Little-Known Fact About Your Business:
Both Taylor and Andrew started flight school for their private pilot’s licenses a month apart in 2000 before having ever met!

What makes your business unique?
We have successfully commercialized the capability to convincingly see something virtual as though it is real.

You are a veteran-owned (or led) business. How has military service influenced your company?

In every facet of the company, the lessons I learned as a commander and leader in war and peace shape how we do business. We put people first, are laser focused on the mission and do so with the highest level of integrity and transparency.

Toot your business’ horn. What have you done that you’re most proud of to date?
By far it has been moving advanced technology from the “future technology” category to “available to everyone worldwide” category. That takes a special team and the right partners.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to a start-up?
Be exceedingly responsive to, and over communicate with your core user base.

Who (or what) has had the most positive influence on your company and why?
Our network, built from our team and including our investors and product partners have brought more value to the table than anything else.

Transitioning Veteran Q+A: Kathryn Kolbe

Each month, Capitol Post interviews veterans in their post-military careers to get their insights on how their military service has helped them succeed. This month, we spoke with Kathryn Kolbe, a retired Air Force Colonel in transition. Here’s what she had to say…   Name: Kathryn Kolbe MOS/Branch: Engineer & Command/Air Force Current Job Description (in your…

Each month, Capitol Post interviews veterans in their post-military careers to get their insights on how their military service has helped them succeed. This month, we spoke with Kathryn Kolbe, a retired Air Force Colonel in transition. Here’s what she had to say…

 

Kathryn Kolbe

Name: Kathryn Kolbe
MOS/Branch: Engineer & Command/Air Force
Current Job Description (in your words!): In Transition & Full-Time Mom
Where did you grow up? Bedminster, Pennsylvania
Current home: Alexandria, Virginia
School: Lehigh University, George Washington University & National Defense University
Role Model: Bob Clark (Uncle): retired General Motors Executive and Marine Colonel… accomplished, yet humble and a mentor for the next generation of leaders.
Favorite Restaurant: Founding Farmers
Favorite Local Activity: Sculling on the Potomac
Family: Husband, Rick and Daughter, Kate
Little Known Fact About You: I played lacrosse in junior high and high school


QA

What are you most excited about in your transition?

The ability to explore opportunities and to grow in other spaces.

What has been the best part about transitioning from military service?

Not having to worry about a joint military assignment to the same zip code.

Briefly tell us what industry(s) you are interested or what career your hope to have.

I am interested in finding meaningful work as a leader in a dynamic, learning organization within the tech or government sectors. I enjoy enterprise leadership, collaborative teamwork and fostering innovation to help organizations grow and function more effectively.

If there’s one job you could have in another life, what would it be?

Corporate turnaround specialist: dealing with crises, identifying and fixing financial and management problems to achieve sustainable results.

Who has influenced you the most in your career?

I’ve worked for many great leaders, but if it weren’t for my father’s service in the Marine Corps, I probably wouldn’t have been introduced to the military and pursued a career in the Air Force. He served in Vietnam, loved flying, the Marines, set a great example of service and had a strong work ethic.

If you could listen to a person speak for 30 minutes, who would that be?

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In. She’s brilliant, has led in both the government and private sectors and is a strong voice for woman in leadership roles.