Meet a Kiiper: Alex Byrne

Our team is comprised of the best and brightest from every field but their dazzling personalities are what really makes Kiip the amazing company that it is. That’s why every month we like to profile a Kiiper so the world can know just how awesome our team is.

In this edition of Meet a Kiiper we chatted with Alex Byrne. Alex is our office Brit and a Jill of all skills. She wears so many hats, we can’t keep track. All we know is that she keeps the team from falling apart.

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When did you start working at Kiip?

I started in June 2015. It was my first job in the US after moving to SF at the end of February.

What do you do?

Officially I am Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive but I also handle recruitment and day-to-day management of the office. This means that what I actually do from one day to the next varies a lot. I might be organising international travel for the CEO,  sourcing toys for a campaign that the BD Team are running or reviewing engineering resumes. Another day I might be taking minutes at a Board Meeting, liaising with a class of business students from overseas wanting to visit the office or working out how to put some of the desks into shadow without plunging the rest into gloom.

What do you love most about working at Kiip?

Two things – the variety and the people! I never know what I’ll end up doing when I come in in the morning but I do know I’ll have an awesome bunch of people around me while I do it. I knew nothing at all about mobile advertising when I joined Kiip so I’ve relied on those around me to teach me all the basics. There is a very supportive vibe here and it’s all reciprocal – I’m always happy to help when someone needs an extra pair of hands because I know they’ve got my back too.

What is your favorite project that you’ve worked?

We had an internal Hackathon at the end of last year. I’ve organised plenty of conferences, meetings and events in the past but never something like this so it was a real challenge. Some staff had had bad experiences with them, so the challenge was to make all staff feel involved and to make sure the projects were applicable to the business in real life, not just fantasy prototypes. It went really well at the time and just recently I saw a mention of it as a key company achievement for 2015 and I was so chuffed! It made my day.

What everyday resources (apps, tools, websites) do you recommend for someone in your field?

Esper and Boomerang are my essential software picks. I also like Evernote and Hipchat. I know all offices were supposed to have gone paperless in about 1998 but I still rely on paper and pens for notes and I love colour so a packet of felt-tips helps me see which notes relate to which subject. That is really useful when you have a dozen different projects whirling around at the same time.

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When you’re not at Kiip what are you most likely doing?

Sewing or looking after my new cat! We just adopted her from a Shelter a week ago and she was living on the streets before so she is very timid and has lost an eye. I’ve sewn her some catnip mice but usually I’ll be doing some sort of patchwork.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?

When I was a student I used to do silver service at the British award shows in London like the BAFTAs (UK equivalent of the Golden Globes). Pierce Brosnan or Jonny Lee Miller maybe? Somehow I don’t think they’d remember me.

What is a TV show you never miss?

I love all the crime dramas like The Blacklist or Blindspot but since moving to America I’ve discovered the world of crazy that is things like Railroad Alaska or Prospectors. You can drive across the whole UK in a day so we don’t have the same ‘off the grid’ possibilities as you do here.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up/start your day?

Listen to NPR. I like to listen to the news and hear what is going on in the world.

What do you miss most since moving to the U.S. (from the U.K.)?

Biscuits! Those things you eat here called biscuits are weird. In the UK biscuits are like cookies, but much more varied than that. I brought some chocolate digestives back to the office after a trip home and everyone loved them. You guys are missing out!

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