Employee Spotlight: Nate

By Christina Sophie Schmid
August 1, 2018
Nate Keuter, Our Business Development Intern

Why did you decide to do your internship here at Kisi?

I originally chose Kisi because I wanted to be involved in a startup. After looking deeper into the company and the product, I realized how cool of a concept Kisi was. I also really liked the way the interview process was done and immediately got a positive feel for the culture at Kisi.

What are you working on?

Right now I’m working on a few different outbound sales strategies and finding ways to implement them. I’m also working with the marketing team on contributing content to different platforms and finding different sites to contribute to the Kisi/Coworking Resources blog.

Were your expectations aligned with what you have been able to learn at Kisi?

I’d say yes in the fact that coming in I had a pretty rough idea as to exactly what I would be doing. I knew I would be working in business development and learning both sales and marketing aspects of the business, but I also wasn’t exactly sure what that would entail. So far I’ve learned a ton about both and have loved what I’ve been doing/learning.

What’s the most valuable skill you were able to learn at Kisi? 

I think the most valuable skill I’ve learned so far at Kisi has been the importance of working with others.

Everyone has an incredibly important role within the company. Even though it sounds almost cliche, the success of the company depends on the strength of the team. Since the start of my internship, I have been able to see just how important developing skills as a solid teammate has been.

How has this internship helped with your future career development?

This internship has helped me realize the significance of working for a company with a great culture and a reliable product. It has made me realize how important culture and atmosphere is when coming into work every day. I definitely want to be around people I enjoy being around and work well with.

I also want to be able to be proud of the company I work for and to have confidence in the fact that our product is the best on the market.

How would you describe the culture at Kisi?

I would describe the culture as laid back but in a really productive way. I’ve actually been asked this question a lot by different people since I started at Kisi. I usually have kind of a tough time answering because saying “laid back” makes it seem almost lax - but what I mean with that is that everyone knows what they are supposed to do and there isn’t any ego involved.

The culture at Kisi has actually been my favorite part about working here. Everyone here is incredibly friendly and really easy to get along with. The culture here makes coming into work each day a lot more enjoyable.

Side note - I’m also a huge fan of not wearing a suit and tie to work everyday. It’s super nice being able to dress the way I would dress any other given day.

Favourite part of coming to work everyday?

Probably the fact that even as an intern, I can see the impact I have on Kisi and how what I’m doing helps the company move towards its goals. Even though I’m contributing on a small scale compared to everyone else, I can still see the results of my work whether it’s through finding a new reseller, or finding someone to guest publish an article on our blog, being able to see the direct impact of what I’m doing feels great.

What’s your favourite thing to do on weekends?

I’d probably have to say just walking around and exploring the city. NYC has always been my favorite city and living here these past couple of months has definitely confirmed that. Whether I’m going out with friends or by myself, I love finding new bars, parks, restaurants, stores and pretty much anything else New York has to offer.

Any advice for future Kisi interns?

Hm, I’d probably say take time to listen to everything going on around you. The nice thing about working at a startup is that you’re able to be around and learn from people that are working in a completely different area of the business than you. Since I’m in business development and I sit right next to the sales team, I’ve learned a ton of valuable sales info just listening to their phone conversations or even just listening to them talk with each other. However, I’ve also been able to gather a ton of valuable information on business as a whole by listening in on operations meetings. I guess my main point is just to take advantage of being in a startup space and look at every opportunity as a way to learn/grow!

Think Kisi could be a fit for you as well? 

Check out our open positions: https://www.getkisi.com/careers

Christina Sophie Schmid

Chrissy is the Talent Acquisition Manager at Kisi. She's always on the look-out for the best talent to join the Kisi Krew.