This week’s Zapponian Spotlight is on Jo from the content team of Zappos Development, Inc. The story of how this fun-loving Zapponian ended up working for Zappos is pretty interesting. She worked as a waitress at Claim Jumper, which is right across the street from Zappos HQ. The restaurant is a frequent hangout of many Zapponians, particularly Tony Hsieh and Fred Mossler. Jo waited on them, along with other employees, for a couple of years before she decided to move over to Zappos…and the rest, as they say, was history!
Read the Q&A below to get to know a little bit about Jo!
Pick 3 words to describe your personal style:
J: Surf, rock, diva.
Who is your favorite musician or band?:
J: My favorite musician is Trent Reznor, I can relate to his music so much and it really did change my life.
Name 3 things you never leave home without:
J: Phone, smokes, MP3 Player.
If you could have dinner with one famous person, who would it be?
J: Joan Jett because I respect and admire her so much. She epitomizes everything that rock and roll is. She couldn’t get signed anywhere, so she started her own record label, which was completely unheard of at the time. She paved the way for women in rock and she did it with killer style.
What’s the weirdest thing to ever happen to you?:
J: When I was 19, I was totally obsessed with Leonardo di Caprio. When I found out he was going to be at the Rolling Stones concert at the Hard Rock, my friends and I got all dolled up and went to the Hard Rock to see if we could spot him. When we saw him, I took off running like a track star! I was wearing a short black dress, a floor length velvet cape (it was the ‘90s!) and four-inch stilettos. I was not alone, there was a mob of screaming girls running after him. We all ended up in a pile on the floor because we all tripped over one another!
What’s your favorite part about working at Zappos HQ?:
J: The family atmosphere that I feel every time I walk in the door. I’ve made some lifelong friends here and am basically living my dream.