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Just 10 Questions for Camilla Velasquez

Posted June 5, 2015 by Julia Averbuck in Justworks Love
Meet Camilla Velasquez. Our VP of Product joined us from Etsy and tells us a little bit of what she does on her free time.

In June's Employee Spotlight, we'd like to introduce Justworks' VP of Product, Camilla Velasquez. Camilla joined us back in December 2014 from Etsy and previously from American Express.

Camilla Velasquez, Justworks' head of product1. Where have you traveled to before?

My favorite places are those that offer a mix of relaxation and opportunities for adventure or discovery. Costa Rica comes to mind.

2. What was your first concert? 

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wildflowers era – circa 1994. I ended up developing quite an enduring crush on Tom Petty after that.

3. Why Justworks? 

Justworks is a completely integrated platform, full of the most complex and meaty subject matter you can tackle (payments, taxes, insurance, sensitive HR matters, etc). It’s impossible to turn down a product and design challenge like that. Plus, the Justworks team is young, fun, and talented. Also, and most importantly, everyone here is completely committed to giving small businesses the best possible experience.

4. What are your hobbies and interests? 

I mostly spend my time exploring the world with my son. But, if I can find the time, I love heading to small comedy clubs, or small live music venues - or just catching up on some reading. I’m currently reading Packing for Mars, which Nick, our Engineering VP, lent to me. It’s full of anecdotes about the quotidian life of astronauts in space and their often-hilarious, but occasionally surreal, interactions with each other and also with ground control. It reminds me a lot about product development, and how different stakeholder teams communicate (or, quite often, miscommunicate).

5. What is your first memory?

Devouring rainbow popsicles during the summer of ‘87 here. There are these amazing diving boards at this beach for jumping off into a (freezing) Lake Geneva that are as high as 50 ft up – for a kid that’s pretty exhilarating.

6. Tell us a joke. Make it funny.

Something something about Dan Rather and a bunch of potatoes, then the punch line is “I didn’t think you’d marry a common-tater.” Just trust me on this one. 

7. You’re 5 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up? 

An exact replica of my amazing mother.

8. You can travel to the moon for 10 minutes or around the world for 10 weeks. Which will you do?

The moon! Space euphoria.

9. If you were abducted by aliens, would you tell people or keep it to yourself?

I’d start a YouTube channel.

10. What were you doing the last time you lost track of time?

This questionnaire. 

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