Kate Matsudaira

FOUNDER
with Ink+Volt since 2014

What's the best part of your job?
Inspiring people to do their best and reach their potential. I absolutely live for the feedback and positive accolades we hear from our customers. When I first started the company, it started with the planner I wanted and needed, and over the years Ink+Volt has evolved a destination filled with ideas, stories and products that truly make the world better - one person, one goal, and one dream at a time. Who wouldn’t be excited about that?

What's your favorite item in the Ink+Volt store and why?
I feel like I have to say the original Ink+Volt Notebook (since I still use mine daily). My favorite pen is still the Le Pen in gray - sleek, sophisticated, yet different than the normal black and blue. And right now, I am loving my Work Affirmator cards. The little dose of positivity every morning reminds me of ways I can bring my best self to the office.

What's your favorite quote?
I have so many quotes I love (check out our instagram feed!) - but my favorite little volt of wisdom is that consistency is everything. Your success or failure is determined by all of the small decisions you make every day. Instead of trying to make big things happen, focus on all the little things you do for real results.

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Warning - Operates at High Velocity (everyone around me has to learn to deal with my plentiful ideas, wild directions, and speed of decisions)

Who is your tv or movie personality?
I love old Bruce Willis movies. He was so tough and could basically do anything. Definitely a level of awesomeness to aspire toward.


Garrett Matsudaira

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PRESIDENT
with Ink+Volt since 2017

What's the best part of your job?
Making things that matter to our customers and hearing how Ink+Volt has made a difference in their lives. I am very lucky to be able to design and make products that delight and help our customers.

What's your favorite item in the Ink+Volt store and why? 
The Ink+Volt dated planners are my favorites. There's so much that goes into making them. The process is full of challenges. It is very gratifying to see, hold, and hear how the planner we make helps people achieve their goals and find success.

What's your favorite quote?
"Don't run away from challenges - run over them." — Enzo Ferrari

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
WARNING: severe grumpiness may ensue if forehead is tapped, if eyelids are pulled, or if "I am Groot" is repeatedly heard before 6:00am.


Stephanie Hodges

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PRODUCT LEAD & BUYER
with Ink+Volt since 2016

What's the best part of your job?
There's so much planning, proofing, and attention to detail that goes into making each of our products, so getting to finally see and touch the final product is immensely rewarding. Being part of that process is really gratifying - it makes all of that hard work totally worth it in the end.

What's your favorite item in the Ink+Volt store and why?
I use the Ink+Volt Daily Task Pad almost every day. Without it, I don’t get nearly as much done! But I also absolutely love our Custom Planner/Book Sleeve because it looks and feels wonderful, and byrd&belle was a joy to collaborate with on this custom project.

What's your favorite quote?
"We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are." — Calvin & Hobbes

If you came with a warning label, what would it say? 
Caution: spills frequently.

Who is your tv or movie personality?
A crossover between Monica from Friends and Sloan from Newsroom. Talks fast, nerdy, OCD, funny...you get the idea.


Arlene Mitsui

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DESIGN LEAD
with Ink+Volt since 2018

What's the best part of your job? 
I've always loved stationery, markers, pens, and journals! To have a job that allows me to be creative and design products that inspire people to get organized and feel awesome at the end of the day makes me feel happy.

What's your favorite item in the Ink+Volt store and why?
Gratitude Journal by Ink+Volt. It’s been a while since I’ve journaled. I love the design and the overall size is really nice. Not too bulky.

What's your favorite quote?
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” — Scott Adams 

If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?
Super Speed. I could get so much done in a day and still have time left over to enjoy family, friends and me time! 


Kate Frachon

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CONTENT MANAGER
with Ink+Volt since 2017

What's the best part of your job? 
I love when we hear back from readers or customers who found something that we wrote on the blog or newsletter really valuable. I can still remember the first email that I ever got, because it made me feel like my work really mattered and was helping real people accomplish their goals.

What's your favorite item in the Ink+Volt store and why? 
I use my Ink+Volt Planner (soft touch cover in black) and I+V Daily Task Pad pretty much every day, so it's safe to say I love those ones! I also really love the look and feel of the Custom Wool Planner Sleeve made for our planners by byrd&belle.

What's your favorite quote?
“A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd

If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?
I love to travel, but I hate airplanes, so I would definitely choose the power of flight so I could go anywhere whenever I want.

What is your favorite book?
The Awakening by Kate Chopin.