We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Sumner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“If I had more time, I would write less.” Which I believe is an adaptation of a quote from Mark Twain. I like this quote for many reasons. Mainly it uses time to confirm that we need it to refine our work. That simplicity and focus takes time. It also has given me permission, as I’m moving fast to build a company and grow community, to not be so hard on myself. There will never be enough time to do everything!
What should our readers know about your business?
Nothing about building a business is easy, but its the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Quilt started with a question: how could all of these amazing offline community experiences become more inclusive and accessible? I answered this question with the realization that so many powerful offline communities do not have technology to support them. So I set out to build technology that could empower community to gather offline for meaningful conversations. Then COVID-19 hit the States, and our ability to gather offline with strangers was no longer. This led to my second and third question: how do I translate the magic of Quilt to a completely online world, and how do I make it more accessible than it’s ever been? (because man, do we need it!) And so we’re very excited to share that we’ve just relaunched the all new Quilt: a feminine-forward audio social network. No video, no forums, just good old fashioned talking! We’re currently in beta and talking about everything from women’s health, sexuality, spirituality, relationships and upbringing, founder experiences, and much more.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love LA because every neighborhood has its own heartbeat, packed with amazing restaurants! (I really love food) and is surrounded by amazing nature and towns to explore. While in the city my favorite neighborhoods are the Arts District (checking out Hauser Wirth, eating at Bavel), Echo Park (drinking coffee at Woodcat or having wine at Tilda), La Brea (hitting up Modo Yoga, shopping at Reigning Champs, eating a Republique), and Venice (strolling Abbott Kinney, picking up food at Superba, grabbing coffee at Gjusta). I would set aside a couple days to drive out to Idyllwild for hiking, swimming and hanging in nature.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?