We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsea Kossower and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chelsea, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
It’s interesting to try to quantify balance when you’re so involved and can identify so much with the mission that it isn’t really work for you. It can feel difficult to separate yourself from a company that has such a clear vision and amazing people. However, I would say that the balance has definitely shifted since I started as employee #1 back in 2013 when I was wearing so many different hats to keep the ball moving forward to now where we’ve been able to grow and build an incredibly talented team.
I’m lucky to work for a company like Puffco because while we are a business, Puffco is focused on people first, so they respect and encourage employees to set their own boundaries. Puffco also has created programs and offer benefits to help prevent burnout and allow employees to have that balance. These include unlimited PTO for trips or mental health breaks, as well as a monthly stipend to all employees for health and wellness activities or classes. I use mine to do Jiu-Jitsu at Autore in Hollywood. It’s not surprising that Puffco has been ranked one of the best to work at in the cannabis industry and that’s because we’re looking out for each other.
What should our readers know about your business?
Our mission is to continue developing the most innovative consumption platform that unlocks the true potential of cannabis to offer the best experience with no learning curve.
Puffco is uniquely positioned to do this because we are a part of the community that we’re making products for. We staffed an experienced in-house design and engineering team whose priority is giving every user the ability to unlock the power of concentrates. This starkly contrasts the industry norm of slapping a logo on a foreign-designed product solely to make profit. We believe that your consumption device should never be designed by people who aren’t consuming like you.
Before Puffco arrived, most vaporizers utilized fibrous wicks (which gives you a burnt cotton taste), glues that held the bowl or coil in place (which created a toxic bi-product), and/or plastics used in the airpath (also creating toxic bi-products). In response, we developed a cleaner, safer, and more flavorful industry standard by doing away with all of the above. We were one of the first to consider the health of the consumer in its overall product design, preventing any glues or chemicals in the airways. We are also one of the first in the concentrate space to prioritize the ethical sourcing of clean materials and construction while refusing to sacrifice style.
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?
Oh wow! What I love about Los Angeles is the culture! The food! The Energy!
If I had to plan a day…
We would wake up and eat lunch at the Brite Spot Diner in silverlake
Pick up a sandwich from Reggies Cafe right next door (The closest thing I have ever found in LA to a real East Coast sandwich with the exception of Uncle Paulies in DTLA)
Probably drive down to Malibu to watch the waves and hit up Montys Good Burger in Echo park on the way home.
Depending how I feel, maybe stopping at Magpies for a special treat 😉
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The people of Puffco! Hands down some of the hardest working people I know. I would not be where I am today without each member of the collective. Special shout out to my sales team and mentor Roger Volodarsky!