takara swoopes

Founder of Hitch'd, a wedding stationery design and print tool. Use Hitch'd to create polished wedding stationery and connect with the printer of your choice, without the need for graphics design experience. We're a bootstrapped start-up in private beta. I would love to connect with other entrepreneurs, designers, and professionals in the events and stationery space. Before Hitch'd, I was an executive search recruiter for four years in the web, e-commerce, and tech space in Tokyo helping international web companies and start-ups find talent for their Japan operations. I focused primarily on recruiting in the online payments, online marketing, and e-commerce niche. I worked with great companies, met awesome people, and learned how to find and recruit exceptional talent. Post college I was a part of the Fulbright program at Tohoku University and previously lived in Sendai. I served as a Fulbright Fellow researching the "Social Impact of Higher Education on the Career Ambitions of Japanese Women". I am passionate about helping people, growing my business, and innovating in the wedding space. MY BACKGROUND I'm originally from Decatur, Alabama and I've lived in Japan for six years. I recently relocated from Tokyo to San Diego. I'm also a new mother. I spend my days changing diapers and building a tiny idea into something much bigger. Specialties Start-up, Japan, entrepreneur, weddings, wedding, technology, wedding marketing, wedding magazine, wedding technology, invitations, stationery, e-commerce recruiter, DIY, online payments, online travel, advertising, payments, online software, SAAS, ecommerce, web design and development, interactive advertising, online fashion, business development, sales, e-commerce, fashion e-tailing, SEMSEO, CRM, e-mail marketing, social networking, mobile applications, and corporate giving.