Vanessa Tortolano, co-owner/founder of NessAlla Kombucha

Madison | Wisconsin
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Who are you and what is your background? 

My name is Vanessa Tortolano. I grew up in Hawaii and have been interested in herbalism and natural food for most of my life

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Your current job: 

Owner of NessAlla Kombucha

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 In which city: 

Madison, Wi

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How did you discover kombucha? 

While working as a cashier at a local foods co-op

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What prompted you to start your company? 

Noticing how popular kombucha was becoming and there were no local producers as well as fascinated by the process and how kombucha improved my health

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 What makes your product unique? 

All of our shelf flavors come from Rishi tea blends. Our kombucha has a lovely balance of sweet and tart with a more traditional kombucha flavor

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What do you want to convey through your brand image? 

Women strength and independence

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What are the main challenges in your company? 

How to grow with integrity, sustainability, and efficiency

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What tools are essential for your work(app, software)? 

Problem-solving skills of my team, Quickbooks, Google, Whiteboards, lists, LightRoom

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A word to define what type of worker you are: 

Problem solver

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What does your office space look like? 

Cozy and messy

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Do you have a way to organize your days to optimize your work? 

Lists. Lots of lists

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What tips would you give to improve productivity? 

Always look for ways to make things more efficient. Talk to your team regularly

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What is the best advice you have been given? 

Things often take much longer than you want them to

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What are your end-of-day and early-day routine? 

Yoga, breakfast, meetings

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Apart from your computer and your phone, what gadget cannot you do without? 

Canon Camera

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Upcoming products or projects? 

Big move and expansion to a new facility in 2018

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