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Vlad started Candylab and launched the first Kickstarter campaign out of his living room because he wanted to spend time doing what he likes most while pretending he's a grown up: playing with cars. Equal parts gearhead, design buff, registered architect and father of two cute little girls, we see him pulling off this toy car thing relatively easy, because he's well in touch with his inner little boy still making pine racers from just about any box and sliced corks.


Zen master and brand genius

Jen can spot a good story from Mount Fuji. Then he'll make a logo, packaging, establish color palettes, organize storytelling and deliver the most important angles in a low, measured tone. He has a weakness just like any other Master which is the fear of anything uncool. 


Better than you at anything*

It's really hard to say it, but if you can think of something, this guy can do it. Need to restore a 1938 BMW R Motorcycle? Check. Repair a Cessna while landed in the desert? Done it. Cast and build his own scuba filming gear? uh-uh. Prototype a weird toy based on a napkin sketch? Daily. We could go on and on.

*Just don't ask him to do an expense report.


the Directrice

Not only is her English much better than our Mandarin (maybe except Jen's) but she has saved our collective rears numerous times. Production problems? Dispatched. Shipping snags? Resolved. Quality issues — Squashed! We've never seen anyone that can mentally track so many things at once — and being utterly and flawlessly graceful while bending operations to her will.