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Steph Korey

Away

Steph Korey is the Cofounder and CEO of Away, the stylish director-to-consumer luggage company. Away was inspired by Away Cofounder Jen Rubio's struggle to find decent suggestions for luggage brands after a suitcase had broken on a trip. Rubio and Korey both worked at direct-to-consumer eyewear startup Warby Parker, Korey managing supply chain and Rubio leading social.
Under Korey's leadership the company has scaled its team to over 200, sold more than half a million suitcases, and raised over $107M from notable investors Global Founders Capital, Forerunner Ventures, Accel, and Great Oaks Venture Capital. The company's valuation at the last raise was $400M.
Away isn't just a luggage company; it's a travel brand that uses genuine storytelling to highlight the experiential nature of travel across several channels including Instagram, Podcasts, and even a book that Korey devised as a preorder gift at launch when the supply chain wouldn't be able to deliver the suitcases in time for the Christmas season at launch.

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