Worker Highlight: Emel Meteoglu – Vice President of Product

We’re pleased to announce that Emel Meteoglu, Vice President of Product at B-Inventory, has been named one of many  Top 50 Women Leaders of San Francisco for 2023 by Ladies We Admire!

Emel is an achieved govt and product chief with a ardour for constructing easy-to-use, helpful, and progressive merchandise from the bottom up at a world scale, from defining the technical structure to getting ready to go to market technique. At B-Inventory, she leads a workforce liable for product growth, income progress, person expertise, analytics, and company and product technique.

Study extra about Emel’s background and imaginative and prescient for B-Inventory beneath.  

Q: Are you able to inform us slightly bit about your background?

“I went to high school in Turkey for Product Administration Engineering. I do know it’s a cliché, however I knew from a younger age that I needed to change into a product supervisor to bridge the hole between enterprise (gross sales, advertising and marketing, help) and engineering.”

Q: What introduced you to B-Inventory?

“A few issues had been occurring in my life. One, I used to be prepared for a brand new journey, however I needed to do one thing significant. I needed to make use of my abilities to assist folks. The second factor occurring was, we’d simply gotten a home and I used to be procuring so much, and shopping for furnishings—and sadly, I used to be returning a few of it. Because of the excessive price, should you pay full worth and suppose the merchandise could also be broken, as an finish person, you wish to return it. You wish to make sure that if you’re paying full worth, you’re getting the very best high quality doable. 

As she went by means of the method of returning a desk she’d ordered that arrived with a dent on it, her dad and mom—who had been visiting—had been amazed by the versatile return insurance policies, which aren’t outstanding in Emel’s native Turkey: “If you wish to return one thing there, you actually need to combat. Even when it’s faulty, you could not get your a reimbursement. The shopper shouldn’t be at all times proper.” 

This obtained Emel pondering: within the midst of seemingly limitless returns, the place does the merchandise find yourself, and the way a lot waste is being generated? Is there a technique to move these returned gadgets on to secondary finish customers and generate financial savings? The reply she got here up with was: by means of “second life givers;” Emel’s time period for patrons. And simply as she contemplated these potentialities, B-Inventory reached out, as if by means of serendipity.

“I do know there are numerous conventional  liquidation channels, however this trade is so fragmented and open to disruption. We are able to positively construct one thing helpful for everyone—retailers, resellers, and finish customers! Furthermore, this additionally obtained me pondering that I can truly not solely assist folks, however assist Earth by giving these merchandise a second, third, fourth life. That basically drew me in. I’m lastly going to do one thing significant, so 10 years from now I can inform my youngsters the platform we constructed helped carry billions of returned merchandise again to life. I’m very enthusiastic about what we are able to construct. The alternatives that we are able to create for resellers and for fixing inefficiencies, and the ache factors that we are able to resolve for retailers is limitless. As I inform my very own workforce, sky’s the restrict. We simply have to focus and construct it proper.”

Emel’s imaginative and prescient for B-Inventory goes past promoting overstock to vetted patrons—it means that we are able to change into a serious participant within the gig economic system, fostering the way forward for patrons and serving to them not solely develop, however study alongside the way in which:

Q: How do you envision B-Inventory enabling folks to develop into elite patrons?

“Uber has 900,000 drivers within the U.S. It’s not unrealistic to think about having a million second life givers assist us discover returned merchandise second properties. 

The variety of second life givers is simply restricted by the variety of adults within the inhabitants, and also you don’t even need to personal a automobile to start out your facet hustle! For this reason I consider the sky’s the restrict: we are able to lengthen our platform in a approach that we can assist second life givers begin their enterprise in the event that they don’t know methods to begin; assist them create their very own web site, acquire a enterprise license, or present training: Enterprise 101. We’ll stroll with them, facet by facet from the start. We’ll assist them construct, handle, and develop their enterprise in order that an increasing number of folks can do that job and assist us carry extra merchandise into life.

Q: What’s your imaginative and prescient for sellers?

On the vendor facet, we want to consider how we are able to onboard extra merchandise onto our platform. How can we make sellers’ lives simpler? How can we combine extra into the vendor so it’s much less cumbersome for them and it’s straightforward to add the stock in our system? How can we resolve different issues for them by means of scanning, lotting, and sorting?”

Q: Sooner or later, what do you hope you’ll be able to say you probably did with B-Inventory?

“I’m envisioning that there can be state legal guidelines that say no reusable product goes to landfill; it have to be resold. I  would additionally prefer to see B-Inventory because the ecosystem of giving merchandise a second life, in order that it connects all of the gamers, equivalent to returns and stock administration companies, logistics, warehouses and achievement facilities, and even different liquidators!

After I see these two issues occurring, I’ll say we made it: we created a platform to save lots of Earth. And that’s what I’ll strive so long as I’m right here.”

Requested what her necessities are for working with a product or firm, Emel had this to say:

“As a product supervisor and chief, serving to others is what motivates me. I wish to construct helpful merchandise which might be straightforward to make use of and progressive. These are my three standards:

It ought to disrupt the present trade and the methods by which we function.
It ought to be helpful to others by addressing their ache factors and offering worth.
It ought to be intuitive and easy.”