jordan jones: the ultimate party girl


I had an amazing opportunity to speak with founder of Packed Party, Jordan Jones (@jordanplusjones), last month. For those of you who aren't familiar with Packed Party, it's an online gift shop featuring fabulous themed party packages, perfect for a party of one. They are great to send to a long distance friend when there's something to celebrate or she's having a bad day! For example, you can send a Pity Party, Birthday Beb, Yay You!, or Miss Ya party among many more. There are tons of different "parties" you can send, and each party contains a variety of products related to the specific theme of the giftbox. They are absolutely adorable!

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Jordan was gracious enough to do an interview for The Urbanite Insight. I've recently been involved with a couple of women's leadership initiatives arond the city in my professional life, and it's something that I am very passionate about. Speaking with women like Jordan is something that is extremely inspirational to me. It's great to see such amazing, young women in the Bay Area following their dreams... and killing it! Read more below about Jordan and Packed Party, the company she has built from the ground up over the past two years.

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MEGAN: PACKED PARTY IS SUCH A CREATIVE, CLEVER, AND THOUGHTFUL IDEA. WHAT INITIALLY SPARKED THE BUSINESS IDEA BEHIND YOUR COMPANY?

Jordan: Thank you, that’s so kind of you to say! I came up with the concept for Packed Party after I had moved to San Francisco not knowing anyone and was throwing a bit of a Pity Party for myself. That same night I had a dream about sending myself a physical Pity Party package and woke up to search the internet and find there was no such thing. I stayed up all night writing a business plan, knew I wanted to call the company Packed Party and I sort of ran with the idea from there. It all came together pretty quickly idea wise! Organizing my ideas though proved to be a bit of a longer task :)

MEGAN: FROM LIVING IN TEXAS, ILLINOIS, AND OKLAHOMA PRIOR TO MOVING TO SAN FRANCISCO, I'D IMAGINE EXPORING THE WEST COAST WAS SOMETHING COMPLETELY NEW TO YOU. WHAT MAKES SAN FRANCISCO UNIQUE AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE COMPANY CULTURE AT PACKED PARTY?

Jordan: Exploring the west coast has definitely been an adventure! I really really love San Francisco and am so inspired by the colors and architecture here - even before I started Packed Party. I think we’re really spoiled to have Packed Party in San Francisco because there are so many colorful doorsteps at our fingertips. I don’t think it really affects Packed Party’s culture honestly. We have done things so differently than a lot of startups here in the city, I really think Packed Party would run the same from wherever we were geographically... our pictures might be a little different if we were somewhere else, but it doesn’t influence who we are. As kind and confident Party Girls my hope is you could drop us anywhere and we’d be just fine.

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MEGAN: WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAILY ROUTINE LOOK LIKE DURING THE WORKWEEK?

Jordan: The word typical is hard to use with me during the week because I feel like every day is a little bit different. I try to get to our office every day by 7/7:30 and from there my inbox sort of determines my first couple hours. After I answer emails I could be doing anything from brainstorming new product ideas to shooting images for our social accounts - we all do everything here at Packed Party. When you’re a small business starting out (we’re still just two years old) there’s no one that’s able to say, “oh that’s not my job” because everything is everyone’s job. I can honestly say I am inspired every day coming to work. I look forward to it and love it even on my dark