Ep. 5: Rebecca Finell

We talk to design mogul Rebecca Finell of Finell about her unusual path from medicine to modern design, balancing business with babies, and standing out in a sea of sameness. 

Rebecca talks about designing her first hit product while still in school, transitioning from pre-med to industrial design, and her love of Austin, Texas. We also learn how good partnerships were a key to her success. Listen now:

I don’t believe in balance, it doesn’t exist. Sometimes your business needs you and sometimes your family needs you. And so you try to balance the best you can. There are times where you have to give more to one or the other. What I try to do is just be very very present when I’m with one.
— Rebecca Finell
Family is important to Rebecca - and she's recently welcomed a fourth member into the Finell family

Family is important to Rebecca - and she's recently welcomed a fourth member into the Finell family

Rebecca's husband, Brian, holding the most recent addition to their family: Jules.

Rebecca's husband, Brian, holding the most recent addition to their family: Jules.

We appreciate hearing the realities of how Rebecca is able to juggle motherhood with business and still have time to do the things she loves. Kids and family have always played a significant role in her life, and have had a big impact on her designs and career trajectory.  

Boon trade show booth

Boon trade show booth

The product that started it all: the Frog Pod

The product that started it all: the Frog Pod

She also talks about how Boon, the company that started it all, was able to break into the already saturated kid product market by making waves. Life after Boon offered a sea of possibilities for Rebecca,  who is now focused on her namesake brand, Finell, designing everything from decor to handbags. Listen to the episode to find out what else she's planning to design next.

Finell home decor

Finell home decor

Finell slide tray

Finell slide tray

Finell Rae handbag

Finell Rae handbag

For more on Rebecca Finell, visit Finell.co and follow Finell on instagram

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Special thanks to Chris Modl of Yore Studio for editing this episode.
Music in this episode courtesy of El Ten Eleven—hear more on Bandcamp.
Shoutout to Jenny Rask for designing the Clever logo.