The Insider: Cassie Marketos

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Cassie Marketos is always up to somethin’—but not in the sneaky, Boxcar Children kind of way. The bubbly, soulful creative spends her days over at Kickstarter as part of the project specialist team, her weekends cooking delicious things in upstate cabins, and her time off exploring the world. Basically? If life’s a school, this girl is its valedictorian. —carlye wisel

Q: What’s your favorite part about your job?
A: Kickstarter’s a proxy to all the most exciting things happening in the world to me, because it’s all the stuff that I’m interested in. Everyday, there’s twelve new examples of something particularly incredible. It makes me feel like our world’s gonna be okay!

Q: Is there any one project that’s really stayed with you?
A: The ones I respond to the most are the civic-minded projects, with people who are community-sourcing these incredible initiatives. There’s a guy who ran a project called Global Village Construction Set that was creating the 50 industrial machines it takes to build a village. He was open-sourcing the plans and making it possible to build them from basic materials so that people can take ownership of building their own communities.

Q: Is there any product or service-based Kickstarter that is now part of your everyday life?
A: Stop, yes! Dark Sky! It’s an app of highly accurate short-term weather predictions. You can turn it on and it’ll tell you what your hour looks like in terms of weather: when its gonna rain, how hard, and provide you with this really awesome data visualization. It’s so, so helpful!

Q: How often to do you travel?
A: I travel a lot. I’m uniquely enabled because my mom is flight attendant, and I fly for free. So, going somewhere is usually as easy as going to the airport and picking a flight. It feels like not real life. Every time I do it, I’m like, “There’s no way!”

Q: What’s the best thing you’ve read lately?
A: Oh, shit! I love to read! I read so much. There’s a new book of short stories by Marie-Helene Bertino called Safe as Houses, and they were just, like, magic. I just finished a history book called Sons of Conquerors: The Rise of The Turkic World—I read that while I was is in Turkey, but it was probably some of the most engaging historical, travel writing I’ve read in a long time. I really loved it.

Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Oh, not at all. Pajamas?

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