Rachel Short stay interview

Rachel Courtright is the Director of Strategy for Brains, an advertising agency headquartered in Sydney. In 2016 she visited Amsterdam on an assignment, and never went home. She lived with us for her first 4 months in the city, set up the Brains EMEA office at Zoku, and has used Zoku as her office for two and a half years. You can often find her working in our Social Spaces with her team.

What path has your career taken?

My career has taken me all over the world in many different industries and roles. I started a bikini company in Abu Dhabi and a real estate agency in Dubai, and now my sister and I own and run an advertising agency with branches in Sydney and Amsterdam.

Why Zoku?

My team and I lived at Zoku for about four months while we set up the company in Amsterdam and we have been working here for two and a half years. My staff always stay here when they work in Amsterdam. Why Zoku? It’s a wonderful, collaborative, community full of brilliant like-minded people who challenge us to think and look at life from other perspectives. I love the mix of cultures, personalities and ideas. It’s a cozy work space with great coffee, lots of different spaces to work in and the wonderful Zoku sidekicks who make our work day easier and more enjoyable.

Name a life-changing event you’d recommend to others.

In a volatile world that is more uncertain every day I had begun to give up hope that we would find solutions to value the world we live in today. I was given a ticket to the Singularity Summit and the optimism, the leading thinking and innovative problem solving discussed at the event was inspirational. I left with a positive attitude and a head full of bright ideas of ways I could contribute.

What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?

You’ve got this. Do it. Or Yes, buy that entire house on Herengracht for €200,000

What do you call “home”?

Surrounded by my family any place in the world, playing stupid games or discussing a topic to death until the 3am. With wine and chocolate.