From the start, Novica's founders, headed by Stanford grad Roberto Milk
, had a grand, altruistic vision for their online emporium.
"We accept about one in three artisans," says CEO Milk, who runs Novica out of Santa Monica.
Novica CEO and co-founder Roberto Milk, left, with his wife, Mina, also a Novica co-founder.
Novica CEO and co-founder Roberto Milk, left, with his wife, Mina, also a Novica co-founder. (Novica)
At that moment, Milk
realized what he
wanted to do with his
Milk's postgraduate years gave him the experience necessary to bring the idea for Novica
After graduating with honors with a major in international relations, Milk worked as an investment banker on Wall Street and became a chartered financial analyst, learning enough about the world of retail and e-commerce to launch a revolutionary import and development model in 1999.
is a key part of this; Novica
wouldn't have happened without it," he
While at Stanford
met and married Mina Olivera, whose human rights activist mother, Nercessian, is another company co-founder and its president.