After leaving a position at Pace Gallery in NYC for a spontaneous move to Paris, Nikki Cohen noticed she didn’t have one good place to save all of her recommendations or an easy way to share them with friends. Thus, the idea for Bon Voyaging was born. In her interview, Cohen breaks down the practicals of starting and operating your own successful online platform.
Nikki Cohen is the Founder/CEO of Bon Voyaging, an online travel platform that allows discerning travelers to envision their trips and share itineraries. She aims to help all travelers find authentic experiences and explore new cultures.
Previously, she worked in the art world, most recently in the communications department at Pace Gallery as a special events manager. She oversaw special events, social media and marketing opportunities.
Cohen majored in Art History and History at Washington University in St. Louis and earned her masters in Visual Arts Administration at NYU.
Cohen earned Master of Business Administration at NYU Stern in 2014 all the while running Bon Voyaging.
I used to joke that I was a professional intern.
I interned at a gallery uptown, and I had to do a whole mailing by myself. It was like catalogue mailing, so everything’s really heavy.
And I kind of had to package everything and put the letter in and do everything. And it took my like days and days and days and days.
And finally I was like, “Okay! I’m done! Let’s have the post office pick them up!”And then they’re like, “Oh no! You have to bring them to the post office.”
So, I had like hundreds of catalogues, and I had to take them like across Madison Avenue basically…in like a push cart to the post office. So, that was a pretty crazy internship experience.
Obviously, so, I also have some really awesome stories where I actually got to work on interesting things.
Well, I was an intern at Pace before I started working there, and I got to work on this conference for this new company they were starting called “Artifacts Press.”
Uhm, and we all had to come up with names, so it’s like me, the intern, taking minutes at the meeting. So, the theme was about artists’ intentions and what that means and how to deal with them. So, my idea was to call it “The Best of Intentions.”
And then the owner of the gallery saw all of our ideas in an email anonymously, and he chose mine, and I thought that was cool. It was a good omen, and I ended up working there and loving it.
Cinematography: Danielle Calodney & Andi Velazquez
Interviewed by: Laura Lehmann