For Petra and Saskia, the decision to go into business together was based on both their complementary skill sets and their mutual love of one exotic food. “We both had prior experience [with caviar], and we saw there was a gap in the industry,” says Saskia. “We decided to partner because we had different traits and qualities that complement,” Petra adds.
San Francisco–based The Caviar Company has been thriving since it launched in 2015. Saskia brings the business savvy she developed while running a small accounting firm, and Petra offers past caviar purchasing experience. Together they’ve brought the company to a place where they’ve been able to add two other non-family members to their growing team.
While of course Petra and Saskia have known each other their entire lives, their product hardly runs in the family. “We grew up in West Texas, so fresh fish or seafood isn’t something that’s readily available,” Saskia says of her landlocked hometown.
In addition to working together, Petra and Saskia also live together. “It’s a lot of together time,” Petra admits, but both agree it’s been a hugely successful venture. “Working with a sibling, the benefit is you can be very out-front, and the downfall is that you always say what’s on your mind,” Petra says with a laugh. Both sisters agree that, while they’ve always gotten along, going into business together has significantly improved their communication skills and made them even closer.