papaya+post was built by two women who believe in the wonder of the world.

Avni and Mugdha met while classmates at Harvard Business School.  Their adventures in the champagneries of France and the monasteries of Spain sparked a friendship that has spanned 6 years, 2 continents, 4 kids, and one big dream --

To make culture something to celebrate everyday.

Co-founder and Chief Crafter of Experience Avni Patel Thompson is a storyteller at heart.  She believes that every idea is an experience waiting to unfold and that every piece of the puzzle matters.  She grew up traveling the world, which instilled in her a global curiosity at an early age.  Canadian by birth, Avni has lived in the US for over 8 years, plus an adventure filled year in Shanghai, China.

She has spent her career building great brands and carefully crafting the experience her consumers see and feel at Procter & Gamble, adidas, Starbucks and most recently Julep Beauty.  Avni has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc Chemistry from the University of British Columbia.

Avni lives in sunny Seattle, WA with her sassy 2 year old daughter and her husband.  When she's not reading or chasing her daughter around, you can find her daydreaming about the next place in the world she wants to explore.


Mugdha Narasimhan is Co-founder and Chief Curator of Product. Her memories have always been tied to details.  The fragrance of rain, ghee melting on her grandmother's rotis, tiny wrinkles under her fathers eyes.  She is inspired by intricacy and is forever looking to bring it to life, because for her, in these details lies magic.

Before starting papaya+post, Mugdha was a management consultant for six years and has also worked at a homegoods retailer and women's fashion company. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Brandeis University.

She lives in Boston, MA with her husband, daughter and son.  Any spare moment she finds, you can find her dancing with her kids.