Co-founder and COO, Kami

Alliv's Arts degree taught her to problem-solve and view things differently to the more technically-minded co-founders of her business, Kami.

Key facts

Career: Co-founder and COO, Kami
Programme: Bachelor of Arts
Subjects: Media, Film and Television; Politics and International Relations

"My fellow co-founders and I started Kami five years ago and we make sure that we celebrate each milestone together. Knowing that every second, there is a child who is learning better and a teacher who is working more efficiently because of Kami motivates me. It brings me joy to know that our success is not just all numbers but is making a difference in people’s lives.

"I have always had an interest in human power dynamics and how politics, media and marketing play a key role in people's lives. I taught myself how to code and create websites when I was a teenager and created my own lifestyle website, which I managed alongside my degree and got to apply a lot of what I was learning at university to my first business.

My Arts degree taught me how to problem-solve and view things
differently to my co-founders who studied Engineering and are more technical
thinkers.

Alliv Samson Kami

"My study had a direct impact on the job I now hold in that I met my fellow cofounders while at university. We saw a need for better and more collaborative note-taking and together decided to create an app which became the basis of our business. Now, five years on, we have won awards, employ a number of staff, have great investors and the business is growing rapidly.

"The University of Auckland is the best university in the country and the Faculty of Arts is a world-class faculty. I couldn't be happier with my choice to study here. My Arts degree taught me how to problem-solve and view things differently to my co-founders who studied Engineering and are more technical thinkers.

"I would advise students thinking of studying Arts to embrace everything that university life has to offer. Befriend people from other faculties, learn as many skills as you can and engage in activities that put you outside of your comfort zone. You never know, your future business partners could be sitting at the table across from you in the library."