SpotlightsView All Spotlights

Ashish Arora: Bridging the Gap Between Craft and Technology

By: Dan Sorensen

February 19, 2013

It might seem surprising to hear of a high-level VP of computer-accessory giant Logitech moving to Utah craft company Provo Craft, but for those who know Ashish Arora, and his passion for consumer products, the career move makes perfect sense.

Prior to joining Provo Craft as its president and CEO, Arora admittedly had no experience with anything craft-related. But this seems to have proved beneficial, as he recognizes the value of the company’s flagship product—a die-cutting machine called the Cricut—far beyond its crafting capabilities.

“I came in as a student with a completely unbiased perspective of the industry. While exploring the opportunity, I spent a fair amount of time hanging out in craft stores, learning everything I could, and I fell in love with the Cricut brand,” says Arora. “I started to realize the amazing potential the category had and decided to come to Salt Lake.”

One of the areas for potential growth Arora would like to target is furthering the brand’s strength in areas like schools, design and do-it-yourself apparel. Really, according to him, the Cricut machine can be used to cut anything that scissors would cut. 

He also has plans to grow Provo Craft from a small Utah company into a global brand. In fact, just nine months after joining Provo Craft, the company launched Cricut in the UK, adding to its portfolio of foreign markets, with plans to begin growing into other countries as well.

“The thing I came here to do is build a great business. Great businesses only happen with great products, and great products are only a manifestation of great teams,” says Arora. “Products are just a revelation of the team 12 to 18 months later.”

Arora has also gone to great lengths to understand and strengthen his team at Provo Craft. He has spent many hours ensuring the goals of each employee are in sync and creating a defined list of values, with the importance of consumers at the top.

And it seems that is where Arora’s passion lies—with consumers—because to him, the fancy technology packed in every Cricut machine is just a means of providing crafters of all types with a way to express themselves and create memories and gifts for the people they love.

Utah Business Social
UB Events View All
SAMY Awards 2015Utah Business Event
Jan 23, 2015
Utah Business magazine along with Presenting Sponsor Griffin Hill are pleased to present the 201...
Forty Under 40 - 2015Utah Business Event
Feb 26, 2015
Utah Business Magazine along with Presenting Sponsors: Kirton McConkie, BIG-D Construction and Ma...
CEO of the Year 2015 ... NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN!Utah Business Event
Mar 31, 2015
CEO of the Year Nominations end - January 7, 2015. Visit: www.utahbusiness.com/nomination_item...
Community Events View All
Anatomy Sketch Night | December 18th
Dec 18, 2014
During his life, Leonardo da Vinci sketched 100's of anatomical drawings of humans and animals. ...
Sandler Management Solutions
Dec 19, 2014
Looking for a way to manage your team systematically and effectively? Sandler Management Solutio...

info@utahbusiness.com  |  90 South 400 West, Ste 650 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101   |  (801) 568-0114

Advertise with Utah Business

Submit an Event

* indicates required information
* Event Name:
Price (general):
Website (if applicable):
Coordinator's Name:
Coordinator's Email:
Coordinator's Phone:
Venue Name:
Venue Address:
Venue City:
Venue Zip:
Event Capacity:
Date(s):
to
* Event Description:
  Cancel