John S

John S

Stanford engineering graduate student seeking to innovate products, transform expectations and empower lives.

Huntington Beach, California, United States
Member since March 19, 2014
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2012 Stanford University , MS , Mechanical Engineering
2011 University of California, Los Angeles , BS , Mechanical Engineering

I am a(n):

First-time entrepreneur

Companies I work or worked for:
Achievements (products built, personal awards won):

Kinectmation!, Stanford School of Engineering Fellowship, 1st Place UCLA Senior Mechanical Engineering Design Competition

If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to change the world.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Most frustrating: uncertainty about the company's future
Most rewarding: product demand and customer support

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

They care more about the product than their customers.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1. Work with people unlike you
2. Brand your business
3. Being codependent with the team

Full bio

I graduated from Stanford University with a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a depth in Design Methodology. I am passionate about improving people's lives through design thinking and product innovation. I enjoy seeking new ways to implement engaging and fulfilling product experiences.

At Stanford, a team and I worked with Microsoft Research Asia in designing and developing a software platform called Kinectmation!. This platform provides the ability to scan a physical object into digital space and then animate the digital object using full-body motion. I was very fortunate to work extensively with students in elementary and middle school during product development, which has provided me profound insight on the needs and personalities of the target Scrumpt demographic.

Regarding Scrumpt, my main focus is ensuring that students have a fun, sociable, and thought-provoking lunch experience.