KEVIN JO­HAN WONG

CO-FOUNDER OF ORIGAMI LABS. THE START-UP’S ORII SMART RING AL­LOWS USERS TO MAKE CALLS AND IN­TER­ACT WITH A VOICE AS­SIS­TANT BY TOUCH­ING THEIR FIN­GER TO THEIR EAR

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My in­spi­ra­tion is my dad. He’s vis­ually im­paired but used tech­nol­ogy to over­come his dis­abil­ity. He worked for Mi­crosoft and built the world’s first talk­ing com­puter with Bill Gates in the early ’90s, open­ing the flood­gates to a group of peo­ple who couldn’t use com­put­ers be­fore. Mak­ing tech­nol­ogy ac­ces­si­ble for peo­ple who can’t use screens is our mis­sion with the Orii ring; wear­able tech is much more than just a fad. All suc­cess­ful entrepreneurs share a fear­less­ness of the un­known. Most of the time, as an en­trepreneur you’re a pi­o­neer. This means a lot of very ba­sic de­ci­sions are hard as there’s no ref­er­ence point. In the face of the un­known, most peo­ple are con­ser­va­tive; suc­cess­ful entrepreneurs are de­fined by an in­nate de­sire to ex­plore that dark, un­known space.

My pro­duc­tiv­ity hack is to fail a lot. We’re a very it­er­a­tive com­pany—we fo­cus on do­ing, fail­ing and learn­ing fast. It’s some­thing we live and die by.

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