It’s been a while since I wrote the news that I joined Stokke to be one of the starting members for the innovation hub in Shanghai. We started the R&D tech lab to make IoT products for babies by adapting Stokke products. It was quite big challenging for every one in the company since we’re all new to this kind of edge technology for the baby care products.
We aimed to launch a product in a new category that no one ever had succeeded in it. Due to the high risk of opening new product category for the market, it was not easy to get the safety certificate guaranteed by a safety certification company since they even didn’t know how to do the test to guarantee the safety. Thus we couldn’t launch our products at the moment even though we’ve tried so hard to make those. More over, that year there was an accident and the huge recall made by Fisher-Price due to the product safety failed.
While we were struggle on it, the Corona virus came up all over the world this year, started from China. In addition to that, Stokke also made a decision to shutdown the innovation hub in Shanghai… Accordingly, I had to come back to Korea early of this year for the various of reasons.
Korea’s First Bitcoin Exchange, Korbit!
About a month ago, I got an opportunity to work with a company named Korbit doing Bitcoin exchange business in Korea. Korbit is one of the big four companies in Korea in the field of Bitcoin exchange. They have more than 20 cryptocurrencies published right now supporting the trading in Korean Won. Korbit was founded by Tony Lyu in 2013 and got invested by several parties in the early days including SoftBank Ventures and PANTERA Capital. It’s acquired by NXC afterwards which is well-known as the game company, NEXON, in Korea.
I joined this company recently to be in charge of the mobile app of Korbit and to lead the development team for the app. It’s a new challenge for me again since this is also new area for me while we’re facing lots of difficulties in the business, especially in Korea due to the new upcoming regulatory for the cryptocurrency. Despite of all the difficulties, I’m quite exiting to be part of the journey and want to be succeeded in this challenge.
We’re all facing difficult situations right now due to the virus. Let’s keep working on it step by step. Please take care of yourself first. Thank you.
Korbit | https://www.korbit.co.kr/
Ps. One of the products we made in Stokke got an award from iF Design Award 2020 although they took it down since we haven’t launched it yet. Probably they launch it later? I hope so. 🙂