123: Keith Kirkland and Kevin Yoo – Upbringing To Start-Up Founders

123: Keith Kirkland and Kevin Yoo – Upbringing To Start-Up Founders

123: Keith Kirkland and Kevin Yoo – Upbringing To Start-Up Founders
The Impossible Network

 
 
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Guest overview 

This week’s guests Keith Kirkland and Kevin Yoo are co-founders of Wearable tech start up Wear Works.

In part one we cover the challenges they both overcame growing up.

Keith was born into a loving family but faced growing up in one the most violent towns in the US, Camden, New Jersey.

Always feeling an outsider, and a high performer he saw education as his way to escape the streets of Camden and avoid becoming just another statistic in the list of black male deaths under the age of 26

Kevin was born in South Korea but faced the culture shock of moving to the US age 10 and navigating his way through school during a time his family was in survival mode.

While both Kevin and Keith grew up with economic scarcity each enjoyed an abundance of support and love.

We cover their parallel paths to studying Industrial design at New York’s Pratt school.

Keith explains how his a love of art, talent for math as well as some soul searching questions from a Professor set him on a path to Industrial Design.

Keith unpacks his circuitous path from art, engineering, to selling shoes to show and handbag design to studying Industrial design at Pratt.

I think this show demonstrates how persistence, hard work and willpower, wins in the end. I hope you enjoy the early insights on Keith Kirkland and Kevin Yoo.

In part two we dive deep into their experience as start up founders, the challenges they have faced and overcome and their vision for the future of haptic technology.

Social links

Kevin’s Linkedin 

Keith’s Linkedin 

Links in the show

Wear Works

FIT

Pratt

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