It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
I will try to keep my posts shorter in the future (promise).
I have never blogged and I told myself I would never become one of those lame bloggers. Then again, time changes when you meet influential people who inspire and motivate you.
I was inspired to blog by Michael Michelini who is an American living~working in China.
Its funny how we met. A mutual friend (David Ho) noticed we were both Americans, lived in China for X amount of years, expanded our business to Philippines (where we both opened an office) and decided we ought to meet. And so strangely, we did, in Manila, Philippines. Since then our friendship has grown and we have ventured through various startup weekends to some extreme vacations in Boracay, Philippines (THE VILLA!…inside joke).
I have lived in China for the past 7 years and one day, I woke up and decided to move back to the USA. Long story short, I was no longer happy living in China. I won’t go into details what and why because I think China is great, but its not for me, not right now at least. Everyone thinks I am crazy for moving back to USA in this tough economy. Maybe I am. Though I have a plan.
I love design, its my passion. I am a technical person that understands how every process in manufacturing works. Although I relied on third party companies to help me design CADs, make Prototypes, Engineer the electrical components, PCB, Moulds, Assembly and more.
Its not easy relying on various third party vendors especially if they’re Chinese. One, communication issues. Two, they all say they can do it, but can they? Three, I want to say trust issues, but thats mostly for the engineering side (stolen code, back dooring, code/design reselling). Yeah, have NDA contracts, but don’t be naive, China contracts aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.
My goal is to take time off work in 2012 and put myself through an Engineering Boot Camp. Where I will learn all about components, electronic design, code writing, 3d cad design, making prototypes on 3d printers, and many more. Through this process I will post all my educational findings in summarized reports, keep you up to date on certain projects, and let you follow my personal ~ professional every day life.
I will also travel around the USA to attend various networking events, conferences, meetups and more hoping to meet with other like minded engineers, designers, programmers, code writers, and more.
I suppose you can say, I am also team building.
I am Steven.