Stephen Lake
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“Most of the things I do I didn’t have the background or experience for.” Stephen Lake, Co-Founder of Thalmic Labs, started his career very early. He founded his first company with 13 years. “There’s no point in going to school or doing something for an area, because you think it’s going to be a good-paying job. You got to do, what you want to do and what you’re passionate about.”


Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!

One I think get as diverse different experiences as you can and that may mean spending time in different countries different industries, occupations, jobs. Try many things, it’s ultimately funny now that this very sort of experiences that I had each one is little parts you and apply to what you’re doing and diverse of experiences. I think focusing on what your personate about and what you enjoy doing is so important and so obvious really there’s no point in going to school or doing something for an area because you think it’s going to be a good paying job, you got to do what you want to do and what your passionate about and the last one it’s kind of have some balance to you got to work hard but also work hard play hard, having good friend base people to fall back on, it’s important any of them … the harder your working and the more stuff you’re doing really the more of a support and network in people you need to have. Go out and spend time with your friends and family to and don’t be 110% just study all the time and working all the time just balance it too.

Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?

My name is Stephen Lake I’m the CEO and the cofounder of Thalmic Labs a start up based in Canada.

Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?

Getting hands on with the product, we’re building really cool technology, I get to work with a team of amazing smart engineers and they have really innovative ideas and soon be able to sit down and actually try out prototypes and just think of new concepts, new things that don’t exist today and turn them in to reality, is just super cool and fulfilling, so you are hands on part just building cool stuff.

Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?

It’s hard job there’s lots of travel, lots of time spent on it. When you start your own company you’re not working 40 hours a week and nine to five, it becomes your whole life for a little while, it’s hard to achieve balance sometimes and making sure to see friends and family and all that. You definitely have to watch out for that and it’s a sacrifice you make earlier on is you got to work hard but ultimately if you enjoy what you’re doing I don’t think it’s really a sacrifice because it’s fun doing it but it’s definitely not a nine to five occupation.

Worum geht es in Deinem Job?

My company builds a gesture control device called Mayo; it’s anew human computer interface. My job is very different every day, some days that maybe thinking our long term strategy, other days it’s hiring, working with our employees, building the product, the brand marketing, it’s really something deferent everyday, which is the thing, the fun part about the job is that you’re not just doing one thing it’s always a new challenge. It might be meeting with our external investors, working on financial plans, hiring plans, interviewing candidates, in a meeting with our senior management team to determine strategy and give them road maps or future products, building … selecting a new facility for a next office, all kinds of stuff. Every day is totally different, I’ll go to work sand say morning I might have meeting with our business development folks in the morning, check in on Monday morning and our engineering team after that or might review product challenges, technical problems we’ve been facing, then after that I might have a sale launch for some candidates, we’ve been interviewing as a final interview. It’s will be a social fit, in the afternoon working on the financial model for the next quarter in planning.

Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?

I had founded two companies when I was really young like 13 years old, my first company was DJ entertainment company in Toronto, after that I had an online web business for a little while in high school. I went to university at a place called University of Waterloo to study Mechatronics Engineering, Mechatronics combines, mechanical, electrical system design, computer engineering. Did a couple of exchange terms there, so I actually studies in Zurich at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, also spend time working in different areas of the world. Here in Europe worked in Munich for the Germany space agency DLR, spent time working in Montreal, Toronto and different areas from medical technology to robotics to helicopters and aero space, so I kind of worked all over the place. I graduated university 2012, so just over a year ago, a week after finishing our classes there; I started the company with two friends of mine so we’re all classmates. A week after graduation moved in to this office down the road from university that was 16 months ago from now and we’ve been building the company from the three of us a year ago to 40 people today.

Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?

Yeah the job I do … most of the things I do I dint have the background or experience for, it’s a lot of learning on your feet. We ended up hiring a lot of people that are better at specific areas than I ever could be and try learning from them, make a lot of mistakes along the way but ultimately it’s about having a diverse background experiences to draw in and filling the gaps where you can. Yeah being resourceful, being able to go out and find new ways to solve problems because small companies face all kinds of issues, you don’t have enough funding, you don’t have enough people, resources, etcetera and you get find ways to go out and get past those and actually go out and archive your vision or build the product or whatever it maybe. A lot of that is just sitting down and saying I want to get this done how do I do it and it’s finding a way, and it’s going to be different every time. So it just having that kind of tenacity in problem solving.