AGENT Q&A with Han Jin, Founder & CEO of LucidLast Updated: February 1, 2019
The “think different” credo of Steve Jobs is a big motivator for international entrepreneur Han Jin, Founder & CEO of VR/AR Camera pioneers Lucid. But he prizes traditional business fundamentals just as much: “I compose a to-do list every morning to help me focus on the tasks I have to complete each day,” Han reveals.
Han Jin is a truly international business phenomenon. Born in China and raised in Germany, Han Jin lived in no fewer than eight countries before graduating as a Master of Industrial Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Having lived in many different parts of the world, now he is at the helm of an international business and tech phenomenon. Having worked in product/program management and operations at SanDisk, as well as growing startups in Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR), Han and his team at Lucid are taking VR to the next level.
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“The greatest competition, always, is yourself.”
Lucid designed a VR 180 camera that they proudly claim to be the world’s first true virtual reality camera.
The LucidCam (pictured above) is an incredibly easy device to use and is available on sites such as Amazon, Best Buy and B&H for around $500.
The product has been through two rounds of funding and raised almost $2.2m in investment.
With VR products enabling mass audiences finally being able to play games the way they’ve imagined in their wildest dreams, demand for LucidCam is brisk.
This is truly the next level of dual camera technology, enabling VR and AR content creation in 3D through real-time/cloud image processing. If you’re at all interested in visual technology, this is something of an historic development.
11 Questions for Han Jin, Founder of Lucid
Han Jin freed up some time in his schedule to talk to AGENT about his business story to date, his role models, and the importance of work-life balance. On the latter point he sums up neatly: it’s all about fully understanding yourself, which he describes as “your greatest competition”.
1.Briefly tell us about your business and your business goals.
Lucid designed the world’s first VR180 3D consumer camera which is sold on Amazon, Best Buy and B&H.
2. What age were you when you realised you wanted to run your own business?
I was 24 when I tried to start my first business.
3. Who are your business icons and inspirations?
4. What has been your biggest challenge in business, and how did you surmount it?
Hardware is hard, because managing the cash position is very challenging. Capital is key.
5. What gives you the most satisfaction in business?
Customer feedback and word-of-mouth sales.
6. Work-Life balance: is it possible? How do you achieve it?
Yes, it is, but you would need to be extremely efficient with your time and understand yourself when what is needed.
7. What is the first thing you do every day?
I work out when I wake up first thing in the morning.
8. What screen saver picture is currently on your phone?
‘Think Different’ by Steve Jobs.
9. What is the most important app on your mobile phone, and why?
To-Do List, because I compose a to-do list every morning to help me focus on the tasks I have to complete each day.
10. What is the last thing you Googled?
An English word, because I am not a native speaker and I wanted to make sure my spelling is right.
11. What item do you never leave the house without, and why?
My mobile phone, because I do almost everything with it.
12. What advice would you give to your younger self starting out in business?
Don’t focus on competition, but on carving a market, and improving yourself. The greatest competition, always, is yourself.