What is your favorite childhood memory?
Being licked by our German Shepherd Elsie and her 8 puppies: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder and Blixem.
Do you remember a mentor who influenced your life?
My Judo instructor Dave Thomas was a great mentor when I was a kid.
If you could do anything now, what would you do? Why?
I would ship Presence Pro Care and help solve the huge problem of Elder Care by helping Care Givers stay in touch with senior people who are aging.
What is the best investment your parents made in/for you?
Music. I sang in the San Francisco Boys Choir and now still love performing music by playing in the People Power Band.
What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A musician and entrepreneur
What is the one piece of advice you would give a young person today?
Start up a startup. Reinvent the world.
What is the one thing you hope a child might learn from you?
Persistence is the key to success.
How did you choose the line of work that you do today?
I've been in 5 startups. For my first one, I was invited by my old boss to become VP Marketing and co-founder of Gold Hill Computers, and I've never looked back.
What has been the most rewarding part of your work?
Making products that hundreds of millions of people use and like.
How do you hope to leave a better world for the future?
People Power is making mobile products that bring people closer to the people and things they love most. We are increasing safety and security, cutting energy waste to address global warming, and will be developing a mobile solution for elder care (hopefully before I get too much older).
What is one experience you would like to gift to a child?
Go to ZION National Park and hike up The Narrows or Angel's Landing.
Prashanth Jeevan, Roy Sirengo; illustrations by Anthony Grimaldi