Peter had worked in Silicon Valley for 7 years, and was the Senior Engineer Lead of the Social Search Group at Yahoo Global HQ for 4 years. There, he had led the R&D of many products and services, including the development of "Yahoo! Answers." It was during his time in the States that he started frequenting craft fairs. He would visit small design boutiques in San Francisco, and listen to the designers' stories of how they tried to get their designs to the world.
Peter is the CEO and a co-founder of Pinkoi. Having seen how entrepreneurs pursue their dreams and the importance attached to human resources in Silicon Valley, Peter founded Pinkoi with two fellow entrepreneurs. His mission is to put the spotlight on Asia's independent design industry: to create a design ecosystem that promotes "lifestyles with good designs." When Peter’s not cooking up ideas for Pinkoi, he’s cooking delicious meals for his family.
MSc and BSc in Civil Engineering Structures from National Chiao Tung University
Mike learned entrepreneurship from an early age, starting his own shaved-ice shop from which he learned about business operation and customer satisfaction. He then turned his hand to the Internet, creating successful websites and network services, and accumulating a wealth of experience and knowledge in technology and the market. Mike's expertise is knowing how to exploit technology and write software that turns mere ideas into reality.
Mike is the CTO and a co-founder of Pinkoi. He's in charge of developing technology for Pinkoi's platforms and of Pinkoi's daily operations. No bug escapes Mike's notice. He is determined to create world-class platforms that provide the best user experience.
Maibelle had lived in New York for many years, but eventually abandoned the concrete jungle for the San Francisco Bay Area to cut a new path. There, she fell hopelessly in love with Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial spirit. Maibelle was working in user interface design for games companies, and then as senior designer and consultant for multiple Silicon Valley start-ups, focusing on interaction design and UI/UX. In her spare time, Maibelle is also a creator. She teams up with her husband to produce illustrations, art, and lifestyle goods. It’s been her lifelong dream to design and create.
Maibelle is the CPO and a co-founder of Pinkoi. She’s responsible for Pinkoi’s product development planning and user interface design. The designer in her knows how to juggle between upholding Pinkoi’s aesthetics and creating the best user experience. Maibelle uses her experience and outside-the-box creativity to help Pinkoi make an impression.
BA in Accounting from National Taiwan University
Connie has accumulated a wealth of comprehensive experience in finance. She started her career at Deloitte & Touche, where she acquired hands-on experience assisting numerous listed companies and multinational enterprises with auditing, taxation, and risk management consulting services. She later joined KGI Securities, where she further expanded her capacities into business analysis, by providing accurate and in-depth perspectives on corporate financial performance to top management. During her tenure at KGI, the company went through several acquisitions and mergers, as well as the expansion of financial product lines and overseas operations. This progression in the company gave Connie the opportunity to develop her skills in global organization management, essential knowledge of fund-raising, and ability to maneuver various financial tools to maintain a company’s financial health and stability.
BA in Computing and Media Arts from Keio Univeristy
Kentaro grew up in the UK, but went back to Japan when he was 18 to pursue a double major in Computing and Media Arts. Upon graduation, he went straight to work for advertising agency, Hakuhodo. He worked in Internet advertising, media strategies, and assisted in starting many new enterprises. In 2011, Kentaro established iichi, an e-commerce platform selling handmade designs in Japan. The platform not only showcased the handicrafts of Japanese designers, but also brought design lovers and designers together.
In 2016, Kentaro joined Pinkoi Japan as a board member. He is committed to strengthening the relationship between Japan and the world. Kentaro currently resides in Kamakura. Outside work, he likes to visit art galleries and see paintings.
Tina was previously engaged with an international company for almost 10 years. The company started as a sailmaker before acquiring a Dutch sailing brand that expanded its business portfolio from professional sports into broader industries like fashion and lifestyle. Tina gained a wealth of hands-on experience by taking up junior positions in a variety of different departments before becoming a top international executive responsible for managing distribution, licensing and e-commerce businesses primarily in Europe and Asia with multicultural teams across the world.
Tina now starts a brand new chapter of her career at Pinkoi as its COO. Benefiting from her past experience of “learning by doing” and dynamic education, she is able to contribute her all-around abilities and international entrepreneurial insights to the team, while embracing the values of the Pinkoi brand. She looks forward to growing together with Pinkoi on the global stage. Outside of work, Tina is the vegetarian mom of 7 furry kids, all adopted from NGOs.
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