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. It’s hard to believe, but Maibelle still found time to be a Maker. She and her husband also run Tofufu, a shop devoted to sketching, toys creating, and creative living; their products are widely loved and collected in the States.
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 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 as a board member and became Pinkoi Japan's CEO. 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.
Studied Information Management at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Mosky is a Python engineer with a love for open source. Since writing her first program, she's been using programming language to script virtual worlds from mental blueprints. She has spoken at many national and international forums including COSCUP 2014, COSCUP 2013, PyCon SG 2014, PyCon APAC 2014@TW, PyCon APAC 2013@JP, OSDC 2014, SITCON 2013, PyCon TW 2013 & 2012, and PyCon JP 2012. If that's not enough, she is a Python tutor with the Open Source Software Foundry project, and university associations and societies. She is also a member of COSCUP 2009-2014, Ubuntu-TW, and many other communities.
Mosky is Pinkoi's Python Charmer, responsible for... taming "pythons." Since joining in 2012, she's been working tirelessly with her colleagues to maintain Pinkoi's platforms. In her spare time, she can be found cycling down scenic lanes, enjoying coffee in café corners, or star-gazing on moonless nights.
Aiko used to work in music and advertising, before she became captivated by the power of the Internet; she jumped into this industry and has never looked back. While studying for her master's, she started following social media, and learned of their power to influence the world. Apart from following social media trends, Aiko's other interests include exploring old houses, lomography, and rock music. Aiko’s ambition in life is to be a person with depth, open to inspiration, and a fan of good music and design—someone who stands by the stage cheering for things that are worth cheering for!
Aiko oversees Pinkoi’s social media marketing. Her daily challenge is to juggle between analyzing cold statistics and communicating with Pinkoi fans using warm, human, language.
BA in Visual Design from China University of Technology
Gazhua means "cockroach" in Taiwanese. He seems pretty normal to outsiders, but is actually a weirdo glued to his computer, thinking and daydreaming. Gazhua likes drawing and photography, but only casually, and dabbles in a bit of writing. He also likes design, but maybe "like" is an understatement. In design as in life, Gazhua believes "less is more."
Gazhua thinks joining Pinkoi's product team in 2012 is the coolest thing that he's done so far!
Chad accidentally stumbled upon app development a few years ago, and hasn't stopped nurturing "apples" since. He is never far from a phone or tablet at work. His old best friend, a bicycle with which he rode across Taiwan, is now neglected in a garage corner. But Chad still stands by his motto: "work hard; play harder!"
Chad oversees Pinkoi's iOS app development, but he occasionally talks to the little green robot. Chad's goal is to make an app that Pinkoi is proud of and—more importantly—that users love.
BA in English from Soochow University
Zoe is a giraffe fanatic, and has collected over 1,000 giraffe-related items. Exposed to online shopping since she was 13, Zoe "tends" giraffes from around the world without traveling to exotic places. In 2006, she experienced firsthand how liberating but difficult it was to be an independent designer: she lugged around a suitcase containing her own handmade items at a time when craft fairs were still rare. When Zoe graduated, she took a job at Xue Xue Institute Design Lab, acting as a bridge between designers and customers. She spent her days telling stories to customers; she truly believes that there is a story worth telling behind each product's creation.
Zoe joined Pinkoi in 2013 as an Accounts Manager. She scouts the best independent designers and introduces them to Pinkoi.
BSc in Management Science from National Chiao Tung University
Adam had thought that he would get a suit-wearing job after graduation before he stumbled into Yahoo! as a rookie front-end engineer. Afterward, he briefly experienced a small-office-home-office lifestyle before working at Trend Micro. He regularly attends activities with front-end design communities, and helps out at Happy Designer Community.
In his spare time, Adam does random design-related activities such as making posters and designing T-shirts. Adam's a baseball fanatic, and was officially recognized as the “craziest fan” by the MLB in March 2013. He has once taken 2 weeks off to attend the World Baseball Classic in the MLB Fan Cave. He has also published a book on English learning for baseball and basketball fans.
Adam joined Pinkoi in August, 2013, bringing with him his hot-blooded enthusiasm. He works with his team members to create awesome platforms for designers and customers.
Danny was introduced to human-centered design while studying in America. Add to the mix a strong interest in the ever evolving applications of the Internet, the result is a career in user interface design. He has participated in RHoK hackathon and Startup Weekend. Danny doesn't draw a line without thinking of his end user!
When Danny's not working, he helps his brother at Jiang Shan Yi Gai Suo gallery cafe and makes T-shirts. When not in front of his computer, he works out, plays basketball and baseball, and pursues other outdoor stuff.
Danny returned to Taiwan for military service before joining Pinkoi. He hopes his designs will make more people fall in love with Pinkoi!
BSc in Information Engineering from National Cheng Kung University
Ben has been working as an iOS developer since graduation. Ben has a student mentality, and never stops learning; he wants to make a valid contribution to the smartphone industry! Ben's other big love is his guitar. Here's Ben's first song: “9 Turns.” Ben also has an active side, and plays hardcourt tennis, American football, and does long-distance running.
Joined in November 2013, Ben wants to use outside-the-box thinking for innovating Pinkoi's apps.
BA in Accounting from I-Shou University
After 5 years in an accounting firm, Seadmoon decided to break out of the routine and joined Pinkoi. Although she doesn't understand programming codes or design, and still works in invoicing, billing, and statistical reporting, she hopes that she contributes to Pinkoi's vision of supporting independent design.
If you have any queries regarding finance or billing, email her at: email@example.com.
An authentic Beijinger, Angie's childhood dream was to work in cinema. She worked in the movie industry for 5 years. But in 2011, an event changed her life forever: she married a Taiwanese boy and moved across the Strait. She immediately fell in love with this island that she had only read about in geography class. Angie learned that there is more to Taiwan than Alishan and Sun Moon Lake. In her spare time, she loves to explore little alleyways and find cute Taiwanese designs. Finding Pinkoi was a nice surprise and the cherry on the cake!
Angie is in charge of marketing to the mainland Chinese market. She helps fans become members. She can't wait to share Pinkoi's best products with more people, and get people to love Pinkoi like she does!
BA in Communications from National Chengchi University
June once wanted to be a hipster, so she worked at a secondhand record shop, watched European indie films, and read Haruki Murakami books. But she realized that she was more down to earth and gradually went back to working behind a screen. Nowadays, she reads popular literature, watches Hollywood movies, and listens to mainstream rock music, as well as plans her own holidays.
At Pinkoi, June oversees social media operations and writes Pinkoi's Facebook posts; she's a fan herself, so persuading others to love Pinkoi comes naturally.
BA in International Business from Soochow University
Lani had worked in a top Taiwanese PR agency and an e-commerce company. She had also labored on an eggplant farm and in a coffee shop in Australia, and spent 10 months in Spain studying Spanish. Lani loves immersing herself in different cultures and having meaningful interactions with the locals. If she can't get away then she travels with her taste buds, going to exotic restaurants with family and friends.
Lani is delighted to work in a company that she loves. She oversees Pinkoi's business development, brand collaborations, and media relations.
Sophie is head over heels in love with anything related to Japan and design. So after her bachelor's, she went to Tokyo to study product design; she ended up staying in Japan for 6 years. Sophie loves traveling, and dreams that one day she will have visited every corner of Japan. To her, every new place is different and every encounter is special.
Sophie believes that great design transcends borders. She wants to introduce more good designers to people through Pinkoi.
BA in English Literature from National Chengchi University
Litta's brain is a little strange: her mind's always whirring away, jumping from different ideas. Even when she sleeps, she dreams fervently. When Litta was little, she dreamed of being an astronaut before her mother told her that she would need to work out and be less picky with her food. Luckily she fell in love with stories and storytelling, a less (physically) arduous career path.
Litta is Pinkoi Zine's editor, in charge of compiling and telling the stories behind great designs. She feels lucky that she can work surrounded by beautiful objects and use words to share beauty in life.
Toki learned programming for writing his own games. He once wrote a game called AlienBBS that many OS X users may have played in the old days. Toki even wrote an online multiplayer battle arena game that once reached the top 100 in gaming traffic according to Alexa Taiwan. After working in a small company, a midsized company, and an IPO, Toki ventured into a start-up! Outside work, Toki loves anything with wheels, except maybe a wheelchair...
Toki takes care of server-side programming development at Pinkoi. He hopes to develop a world-class platform for Pinkoi.
BA in Visual Design from YunTech
Kame means "turtle" in Japanese. Before coming to Pinkoi, Kame was working at design companies in branding and packaging. She spent her days correcting and re-doing design templates; every day was work, eat, and sleep. In September 2012, she finally made her escape and went to Japan for a yearlong working holiday. Traveling from Tokyo to Hokkaidō, and taking pictures, she finally learned about work–life balance. Photography and traveling have become her favorite pastimes, though she never announces her travel plans...
Upon her return, Kame joined Pinkoi. She hopes to make Pinkoi more and more "beautiful."
BA in Japanese from Fu Jen Catholic University
Chaz had worked as a representative for Japanese makeup products in Taiwan before she moved to Tokyo. There, she fell in love with the desserts, and with walking on Japanese roads and taking Japanese public transport. Chaz loves watching movies, going to exhibitions, visiting specialty shops, and listening to Japanese music. She also loves to shop online. But Tokyo is a big city, and Chaz wants to come back to Taiwan one day, and use her experience and language skills.
At Pinkoi, Chaz hopes to promote the collaboration between Taiwan and Japan—for both designers and customers. She wants to learn the best of Japan, and also show Japan Taiwan's best attributes.
BA in Applied English from National Pingtung University
Stacey was born and raised in Taipei, but is at heart a country girl from a seaside town. Her horizons have never been restricted by cityscapes, however, as she has traveled widely, staying in places for a little or long while. Although she loves the city's hustle and bustle, deep down Stacey yearns for the rustic, simple, and quiet life. To her, cinema and chili are life necessities, in addition to secondhand philosophies. She gets so excited by secondhand markets that she would forget to breathe!
Upon graduation, Stacey decided to steer from the traditional career paths of her studies. She worked in art administration, helped to arrange an environmental-art exhibition, and fell in love with working in an artistic atmosphere.
Stacey joined Pinkoi in 2014, happy to work in a liberating and lively environment surrounded by pretty things. She hopes that customers can take home good designs and—more importantly—a slice of unpolluted sincerity and warmth!
BA in Communications from National Chengchi University
Jampa (Thai spelling: จำปา) chose this Thai name by accident. In her second year of university, Jampa took a Thai language class for school credits. It turned out to be a Thai tea-making class. But it was during this time that the Thai language became a part of Jampa's life. Bitten, Jampa swapped a trip to see tulips in the Netherlands for a 25-hour concert in Thailand.
Although she studied advertising, Jampa decided to join Pinkoi, managing designer relations with Thai designers. She hopes to show Thai designs to Taiwan and the world from a fresh angle, and to introduce Taiwanese designs to Thailand (there's more to Taiwan than F4!).
BA in Business Administration from National Central University
Fred didn't study information engineering. But on graduation, Fred's dad gave him a job and asked him to learn programming. "There's only one way to find out whether I like it, or can do it!" Fred thought at the time. The first time that a client said "Your programs are so easy to use!" Fred became addicted to programming. He realized that programming can be fun, help people, and solve problems.
Apart from pressing keyboard keys, Fred also loves to press the shutter button. He takes his Lomo camera everywhere, and then spends countless hours in the dark room. Fred joined Pinkoi in December 2014 as a front-end engineer. His job is to communicate with codes daily.
BSc in Business Information System from Leeds Beckett University
When Amas graduated, the world was crazy about the emerging dot-com business. Now, it's part of his work history. He had worked in developing the Chinese-speaking market for overseas start-ups, in managing new media platforms, and even in online marketing for a 4A advertising agency. Amas truly believes that the Internet can bring people closer and contribute something to their lives. That's why he joined Pinkoi!
Amas is in charge of developing the Hong Kong market for Pinkoi. He hopes that in the near future, every Hong Kongese will own something from a Pinkoi designer. Are you a Pinkoi fan yet?
BA in Communications from Ming Chuan University
Sharon went into PR straight after university, working at Uni-Style PR Consultants. But after working for less than two years as an account executive, Sharon left to find a job that she loves. She had always been interested in the creative industries, so was delighted to join Pinkoi and become part of the wonderful world of design. Sharon's other loves are cats and, more recently, succulent plants. She's the proud parent of many adopted cute green children!
At Pinkoi, Sharon is an Accounts Manager. She assists designers with their queries, and also reviews the products selling on Pinkoi, ensuring their compliance with our criteria, their originality, and their source.
BA in Chinese Literature from National Chengchi University
Dejhen has a round face and small eyes; people think she's asleep most of the time. She likes a slow-paced lifestyle: when she's old, she hopes to own a field so that she can plant vegetation and raise cats. With a cool demeanor, Dejhen's mind is actually like an endless showreel of suspense movies; maybe it's because she reads too many thrillers in her spare time. She also likes to watch Japanese dramas, anime, and manga until she's crying and laughing, and attend gigs, jumping up-and-down with the crowd. For outdoor activities, Dejhen likes to go hiking for the fresh air and exercise.
Dejhen studied Chinese at university, but her work has never been related to her major. Her Chinese professor once told her: "You can do anything after studying Chinese." She thinks that this speech had given her a wider perspective and opened up her horizons.
Dejhen joined Pinkoi in March 2015, working in online sales planning.
BA in Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong
Born a Virgo, Carol's personality is more like a Leo: for her, not talking is stifling, and not laughing is torture! Carol's hobbies are buying books and traveling to strange places. At university, Carol majored in moving image (minored in psychology). After graduation, she worked as a journalist. When she worked at Weekend HK on the Taiwan thread, she traveled to Taiwan 5 times a year; she searched for design shops hidden in old alleyways. She also worked with JET magazine, interviewing celebrities, and writing about lifestyle and home designs from around the world.
Although she has tried her hand at drawing, calligraphy, photography, carpentry, needlework, knitting, leather dying, soap making, and book binding, Carol never managed to master these skills. So she switched roles, and came to work at Pinkoi as a talent scout. Her job is to unearth designs that are original and thoughtful.
MSc and BSc in Information Management from National University of Kaohsiung
Although this IT engineer has small eyes and an even smaller smile, his vision is "Full HD." During his studies, he learned to love information technology. In his spare time, Amo watches anime, and reads manga and fiction; his favorite works are Dragon Raja by Lee Yeongdo and Onmyouji by Baku Yumemakura. After graduation, Amo spent 2 years in a normal office job before deciding to break out and ignite his heart's "inner cosmos."
Amo joined Pinkoi in 2015. He hopes to grow with Pinkoi and to keep striving for his ideals!
BA in Linguistics from Chung Yuan Christian University
Kate's the office manager with a constant smile on her face. After graduation, Kate went straight into the financial sector. She stayed for 5/6 years, but during that time has often wondered about following her heart and going to explore unchartered territories. The words "start-up" and "teamwork" finally got her to make that change. She's looking forward to working in an environment à la "One Piece" where there is camaraderie and team spirit.
Outside work, Kate likes to organize small trips; nothing is as thrilling as planning, imagining, and realizing a travel experience, except maybe anticipating the next trip! Kate also reads thrillers, visits markets, and participates in all kinds of interesting enterprises.
Kate was promoted from Pinkoi fan to fully fledged staff in March 2015. Her job is to ensure that staff members enjoy working at Pinkoi.
When Migo was little, she studied in different Southeast Asian countries for 12 years. Deep down, however, she had always yearned to go to Japan. After working for some time, she didn't think twice about going to Tokyo for 2 years of study. Her favorite phrase in Japanese is "one time, one meeting" [seize the moment]. When still a student, Migo loved going to inaccessible and non-touristic villages, and exploring with only her backpack and camera. During the day, she took pictures, inquired about the local history and sites, and searched for unique shops in alleyways. At night, she stayed in a guesthouse, and met new friends. Migo also likes to doodle, go to exhibitions and fairs, and play games.
Migo joined Pinkoi in 2015. She can't wait to tell people about Pinkoi!
When Melissa was little, she was a normal girl interested in literature and the arts. Now she's older, she finds her tastes becoming increasingly unconventional. It's hard to reconcile the Melissa that studied engineering with the creative and pragmatic blogger/editor. Melissa has worked briefly in product R&D and strategic planning for a medical technology company. Now she makes a life in San Francisco, working in the domains of design, travel, journalism, translation, research, and filmmaking. Outside work, Melissa plays the piano, writes fiction, and draws. She also likes to try new things such as baking, cocktail mixing, and exercise classes.
Melissa likes to be on the border of different disciplines and cultures, so she's perfect as Pinkoi Zine's English editor; she's looking forward to inventing the perfect Pinkoi cocktail of a globalized product-exchanging culture.
BA in Accounting from National Taiwan University
Connie was trained in the accounting discipline at a Big Four audit firm. Moreover, she once worked in the financial sector, where she was baptised into the world of fluctuating realities. So if she ever had a hipster side, that's probably long gone. Fortunately, Connie still retained her appreciation for finer things. If she gets close enough to designs that speak to her, her tired but restless self would feel replenished again to face new challenges.
Connie hopes to grow with Pinkoi, and for more people to discover good designs!
BA in Japanese Literature from Keio University
Hanae manages Pinkoi Japan's office (HR, accounts, general office matters). Working in an English- and Chinese-speaking environment she learns something new everyday. Pinkoi Japan's HQ is in Daikanyama, Tokyo. Established in 2015, the office is still young! Hanae loves that she can sometimes work from home and not do any overtime! It's possible to have a work–life balance at Pinkoi. Any designers and creators in Tokyo or passing through are welcome to drop by Pinkoi Japan!
BA in Library and Information Management from National Taiwan University
Debi is a juxtaposition of two personalities: she loves being a homebody, listening to music, reading manga and fiction, watching TV series, and knitting; she also can be adventurous, and enjoys traveling and backpacking. Something about having a bag weighing down her shoulders keeps her feet on the ground. Debi loves old objects and unique locally produced objects; she always seeks out the secondhand markets wherever she finds herself.
Debi believes that people should strive for things that are worthwhile. Having seen "sunrises" and "sunsets" in the advertising industry, Debi now hopes to introduce Pinkoi to more people: a worthwhile pursuit!
Pegi keeps a drawing diary, summarising each day with rich and diverse colors. She loves dessert. Her favorite pastime is to squander afternoons in coffee shops (even if she ends up doing nothing in particular). Pegi likes to observe her surroundings, then records what she sees in her journal using drawings and photos (plus a line to summarise her thoughts). She shares these on her Facebook Page PG 夫人. Although Pegi is used to city life in Taipei, she still needs mountains and seas in her life. She takes walks when she can, and sometimes throws down everything to travel somewhere. Pegi joined Pinkoi in 2015 as a Pinkoi Zine editor. She hopes to make people fall in love with Pinkoi through the power of words.
BA in Russian Language and Literature from Tamkang University
Lily is not like a Scorpio should be. She used to work at Xue Xue Institute and Su Ho Memorial Paper Museum, telling stories and introducing people to all types of beautiful designs. To push herself, Lily once banished herself to Singapore where she worked in a four-language environment. Moreover, Lily has been running an online flower shop with her mother for 10 years, so she knows well how the e-commerce business has been booming.
At Pinkoi, Lily wants to introduce more designs to people. If good design can enhance life, and technology can simplify life, then Pinkoi provides both under one platform!
BA in Mass Communication from Chiang Mai University
Jikgee (Wanwisa) grew up in the countryside, so she needs no excuse for her love of nature. Her dream is to own her own farm. As she's shy, Jikgee usually wears a smile on her face to get her through awkward moments.
At university, she studied mass communication. Because she liked reading, she learned about the publishing process and was even once the president of the literature research society; nothing gets Jikgee excited like looking at a text's kerning (typesetting)! Being president also meant that she has met a lot of interesting people and events.
Jikgee likes trying out new activities when she can; ironically, this meant that she spent less time reading her major (smile). Because Jikgee liked art and design, she chose to study in Chiang Mai (she heard that the city is a design haven).
Jikgee also loves Japan for their flourishing art and design scene; she once spent a year there, and thinks it was the best year of her life so far. The first time Jikgee came to Taiwan, she found Pinkoi. She thinks that Pinkoi, and its employees, must be the cutest in Taiwan!
BA in Japanese from Fu Jen Catholic University
Evelyn is passionate and a bit crazy! But she can also be fair and friendly. At Evelyn's "Saturn Return," she stepped into the world of Western astrology. Mesmerized by the stars, Evelyn decided to never live without astrology again. Empathetic, she is also a pretty good listener. Sometimes, she alternates from being really hyped up to being so quiet that she seemed to have disappeared from the earth (not too long!).
Evelyn joined Pinkoi in 2015. She can't wait to see what stories she'll write in this chapter of her life.
Nicholas likes observing and listening to people. Regardless of language used or story, he can always dig out some entertaining aspect and even some profound truth embedded within superficiality. As for "creativity," Nicholas hopes to be like a silent sponge: when squeezed, creativity oozes out of him ceaselessly. Having lived in America for 7 years, Nicholas sees the strange and fantastical culture of New York as the ideal. Though he was staggering and finding his way, it was the inspiration he felt in New York that enabled him to find himself again and again.
Nicholas joined Pinkoi in 2015. He works as the photography curator.
BA in Photography from Emily Carr University
Kat used to write, direct, and record online videos. Movies, music, and writing are her passions. When she was in high school, she opened her own online T-shirt shop where she sold original designs. Although the shop didn't make her millions, it gave her happiness and a sense of achievement, which are priceless.
In Pinkoi, Kat noticed an artistic and creative spark; she learned about the online creative industry, and the freedom and opportunities that Taiwan gives to creative individuals. Kat can't wait to see how she can contribute to Pinkoi's innovation and creativity, and share these with Pinkoi fans who enjoy good designs.
BSc in Information Engineering from Tunghai University
Ryan stepped onto the path of website development when he developed the intranet site for his university. He then worked in two app businesses. In his spare time, Ryan works on DIY projects. From assembling computers to welding objects, Ryan loves immersing himself in the process of creating/making something. He prefers reading from paper to reading from a screen, and loves stationery (he has a supply of ink to last a lifetime!).
Ryan joined Pinkoi in 2015, and hopes to improve user experience for Pinkoi members.
Joe's nickname is "Guofu" [the father of the Republic] because as a boy, he looked mature and resembled Sun Yat-sen. Joe's passion is information technology; in high school, he participated in an Open Source club, managed a Unix-Like server, maintained a Bulletin Board System, and developed programs. Without much thought, Joe went to study electrical engineering. But after this detour, he returned to computer science for his master's. Joe spent a brief time in academia, working in natural language processing; he developed several English-learning online tools. He also worked in small enterprises as an IT consultant, installing and designing company websites, servers, and company-specific software.
Outside work, Joe is a gadget fanatic. He hates any gadget that has a bad design or interface. Apart from being a Mac and technology geek, he also loves cameras and cars. Joe can also be active, and loves traveling. He hopes to travel the world one day, backpacking without a plan and going with the flow.
Raffi searches high and low for anything in life that brings about a smile. He really believes that good design can increase people's quality of life. Whenever he finds new design products, he gets super excited: to him, new designs signify that people are living better. Raffi also takes an interest in anything related to nature, particularly in art pieces inspired by—or made with materials from—nature.
Raffi joined Pinkoi in 2015, and is in charge of scouting outstanding designers from the international, English-speaking market. He wants to bring their designs to people in Asia, so that everyone can add something unique to their everyday lives.
BA in Commercial Design from Ming Chuan University
Tinnie's hobbies are drawing, traveling, and observing the world around her; she's very inquisitive about new things. Her passion, however, is animals. If possible, her ideal pet would be a polar bear or a lion.
After two explosive years working in a digital advertising agency, Tinnie decided to find again the creative inspiration that first led her to design. She remembered that she once wanted to do something that made a substantial, beneficial, and positive contribution.
That's how she found Pinkoi, and herself! She's delighted to be a part of the Pinkoi team, helping to promote Taiwanese designs.
Born in Guangdong and raised in London (UK), Jiayi grew up speaking Cantonese at home and English everywhere else. She's been learning French since middle school and Mandarin Chinese since university. When she graduated, translation seemed to be the obvious path. To improve her understanding of French, Jiayi has worked in Francophone countries such as France, Luxembourg, and Switzerland.
Jiayi came to Taiwan in 2015 to improve her understanding of Taiwanese Mandarin. Jiayi's parents were graphic designers, so she grew up with an awareness of art and design. She hopes to use her language skills to help promote Pinkoi as an international brand.
If there are any questions about the English version of the website or apps, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MA in Visual Design from Institute of Applied Arts, National Chiao Tung University; BSc in Information and Learning Technology from National University of Tainan
Minty loves the color green, nature, and recalling fond memories, though she is definitely not backward-looking! Observant, Minty likes to watch the different roles that people assume in life. At the same time, she is also continuously searching for, and interpreting, her own place in the world.
2015 was a year of change for Minty. Bringing her passion and skills to the job, Minty is delighted that she can grow with Pinkoi.
BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Mahidol University
Galewalin appears tidy and professional in the office, but is a self-confessed couch potato at home. Trained as a biologist, she has cultured many kinds of microorganisms including parasites, though bacteria scare her. Galewalin also has a creative side: she does amateur photography using her Canon 450D and Sigma 18-35mm, but don't ask her to take selfies. You may also find her going to unfamiliar places with her Muji pen and blue sketchbook on which she records her surroundings in black lined drawings.
Galewalin hopes that, as Pinkoi's Thai Language Specialist, she can contribute to, and grow with, Pinkoi.
Echo used to work in PR for Groupon Taiwan, where she polished her craft in spoken and written communication. It's quite the challenge to find innovative communication channels in this day and age of everybody being in some sort of "media." Echo describes herself as like an ever exploding universe; she is extremely curious about anything she sees. Sometimes, she finds herself talking to those things, living or not... She was once obsessed with anime and American sitcoms, but nowadays is more interested in new technology, products, and mobile apps.
Echo joined Pinkoi in 2015 as a PR specialist. Although still new to artistic domains, she loves how Pinkoi puts designers and real people at the heart of the business. Her goal is to make Pinkoi a brand that people can't stop talking about!
Jessica loves Bambi, and has probably seen Bambi more times than did Osamu Tezuka. When studying in Japan, Jessica encountered aspects of Japanese culture that provided food for thought. Jessica has worked as a Japanese teacher, interpreter, and translator; as a language facilitator, she finds two-way communication more fulfilling. Outside work, Jessica's interests include nature, music, and vintage objects. Jessica feels that if she can watch anime and chase entertainment news, as well as persist in her search for beauty in people and things, then her life is full.
Jessica is honored to join Pinkoi as Japanese Language Specialist. She hopes to use her skills to share Pinkoi with more people.
BSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Chung Hua University
Jason got into engineering to fulfill his dream: to provide a service that makes life better. But what kind of service should this be? And how does one provide something that everyone loves? To find this, life experience is probably needed on top of studying and working.
Jason joined Pinkoi in January 2016 as an Android developer; he's inspired by how Pinkoi strives for the best in small and big matters. Jason's goal is to provide a service that is useful and people love. Download the Android app now, and let Jason know what you think!
BA in Japanese from Soochow University
Kim loves designs and creations that can enhance lifestyle. She also loves meeting new people and seeing new things. Kim used to work at Xue Xue Institute and Eye Candle Studio, where she came into contact with outstanding brands and designers from all walks of life. She thinks that the experience and memories from there will be invaluable.
When Kim's not at work, she is an ardent skateboarder (despite her fear of blood and pain). Her dreams are to be able to "dance" on her skateboard one day, and dive headfirst into adventure like Ben Stiller in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Kim is delighted to join Pinkoi, and loves that she can work surrounded by the things she loves. She hopes to grow with Pinkoi, and to introduce great designs to more people!
BA in Media and Communication from City University of Hong Kong
When Alice was in kindergarten, she watched cartoons after school. One day she saw Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and became mesmerized by this fantastical world: if only she could also follow the White Rabbit down the hole, have a "mad" tea party with the Hatter, and paint white roses "red" with the playing cards! The next day, Alice introduced herself by her English name to her teacher.
In the real world, however, this Alice grew up and her life became conventional: college, exchange study in America, job after graduation. Eventually, Alice started wondering why she still hasn't found her rabbit hole.
In 2016, Alice decided to jump into Pinkoi and start a new adventure. By helping Pinkoi expand in the Hong Kong and Macau market, she hopes to give everyone a chance to find their own rabbit hole.
BSc in Information Engineering from Chang Gung University
When Jeff was little, he first set eyes on a computer in his cousin's house. After playing a few computer games, he knew that he was on a road of no return. His eyes were wide open after learning about Open Source. Since then, he's participated in monthly and annual open-source activities.
Outside work, Jeff likes to watch movies and guess their plots. He also loves ramen, and thinks that they're worth standing in line for (not uncommon in Taipei). He dreams that one day he can travel from the north to the south of Japan, and eat ramen from all the best shops.
Jeff joined Pinkoi in 2016 as a backend engineer; he aspires to develop a stable and user-friendly platform.
MSc in Information Engineering from Waseda University
Before joining Pinkoi Japan, Masato worked as a backend engineer at iichi. It was during this time that he fell in love with the world of independent design: he loves how handcrafted items are made from the heart, and how each creation has its own story. The best thing about the Internet, according to Masato, is that now these special creations can be bought by anyone in the world! He can't wait to help more designers reach the world stage.
Shinya has been working in clothing and costume since he was a teenager. He previously worked in a boutique ("select shop"), as a buyer for a fashion clothing website, and in other fashion-related jobs.
Before her current career, Yuka had worked in business development for an international company for 2 years. Because she was interested in handicraft production, Yuka assumed her current career path. Every day, she strives to help customers find great designs without borders. Outside work, she loves tasting gourmet food and reading. Occasionally, she travels to replenish her energy.
BA in Politics from Keio University
Chiaki had worked in a department store and made her own handcrafted accessories. She knows how to reassure customers and instill in them confidence toward e-commerce businesses. Outside work, she's a mother of two boys. Being a working mom is hectic, but she's happy that she can play and grow with her kids.
Kaori works in marketing for Pinkoi Japan. Two years ago, Kaori moved from Tokyo to Kamakura to find physical and mental rest, and to have a better lifestyle. Outside work, Kaori loves dining with her friends and walking her dog by the sea. She also loves attending craft workshops and eating dessert. Kaori hopes to introduce more original designs to people, in particular creations which bring warmth to their daily lives.
BA in Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong
Cathy is bright and changeable: 100% the typical Germini. Because of her love for art and design, she studied moving image in college. Her love for Japan led her to Tokyo after graduation, where she studied Japanese for a year. In Hong Kong, Cathy has worked as a journalist for Cosmopolitan and East Touch magazines. Apart from work and studying Japanese, Cathy loves visiting exhibitions around the world, browsing craft fairs big and small, and discovering interesting pieces.
Cathy believes that good design can be a bridge for location, age, and language barriers. She hopes that more people can enjoy good design through Pinkoi.
BA in Finance and Cooperative Management from National Taipei University
Frank is no traditional Finance guy. He used to work in an accounting firm, in a post that allowed him to see sunrises from his office. He has also worked in the finance departments of e-commerce and games companies. A fan of creative thinking and trying new things, Frank enjoys going with the flow.
Frank joined Pinkoi in April 2016. Entering this new environment of "vitality" and "art", Frank says: "I hope the power of design will make the world a better place."
MA in Marketing from Curtin University, BA in Communications from Ming Chuan University
Judy once saw Schindler's List, which inspired her to pack up her bags and visit the real locations. Seeing the locations allowed her to string together what she saw in the movie with reality. Judy feels strongly that history should not be forgotten, but instead be faced squarely and used as a guide for the future. Judy is very lively, but has her quiet moments. In her refusal to conform, she decided to join Pinkoi; she liked that Pinkoi is not just another e-commerce company, but has heart and soul.
Judy works as Pinkoi's Marketing Data Analyst. She hopes that she can use data to help more great designs be discovered.
BA in English from Shih Chien University
Kay thinks that the basic nutrients in life are movies (and American/European TV series), music, and books. For dessert, she prefers a serving of independent travel. To preserve her inner child, Kay collects action figures. Maybe it's to do with her constellation, but following graduation, every one of Kay's jobs has been an adventure into an unknown field. The only thing that remained consistent was her appreciation of life's quality and meaning.
By joining Pinkoi, Kay hopes to help discover the best designs, to become more appreciative of life's beauty, creativity, and limitless possibilities, and then share findings that are surprising and moving with others. Through Pinkoi, Kay hopes that every corner of the world can be connected by beautiful objects.
Michelle first discovered her vocation as a communication facilitator when still a student. Her career has since revolved around People Operations. Apart from working in headhunting and the travel sector, Michelle has worked in a German, a Spanish, and a Swiss retail company.
Outside work, Michelle is an advocate for sustainable living. She enjoys helping her family and friends with resume-writing, interviews, and careers advice. Aside from traveling and language learning, Michelle is devoted to raising her clan of big, small, and 2 "real" persian cats. Michelle also loves drawing, and so sees Pinkoi as a playground for her inner child!
BA in Fashion Design from Wuhan Textile University, School of Fashion
Jin fell madly in love with handicraft while at university: embroidery, indigo dyeing, and weaving. A notepad has never been far from her hand. Apart from making clothes, Jin has made accessories and brought these treasures to design fairs. After graduation, Jin put all her effort into creating Chun-huo-shi-ji, a fair built on the concept of all things foolish, clumsy, and adorable!
BA in Contemporary Culture Studies from Tokyo Woman's Christian University
Satomi has worked in many sectors: in marketing strategy for a metal fabrication company, in administration for a university, and in customer service for an Internet service provider. Outside work, Satomi enjoys good rice and wine, and knitting in the tranquil night when everyone (her child) is asleep.
As both her grandfather and father are artisans, Satomi firmly believes that the Internet can be the future of craftsmanship, allowing it to continue bringing people joy in this modern age. That's why she joined Pinkoi's Community Team!
Pearl learned of the Maker culture as a student. When she graduated, she worked in the legal department of a science-and-technology company, where she developed her skills and industry knowledge. Although steeped in the legal background, Pearl is passionate about protecting designs, creative value and processes, and storytelling. That's why she adventured into a new field, joining Pinkoi in midsummer.
Outside work, Pearl loves the outdoors, and doesn't mind a good tan. She loves spending time with people and nature. Pearl firmly believes that these experiences bring unanticipated rewards. Carrying her big rucksack, going as she pleases, visiting local craft fairs, handwriting numerous postcards... Pearl hopes that one day she'll see the whole world, step by step.
Pearl is excited to work and grow with Pinkoi. She hopes that more people will discover great designs!
It was the years of working with a digital advertising agency that made Remi realize his love for UI design. Having thrown himself into this field, Remi particular likes to observe and speculate user behavior. He thinks that this passion is probably related to his childhood love of reading detective novels.
As a die-hard Chelsea (football club) fan, Remi's daughter is also named Chelsea. Remi plays the bass, and was in a band called The Shine & Shine & Shine & Shine during college. They even released a few EPs and records. Nowadays, Remi plays with Vector The Bike. His cool groove never stops!
Mei-Hua loved reading as a child, so maybe that's why she's fascinated by text and language. In junior high, she took a Visual Basic class and was amazed by how commands can be used to manipulate computers. That's when she decided to make a living out of programming.
In high school, Mei-Hua joined an IT club, where she learned basic algorithms and logic programming. At university, she learned about human–computer interaction, and realized that this was her true passion. From then on, she would always remind herself: it's not enough to follow only technological developments; one must also follow the interaction between technology and people. Apart from reading, Mei-Hua enjoys going to gigs. She thinks that nothing beats the rush of music festivals.
At Pinkoi, Mei-Hua works as a Data Scientist. She hopes that she can use her knowledge to provide better user experience for Pinkoi members.
CJ used to believe that time will slow down if you live near a black hole. When he studied in Taiwan, he participated in the AMiBA project, researching cosmology. For his PhD, CJ specialized in large-scale structure of the Universe, in particular researching the dynamics and evolution of galaxy clusters. Returning to Taiwan after his research, he realized that 20 years have flashed by! CJ decided that it was time to set sight on more "earthly" pursuits, and use his knowledge of statistics, data management, and data analysis to make a contribution to society.
CJ analyses data for Pinkoi, developing his skills in extracting information from data and effectively applying the information to practice.
BSc in Multimedia and Animation Arts from National Taiwan University of Arts
Devin studied multimedia and animation arts, but embarked on web design when someone asked if he could write CSS. Upon his first contact with jQuery, Devin decided that he will henceforth be a front-end engineer, holding a paintbrush in one hand, and a keyboard in the other! Embracing this change of career, Devin is determined to give his all in front-end engineering.
MSc in Information Management from Fu Jen Catholic University
Mark majored in data mining. Upon graduation, he worked in a software company for 3 years. Because he loved the sense of accomplishment that comes with developing software and systems that people actually use, Mark dreamed of working in a development team full of passion and facing the masses, like Pinkoi!
Outside work, Mark has many interests: food, traveling, gym, western TV series, movies, music, reading, cooking, and pets. Mark is curious and inquisitive about everything. He likes to look at the world from different angles. Mark believes that the essence of life lies in experience and trying new things. To avoid "rusting" Mark always seeks to challenge himself and be subjected to the tests of life. Mark's current test is as a cat slave, whose duties include litter administration.
Mark joined Pinkoi in 2016 as a Back-End Engineer. He hopes to assist Pinkoi in providing better services.
BA in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University
Immediately after graduation, Kris boarded a plane for Taiwan. Believing he’d teach a few years and return to the U.S., Kris unexpectedly fell in love with Taiwan, especially its delicious cuisine. After a year of teaching, Kris took a writing job at AMC Magazine, proving his family wrong, that, in fact, a writing degree was a splendid idea. After three years at AMC, a wild opportunity allowed Kris to transition into marketing, handling Cheetah Mobile’s social media marketing and offline events.
In his five years in Taiwan, Kris has written a business English book, countless articles, and even advertising copy for BenQ and Asus. He is an advocate for all things Made in Taiwan, and so working for a Taiwanese start-up was an obvious choice. He’s proud to be a Pinkoist!
When Kris isn’t working, he’s talking, taking bad selfies, and enjoying the three “B”s: beer, beauty (natural & handmade), and board games. He aspires to design his own board games. In the meantime he’s content helping others bring their games to life: editing rulebooks, play-testing, and “throwing” money into crowdfunding. Kris lives in Taipei with his fiancée and two cats.
BA in Dance from National Taiwan University of Arts
Thierry started in Web design at the age of 12. He taught himself Web design using tutorial websites, and enjoyed it so much that he was buried in his templates daily. Thierry once pursued performing arts in high school, and studied dance at university. It must have been a mission impossible, but Thierry went from having two left feet, to performing in national theater!
After graduation, Thierry worked for Xue Xue Institute as a Web designer. Next, he worked for a start-up and a group-buying e-commerce company. Eventually, Thierry felt that he needed to break outside his comfort zone, and somehow find a place to use all the skills he learned along the way.
Thierry always loved finding great designs. Joining Pinkoi in 2016 as UI/UX designer, Thierry found the perfect place to use his skills.
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