“I have admired immensely what Steve Jobs did for Apple and the results of the products generated through his vision, so I started to study his strategies and how they worked,” Wu said
Charlotte, N.C. (PRWEB) July 25, 2012
Hong Kong-based entrepreneur David Wu finds inspiration for new products in many different places. His latest product creation, a remote control and HD lens to improve iPhone photography known as the eyeCLICK, was born out of his admiration for Steve Jobs as well as his youth spent working a family-owned Chinese restaurant in London.
Wu, 44, was born in Hong Kong but emigrated to London, England as a toddler.
“My father was in the restaurant business and took our family to the U.K. to find his dream,” Wu said. “He wanted to bring the wonders of our Chinese cuisine overseas. He had been to the U.S. several times prior and was horrified with how they butchered Chinese food by localizing it for American palates. The reason he chose England was that he admired the UK school system, so he decided it was the best place to raise his only son.”
Wu Inspired By Behind-The-Scenes Perfection Of Family Restaurant
The Wu’s restaurant, The Gallery Rendevous, was opened in the fashionable Soho district in London and became a famous place where many TV and movie celebrities frequently dined. Actors Roger Moore and Michael Caine were among them.
“My father is 83 today and still remembers Roger Moore as the most well-mannered gentleman you’ll ever meet, while he thought Michael Caine had the foulest mouth of any celebrity he had known,” Wu said.
Wu said the restaurant taught him that even though the patrons of the restaurant never saw the kitchen or how their food was prepared, top hygiene and meticulous care during food preparation were essential to a good meal.
“My father would jokingly tell his staff that when the restaurant gets full, customers could dine in the kitchen—it was that clean,” Wu said. “He said that in a successful restaurant, everything starts with choosing whom to buy the ingredients from. I never understood this until later in life—that what was never seen, and how you prepared anything before it was showcased, had a direct effect on the final result.
“The restaurant business also showed me the joy in being able to create something for the enjoyment of others,” Wu continued.
Launching His Own Tech Enterprise
Wu was asked to take over the family restaurant business but turned down the opportunity. “Even though I saw many inspirational things at the restaurant, it kept my father away from the family for much of the time, especially during the holidays,” Wu said.
He decided to pursue a career in technology, launching his first electronics company in Hong Kong in 2002. After selling the firm, he consulted for a few years. In 2005, he joined one of his consulting clients, Madcow International Group Limited in Hong Kong, full time. Today, he manufactures a range of gaming accessories for Sony Playstation, Sony Playstation 2 & 3, Sony PSP/PS Vita, Microsoft Xbox and 360, Nintendo Wii, all Gameboy versions, Nintendo 3DS and the latest generation platforms recently introduced. The company’s factory in Shenzhen, China covers a total production area of 22,000 square meters and has 1,000 employees.
“We have also diversified our product line and portfolio to include a wide range of smartphone and tablet accessories,” Wu said.
Company & Creations Inspired By Steve Jobs
Wu said when he took over as managing director of Madcow, he looked for examples of how to be an effective leader. Steve Jobs was at the top of the list.
“I have admired immensely what Steve Jobs did for Apple and the results of the products generated through his vision, so I started to study his strategies and how they worked,” Wu said. “I realized his beliefs and philosophy about how products should be made, stayed the same when he started Apple, through to when he lost his battle with John Sculley and was ousted from Apple, and eventually when he returned to run the company again. This was an eye-opener for me.”
More importantly, it reminded Wu of the lessons his father tried to instill.
“Suddenly I saw the meaning in what my father was telling me,” Wu said. “The thing that people like my father and Steve Jobs have in common is that they only wanted to create the best things that other people can enjoy or use—things that are far better than what others aspire to create.”
Fixing The Problem of Self Portraits Using iPhone
The concept for the eyeCLICK remote control device came to Wu after listening to an Apple keynote address, when the company announced the iPhone had become the most used camera in the world.
“I knew that the convenience of your phone always being with you would outweigh the chances of bringing a real camera out with you, which would mean casual photography would grow exponentially, Wu said. “At the same time, I was seeing how people were resorting to terrible workarounds in order to taking self portraits on their iPhones.”
With the eyeCLICK, Wu’s goal is eliminate the need to stretch your arm out at an uncomfortable angle to take a good self portrait or group shot. It combines a remote control and an HD lens to allow for better iPhone photographs.
“It’s more than a camera remote to me,” Wu said. “It frees us from what is the norm and ultimately improve our lives. It takes what we have today and not only makes it better, it reimagines how to do something. I believe that given the right marketing, it will bring people together in ways that you can’t do now.”
As a self-made entrepreneur, Wu is passionate about bringing eyeCLICK to the marketplace. But he also hopes to inspire others to invent new products as well.
“I believe that if you have a good knowledge through a deep interest and couple that with a true love for what you do, no degree of experience can match that,” Wu said. “I believe the product idea is 33%, and pushing of people around you to get their jobs done is 33%. The most important ingredient is passion, which I put at 34%.
“I’ve had times where some of my ideas have totally been wrong, but we completed them in record time because people saw my passion,” he continued. “Many people want to follow a leader. If they see the passion, they will believe that it has to work and will get on board.”
To pre-order THE eyeCLICK, visit the eyeCLICK Kickstarter page.