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Episode 22: Brave & Ignorant: Exploring the Mindset of a Pioneer with Scott Kim

Scott Kim stands on stage with a smile.

Jeff and Dave spoke with Scott Kim a few weeks before he was scheduled to speak at our No Barriers Summit in Tahoe. Scott called in from his hometown of San Francisco (and was appropriately sporting a Warriors jersey) to tell them about his journey to success in creation of the Rapael Smart Glove. As with other innovators and entrepreneurs they have spoken with previously – Scott outlines the difficulties and barriers he faced and how he dealt with them.

Background: Scott is the CEO of NEOFECT USA, and one of the founders of its parent company, NEOFECT, a rehabilitation technology company headquartered in South Korea. He wore several different hats before joining Neofect – a management consultant and a product manager in the software industry. Scott worked for mobile gaming companies such as GREE, Z2Live (which was acquired by King.com, a “Candy Crush” maker) and 505 Games, and founded a couple of startups. Recently, NEOFECT went on an IPO in November 2018, and is currently traded on the KOSDAQ.

A passion project; this innovation was born from personal experience. Scott was born with spinal bifida and has undergone surgery and understands the long process of rehabilitation. His prior experience in the gaming software industry has also contributed to his ability to create the games and software for the Rapael Smart Glove in the US market.

Learn more here: Neofect.com

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Scott Kim: None of us were health care experts. We are just so brave. And there’s a Korean saying that, “If you are ignored, then, usually you’re brave.” That completely applied, guys.

Erik W: It’s easy to talk about the successes, but what doesn’t get talked about enough is the struggle. My name is Erik Weihenmayer. I’ve gotten the chance to ascend Mount Everest, to climb the tallest mountain in every continent, to kayak the Grand Canyon, and I happen to be blind. It’s been a struggle to live what I call a No Barriers life, to define it, to push the parameters of what it means. And part of the equation is diving into the learning process and trying to illuminate the universal elements that exist along the way. And that unexplored terrain between those dark places we find ourselves in, in the summit, exists a map. That map, that way forward, is what we call No Barriers.

Dave: Today we meet Scott Kim who is the CEO of NEOFECT USA and one of the founders of its parent company NEOFECT, a rehabilitation technology company headquartered in South Korea. In 2018 NEOFECT went on an IPO and is currently traded on the KOSDAQ. Scott was born with Spina Bifida and has undergone multiple surgeries and understands the long process of rehabilitation. His prior experience in the gaming software industry has also contributed to his ability to create the games and software for the RAPAEL Smart Glove in the U.S. market. Scott will be presenting at our No Barriers Summit in June as part of the innovation panel.

Dave: Welcome everybody to today’s No Barriers podcast. We are thrilled to have Scott Kim joining us, who is a presenter at the No Barriers Summit, June 13th through the 15th in Tahoe, speaking on our Innovation Panel. Thrilled and lucky to have him and I just want to welcome Scott. Thank you so much for joining us.

Scott Kim: Yeah, thanks for having me.

 

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