#010 – Silicon Valley Start Up Veteran – Jared Wolff

Published On December 20, 2015 | Electrical Eng, Hardware Engineer

Jared Wolff is the principal electrical engineer at Silicon Valley startup Mark One, a health wellness and fitness company which successfully raised over $4M to mass produce the Vessyl. Jared is a graduate of Computer Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a minor in Communications. He has worked on the hardware teams at Apple and at Cisco, and he has been in the startup trenches since 2011.

Jared shares with us:

  • why he studied Computer engineering.
  • his passion for consumer electronics.
  • advice on securing internships.
  • insights into the startup life.
  • and much more…

Reach out to Jared Wolff via LinkedIn.

Or by email: hello@jaredwolff.com.

Check out Jared’s blog.


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Discussion timestamps:

08:06 – Intro
08:49 – How Jared ended up studying Computer Engineering.
10:39 – Why Jared pursued a minor in communications.
11:28 – Working on Line Cards at Cisco.
13:24 – Contributing to the 4th generation iPods at Apple.
14:23 – Tips for landing food internships working on consumer products.
16:10 – Advantages of working in a large company early on in your career.
17:34 – Why Jared moved to Silicon Valley.
18:31 – What was Sifteo and what product was being developed?
19:31 – What is a Hardware Engineer?
20:08 – Objectives of good hardware engineering.
21:28 – Projects tackled at Sifteo.
22:48 – Seeing your final product in the hands of the consumer.
23:45 – Experiencing his first layoff.
24:40 – Going on a motorcycle adventure to Alaska.
26:01 – The influence of venture capitalists within startups.
27:24 – Work done at OUYA.
29:24 – Lessons learned from failures.
30:14 – Introducing Mark One.
32:03 – Introducing the Vessyl and Pryme – Mark One’s products.
34:34 – Work life balance at startups.
36:30 – Tips to make a good team great.
38:45 – Relax, nothing is under control. Uncertainty in the startup life.
39:58 – Advantages of working in startups.
42:10 – Necessary qualities when working at startups.
42:58 – Exciting future technologies.
43:38 – Book recommendations.


Episode related content

Book recommendations:

The One Thing – Gary Keller

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) – Seth Godin

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success – Adam M Grant

The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy — Lewis Howes

Introducing Pryme by MarkOne:

Quick look at the Sifteo cubes:

David Merrill presenting the Sifteo cubes on the TED stage:

Review of the OUYA:


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