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dokiWatch, The Advanced Smartwatch for Your Kid: an interview with Casper Chien

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I’m Caspier Chien, CEO and founder of Doki Technologies. dokiWatch is the world’s most advanced and complete smartwatch for kids ages 6-12 years old that’s also wearable phone, GPS locator, fitness tracker, and more! It is the first-ever 3G smartwatch for kids to combine multiple communication options such as video call, voice call, and messaging capabilities with tracking and SOS functions in one simple device. dokiWatch is designed for the modern family to stay connected at all times. With child safety being our top priority, we made sure dokiWatch enables parents to track their child’s location and receive notifications whenever they are at risk. dokiWatch also includes interactive kid-friendly features such as a virtual pet that doubles as a fitness tracker to keep kids engaged.

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Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you and what do you do?
I am the Founder and CEO of Doki Technologies. My experience and expertise is in strategic marketing and product development, and I’ve worked at innovative and wearable technology companies such as adidas and Fitbit.

Casper Chien talks about his crowdfunding work with Kickstarter to fund dokiWatch.

I’ve worked at innovative and wearable technology companies such as adidas and Fitbit.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
I’m a workaholic and perfectionist. I get up early, go to work, and probably won’t be home until at least 9pm everyday. I dream of work when I sleep. Yup, the life of an entrepreneur.

 

Video call between parents and child possible with dokiWatch
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you
I love history. Yes, I know. It might be boring to most of you, but I find it super interesting!
How did you come up with the idea for your product and what made you “go for it?”
The idea for DokiWatch came to me while I was in the shopping mall with my 6 year old nephew, Jeremy. One moment he’s right next to me and the next moment he’s nowhere to be found. I’m sure every parent can relate to that mini panic attack you get when your child goes missing. I realised there needs to be a device that can better help parents communicate and track their children conveniently. But I didn’t want to develop a device purely for parents to track their kids with. Thus, I had the idea to integrate social and interactive features such as the “dokiPet”, a virtual pet in the smartwatch that also acts as a fitness tracker, to keep kids engaged.

What made you decide to go with crowdfunding (or venture capital)?
I decided to go with crowdfunding to validate our concept and product. And to get an initial understanding of the public’s responsiveness to such a device. We were able to validate that we had a compelling product that fills a need in the market based on the positive feedback we were getting, and we also successfully achieved our funding goal on Kickstarter in less than 48 hours after going live.
What is the best decision you’ve ever made with your product (financial, emotional, educational) that led to the product we’re experiencing today?
I never made any compromises to the vision and direction I wanted to achieve. We’ve developed a compelling product with both parents’ and kids’ needs in mind, and we’re building a brand that hopefully is one day recognizable and trusted by both parents and kids all over the world.
dokiWatch includes a pet which also acts as a tracker to track your kids steps.
Where do you see your company or your company’s focus in 1-2 years?
IoT and smart devices developed specifically for children.
If you could time travel back to day one of your start­up and have 15min with your former self to communicate any lessons you’ve acquired with the intention of saving yourself mistakes and heartache, what would you tell yourself?
Seek out more partners or personnel that have synergies with me either on business or personal level to make the startup process less strenuous and reduce the workload.

Casper Chien Founder and CEO of the dokiWatch

Seek out more partners or personnel that have synergies with me either on business or personal level to make the startup process less strenuous and reduce the workload.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and work and why?
The biggest influence on my life and work would be my dad. He was an entrepreneur himself and built up a successful business. Seeing him succeed in business while I was growing up also made me aspire to become an entrepreneur myself and create my own success.
Any tips for aspiring entrepreneurs on how to facilitate a successful financing campaign?
Do your research, talk to potential consumers, test your product, know your markets. All this seem to be a given, but you’d be surprised how many entrepreneurs think they have a compelling product and are blindly passionate about it (which is understandable), however, they haven’t done enough research to validate the concept and business model. Having a cool and interesting product does not necessarily mean it would sell well in the market.
What do you see as the biggest advancement in your technology sector over the next 5-10 years?
The concept of IoT is made possible because of the advancements in connected technology. Today, just about any device or product can be linked up to the internet and server. The potential for smart devices is immense and the market is growing as companies invest more into this sector.
What do you see as the biggest risk in your technology sector over the next 5-10 years?
I think IoT devices and in particular wearable technology is here to stay. It may take some time for it to becomes a mainstream device that most consumers use. At the moment, wearable devices still appear to be quite gadgety and only appeals to the more tech savvy consumers. However, I believe that as the form factor and value proposition of wearable devices become more apparent and clear for the end user and mass consumer, wearable technology would become progressively more mainstream.

Thank you for your time Casper!

Wrapping it up

If you’d like to support Casper and the dokiWatch, check out doki.com, the Kickstarter campaign and follow them on:

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