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Interview with Huijuan Guo from Titanium Falcon – Talon
The Talon is a smart ring which uses motion or gestures to play games or control apps on smart devices such as phones, tablets, smart TVs, VR headsets, smart watches and smart IoT devices. Compared to traditional, clunky, motion control gaming hardware, the Talon is a tiny finger ring. It also takes you from a 2D touchscreen to 3D touch-less space. Talon is all about having fun anywhere anytime.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Huijuan Guo, the CEO and Founder of Titanium Falcon. I founded this startup with one of my MBA classmates after we graduated from Thunderbird School of Global Management. We are both game aficionados and also foreigners. With only 2k USD in pocket, I drove from Phoenix to Silicon Valley to start my dream. I’m not that kind of person who focuses on entrepreneurship, but I’m obsessed to create this product which was in my mind and want to bring it to all the people in the world. I want to make people’s life more easy. I believe in not waiting for every factor to be ready before doing something. Just be brave moving forward, the world will follow you.
With only 2k USD in pocket, I drove from Phoenix to Silicon Valley to start my dream.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
I’m not the early type of person. I wake up at 8am; eat Chinese rice noodle for breakfast then go to the office. In the evening I go to Kendo Dojo to practice Kendo twice a week and to the gym 3-5 times a week. Sometimes I go back to office to work, sometimes I just stay at home and watch cartoons or series or read books. I go to bed around 1-2am.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you
I can do 55 push-ups in one minute, but I hate running.
How did you come up with the idea for your product and what made you “go for it”
I’ve been playing video games with my parents since I was a child. My Mom aways pulls up the gamepad for Super Mario to jump.
After so many years, like 20 years… When I was in Thunderbird, I went to gym a lot. When I was running on the treadmill, I felt so bored and wanted to play some games.
So if there was a device I could wear to play games or control apps without my hand touching or holding a device and by using people’s natural motion, that would be great, right? But I couldn’t find this device on the market, so I decided to create it myself.
What made you decide to go with crowdfunding (or venture capital)?
We feel like we’ve come a long way since we’ve formed this company. It was our dream and personal challenge to make a difference in the gaming industry. We are now ready to make the next step. There could not have been a better time to launch this crowdfunding campaign for us. Since we have the product developed and ready, but need financial support to mass produce it.
What is the best decision you’ve ever made with your product (financial, emotional, educational) that led to the product we’re experiencing today?
Directly went to the ring form factor not the band which is the most popular one. Ring is much better than band in gaming.
Where do you see your company or your company’s focus in 1-2 years?
In the first 2 years we focus on gaming industry. Because it’s a mature market. Then we will go to IoT market to work with more IoT device partners.
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?
Hey, there is a power logic bug in Prototype I.
It was our dream and personal challenge to make a difference in the gaming industry.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and work and why?
Both my Mom and Dad, they tought me to be brave, with a strong heart and strong body. My Mom even told me to be a great leader like Luffy (Monkey D. Luffy in a Japanese cartoon “One Piece”), be adventurous and not to fear failure.
Any tips for aspiring entrepreneurs on how to facilitate a successful financing campaign?
More networking, believe what you believe.
What do you see as the biggest advancement in your technology sector over the next 5-10 years?
Batteries, smaller and more powerful; or generate electricity using human’s body.
What do you see as the biggest risk in your technology sector over the next 5-10 years?