Zeality AMA – Justin Chen, Director of Software Engineering
In 4 sentences or less, what is your story?
- I was a gymnast competed nationally in Taiwan during my upper elementary years.
- Studied at Computer Sciences at UW-Madison and married my college girlfriend in Madison, Wisconsin. Move to SF/Bay Area after graduation and started to work.
- My profile fits maybe 80% of foreign-born and educated software engineers in Silicon Valley.
- I enjoy listening to social trends studies, innovations (such as ‘all things considered’, ‘forum’, ‘Science Friday’, ‘car talk, ‘Marketplace’, ‘Commonwealth Club speaks’) as well as reading ancient Chinese history.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I would choose time traveling so that I can go back to observe how things started and why it gets to what it is.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
If a person has the integrity, let the person does the job if he/she is capable of doing it.
If you can go back in time, where would you go?
There are several periods that I would love to go. They are Warring States period, Three Kingdoms period, or Five dynasties in Chinese history. In Warring States period, knowledge is transferred from royals to common people. In Three Kingdoms period, knowledge is further developed from competitions for rewards or survivable. In Five dynasties period, knowledge is further blooming by cross-pollinating among different cultures.
Where is the most exciting place you’ve visited?
I have not really been to any exciting places but I would love to visit Arches or Glacier National Park when we have the opportunity to.
What is the strangest food you’ve ever tried?
I think maybe pig brain and heart.
What is an obstacle in the world that you think can be fixed and how?
I haven’t thought about it.
In your opinion, what is the biggest obstacle for the VR industry?
I am not sure because I am still learning more about the VR industry.
What do you look forward to every day?
I look forward to working with good people and learning something new every day.
When did you know engineering was your passion?
I knew in lower elementary when I found myself enjoying building my own toys using household items and figuring out mechanism on the connections of the moving parts.
In your opinion, what has been the most exciting innovation in software engineering in the last 5 years?
Probably IoT plus Big Data, which boosts Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to a stage for real applications.
What do you value most about our company and culture?
Since I am the newest member of the team, I am still learning a lot but I can say I enjoy the family-oriented atmosphere and the openness with communication on technical issues.
What inspires you most about tech and software engineering?
Help to bring a breakthrough to Zeality, grow the team, and hopefully get the rewards inspires me the most
In the next 5 years, where do you see VR/360°?
I am not too sure. I do look forward to it to get past the stage of ‘Trough of Disillusionment’ in the hype cycle.
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
I am not really sure actually. I think it would probably be to continue to do what you feel passionate about.