Working Geek: Renaissance woman Anna Hong is a rocket scientist, entrepreneur and nonprofit founder


Anna Hong at an event for GirlUp Entrepeneur, the nonprofit she founded.

Anna Hong has worn a lot of hats over the course of her career.

After interning for Microsoft Research’s Asia division, she took an aerospace propulsion engineer position at the Chinese Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), a leading rocket manufacturer in Beijing. She climbed the ranks to become the CALT CEO’s chief of staff but eventually, her entrepreneurial ambitions took her in another direction.

Hong moved from Beijing to Seattle about four years ago and connected with Microsoft engineer Michael Koenig. In 2014, they co-founded SapphireView and launched its flagship product, FrontRow.

FrontRow uses a multi-camera system to record professional sports from different angles, “transforming how people experience events beyond what ESPN, YouTube, Amazon Prime and Netflix offers,” Hong says.

Hong serves as SapphireView’s COO and takes a hands-on role in product design and engineering. On the side, she runs GirlUp Entrepreneur, a nonprofit community to dedicated to mentoring women in business and connecting them with fundraising opportunities.

We caught up with Hong for this installment of Working Geek, a regular GeekWire feature. Continue reading for her answer to our questionnaire.

Current Location: Seattle

Computer types: MacBook Pro

Mobile devices: iPhone 7 Plus.

Favorite apps, cloud services and software tools:

Onenote (Love it, use it every day)
Slack (Love the channel feature, use it every day)
WeChat (Have more than 3,000 friends, business and personal, use it every day)
Zeplin (Great collaboration app for UI designers and front-end developers)
Sketch (Great tool for UI design)
Meitu (Photo editing app)
Amazon (My favorite shopping app in U.S.)
Taobao (My favorite shopping app in China)

Describe your workspace. Why does it work for you? “We cram seven developers in a small office space and work collaboratively. We use our open business lounge for our sales and marketing team. As we grow we want to find a space with a stage and half a basketball court so we can test our product daily.”

Hong’s development team at SapphireView.

Your best advice for managing everyday work and life? “Make sure you have a five-to-10-year long-term goal and every day, make sure you are doing the most important things in order to achieve your goal. Being a startup founder, new mom, wife, and daughter to my parents is very tough. Here is my solution: I send my daughter to day care, and I worked with my parents and husband to have them help take care of the home and our daughter. …read more

Source:: GeekWire

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