Steve Cho

Co-Founder, NextGoals
Dalian City, Liaoning Province, China

About Steve

Bio

Worked for my father since I was five. During high school played basketball but kept getting cut from the team. Got rejected from my dream college. Depressed, humiliated, I ran away to Thailand right after high school graduation to develop discipline by training muay Thai for 2 months. I went to college for 3 years and then had this epiphany which distracted me that I dropped out. While on a study abroad in China, I came across a start-up incubator and was fortunate enough to be given opportunity to start my own company. Now, I'm on a mission to see how much of a difference one life can make. I know I can't do it alone and I will need all the help I can get.

Languages

English, German, Korean

Areas of Expertise

Marketing + Branding + Management + Leadership, Creativity

An idea worth spreading

Open-sourced hardware & software for a device that tracks physical activities -- calories burned, steps, distance, speed to name a few (could include, altitude, heart rate, etc). It'd be nice to drive the costs of these health trackers down so that EVERYONE can afford it, and really gauge their progress. What gets measured, gets improved, so by having more people able to track their activities, they then develop the self-awareness to make better informed decisions that will optimize their future.

I'm passionate about

self-improvement and changing the world for the better

Universities

University of Georgia

Talk to me about

your story & how I can help you do the things you want in life.

People don't know I'm good at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rRPXZMDX38

My TED story

Dropped out of college to start a company in China. Although I stopped institutionalized education, I have never stopped learning. TED, Wikipedia, and countless books continue to give me the education I need to better myself and hopefully make a difference.

Comments & conversations

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Steve Cho
Posted almost 3 years ago
Change Through Imagination and Fiction: we need to communicate our ideas & visions to make them real.
come to think of it... you're right. Lies are employed to get ahead or to get something... as opposed to a joke. This is rather interesting, and we've probably stumbled upon some philosophical realms of the true definitions of reality. But here's how I think of it: reading about an epic fictional tale of some hero overcoming struggles to save the world or whatever evokes the same emotions of hearing the story of your favorite athlete who became number 1 after all this hard work, sacrifice and whatever. 2 stories... one is real, one is fake, but the end result -- the experience being shared and people reacting to it -- is the same. I don't know, something to ponder about.
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Steve Cho
Posted almost 3 years ago
We must teach the teachers before teaching students.
Learning should be a two-way street. Teachers should work to improve their communication skills. Students should work to improve their listening and learning skills. One good way to facilitate this is have them do things together, like read, write, etc, and share their work. Over time, they could witness their personal growth and have a shared experience of learning and growing together, an experience no one could take away. This develops trust. "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
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Steve Cho
Posted almost 3 years ago
What is the next big thing?
The convergence of social networking, mobile communications, and personal tracking (health, activities, etc). Hardware getting smaller, cheaper, faster, more powerful, and it's only a matter of time before we have our automated social networking, phone, applications and health trackers available in something very small, lightweight (possibly worn on the wrist for convenience), and all that.
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Steve Cho
Posted almost 3 years ago
I believe the reasons for effective communication is an important idea that should be taught.
The key is simplicity. With simplicity, more people can understand. In the end, communication is about accommodating your audience, about treating others the way THEY want to be treated (the platinum rule). And you're right a lot of people are ineffective communicators, often obscuring the concept with unnecessary words and sentence structures. Communication is the most important skill to have.