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Kris Young

Entrepreneur • Advisor Portland, Oregon Area, US

Founder, Elemental: "Industrial Equipment with Co-Working Comforts" / Opto-Mechanical Consultant, Konstant Products /

Founder, Elemental: "Industrial Equipment with Co-Working Comforts" / Opto-Mechanical Consultant, Konstant Products /

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Other Engineering
I have an idea I'm commited to
I don’t have much time for the next several months

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Mechanical Engineering
  • • Other Engineering

Involved In

Advisor

PteroFin

Positions

Optical Engineer III Advanced Energy December 2014 - present
Opto-Mechanical Engineer Advanced Energy December 2014 - present
Opto-Mechanical Engineer Konstant Products Consulting September 2004 - present
Opto-Mechanical Consultant Droplet Measurement Technologies September 2006 - May 2014
Research Associate US Antarctic Program October 2010 - October 2011
CTO EcoCruse September 2008 - October 2010
Mechanical Design Consultant Orb Optronix, Inc. January 2008 - September 2009
Optical Engineer Ball Aerospace May 2004 - September 2005
Student Oregon Institute of Technology 1996 - 2002
Laser Optical Engineer Silicon Light Machines 1999 - 2000

Education

Oregon Institute of Technology Laser Optics 1996 - 2002

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Engineering
  • • Electrical Engineering
  • • Other Engineering
  • • Marketing
Advisor With
  • • Marketing
  • • Coworking
  • • Management
  • • Team Building
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Education
  • • Events
  • • Green
  • • Hardware
  • • Robotics
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • Product Develpment
  • • Prototyping

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Manufacturing • R&d • Physics • Product Development • Solidworks

Key Accomplishments

I fill a valuable niche in the start-up world; that of a person who has been, and still is on both sides.

As a consultant I have worked with inventors trying to get a concept developed, small businesses trying to get a product launched, and established companies trying to bring a new product to market. I understand both the risks and rewards of being a project based consultant. I also have a good deal of experience in all the ways companies can compensate a consultant that aren't dollars for hours.

As a founder a have been successfully running a one man consulting firm for over a decade. At the moment I am also the co-founder of a space in Boulder, CO that is bridging the gap between co-working, business acceleration, and prototype fabrication. I am also the Director of Science at aerial sensor company. Prior to this I served as the CTO an electric vehicle company, COO of an alternative energy company.

The list is getting longer, and I don't have any wildly successful exits yet, but there are a lot of other people on this site that have that experience to share. What I bring a a very broad experience with start-ups at all stages of the beginning and middle. (specifically start-ups that are making physical things). Also the ability to see things from both sides of the table, because I never made the switch from one side to the other... My passion is the human experience of business, and in that regard I think I have a lot to offer.


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Jacob Wagner
They're my friends  •  Founder and CEO, Wagner Communication Systems, Inc. and COO, WorthLiving LLC.
He is a great entrepreneur but needs a cofounder.
Evan Pickett
They're my school  •  Product Development Engineer, Blount. Previously Mechanical Engineer, Nor-Cal Products.
I have always been impressed with Kris's ability to look at a large project and very quickly start working on it in a meaningful way. Kris ... has always been involved in large projects. I believe he will be an excellent entrepreneur because he knows when to lead and when to listen to someone who has more knowledge on the subject. Kris is an excellent project leader because he makes people want to work with him.
Wallace Kempkey
We worked together  •  I admire Mother Nature and envy the efficiency of birds' wings flapping through the air or the way fishes' fins slice through the water.
Kris is a great engineer with good insights and experience starting companies. He communicates very well and knows how to get the job done.

Evan Pickett
They're my school  •  Product Development Engineer, Blount. Previously Mechanical Engineer, Nor-Cal Products.
I've know Evan for over 10 years, and he is an excellent example of what happens when a person is lucky enough to get an education, and then ... a career doing what that love, and are naturally talented at. He is an amazing resource for all things mechanical and design related, and is continually coming up with new products. If I had the money I'd would have hired him years ago!!

Dave Jenkins
We worked together  •  Sr. Manager R&D - Illumination Optics, Synopsys' Optical Solutions Group. University of Michigan grad.
I worked with Dave at OrbOptronix for a little over a year. He was the president, and I was a consultant. At the time Orb was still very n ... ew, growing in several directions, and could have easily tripped over it's own feet a number of times. I was always impressed by Dave's ability to think things out in a rational way, and actually listen to what people had to say. This ability to think before acting, combined with his experience, and desire to make the most of whatever he is doing make him a great entrepreneur.

Christopher Sjolin
They're my friends  •  Engineering Team Lead, Act-On Software, Inc.. Previously Senior Software Engineer, S-Matrix Corporation.
I've know Chris for several years now; he has a very wide knowledge base, and a passionate, driven personality. I don't think there's much ... he couldn't do once he set his mind to it.

Wallace Kempkey
We worked together  •  I admire Mother Nature and envy the efficiency of birds' wings flapping through the air or the way fishes' fins slice through the water.
I've know Wally for about 3 years now, and I believe he has one of the most important traits a founder can have; 100% belief and commitment ... to his company. He's not afraid to work hard, or to wait a little longer than planned; all he needs now are a few people to help him a little on the technical side.