Jonathan's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Design Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

JONATHAN CEDAR

Founder / CEO
BioLite

“Become a technical contributor to an issue you care about, in an environment you can thrive in.”

INTERESTS:

Engineering Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Passion Values Acceptance Perseverance Confidence Community Risk Struggle Experience

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a Cause and Belief

TAGS:

advice, balance, challenge, confidence, design, engineering, experience, ideas, innovation, internship, luck, mistakes, outdoors, persistence, projects, solutions, start up, successful, teacher, technology

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He majored in engineering, environmental science, and film.
  • While working on an oceanographic research vessel, he picked up a book called The Art of Innovation.
  • He got about ten pages into reading about the culture of design when he realized that was what he needed to do to blend his interests.
  • BioLite started as a "night and weekend" project with his college buddy; they wanted to solve an international health crisis.
  • Four million people die prematurely as a result of prolonged exposure to open fires and carbon monoxide, so they set out to build the solution.
  • One of the hardest things for him to get through was accepting critical feedback about his "baby."
  • Eventually he realized that it was important to discern the difference between being persistent and being stubborn.
  • Says being persistent is key: it means you stick with what you care about, but you're able to accept and employ constructive criticism.

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