At Age 40, I have two startups: my new day-job Ohanga and my new not-day-job art classes

Yesterday was my 40th birthday. I have been an engineer and engineering manager for the last 17+ years. I worked for high tech companies such as Amazon. Two months ago, I launched a startup headquartered in Rhode Island. For all the past 40 years, I was developing my left brain power. As to the other half, there was almost none. Since my childhood, I could barely sketch a cube with the right perspectives and shadows to make it 3D-looking (of course, if I am allowed to use a ruler with precise measurement, that’s a different story :)…

Yuping (co-founder of Ohanga), homework folder for art classes
Yuping (co-founder of Ohanga), homework folder for art classes
My art folder

My new non day-job: taking art classes

Long story short, I am now taking art classes. I originally purchased these online classes (taught by Chinese-speaking teachers since my dad only speaks Chinese) for my dad who is currently living with us. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I was concerned about him getting bored at home. It turns out that I didn’t have to worry: he really didn’t have much time left between his super productive vegetable garden and the two grandchildren that have been home since March.

My new non day-job:, Celebrate Creative

But life works its wonder in very magic ways. My startup company Ohanga that I co-founded with a friend is to “Celebrate Creative” and to “support local artists”. Our vision is “imagining a world where artists can grow and share their passions undeterred, and where communities can celebrate the arts and champion the creatives around them”. I had always been an admirer of artists and creatives… how they are able to create these beautiful arts were (and still are!) beyond my imagination. This new endeavor of taking art classes is only making me even more appreciative of the amazing creativity and hard work (!) within the artists and their arts. student art contest student art contest

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beginning a new journey by launching my own startup in the middle of the pandemic. I am passionate about sharing my learning.

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