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Chris Flink
Chris Flink

Chris Flink


Palo Alto, CA USA

"You have to find something that allows some piece of your soul-the part that you're passionate about-to participate. If you turn your back on that, you're setting yourself up for misery."

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Chris's work combines: Design, Engineering, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life

Product Design

I design products, services, spaces, and interactive experiences that bring new companies and brands to life.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Industrial and Product Design

    Stanford University

  • Graduate Degree

    Business Administration and Management, General

    Stanford University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Says, "there's a lot of room between being completely unrealistic and thinking you're gonna be a rockstar and totally selling out."

  • 2.

    Don't turn your back on your talents, the parts of your soul that allow you to "participate" in the world.

  • 3.

    Went to Stanford University, says he struggled to make choices about his career path.

  • 4.

    Ended up in product design to kill time, procrastinate until he found something else.

  • 5.

    One of his professors started IDEO, told Chris he should get serious about product design, that he had a talent there.

  • 6.

    Moved to New York to hone his skills before returning to San Francisco to work for that very same professor at IDEO.

  • 7.

    Says he "spent all of my time and energy compelling others that I was good at what I was doing," realized he had to prove it to himself.