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TheBridge profile: Chul Yim


Name: Chul Yim

Current city: Mission District, San Francisco

Current job: Head of State & Local Government, Education, and Public Healthcare, Zimperium

Past job: Director of Business Development, US SLED, FireEye

Q. Favorite spot for a coffee meeting? Tartine Manufactory

Q. Describe how a skill you learned in a previous job helped you in your current job. Finding FLOW. The definition of flow (via Wikipedia), also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. When you operate professionally and personally at this level, you are fully optimized and you'll be testing your limits often and surpassing them. I recommend reading Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal.

Q. Job advice in three words? Find your balance

Q. How are you (or your company, org, nonprofit) currently bridging the gap between politics and tech / innovation and regulation? I joined Zimperium, a mobile threat defense company, this year and I assumed mobile phones and their apps were fairly safe. I was dead wrong. Mobile Internet consumption has surpassed desktops/laptops and it keeps growing at an exponential rate. We are bridging the gap by taking an approach via education and awareness that there are significant vulnerabilities in your enterprise mobile environment, and without visibility to see them, you can't properly defend yourself. Lawmakers and their staff have personal and work devices, and we want to ensure hackers and mobile threats don't compromise them.

Q. What can Silicon Valley (innovators) teach DC (regulators)? That Elon Musk is human and has feelings...

Q. What can DC (regulators) teach Silicon Valley (innovators)? Engage early and often. Important to share ideas that may have policy implications down the road.

Q: Favorite app? zIPS, Mobile Threat Defense app

Q: Startups to watch? Clover Health and

Q: Last time you were completely unplugged? Fly fishing on a remote island in Mexico.

Q: How often do you work from home?

Q: If you had to live in another city, which would it be?
Ravello, Italy

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