Steven Kohn will make an excellent entrepreneur.I asked Steve to assist my team with a last minute opportunity to file a NSF grant.We knew each other and I thought his skill sets would be valuable.Steve quickly became competent in our science and the NSF process.Within the team, Steve was very reliable and showed greater capabilities than other members.I then made him project manager and had him coordinate our NYC team and the scientists at Texas A&M University.My partner,Dr. Hongcai Zhou,who is very successful in achieving Federal grants, was very impressed with Steve’s final product.Accordingly,I asked Steve to stay and manage additional projects.
As an early stage start-up, framergy was not an ideal work environment for everyone.It required a self-starter with entrepreneurial initiative.Steve naturally has these skills,and when he is passionate about something,he ensures his work is a success.I highly encouraged Steve to pursue building his own startup.
I fully support Steven Kohn and The Shower Pedal innovation. It addresses the most widespread and critical need on a global basis and is relevant and easy to understand and identify with on an individual basis. The best ideas lie in their simplicity and ability to address a need and this project certainly meets that criteria. I am also confident in Steven's ability to lead this project and bring it to fruition. He has the passion, creativity, drive, organization skills and "stick to it"ivness as well as complex project management capabilities. In addition, Steven has strong commercial instincts and will manage the project with a sensitivity and awareness of the details important to ensuring commercial viability. He understands the value of an effective network and wide range of resources and I am confident he will utilize his resources wisely. I will be proud and honored to mentor Steven on this project and encourage others to support this worthwhile and important cause.