When you hear the word “privacy,” what comes to mind? Your personal information? The security cameras in your home? Your favorite Alexa or Google device that is listening to your every word? But what about your car, or even more importantly, what about your phone? According to the ACLU website, cell phones and other wireless electronic devices are vital communication tools that have become necessary for full participation in modern life. But they are also powerful tracking devices that can be used to infringe on individual privacy.
We sat down with Jason Keats, founder and self-proclaimed “Chief Hooligan” at Osom Privacy, a US-based startup company developing new smartphone technology that is, in their words, built better and built private.
In this episode, you will gain valuable insights into the critical role of privacy in today’s technology, especially smartphones, and the challenges and strategies of starting and running a successful startup. You will also hear about Keats’ passions, such as racing, and how they parallel his professional life, illustrating the diverse interests and skills that can contribute to entrepreneurial success.
What You’ll Learn in This Episode:
- The challenges of hardware production and Osom’s partnership with Solana for the “Saga” device (04:04)
- Materials used in smartphone manufacturing, like glass and titanium, and their impact on product quality (13:04)
- The importance of maintaining a flat organizational structure (24:36)
- Privacy-focused tech and racing sponsorships (28:57)
- The use of Siemens software at Osom Privacy (34:20)
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Guest: Jason Keats
Jason Keats is OSOM’s Founder and Chief Hooligan — a title inherited from his time as head of R&D at Essential Products under Andy Rubin. He was also Head of Product Architecture for the original iPad Pro at Apple and worked on special projects under Jony Ive. In his “spare” time, he’s a professional racecar driver.
Host: Kevin Blevins
Kevin Blevins is the Portfolio Development Executive for SMB and Startup Companies and manages the Siemens Digital Industries Software Startup Program. He works with the Siemens sales organizations as well as Siemens Partners to engage and evangelize the Siemens Startup Program in the Americas. Kevin has spent more than 35 years in the Engineering and Manufacturing software industry. Prior to this he spent seven years in the automotive design industry. Kevin has been with Siemens for 33 years. During this time, he has held positions in Technical Support, Technical Sales Support Leadership, Sales Director for the Automotive Region, Partner Sales Executive, and his current position. Kevin has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI.
OSOM Privacy believes You shouldn’t be made to surrender a piece of yourself every time you use your personal technology. Your data, Your location, Your likes, Your searches, are all your private property. The world shouldn’t have access to you; you should have access to the world. OSOM prioritizes privacy instead of treating data like currency- and they’re dedicated to end-to-end solutions that provide complete and permanent control of your data. Learn more at Home (osomprivacy.com)
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