[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on August 8, 2016 at 12:02 am. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]

[Migrated from a personal Evernote entry from 8/7/2016.]

I just listened to an hour-long NPR podcast on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510298/ted-radio-hour). I spontaneously started listening to it on a subway ride back home, as I was kind of getting sick of listening to the same saved songs on my phone over and over again.

I eventually got really into the podcast and what they were talking about, so decided to take a walk around the…


[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on June 27, 2016 at 6:40 am. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]

Yesterday I bought Peter Thiel’s book Zero to One per my friend’s (strong) recommendation. Thiel certainly spews a lot of cool insights in it, and one of his most interesting points from what I’ve read so far is this:

The only true way to succeed as a business is to achieve monopoly (contrary to basic economics, which states that the ideal situation for any business is absolute competition/equilibrium).

This goes along very well with my recent HUGE…


[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on June 18, 2016 at 7:10 am. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]

Today I got in a car accident. I was stopped at a stoplight in downtown Chicago with my whole family in the car when an SUV blindly hit the back of our sedan. It wasn’t a huge accident and didn’t cause too much car damage, but it was enough to give my mom a whiplash and hurt my back.

What happened next was incredibly frustrating. We both pulled to the side and got out of the car…


[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on June 16, 2016 at 10:20 pm. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]

One of the most memorable things that I learned from Psych 1 class my freshman year was the concept of perception and how our brain manages to turn everyday sensory input into thoughts and emotions. If I were to take whatever I learned and try to fit it into a new (probably not, but I’d like to think so haha) context of objectiveness and subjectiveness, we get the following:

Our memories and emotions are the result of…


[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on June 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]

Sometime last November, I got unusually high off caffeine while at work, and somehow had this epiphany / crazy idea: What if for one of my art projects, I created and lived as a completely different identity — an alter ego as a canvas? Basically, what if I tried to live two completely different lives at once? Haha..

To give some context, I’ve been doing some art projects here and there since last May when I took…


[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on June 15, 2016 at 6:27 pm. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]

[Migrated from personal Evernote entry from 12/13/2015]

It’s quite hard to express in words, but I just want to do so many things. I have so many ideas that I want to execute on and so many things I want to make and try but I only have so much time in my day/week/month/life. With that said, I’m still going to try to create/do/experience as many things as I can in my lifetime before I die as…


[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on June 14, 2016 at 8:59 pm. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]

[Migrated & extended from a personal entry in my Evernote from 12/23/2015]

I believe that the average human has the ability to learn and do anything in the world. It’s uncommon for people to fully exercise this power and truly learn anything (skills, etc.) …


[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on June 14, 2016 at 3:57 pm. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]

I’ve been getting into writing (essays, journals, random thoughts) for a while now, but haven’t really published anything publicly. I’ve found that writing is a great way to record memories/emotions/thoughts/goals/etc in a way that pictures or even videos can’t.

Anyways, I wanted to start an actual public-facing blog to dump some of my thoughts and musings onto. To start it off, I’ll just migrate some of my previous essays from my personal Evernote as individual posts.

It…


Ember Labs is my personal laboratory dedicated to building new businesses

I love making things. I’ve been doing it my whole life and I find genuinely indescribable joy in creating new things. Websites, apps, robots, products, businesses, writing, art, film — I’ve made a little bit of everything and constantly strive to explore more.

Being a maker myself, I’ve always appreciated things we use every day that were once someone else’s creation. It’s a strange feeling to describe, but I just feel so content and delighted when I see or use a well designed/engineered product (like my MacBook Pro, the Airbnb iOS app, even my Tuft & Needle mattress).

More than…


5 lessons from Frank Lucas’ ultra-successful heroin empire in 1970s New York.

“Rap game, crack game ain’t that different ya know?
-Drake, Come Thru

It’s 2016 and unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard of brands like Vizio, H&M, Zara, and Xiaomi. They’re very successful companies that make billions of dollars every year.

What about Blue Magic — does that ring a bell? It’s a brand of heroin created and sold by drug kingpin Frank Lucas, who amassed a fortune in the 70s selling heroin to all of New York City. His prosperous career and eventual demise was chronicled in the 2007 blockbuster film American Gangster.

These brands may seem…

Jack Kim

I create consumer products and art. http://jackk.im

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