Ubiquity Founder Profile: Eugene Johnson of Revi

Can you sum up what Revi does?

What is the story behind how you started your company? How did you meet your co-founders?

As a serial entrepreneur, I have been starting companies since I was 18, so I have always been on the lookout for opportunity. In 2012, while doing some investing and speaking, I realized I wanted to get back into operations and the tech world.

When did you first get into the industry? What drew you to it?

I am originally from New York and moved to the Bay Area in 2006 to continue growing my offline business that was thriving in California. My original plan was to stay in California for a year before heading back to the East Coast. However, the longer I stayed, the more I fell in love with the culture.

We think of nerds as people who are obsessed with something (see our blog post on the subject). What are you nerdy about or obsessed with?

My obsession is chess. At 9 years old, I had my first introduction to chess when I joined a chess club to learn how to play. Because my family moved away just two months later, I didn’t really play chess again until I was 20 years old. My roommate at the time re-introduced me to the game, regularly destroying me. Being as competitive as I am, I bought a chess book and after poring over it for a month, I was able to start splitting games with him. By the end of that year, I was regularly beating him. He moved and another 10 years without chess flew by. While at Meraki, I found a few co-workers who played chess and helped me turn my passion into an obsession. That year, I discovered Chess.com which allowed me to play any time day or night because I could compete with people all around the world.

What’s your advice to budding technical founders who haven’t yet jumped off to launch their new company?

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