Picture This: 7 Questions With Patrick O'Neill, Founder Of Olloclip
You've probably heard of olloclip, the pocket-size 4-in-1 iPhone lens featuring fisheye, wide-angle, and macro capabilities. But what you might not know is that the innovative company is based right here in Huntington Beach. Nestled in a business complex near Gothard and Heil, the offices and warehouse are changing the world through phoneography.
Producing "the most award-winning mobile lenses ever," olloclip uses 3D prototype printing to produce a series of intuitive lightweight quick-change lenses that conveniently clip to most Apple devices, from iPhones, iPods, to iPads—to even the Samsung Galaxy S. Stocking the shelves of every Apple store in the world, the growing collection has evolved from the original 3-in-1 iPhone lens to now offer rear-facing and front FaceTime camera functionality, wearable pendants, an on-trend rose gold design, and more.
Since its launch in 2011, the company has managed to attract some impressive fans, including Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, Instagram Founder Kevin Systrom, and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. It's also become the go-to social media accessory for more than a million mobile photographers.
Understandably, Founder & CDO Patrick O'Neill, and the entire olloclip crew, are hard to keep pace with. On the heels of representing at CES 2016 and sponsoring our January InstaMeet, the group rubbed elbows with tech world leaders at TED2016: Dream and recently starred in its own episode of "Million Dollar Genius" on the History Channel.
We managed to catch up with O'Neill, who, when he's not race car driving McDreamy, feeding his insatiable wanderlust, and launching Kickstarter campaigns, is inspiring countless other entrepreneurs across the globe. And remaining completely humbled by it all.
1) Main & PCH: How was olloclip received at CES?
Patrick O'Neill: CES was amazing! Our booth was twice as big as the year before. This was our fifth CES, and every year I feel that we have taken another step up the ladder. This year was the largest step yet!
2) In what ways is olloclip advancing mobile photography, both creatively and technically?
We are making it easier than ever to have the creative options you need with you at all times by respecting mobility. No longer do you need to carry 20 pounds of camera gear.
3) How are you making people's lives simpler?
We are not adding weight, bulk, complexity, or batteries that they need to recharge.
4) What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs out there?
Do it. Ideas are great, but it's execution and a great idea that are needed.
5) Last we spoke, you stated your motto as, "What would Steve do?", given Steve Jobs' major influence in your life. How does asking yourself this question make olloclip a better product?
It makes us complete the development circle for every product. We put in the hard work even after we might be done. We keep going and exploring the possibilities.
6) What's coming for olloclip in 2016?
Loads of innovative products that our customers are going to love!
7) Lastly, tell us about TED.
TED was an amazing experience. Everyone there is doing incredible things, and it's inspiring just to talk to the fellow attendees. They strongly encourage us to get to know each other. There are only 2,000 people attending, and a lot of them are a who's who of household names. I connected with so many people, and we're hoping that a few collaborations in science and medicine come out of it. I can't wait to go again next year.
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