I’m Steven. I live cars.
I was born across I-85 from Georgia Tech, where my Dad received his Master's of Computer Science. At one point, pop's Master's of Forestry thesis was published on Google Books - he studied tree rings with computers. This was some seriously cutting edge stuff in the early 80s.
By the late 80s, Chi-Chiang Tony Chen was known by software companies in and around the city of Atlanta as an expert debugger. Dad told me his secret many years later: read the docs. In the meantime, I was setting ants on fire with magnifying glasses and watching Braves' baseball on TBS and NASCAR on SpeedVision.
A lot of things happened in life after that and we ended up in sunny California. At the time, AOL, ICQ, and internet car forums were my portal out of our safe, sleepy, suburban Bay Area town. While the dotcom boom was raging and my college savings was subsequently lost, I was lusting after Twin-Turbo Toyota Supras, reading Super Street Magazine, and working part-time jobs to modify my slammed Honda Civic.
On February 18, 2001, my childhood hero died at the Daytona 500. I cried. Hard. It's difficult to explain what happens when you witness your hero die in front of you on television. I always thought I could be a racecar driver one day, even though I did not grow up in an enthusiast family. Growing up my parents always told me racing was dangerous... and now they had proof. A couple of weeks later I was accepted in to the Electrical Engineering program at UCSD. If I wasn't supposed to die in a racecar as a career, becoming an engineer seemed like a reasonable life path.
Do you know what an Electrical Engineer does for a living? Yeah, neither did 18 year-old me. Sounded like something important, but turns out you have to be smart to be any good at it. I was not. I had just good enough grades to survive until graduation and at age 22 I started Radius Motorsports, an eCommerce destination for aftermarket automotive parts. I quickly realized I did not have the capital nor the business acumen to turn Radius in to a career - and that led me to where I am today. My professional experience spans high-net worth investment management, web engineering, engineering management, and the automotive aftermarket. It turns out I have a passion for all of those things and have been lucky enough to have some form of success in each.
Today, I am continuing that college kid's dream as the owner of Emotive Engineering. I sell aftermarket automotive parts to the burgeoning Electric Vehicle market. If you love cars - let's chat. If you don't - let's chat. I'll make an enthusiast out of you yet.