Mirroring my visit to South Korea as a whole — which combined work and play — I did both on my last full day in the country.
Alex Leesong, the i-SENS general counsel, met me at my hotel the morning of my last full day in Korea. i-SENS is the company that invited me to Korea. We took a taxi to the i-SENS offices in this same Soengbuk district of Seoul where I have been staying. The Holiday Inn Soengbuk is the closest hotel to the i-SENS offices and the reason why they put me up here. But aside from the convenience, this is perhaps the most pleasant hotel that I have ever stayed at anywhere; a good thing since I spent a full week there.
Earlier in my trip to Korea I visited the i-SENS factory in Wonju, a couple of hours east of Seoul. But I hadn’t been to the company’s offices before. The reason why the offices are in Soengbuk is because the founders of the company, Geun Sig Cha, the CEO, and Hakhyun Nam, the CTO, are professors of chemistry at Kwangwoon University, which is a few steps from the i-SENS offices. Drs. Cha and Nam moonlight at i-SENS from their positions at this prestigious technical university (or maybe it’s the other way around).
They were apparently in class today when Alex took me to the company’s offices. Like many companie’s that have grown fast, the i-SENS offices are crowded and overflowing. In fact, they are now located in three separate buildings that are a few minutes apart from each other.
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I met many of the i-SENS administrative employees today and was glad to see — and say goodbye to — Jeongkwan (Brian) Lee from the planning division, who took me on the bullet train from Seoul to Busan a week or so ago, and Jessica Lee, the head of sales, who I had met in Busan.