David and Harold grew up a generation apart in the Greater Windsor/Detroit area as family friends. Harold, who had spent years in China by the time David met him, also, by chance, added fuel to the fire that was young David’s interest in foreign cultures and business when he translated David’s name into Chinese.
After graduating with a degree in economics and business from his hometown university, David began his worldwide journeys. His business career started in Taiwan, selling fax forwarding services to local exporters. Then, returning to Canada he rose a number of levels in sales at Bell Canada, but the itch of working overseas remained. David left Bell to join Cable&Wireless / Hongkong Telecom in Hong Kong. After winning HKT’s largest outsourcing deal he was recruited to join Deloitte Consulting as one of the the principals in its new Telecom Strategy group. That work covered early internet and wireless projects in Taiwan, Indonesia and China.
After several years with Deloitte, David was asked to open an office in Tokyo for the joint venture between Motorola and Cisco Systems. He built and staffed a next generation wireless lab in record time, then moved on to head product management for the Americas in Silicon Valley, where he evaluated technology and established “app partners” for the joint venture.
The JV dissolved with the dot-com bubble, and David was asked to return to Asia to set up its successor, Motorola Professional Services. Singapore would be his family’s fourth home in less than 6 years, so when he was asked early in the assignment to move for a promotion in China he declined. David worked on major product launches in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines, and built operational processes and managed a team of systems integrators based in multiple countries.
Next came the allure of China and of increased responsibility. Nokia hired David to run its software division, where he would triple revenue to $120m. He was also instrumental in integrating the team that came together when Nokia and Siemens merged to form NSN.
Rather than move again with Nokia, David opted to stay in Beijing where he started thinʞnao. His team’s educational game app innovations won many accolades from the Hong Kong Department of Education. They also gained a prized award of Staff Pick from Apple China stores.
After returning to Canada and settling in Toronto, David incorporated thinʞnao in Ontario. Soon after that, he and Harold resumed their friendship and became business partners.
Seeing greater opportunities in the Windsor/Detroit region, they made the decision to return “home” to Windsor and robustly develop thinʞnao to serve Canadian and American companies seeking rewards in the vast China market. As a reflection of that idea, they have also oriented thinʞnao to help Chinese and Asian companies find their fortunes in the North American market.