Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA
Julia Ko

Julia Ko
Founder, SurePod Corporation


Julia is a serial entrepreneur and has built two startups from the ground up, with one successful exit. At 19, noticing new trends of Asian foods on the West Coast, Julia founded and grew a food manufacturing company with multiple offices and retail operations in the Midwest. She formed partnerships with national grocery chains like Whole Foods, Dierbergs Markets, Straub’s, and Compass Group, generating $1 million in revenue within 18 months, with a successful exit at age 22.

Wanting a more dynamic and impactful industry, Julia sold the business after three years and attended UCLA on a Recognition Scholarship. She is currently finishing a BSc in economics from the University of London.

Most recently, Julia bootstrapped SurePod for 100k, a mini cellphone, working with engineering and several contract manufacturers in Shenzhen. She created, negotiated, and managed the supply chain both locally and overseas. Additionally, she managed the Big Four carrier relationships in the US and helped build the dealer network.


2:55pm–3:35pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Get It Made
Location: Fire House
Julia Ko (SurePod Corporation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 9 ratings)
SurePod is a first gen mini cellphone built in a year for 100k. The entrepreneurs bootstrapped development and contract manufacturing overseas while building a dealer network in parallel. This session highlights methodologies on managing electronics manufacturers and the supply chain in Shenzhen. Get tools and insight into what it’s like working with factories at each stage in the cycle. Read more.