Friday Five With Justin Wang of LARQ

Justin Wang is CEO and co-founder of the LARQ drinking brand, manufacturer of the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle since 2017. In 2020 they pioneered the LARQ Pitcher, the world’s most innovative water filter. Combining the power of the sun with today’s technology, the LARQ bottle is the world’s first portable water disinfection system. Using LARQ’s PureVis ™ UV-C-LED technology, the non-toxic and mercury-free bottle stopper emits UV-C light and, when touched, eliminates up to 99.9999% of the harmful and odor-causing bacteria and viruses in the bottle and in the water Button. Prior to LARQ, Wang was the past president of FOREO, an award-winning beauty technology company, where he was responsible for product marketing, strategy, product management, sales and marketing. Prior to FOREO, Justin was an investor at L Capital (the investment arm of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) where he helped numerous entrepreneurs grow their retail businesses through strategic investments and partnerships. Today Justin is coming to Friday Five!

James Turrell art

Rondo Blue by James Turrell Photo: James Turrell

1. The interface of technology + design
Finding the perfect interface between technology and design in product development is one of those oddly satisfying things in life. Like the perfect crunch of autumn leaves under your feet or a perfectly color-coded closet – when it comes together it feels just right. Sometimes engineering and design can contradict each other in a product development process. However, if we stick to our consumer-centric approach to products, the priorities of technology and design are often perfectly aligned. It’s like getting the perfect milk to cereal ratio with the first bite.

Lake and mountains

Photo: Rachid Dahnoun, Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau

2. Lake Tahoe
It is my happy place. Here I fell in love with nature. Here you can love both hot summer days by the lake and fresh winter powder on the slopes. My partner and I got married here. This is where I go to disconnect and reconnect.

Sone Cairn on the beach

Photo: Colton Stör

3. Meditation
In April I started meditating for 10 to 20 minutes a day, up to twice a day. While finding time can be difficult, it has helped me in many ways, both personally and professionally. My mind tends to run and wander, especially when stressed, and meditation has trained me to focus. I now feel more productive and can focus on what is actually driving change and impact in the organization. Mental acuity and wellbeing can so easily be neglected during this time of COVID and social tension, and this practice and routine helps me.

illuminated grill

Photo: Jaco Pretorius

4. Texas-style smoked brisket
My partner’s family is from Austin. When homesick, she often craves a healthy (or unhealthy?) Serving of Texan-style smoked brisket. What we have here in California is simply beyond comparison. Over the past few years I’ve decided to perfect the Texas style chestpiece. Like any good obsession, a good chest piece comes easily enough with exercise, but a perfect chest piece is illusory and the subject of incessant obsessions. I have a brisket journal in which I document every recipe and variation, from the seasoning to the ambient temperature outside while cooking.

Gift on pine needles

Photo: Debby Hudson

5. Own things that bring long-term joy
I find more and more joy in owning things that give me pleasure in the long term. It can be as simple as a pair of socks or the perfect water bottle. Owning fewer things but investing in those that I really value has made my life easier, but it has also helped me develop a healthier relationship with my own consumption. It also has the benefit of helping the planet by reducing our obsession with disposable items.

Justin Wang’s work:

LARQ bottle collection

LARQ bottle collection

LARQ bottle

LARQ bottle, granite white

LARQ bottle

LARQ bottle, Monaco blue

LARQ bottle

LARQ bottle, Seaside Mint

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