Ian Peterman is the founder of the Peterman Design Firm. He is passionate about green-tech, the outdoors, space, and developing new technologies that can help humanity move on to better things.
I grew up surrounded by design, engineering, accounting, and entrepreneurial people. I started my first business with my brother when I was 12, and while that one didn’t last longer than a couple years, it sparked the capacity to continue working for myself alongside my day jobs. After working as an engineer and designer for over a decade within startups and companies like HP, I decided to start a design firm with several partners. A couple of years later, the partners all went in different directions, and I found myself still not having the company I wanted, working with the visionaries of the world, helping them create thriving businesses from their exceptional ideas.
So, I founded the Peterman Design Firm. The firm began with just me in my garage, and now we have a team of designers, engineers, artists, business consultants, and marketing experts helping my clients and their companies reach their full potential. We enjoy supporting existing companies in evolving their brand and developing new products that serve their clients.
We pride ourselves in offering visionaries and startups full-service support in the launch of their company from early ideas to their first sales. My mission is to be the global leader in the design and launch of innovative and sustainable technologies, products, and brands, and we have the team to do it. When I’m not working toward that mission, I’m with my family enjoying life.
Q: What would you like to see your team accomplish in 2020?
We have plans to advance the electric mobility/vehicle industry and continue our strong growth in the CBD product and business launch segment. We also have ambitions in alternative energy projects and new med tech.
Q: Who is your role model or hero?
My father. And I also have to say Elon Musk & Richard Branson, and batman & iron man are up there.
Q: What is your favorite book?
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Q: Do you use any specific method or system to run daily operations?
Several. We use Slack, Asana, Zoho, and GSuite, along with a few other systems for email, such as MailChimp.
Q: Why did you choose your present industry at this time?
I hate seeing good ideas go to waste, and I have now made it my job to help great ideas be profitable businesses.
Q: What is the best/worst moment you can remember in your career?
So far, one of the best moments in my career has been the opportunity I had to work with OnRobot and their Gecko gripper tool, I’ve always enjoyed biomimicry in design and aerospace.
Q: Looking back – if you could advise a younger version of yourself to do something different – what would it be?
Have more confidence in my ideas and go for things sooner. Never wait till you are ready, it’s too late then.
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