THE NAKED STORY
Naked’s story is a classic startup tale that began over 15 years ago on the shores of Long Island, New York. Stony Brook University professors, Dr. Ben Hsiao and Dr. Ben Chu – the “Bens” – conducted over 10 years of R&D and proved it’s possible to use electro-spinning in order to manufacture water filtration membrane made from nanofibers. After 5 more years of experimentation and refinement, several rounds of funding, a successful Kickstarter campaign, and a TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield victory, Naked Filter now manufactures the world’s best water filtration cartridges in Alameda, California.
In addition to the Naked Filter team, since 1999, 3 senior scientists, 7 post-docs, 9 PhD students, and 8 MS students at Stony Brook University have contributed to developing our nanofiber water filtration technology.
Victor follows the philosophical teachings of Captain Malcolm Reynolds, which apply to startups as much as spaceships. Find a crew. Find a job. Keep flying.
Elliott loves to play in water as a swimmer, a sailor, a kitesurfer, a surfer, and a kayaker. He also likes to drink water. Now he spends his days working to bring clean water to every body.
One may say that Sylvie is an explorer of the filtration world. First, she manufactured filters. Then she developed them. Now she is looking into inventory and supply of filters. And every day, she finds there is more to explore.
Michael is happy that we are based in SF East Bay, home of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Counting Crows and Green Day.
John has a long history of bringing new technologies to market in many different industries. He now enjoys designing and building the equipment and processes that will provide safe drinking water to every body.
Tony did not use to like drinking water. But since he joined Naked Filter, he realized how vital water is to your health. He’s been drinking water more and more water, as that’s all we have here, and has lost over 35 lbs.
When I’m not working, I’m always on the go. Staying hydrated throughout a busy day can be challenging and expensive. Now that’s a thing of the past. I carry my Naked Filter with me everywhere I go.
Tomas tries to follow Buddha’s Middle Path; never too high, never too low. And everything in moderation, including moderation!
Richard knows how to clean water. And smoke Texas BBQ too.
Mitchell loves to drink water almost as much as he loves to play in it. He is a notorious swimming pool splasher, puddle jumper, and water fight instigator. He works tirelessly to share his love for clean drinking water with every body.
Our resident Ultimate Frisbee professional has traveled the world chasing a piece of plastic and knows the importance of easily-accessible safe drinking water. Scott is also a successful photographer that you will rarely find without a camera.