Our CEO has experienced back pain first hand. When it began interfering with his productivity as a hard working engineering student, he started thinking about how to address the issue. Bringing together a talented team with similar complaints also hoping to pursue their research and careers unencumbered by pack pain and stress, the founders of Darma soon realized their idea could help millions of people just like them.
By applying our engineering expertise, we’ve developed the technology for a product which helps us – and you! - sit better, feel better, and lead a longer, healthier livese. We created Darma.
Darma is named after Bodhidharma, the father of Zen and meditation. Our goal is to bring wisdom to everyday sitting.
Dr. Junhao Hu
Dr. Junhao Hu is the founder and C.E.O. of Darma. He earned his PhD in Optical Communication and Sensor Technology from the National University of Singapore. Dr. Hu’s passion lies at the intersection of improving health and advanced sensor technology. He has participated in accelerator programs at both the Founder Institute and HAXLR8R, the latter of which provided the ecosystem and resources for Darma’s creation.
Vic previously led software development for Excelpoint, an electronics components distributor in the Asia Pacific region. Concurrently, he was pursuing his Masters in Software Engineering at National University of Singapore. Vic joined Darma to lead the company’s software development.
Jeff previously worked as an engineer for Cisco, a global leader in networking equipment, which left to join Darma as its head of hardware and manufacturing. He holds a degree in Communication Engineering from Shanghai University.
Sherif graduated from the American University of Beirut and MIT with degrees in mechanical engineering and moved to Dubai to work in management consulting at McKinsey & Company. After three years, he left as an engagement manager to pursue an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. As fate would have it, Sherif and Junhao ended up as roommates in Palo Alto, where they quickly realized they would make a great team. Sherif now leads Darma’s business development.
Dr. Joan Vernikos, PhD
Darma is honored to count Dr. Joan Vernikos, PhD and former Director of Life Sciences at NASA as its scientific advisor. Dr. Vernikos is the author of Sitting Kills, Moving Heals and a renowned figure in the field of sedentary health.
Charles and Kai Huang
The game GuitarHero owes its existence to Charles and Kai Huang, founders of Red Octane. Their unique experience building a playful combination of hardware and software to global success is also a key asset of Darma.
We are a passionate and hard-working team looking to transform the world around us to make it smarter and a steward of our health and wellbeing. If you believe in what we do and think you have what it takes, we would love to hear from you! Send us an email to email@example.com.