He got his first patent at age 21, broke into the semiconductor industry, and now leads a Wacom product team.

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Henry Wong

What do you do? I work on cool products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry. I’m the senior global product manager at Wacom. As a part of the Consumer Business Unit, I manage all facets of product management and the Bamboo smartpads, working with talented people and leading the cross-functional product-development team worldwide to create and deliver great digital stationery products for making ideas.

How did you get started in that field? I guess my interest in science, technology and computers began when I was in high school. Then, I did two tech internships during college, and received my first patent at age 21. All this led to my start in semiconductors after I graduated, [followed by] various opportunities with top Fortune 500 companies worldwide — in the U.S., China and Germany.

What is a typical day like? There isn’t really a typical day in my field of work. Every day has different challenges, but never a dull moment. With Wacom, it’s not a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job. I work with diverse global teams to drive and bring products to market, so my day can start with early meetings with Europe, and end at midnight with calls with Asia.

What’s the best part of the work? The global aspect of my role at Wacom. I’m passionate about what I do and able to do what I love, [and have] a great boss and an awesome team that I get to work with. Defining the product and road map, and seeing it on the “Today” show, top blogs and media networks, and in major online and retail stores.

What surprises people about what you do? Some people say and think I get to do the fun stuff and have a cool job. I do in a way, but in reality, there are a lot of challenges and teamwork that goes on behind the scenes, which people might not see or know. I’m very lucky to have the support from my colleagues, friends and family.

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