[PROFILE] In 25 Words or Less: Konda Mason (Startup / Tech)
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In 25 Words or Less
Posted: March 5, 2016
|Name: Konda Mason|
|Age: Old enough • Status: Single • Kids: No|
|Place of Birth: Barstow, CA • Place Raised: California|
|Professional Background: Currently CEO of Impact Hub Oakland. Prior to that I worked in the entertainment field for many years as a film and TV producer, theater production stage manager and music industry manager. I am a meditation & yoga teacher, permaculture designer and public speaker.|
|What achievement or position are you most known for? In the bay area I am most known as the CEO of Impact Hub Oakland by many, and a yoga teacher by others.|
25 WORDS OR LESS: WORK
|Job(s) held that is most unlike what I currently do now: Sears gas station attendant (my first job).|
|Field: Start-up business accelerator/Tech/Artivist/Co-Working|
|Yrs of Experience: —|
|Company: Impact Hub Oakland – Oakland, CA|
|What it does and what I do: We are a co-working community of changemakers. We support and connect entrepreneurs to help bring their dreams to fruition.|
|Current Big Project: The Well-Being In Business lab|
|Staffing Needs: —|
25 WORDS OR LESS: PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
|Significant Challenge: Continuing to create revenue streams in my business.|
|Significant Mistake/Regret: Saying “no” to Bill Graham.|
|Significant Accomplishment: Producing one of Bob Marley’s last concerts at the Greek Theater UC Berkeley.
|Biggest Strength(s): Negotiating. Listening. Caring.|
|Biggest Weakness(es): Time management.|
|Career Advice: Go with your instincts.|
25 WORDS OR LESS: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
|Significant Challenge: Keeping my daily practice…daily.|
|Significant Accomplishment: Living a healthy life.
|Life Advice: Be kind…keep your heart open in spite of life’s challenges.|
25 WORDS OR LESS: OFF THE TOP
|Trait(s) most admired in others: Kindness, balance, and humor.
|Some causes/organizations I support: The Pachamama Alliance, The East Bay Meditation Center.|
|Hours of “personal” downtime/week: 100|
|Favorite activity(s) in my personal downtime: Reading.
|Some of my favorite local hangouts: Impact Hub, Parkway movie theater.|
|Some of my favorite TV shows: I haven’t owned a television in more than a decade. I don’t watch it at all.
|Favorite Vacation Spot(s): Tulum, Mexico.|
|Place(s) I would like to visit: SE Asia, more of Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica.|
|Favorite Pastime/Hobby(s): Reading, movie going, debating politics, traveling to other countries.|
|Favorite Book(s): Too many to think about…|
|Some of my most-admired people (excluding parents): Harriet Tubman, Toni Morrison, June Jordan, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.|
|Something about me that may surprise you: Saw Jimi Hendrix perform. Many years after his death worked for the Jimi Hendrix foundation. Lived in London managing Caron Wheeler from Soul II Soul.|
AND LASTLY. . .
|Extensively traveled all over the world. Lived in London for 3 years, New York 10 years, Washington DC 2 years, Los Angeles for too long.|