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Posted March 7, 2016 by Editorial Staff in People Profiles
 
 

[PROFILE] In 25 Words or Less: Konda Mason (Startup / Tech)

Konda Mason
Konda Mason

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In 25 Words or Less

Posted: March 5, 2016

THE BASICS
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.
Website: oakland.impacthub.net
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:
Title: CEO
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.

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