As long as I can remember I’ve always loved taking things apart to figure out how they work. When I was about 10 my gameboy stopped working, I completely disassembled it and somehow it worked after putting it back together. As I’ve grown’ this fascination led to using the knowledge I’ve gained to improve upon designs and create new things, naturally I got my BSME to turn my passion into a career.

During college I started designing and building longboards. After graduating into a poor job market and economy in 2010 I focusing on growing Nelson Longboards, within an year and a half I established the company as one of the top 10 longboard companies worldwide due to my innovative and ergonomic designs. We went on to sell boards directly to customers in over 40 countries and in retail shops around the world. Over the years I have gained a lot of experience in designing, automating and scaling manufacturing processes. This resulted in an increase in our our output from 4 to 100 boards per week with minimal additional labor. I have been responsible for continuous prototyping and product development, including multiple innovations that became standard in the industry. These are just a few of areas in which I’ve gained experience. Being self employed and running a business required me to be very disciplined and led me to grow both personally and professionally.

Though the business kept me busy I still kept things fresh with side projects (some of which are documented here) where I continue to learn and explore different areas of interest including electronics and programming.


Rich Nelson

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