Chia-Lin Simmons is the CEO of LogicMark, a care tech company helping people live life to the fullest. She spent more than two and half decades building her career in leadership roles at tech giants like Google, Amazon, AOL and more.
After experiencing firsthand the challenges of working full time and raising her daughter while helping to care for aging family members (which became increasingly more difficult during the pandemic), Simmons stepped in as CEO for a company poised to transform the care economy by keeping family members and loved ones safe and connected.
Here are ten things about Chia-Lin Simmons you probably didn’t know:
She’s a futurist and once turned down a job at Disney
SImmons considers herself a futurist and has always been interested in what’s next rather than what already exists. This mindset led her to turn down a publishing job with Disney early in her career so she could join an internet company, something that shocked her parents at the time. Simmons has always been determined to work for interesting and cutting-edge tech companies that will positively impact lives and help shape our future
She was born in Taiwan and speaks both English and Mandarin Chinese
Chia-Lin Simmons immigrated to the United States from Taiwan when she was 8 years old. She grew up in a household where two languages were spoken: English and Mandarin Chinese. Simmons also grew up within a multi-generational “village” of loved ones (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins) who helped shape how she views the world.
Throughout her career in the tech industry, she has found that technology and businesses are not always built with a focus on the people they serve. Because of this, Simmons aims to be a human-centric leader putting people at the center of everything she and her teams do.
She learned the value of hard work from her parents
Both of Simmons’ parents were entrepreneurs and business executives. She saw firsthand how challenging it is to lead a company. Her mother worked as an executive for a number of companies including manufacturing businesses.
At one point, her mother lived in China to help run a factory. Her father worked two jobs. He was a LAPD police officer and ran his own security company on his days off. Simmons even pitched in to help her dad’s business with airport security. (This was before the creation of the TSA.)
Simmons says the lessons she learned from her parents have been carried with her to every job. She works harder and is more focused because she knows the amount of commitment, dedication and hustle it takes to succeed.
She says doing small acts of kindness each day has made her happier and more productive
One core principle Simmons uses to help guide her life comes from the Dalai Lama: “Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible.” Simmons focuses on doing at least one kind thing every day without self-interest or to get anything in return.
She says it can be as simple as buying a cup of coffee for a stranger or more time-intensive, such as helping mentor someone professionally. Simmons says focusing on bringing more kindness to the world through actions big and small has made a huge difference in her life. She says, “I feel happier every day, more productive and accomplished because of this daily kindness practice.”
She once had the opportunity to meet and share ideas with Quincy Jones
While serving as the VP of Marketing and Content for Harman International’s connected car business Aha (Harman and Aha are now a Samsung company), Simmons presented the company’s products and solutions to legendary music producer Quincy Jones.
She had the opportunity to sit in Jones’ living room to talk about music and the future of connected cars. Simmons says, “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to talk with and share ideas with such an innovative and creative force. It’s a moment I’ll never forget.”
She’s been working in the tech industry for nearly 30 years at companies like Google, Amazon, and Harman International
Simmons has nearly 30 years of experience as an executive for tech companies including Time Warner / AOL, Audible / Amazon, Harman International (now a Samsung company), and Google. She was an early leader in AI, IoT, mobile, e-commerce, digital media, social media, etc. Simmons focuses on delivering innovative tech solutions that positively impact people’s lives.
She’s licensed as a lawyer in the State of New York
Simmons is currently a licensed attorney in the State of New York. She received her law degree from George Mason University in 2005, MBA from Cornell University in 2002 where she was a Park Fellow, and bachelor’s in Communications, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California, San Diego in 1995.
Simmons is an angel investor and an active board member in car, tech, music and clean energy
Simmons launched the Binders Project in 2017 to connect female startup founders with the right investors. Said Simmons, “It sounds simple enough – get connected with investors to fund your start-up, but it’s actually very hard, especially for women who have great ideas, but haven’t been exposed to the world of VCs and investing. I wanted to help solve that problem.”
In addition to her role as CEO for LogicMark, Simmons is currently on the board for New Energy Nexus, an international organization that supports clean energy entrepreneurs with funds, accelerators and networks. She also served as a member of the board of directors for Servco Pacific Inc., a global automotive and consumer goods company with businesses in mobility, automotive distribution and sales, and entertainment. She still serves as a member of the Servco’s investment board.
Simmons is an active angel investor with the Xoogler Network, Orange Bridge Capital and other angel networks, as well as serving as an LP investor for Servco into more than 12 venture capital funds since 2019.
She launched her own company LookyLoo, an AI stylist, before joining LogicMark
From 2017 through 2022, Simmons launched LookyLoo, an AI-driven social community app that helped people shop for clothes online with input from others. The goal of the platform was to offer consumers recommendations that help them feel more confident based on fit preferences, shape, interests, location, conscious and unconscious bias and more. The company developed patent-pending visual focus, human informed, AI / ML software algorithms.
She is passionate about creating products to help us care for loved ones
Simmons believes everyone at some time in life is a caregiver and has a story to share about caring for someone they love. For Simmons, she is a member of the Sandwich Generation, which includes more than 2.5 million Americans.
This group is caring for both younger and older aging family members while also bearing responsibilities at work and at home. This is leading to mental and physical burnout for caregivers. Simmons is on a mission to help caregivers and their families stay safe and connected with innovative solutions.
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