Catalyst is a lifestyle accessories brand founded by Josh Wright and June Lai after they saw that there was nothing that fit their needs in the market.
"Josh and I were climbing partners and spent most of our free time outside exploring the beaches, waterfalls and jungles of Hong Kong. In about 2010 our iPhones started to become the point and shoot camera of choice, but still too fragile to bring out with us on our adventures. We looked but there was nothing on the market that existed to enable us to use our iPhones in the inevitably hazardous locations of our lifestyle. (Plastic baggies were not going to cut it....) In 2011 we started Catalyst to create fully functional waterproof smartphone cases and were one of the first to market." - June Lai / Co-Founder / CEO
Josh is an award-winning industrial designer who graduated from the Art Center College of Design, a school that is famous for producing many of the best designers in the world. Josh has designed products for high profile brands including Tumi, Ecko Unltd, Gravis, Burton, Sims, Teva, Keen, Microsoft, Reef, Pacsafe and the Coleman company.
June is the research and development and business person at Catalyst. Her first degree was a BSc in Biochemistry, and she worked as a scientist and then went on to study finance, accounting and general business management with degrees/designations: MBA, CFA, CPA and CMA. June worked in investment banking, strategy and mergers and acquisitions for multinationals managing cross functional teams.