Joseph Ng, founder of Gatekeeper Laboratories, taps into the market of cooling technology.
Contributed By Jonathan Teo
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Heat pipes are the backbone in the world of technology today. They move and dissipate generated heat throughout the system without affecting sensitive components, yet there is a limitation to them. Heat pipes have narrow bandwidth—upon being heated to above certain temperatures, their thermal performance dips exponentially.
Entering this highly specialized industry with an ingenious solution is Joseph Ng Su Hui, 25, founder and managing director of Gatekeeper Laboratories, which offers an enhanced two-phased cooling solution.
It was during Ng’s university studies that he came to know about cooling technology from his father. It was from then on that Ng developed an interest in it. He noted the limitations of the current technology of heat pipes, and foresaw a huge potential of cooling technology in the market.
Having recently graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, Ng candidly admits that he was not top student caliber. When asked what inspired him to come up with his cooling technology, the School Of Theology 2010 graduate replied that the computer industry is in need of such technology.
September 2009 was a significant milestone for Gatekeeper Laboratories when the company got incorporated. From then Ng slowly formed his team. He cited relationships as the main factor into getting invaluable people onboard his team. There was his fellow mechanical engineering student, Mark Aaron Chan, who had worked on cooling technology with Ng’s father in the past.
Ng shared a close friend of his had actually stepped out and started a seashell business. Seeing the success of his friend, he got influenced and inspired to give his business a shot as
well. Ng added that it was something he thought long and hard about. “To be an entrepreneur would mean stepping out to a whole new level.”
Being a gamer certainly played a role in helping Ng with his business. The Starcraft II player observed the kind of problems computers had, and what was needed to enhance their performance. Ng hopes that his technology can be of help to users.
Currently, Gatekeeper Laboratories is writing several patents for its cooling technology. “This is so that they get protected by intellectual property rights. Ultimately, our technology will be protected and valued by investors,” said Ng. In the long run, Ng hopes his company will be bought over by a multi-national corporation. For now, Gatekeeper Laboratories will be continuing its efforts into research and development of its technology.
As an entrepreneur, Ng was happy to offer his advice, “Don’t give up. If you put your faith and trust in God, He will bring you through it.” One of the common problems entrepreneurs face while starting up their business is funding. For Ng, funding is now the least of his troubles, as SPRING Singapore has awarded Gatekeeper Laboratories a grant. “I remember telling God that if He wants me to be an entrepreneur, He will bring me through it,” recalled Ng.