Massdrop Profile: Meet Yanbo Wu!
Our Massdrop Profile series introduces you to the people behind the communities you love. They’re responsible for sourcing products, communicating with members, and making our site an awesome place to hang out. You might recognize them from Discussions you follow—they’re the smiling avatars next to those tiny Massdrop logos—and now you can get to know the personalities behind the handles.
This time, we’re talking to Yanbo Wu, who leads the Mech Keys team at Massdrop. First, we’ll let you read a little about his background and passions. Then, we’ll turn the mic over for a community Q&A. Submit your questions in the comment section, and stay tuned for the answers in a follow-up post.
What do you do at Massdrop?
I’m responsible for the Mechanical Keyboards Community. That means I’m talking to vendors to find the products the community wants. I also coordinate manufacturing for our custom products (Whitefox, Infinity ErgoDox, etc). Finally, I talk to the community on a daily basis. We set up custom keycap set drops, talk about keyboards, and make sure everyone’s issues are being addressed.
When did you start getting into the mech keys community? What got you interested?
I actually only got into mechanical keyboards after I was hired by Massdrop. I’ve had a lot of experience previously with mass production and project management. Also, being bilingual, it helped smooth out a lot of the communication issues with our overseas vendors. After a few weeks on the job, I was hooked. Now, I check Geekhack, Reddit, and Deskthority, and I’ve even got quite a few of my friends hooked.
Tell us about your keyboard setup. How does the one at home differ from the one at work?
At home, I’m using the Varmilo VA68M with Granite keycaps. Gateron Brown switches! At work I’m currently using the Varmilo VA87MR with Danger Zone, Jellykeys space bar, and Gateron Red switches. But my work setup is constantly changing.
What’s the biggest investment you’ve made while building your setup?
Probably the Varmilo VA68M. But the VE.A is calling my name...
What’s a small addition that can make a big difference to your board?
I’ve been thinking about getting a board with tactile Cherry MX Grays. I really enjoy the tactile feedback of those switches.
What did you do before working at Massdrop?
I worked as a project manager for various vendors that made consumer electronics for large-scale retailers.
What’s your favorite thing about working here?
The people are all very passionate about what they do, and everyone genuinely cares about the community. Also, Kunal and Alex.
Which mechanical keyboard companies are you excited about today?
I’m more excited by the community and all the cool home-brew projects I’ve seen. People are very creative, and something like hand-wiring a whole keyboard is pretty amazing to see.
Bonus question: Favorite burrito?
It's pretty hard to pick a favorite burrito when there are so many to pick from. But California burritos (carne asada, French fries, cheese, salsa, and guacamole) have always hit the spot for me.
Wondering what it’s like to solder a PCB? Not sure which switches to pair with your board? Leave your questions for Yanbo in the comment section—or just drop a quick “Hello!” We’ll have his answers for you in an upcoming Q&A post.
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