Realizing Product Visions
During a career as apparel designer for global brand powerhouses Nike, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear and contracting for a multitude of other well known brands, Daniela was exposed to multiple PDM systems supporting product creation. In most (not all!) cases, these systems were hated by the actual users, difficult to navigate, cumbersome to feed and required serious cash flow to implement. In 2015, she found herself responsible for the pain of a group of product developers, hired to work for the design and sourcing agency she was partner of. The only tools available were excel and email. Nothing was linked, nothing transparent or easy to review and required far too much repetitive data entry. There should to be a better solution to manage the intricacies of apparel creation and still be affordable to any apparel business, no matter the stage they were in.
In May 2015 Leon and Daniela started development, implemented ngnINE in Daniela's sourcing agency in November the same year. The effects were immediate - timelines could be shortened by months and each developer was able to work on two or three times the amount of styles then they were before.
After months of refining and adding features based on developers, material engineers, and factory input, ngnINE officially launched in September of 2016.
ngnINE empowers product designers, developers and professionals by simplifying the complex tasks of product creation.
We are blending beautifully designed tools with smart, sophisticated engineering to empower product people at every stage of their business to build product at the highest level while preserving time to stay creative.
We believe in empowering our staff to create fulfilling work and our customers to create better product in easier ways.
We are committed to create a work environment that is nurturing yet challenging. Where we are allowed to make mistakes, learn from them and improve upon. We don't have all the answers but together we work on finding solutions.
We are original. We speak the truth, stay true to our own mission and are committed to make a positive difference.
We are committed to make complex tasks simple. We believe in the concept of DRY (do not repeat yourself).
Daniela Caine Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Daniela had the idea for ngnINE in April of 2015, setting out to create a simple yet sophisticated Product Creation Platform to empower people in the apparel industry and simplify the complex task of product creation through state of the art software solutions.
Daniela grew up in the Apparel Industry working as an apparel designer for some of the worlds most iconic brands: Nike, Adidas and Columbia Sportswear. After she went independent, helping premium brands realize their product visions as partner at a Portland, OR, based design and sourcing agency, she realized the need to be better product development solutions then excel and email.
Leon Yeh, MSc Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Leon is an experienced entrepreneur with MIT degree and a life long passion to empower people and their businesses by creating simple and sophisticated software solutions. When Daniela approached him with the idea of ngnINE for the apparel industry he didn't even think twice.
Building a PDM like platform wasn't new to him as he had created similar platforms for the car and aerospace industry. ngnINE is to date the accumulation of over 20 years of experience into one beautiful package.
If you want to go fast, go alone. if you want to go far, go together.