Meet James Kornacki, Üllo

Tell us about your business. 

Üllo is a first of its kind product that removes sulfites from wine.

What do you love about your business and industry?

We get to see first hand how our products have enabled people to drink wine, when perhaps they weren't able to before due to sulfite sensitivities. It's incredible to see such a direct impact.

Tell us what inspires you. 

Can I say wine? Even more so it's the realization that we're expanding access to wine. It's always better realized over a glass of wine though!

What advice do you have for other creatives and entrepreneurs?

Nothing is a crisis. There's always a solution, and the simplest one is generally best.

What is something surprising about you (secret talent, unexpected fact, fear, etc)? 

I have a PhD in chemistry, and I discovered a new way that genetic regulatory enzymes communicate.

What is the most common question you get about you and your business?

So it's another wine aerator, right? (NOOOO!!!)

Tell us about your process for making and creating. 

You have to be free from the anxiety of anticipation and existing concern for creativity to strike. It's always been hard for me to achieve that sense of presence, but I find fleeting moments of it, especially when I'm at the gym. Most of my inspiration for Üllo came while working out during my grad school days.

Name three local makers and brands that you are inspired by and why.

Brian Stanziale, who makes the most incredible art from antique books and painting. Julia Kiley whose handmade candles are divine, and Brian Riester who makes the best cocktails at Vincent in Andersonville.

What is the best advice you've ever been given and how has it shaped your business?

"Be yourself, because you can't be anyone else" - Mike Marasco, Northwestern Farley Center for Entrepreneurship


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