In this Tuesday, May 14, 2013 photo, Ecube Labs CEO Kwon Sunbeom, left, poses with his co-founders Kwon Hyungsuk and Lee Seungjae for a photo at their office in Seoul, South Korea. Instead while his ... more 
In this Tuesday, May 14, 2013 photo, Ecube Labs CEO Kwon Sunbeom, left, poses with his co-founders Kwon Hyungsuk and Lee Seungjae for a photo at their office in Seoul, South Korea. Instead while his peers were seeking jobs at Samsung and LG, Kwon Sunbeom scaled back his studies and started the company with friends. Together they invented a garbage bin that compresses rubbish using solar power and wirelessly communicates to be collected when full. Using 50 million won ($44,000) of their own money and channeling the business in a garage spirit that made Silicon Valley famous, they lived for a month in a shabby factory without air conditioning, subsisting on instant noodles, to make their first prototype. So far they have sold 31 of their “Smart Bins” to universities in Seoul and another 12 to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Ahn Young-joon
Thu, May 30, 2013 5:49 AM EDT