Why Can’t I Get Any Good PR For My Startup?

As a writer for Forbes and other publications I get a lot of pitches from young entrepreneurs. The smarter entrepreneurs ask for advice rather than making a straightforward pitch. This is smart because I’m more likely to respond to a request for advice than a pitch. Most of the requests run something like this: “I am […]

November 26th, 2014 | No Comments

I’m Planning My Email Vacation

I’m planning my email vacation. No, it’s not a vacation from email, it’s a vacation for email.

November 20th, 2014 | No Comments

All The Good Ideas Are Taken

You want so badly to be an entrepreneur, but what can possibly be done that hasn’t already been done? Stop trying to solve your own problem by looking at solutions. Instead, solve other peoples’ problems. You can start with mine: I want a laptop, unlike my brand new Retina MacBook Pro, that has a screen that doesn’t […]

October 14th, 2014 | 1 Comment

How Do I Become A Successful Entrepreneur When I’m Young And Inexperienced?

Q: I understand the industry we are entering is far from a new concept, what are the top ways to quickly gain recognition as being innovative in everything your company does? How can a new start up find ways to quickly stand out, especially considering my partner and I are viewed as inexperienced? We are […]

October 9th, 2014 | No Comments

How I Manage Work Life Balance As An Entrepreneur

The first thing to know about being an entrepreneur and work life balance is that there is no balance. There’s no balance if you work a normal 9 to 5, either. You just don’t feel as guilty because you have to be there 9 to 5. So you get over it. But your family always […]

May 21st, 2014 | No Comments

If You Were An Idiot A Year Ago That’s A Good Thing

A year ago, I was an idiot. I spent 10% of my company’s annual revenues, about half our profits, on a harebrained marketing scheme that didn’t pan out. I did this instead of paying a vendor. Because I ended up in debt to this vendor, I ended up selling off most of my client list to […]

May 12th, 2014 | No Comments

The Most Important Thing I Learned In College

This is not an anti-college rant. I’m glad I went. I loved college. I better have, because I stayed there for 7 years. And I’m planning on going back for a PhD, which means another 5 to 6 years. Then research for who knows how long. So I’m definitely not against higher education.  Other than for […]

April 25th, 2014 | 2 Comments

How Entrepreneurship Is Like Hiking

I live in Hong Kong, but not the big city part of Hong Kong, the out in the country part of Hong Kong that nobody outside of Hong Kong knows about. I live 35 minutes from the downtown Hong Kong you associate with the city, but where I live we have mountains, forest, cows, water […]

April 23rd, 2014 | 1 Comment

What I Look For In A Sales Guy (Or Gal)

If you’re trying to land a sales job you’re in a unique position, because the very act of interviewing is a demonstration of your ability to perform within the role. A programmer has to sell himself in a job interview just like you do, but if he does a bad job selling himself, that doesn’t […]

April 18th, 2014 | 1 Comment

How And Why I Got Involved With Startup Grind In Hong Kong

I’ll confess that three months ago I had never heard of Startup Grind. I had been talking with Jeremy Hanks from Doba/Dropship Commerce about bringing his event series LaunchUp to Hong Kong, and we were pretty far down that road. The idea behind LaunchUp is to bring the entrepreneurial community together for a sort of “barn […]

February 6th, 2014 | No Comments