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 | No Comments

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

What An Evening In A Guatemalan Jail Taught Me

Have you ever spent an evening in a Guatemalan jail? I have. I was rescued by a German entrepreneur who previously moonlighted doing black ops for the US government and was a former member of the Hitler Youth. He then taught me the power of a sincere plea for help. Yes, this is a true […]

February 2nd, 2014 | No Comments

How To Avoid Connecting With Fake Linkedin Profiles

You’re rushing to work and while you’re on the subway/metro, bus, or taxi, you think “Hey, why not kill a few minutes and accept some Linkedin invitations?” You open the app and start clicking “accept” on every one. Two days later, you get a Linkedin message from someone whose name you don’t recognize, offering you […]

January 19th, 2014 | No Comments

Top 3 Linkedin Mistakes

There are a lot of articles out there about the mistakes people make on Linkedin. Those are helpful, but many of them turn into lists of things you should do couched as “mistakes,” and many of them go into the finer details of refining your profile to make it more effective. But there are some […]

January 19th, 2014 | No Comments

How Should An Entrepreneur Handle Risk?

Everyone deals with risk on a daily basis. Sometimes it gets us, sometimes it doesn’t. Entrepreneurs deal with risk on a daily basis, and how they deal with it can mean the difference between success and failure. I was recently asked some questions on the topic of risk as an entrepreneur and here are my […]

January 14th, 2014 | No Comments