Emerging markets--China, Brazil, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa and Turkey--seem to be the next place to go in the realm of venture capital. According to The Economist, in 2011, $3.4 billion of venture-capital deals were done in emerging markets, more than double the amount in 2008. Two of the VC firms we will be visiting--KPCB and Sequoia--both … Continue reading How to Export VCs from Silicon Valley to Emerging Markets?
The discussion on Apple's case was exciting. We attributed Apple's success to various factors: the founder Steve Jobs, the design, the product, the innovation, and perhaps even the advertisement. These are the glamorous headline stories news like to tell. One thing I was still curious after the discussion was that why did Tim Cook became … Continue reading The (unsexy) Secret of Apple’s Success
Background Jim McKelvey is a craftsman in St. Louis who makes high-end glass faucet and fittings for a living. His pieces are expensive but one would easily fall in love with them. He was distraught one day after he lost a sale because he only accepted cash in store. It’s an on-going pain for him … Continue reading Square
Reading Hooked by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover was a joy over the past couple weeks. Overall, the book is logically developed and is easy to follow with clever jokes dispersed throughout. As the name suggests, the book proposes the hook framework to explain the mechanism of building a habit-forming product. Before diving into the … Continue reading Book Review: Hooked by Nir Eyal with Ryan Hoover
Hi all! Hope everyone’s year is off to a great start! My name is Jingjing Liang, which means twinkle star or shiny crystal in Mandarin Chinese, but I go by Jenny. I was born and raised in Suzhou, China, a beautiful place less than an hour drive from Shanghai. A fun fact: I started to … Continue reading Introduction