How to Export VCs from Silicon Valley to Emerging Markets?

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 (unsexy) Secret of Apple’s Success

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

Book Review: Hooked by Nir Eyal with Ryan Hoover

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