Author Archives: seth.knutson

That time I was detained by the Chinese secret police at a landfill

This is what happens when you are performing a study on a landfill over a period of months, the landfill fills up between visits which prompts the local government to propose an incinerator, causing local protests and riots, leading to the foreigner (me) getting arrested for potentially being an “undercover reporter” rabble rouser, then having […]

Not dead, just inadvertent stealth mode

So I haven’t posted in three and a half years. Time for an updated I think. This post is basically a recap from the start plus catching up all three of my readers (hi mom) to today. Back in 2009 I set out to solve an extraordinarily large, yet hidden problem: the dumping of sludge, hazardous […]

Nottingham China (Blog), moving to….

No one had claimed the domain http://www.nottinghamchina.com until today, when I did. This new blog will cover my education at The University of Nottingham’s Ningbo, China campus. Prospective students and such may find it interesting. I failed to create the startup in Hong Kong. I didn’t have what I needed, Hong Kong didn’t have what […]

Tesla pitching a VC

I had forgotten about this until I was researching for a presentation at my school’s entrepreneurship class. Imagine if Nikola Tesla had brought some of his technology to VCs. Would he get the support to develop them? Here is a good opinion piece on the idea (and also my favourite topic, “We wanted flying cars, and […]

I have Failed. Time to become stronger and try again

For the past few months I’ve been looking for real co-founders, presenting Xingergy to investors, the public, the Hong Kong government, business plan competitions, anyone who will listen. I’ve failed. Now it is time to readjust, move somewhere else, get a technical degree, meet new people. Build a better foundation, try again.   Also, Someone […]

In Texas for R&R; moving to Ningbo, China

All the talk about enthusiasm, passion, desire, etc. being the most important part of a startup? It’s all bullshit. The most important part is other people. Co-founders, seed stage investors, supporters. After working in Hong Kong for 18 months on Xingergy without locating these element I am moving the startup to China. My buddy Paul Orlando summarizes […]

Hong Kong government joins the startup bandwagon with a new website

The Hong Kong government, via InvestHK, has released a website which is supposed to help startups get started. Good luck. Start Me Up!