Category Daily life of the founder

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 […]

Work Life Balance, aka Work & Rock Climbing

Entrepreneurship is hard, it’s painful. Sometimes, you wonder why the hell you’re doing it. Same with rock climbing. It’s hard, it’s painful, it’s a lot of fun. Also, you better make it to the top if you’re leading. So naturally, as an entrepreneur, I enjoy rock climbing. Me leading, with Kali belaying. Lion Rock, Kowloon.

Hong Kong Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Angel Investor Conference

I was lucky enough to receive a free ticket to the Hong Kong Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Angel Investor Conference at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. Topics and discussions included: Silicon Valley Bank’s role in supporting tech startups and how it can apply in Hong Kong How greater VC and Angel investment activity […]

Startup Salaries and Signs of a Bootstrapper

This evening is finance evening. I am trying to create a financial picture of our company, part of this picture is compensation of founders and employees. Research suggests we have to pay the employees otherwise they will not work. Founders, though, the story appears to be different. We will work for free. Or at least […]

An argument against Nick Hanauer’s rejected TED talk

In the end, I agree with his thesis, but for a completely different reason than he’d want me to.  Someone named Nick Hanauer claims in a TED presentation (though not on TED’s site) that the US Gov should tax the rich more because historically as tax rates have fallen unemployment has risen, therefore there is […]

StartupsHK pitch night and book launch

Tomorrow night, Wed May 16,  I am going to the StartupsHK pitch night. StartupsHK, besides being an abbreviated version of my site’s name, is a group of people who are trying to establish a startup culture in HK. As advertised, established startup entrepreneurs will give talks, some new companies and startups will pitch their plans, […]

The Saber-tooth Tiger Gene aka the Entrepreneur Gene

In my previous post I mentioned an idea concerning the level of disregard necessary to run a successful startup. If you don’t believe me, believe to this guy: I’ve read studies that claim entrepreneurship is a form of social domination (can’t find the study online), most entrepreneurs are “A type” dominate people, otherwise they’d get […]

Why did I do this to myself?

I have a friend here in Hong Kong. She works, 60 hours a week minimum, for one of the big accounting firms. In her spare time she has published several books and authors online columns. For her newest book her publisher is hosting signing events in Hong Kong and China. She is an expert salsa […]