Category Ideas and Opinions

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 […]

Hong Kong Startups are 21x less valuable than other startups

Today I read an article in the South China Morning Post about Nest, one of the more well known startup incubators and investors here in Hong Kong. The outfit holds a pitch day once a month, startups apply and are selected to pitch their startup in hopes of entering into the incubation program. We haven’t applied or […]

Why I’m doing this

It dawned on me today that unless you are in Hong Kong and saw one of my presentations you don’t know what Xingergy is doing or why. A few weeks ago (this is my claim to fame) a women recognized me on the street and said, “hey, are you that guy working on the trash startup? I […]

I don’t think it can be done (a message to skeptics)

A revolution is impossible before it is inevitable. Similarly, technology seems impossible to most people until someone crazy comes along and makes it happen. Before you say “I don’t think it can be done”, consider these quotes: “I am tired of all this sort of thing called science here… We have spent millions in that […]

Words of warning to “safe and secure, prestigious” job seekers

My friend Tracy’s first hand experience and warning is at the bottom. Or read a publicized  account of another overworked PwC associate here, who died from working 18 hour days. Chinese language here. To the detriment of  startups, and human existence in general, we all know Asian parents expect their kids to get those “safe and secure, prestigious” […]

Garbage dumps entering the news, and Beijing’s water

Along with all the dead pigs floating in Chinese water ways, landfill garbage is now entering China’s waterways. Or rather, it’s just now entering the news and people’s conscious. The article discusses one dump, but we all know there are thousands more out there, polluting waterways and farmland used by hundreds of millions of people. There […]

Waste Recycling in Hong Kong (or lack thereof), and a note on China

  One of this page’s incoming search terms was “the reasons why the hong kongers do not recycle”. Whoever typed that into Google, I’d like to buy you a beer. Recycling rates are around 40%, but that still leaves more than 13,000 tons of MSW heading for landfills every day. This startup proposes to recover […]

The CCP is not responsible for the environment

Politicians always say “that’s not my department” when confronted with a problem. So this genius (and brave) Chinese journalist asks the question, “who is responsible for and who will fix our environment”? to the entire CCP at their annual meeting. In response they all stare at their little notepads, ignoring her.

Chinese people aren’t taking it anymore. $32,000 to go swimming.

From Yahoo news, some Chinese businessmen are offering decent sums of money to Environmental Protection Government Officials to swim in polluted rivers which are supposed to be protected by these officials. One good point is that the public is being asked to hold some responsibility. I predict no official will take up the challenge. Actually, that’s a good idea. Change this […]

On Success in Life

Plan for success: Pick the biggest problem you can think of, something that will change the world, and start to work. You’ll fail, start scaling down until you succeed. Complete larger and larger projects, being sure to experience little failures often so as to ensure that you are pushing your limits. As you get older, […]