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Entries from September 2009

Don’t get screwed! Stock option questions you should ask before you join a start-up

September 29th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Lately I keep hearing stories about how employees got screwed because start-up management were very secretive about the companies stock options. In this economy, a lot of start-up are struggling. VC firms have the upper hand in negotiation. In a lot of cases, the deal terms are very unfavorable to existing stock holders as well […]

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Tags: Recruiting & Job Hunting · Start-up Success

Business lessons from Steve Jobs

September 25th, 2009 · No Comments

I just read a great Steve Jobs interview article on Fortune.com. I have to share with you my notes. On choosing strategy: "We do no market research. We don’t hire consultants.” On demanding reputation: “My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better.” On Apple’s focus: “Apple is […]

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Tags: Build a Company · Innovation · Learning and Growing

Is Amazon Fresh the future of grocery shopping and more?

September 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

“Not Webvan or Homegrocer.com all over again. Grocery delivery is extremely low margin. It’s not going to work.” That’s my initial reaction when I first heard about Amazon Fresh, amazon.com’s grocery delivery service. But, Amazon Fresh has really impressed me. Amazon Fresh started to deliver grocery in limited number of zip codes in the Seattle […]

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Tags: Company Analysis · Innovation

Back pain

September 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

This is serious. My colleague Jack was having severe back pains. It was so bad that he had to take a week off. He told me that the most valuable possession in his house was his  Zero Gravity The Perfect Chair . If he had to give everything away, the chair would be the last […]

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Tags: Health

Is team work overrated in corporate environment?

September 11th, 2009 · No Comments

When I was an impressionable college student, I bought into the notion of "team work". As a computer science student, I did many projects in a team environment. I tried hard to be the team player, was willing to sacrifice for the team, and never hesitated to take on tedious tasks for the team. Professors, […]

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Tags: Corporate Ladder · Frustration@Work

Don’t get stuck

September 9th, 2009 · No Comments

I met a very unusual shuttle driver last Thursday. It was time for me to bring in my car for a regular maintenance service. Like many auto repair shops, this particular auto shop provided a shuttle ride to where I worked while they worked on my car. The shuttle driver was a lady in her […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Learning and Growing

How to overcome writer’s or blogger’s block

September 8th, 2009 · 5 Comments

I’m the biggest critic of my own blog writing. Sometime I really struggle to put together blog posts. But, I also set the goal for myself that I would like to make at least 3 posts a week. Lately I’ve tried a few “tricks” to overcome writer’s block. Although they don’t work all the time, […]

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Tags: Tools & Tips

Is product management being marginalized in your organization?

September 1st, 2009 · 3 Comments

In the past few weeks, I keep hearing the same complaint from hard-working and stressed-out product managers: product management is being marginalized in their companies. Case #1: The company is run by sales people. It’s extremely deal driven. The company is doing well. Closing deals. Sales people are becoming more powerful as a result of […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Product Management