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This Southwest Flight was scheduled to depart and arrive within 15 minutes

January 10th, 2014 · No Comments

My travel from Oakland, CA to Seattle, WA on Monday January 6th was a nightmare. My flight, Southwest flight 231, was scheduled to depart around 4PM and arrive in Seattle at 6PM. Around noon on Monday, I checked the flight status on southwest.com. It showed that the flight was delayed by 4+ hours. It wouldn’t […]

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Too many Microsoft employees drink their own Kool-Aid

July 5th, 2012 · 3 Comments

I was chatting with someone who was a mid-level manager at Microsoft. He has been with Microsoft for several years. Since he worked in finance, I started the conversation by asking him: “You guys just wrote off the Aquantive acquisition. That’s $6+ billion dollars. You work in finance. What’s your take?” His response: “you know, […]

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Why I don’t like Groupon as a company

April 10th, 2012 · No Comments

It was widely reported that Groupon blows it again, restates earnings as customers demand refunds. This didn’t surprise me at all. I have nothing against Groupon. In fact I’m a happy customer who had bought a few Groupon deals in the past. However, I also had the unfortunate experience of negotiating with a Groupon salesperson. […]

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Is layoff coming to Cisco?

April 7th, 2011 · No Comments

Last Thursday John Chambers of Cisco sent a remarkably candid memo to Cisco employees. My folks live not too far from Cisco’s headquarter in the Silicon Valley. When I visited my family this past Christmas, I had the opportunity to talk to a friend who has been working for Cisco for over a decade. To […]

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Another round of Microsoft Layoff

July 8th, 2010 · No Comments

I heard today that Microsoft had another round of layoff. I’m not surprised. I live in Seattle and I’m surrounded by people who work in Microsoft. In the past 6 years, I knew only two people who told me they love working for Microsoft. I thought they’re either stupid or crazy. I do have some […]

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Prediction: The display advertising network bubble is about to burst

June 28th, 2010 · 3 Comments

In the past few weeks, I learned directly and indirectly that several highly successful ad sales guys quitted their display ad sales jobs and switched to different niches of online advertising. These are sales guys who accounted for 20-40% of their employers’ annual revenue. They were not laid off. In fact, most of them just […]

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Will you still buy Toyota?

January 30th, 2010 · 14 Comments

I’ve been a loyal customer and a fan of Toyota for a long time. I’m not a car enthusiast. When I buy a car, all I need is a safe and reliable vehicle that can move me from point A to point B. I’m not the most mechanical inclined person. I don’t like to do […]

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Google is desperate in China

January 14th, 2010 · 5 Comments

I guess I’m in the mood to stir some controversies. This morning, I read What Google is up against in its China showdown on Seattle’s TechFlash blog, written by a Chinese American and so-called long-time China watcher. I disagreed with many of the points on the article. So, I left a long comment on TechFlash. […]

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Mochi Media acquired by Chinese Internet company Shanda Games

January 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Mochi Media is an advertising network and payment platform for Flash Games. It has been acquired by Shanghai-based Shanda Games for $80 million ($60 million in cash and $20 million in equity). This news caught my attention because I have been thinking lately that more US based technology companies will be acquired by Chinese companies. […]

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Continue or drop sponsorship with Tiger Wood?

December 14th, 2009 · 3 Comments

It’s interesting to watch how large corporate advertisers react to the Tiger Wood saga. Nike chairman Phil Knight stands by Tiger Wood: "When his career is over, you’ll look back on these indiscretions as a minor blip, but the media is making a big deal out of it right now." On the other hand, consulting […]

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