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Entries from September 2008

If I can pick and choose any start-up to work for, I’ll pick … Part 1

September 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I’m starting a series on how to evaluating promising startups from a employee perspective. But, before I talk about any specific companies, I’d like to talk about the framework I use to select the companies. It’s impossible to predict a startup’s success and failure because there are so much uncertainties. Even the most successful venture […]

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Tags: Start-up Success

Beat Recession Advice #2: Cut your expenses, save money and conserve cash

September 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

"Save for a rainy day" — well, the rainy days are ahead of us. 🙂 All of my advice are common sense, but have you been doing any of these to cut expense and save money? Let’s take massive action NOW to prepare for the rainy days! Figure out how much cash you have, your […]

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Tags: Beat Recession

Product Manager job openings at Myspace

September 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Earlier this week I posted Beat Recession Advice #1: Form a network of recruiter friends . As I mentioned in the article, the best time to look for a job is while you’re still employed. If you start to think about your next career move, and want to join a company that is on the […]

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Tags: Job Posting

What if you have five 17-year old Kobe Bryants on your team? (And why you should never hire someone directly from McKinsey to run your business.)

September 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Kobe Bryant has developed into one of the best all-around basketball player. But, he wasn’t like this in 1996 when he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornet and traded to Los Angeles Lakers. He was 17-year old, athletic, extremely talented, and exciting. But, he was also flashy, selfish, and show-boating. He was immature and didn’t […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Frustration@Work · Start-up Success

Is Fred Wilson doing something wrong?

September 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Yesterday, Fred Wilson had an interesting post about his reaction to Technorati’s State of Blogsphere report : "I’ve had about 150k visitors per month for several years now. My audience is stable but flat. I get about 100k visitors per month on my website and another 50k via my feed. At best, this blog brings […]

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Tags: Multiple Income Stream · Start-up Success

Beat Recession Advice #1: Form a network of headhunter friends

September 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Penelope Trunk had a great post about the 3 things to learn from the crashing careers of the super-rich . For those of us who work in the high tech industry (or any industry), we’ll be affected by the current economic crisis. There is no job security for any of us in this market, and […]

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Tags: Beat Recession

Do you feel trapped?

September 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

"I’m frequently taken advantage by others in the office. I’m just not good at office politics. I hate my job. I need to find a better place to work." "I need to travel. I have been here and doing the same s*** for too long." "I love the 4-hour-work-week life style. I want to figure […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work

Are you exhausted after attending a conference?

September 19th, 2008 · No Comments

When I was at my first job fresh out of college, I loved to attend conferences. I got a chance to travel for free, attend exhibits and educational sessions all days long, and go to parties at nights — what a great combination for a single guy! 🙂 Besides being a single with no family […]

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Tags: Tools & Tips

Do you have 401K money in Money Market fund? It might not be safe!

September 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Many of us who work in the high tech industry have been wondering how the current financial crisis will affect our lives. Well, if you haven’t checked your 401K portfolio, please take a close look. News came out yesterday that one of the first and largest money market funds has put a seven-day freeze on […]

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Tags: Beat Recession

It’s OK to climb corporate ladder

September 16th, 2008 · No Comments

"I hate office politics!" "I just don’t want to climb the corporate ladder. I have to start something on my own. I will never make it to the top by keep grinding at Microsoft". "It’s so cool to have your own business. Entrepreneurship is the future. You get so much respect from people by striking […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track