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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 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 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,’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