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Entries from April 2010

The awkward role of product management in online advertising network companies

April 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I don’t envy any product management professional who work for any of the online advertising networks. There are tremendous amount of hype in the online advertising network industry. But, I’m going to make a controversial statement today: most ad networks are ad agency in disguise. They’re essentially ad agency for the digital world. Two groups […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Product Management

Is your work contributing something to humanity?

April 26th, 2010 · No Comments

It’s puzzling to a lot of people — my friend Jay is quitting his finance career to get into operational side of a high tech start-up. Jay is a brilliant young financial analyst. When I use the term “brilliant”, I really mean it. Two and half years ago, Jay started telling all of his family […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing

Why head hunter is important for your job search

April 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I recently saw a job ad on Craigslist. I applied immediately because it looked really interesting and challenging to me. I didn’t hear anything back from the company. A few days later, I saw a job ad by a head hunter on Craigslist. It was the same job description, but the employer name was hidden. […]

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Tags: Recruiting & Job Hunting

The Magic of Thinking Big

April 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

“We might not have believed it when we said it in our first team meeting in the fall, but if we focus and do our jobs, then why can’t we play for a national championship? That’s been our focus all along. I walked out of that room and I kind of thought, ‘I hope we’ll […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Search Engine Optimization Still Matters

April 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Lately I have read several articles saying that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is not that important any more. Google is becoming smarter and smarter. As long as you have excellent content, Google will find you and let the world know about your content. I’m not so sure. You might have noticed that I recently made […]

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Tags: Blogging · Tools & Tips

Foreign Young Professionals in China Mini Series #2: Tsinghua MBA at Big Pharma

April 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Today, I would like to share with you part II of Foreign Professional in China series. I recently interviewed Mr. Robert Yu, who is a fellow Cal Bear and received his MS in Biology from Northwestern. Like Marie Cheng, Robert also took the road less traveled, and got his MBA from Tsinghua University. Robert is […]

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Tags: China · Learning and Growing · MBA

Foreign Young Professionals in China Mini Series #1: Interview with Ms. Marie Cheng

April 13th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Today I have a special treat for everyone. China holds a special appeal to many ambitious young professionals in the United States and around the world. But, many people are unsure or apprehensive about going to work in China, given the cultural, language and other barriers. I recently conducted an interview with Ms. Marie Cheng, […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · MBA

Do you have the gut to quit your job and work for free?

April 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Not everyone is in the position for doing this. But, Let’s say that you’re single, a year or two removed from college, and you could live off savings and family’s support for a year. You have a promising job at a Fortune 500 company. You’re given an opportunity to pursue your dream job. However, there […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Learning and Growing