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Buying links is like addicting to drugs

February 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment

There is a booming niche market in the SEO industry. A lot of companies are paying for back links to boost their natural search results in Google. These purchased links really work because they are from very well-known publishers. In fact, many of the most well known, prestigious publications are selling links. It’s very difficult […]

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Tags: Innovation · Tools & Tips

Bob Stroller and Platform

December 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

One thing about being a dad of two little ones is that I have learned a lot about strollers. Let me tell you: there are a lot of similarities between the stroller world and the car market. The low-end of stroller market is like Honda Civics: reliable, sturdy, and plain. (Disclaimer: I have nothing against […]

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Tags: Innovation · Product Management · Start-up Success

Demand generation lessons learned from Amazon Fresh

October 12th, 2009 · No Comments

In an earlier post, I talked about how much I enjoyed the high-quality service and convenience of Amazon Fresh,’s grocery delivery service. Today, I want to share with you a few demand generation lessons I learned from Amazon Fresh. To generate more sales, a retailer has a few options: have existing customer buy more […]

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Tags: Innovation · 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

For at least one search term, Bing works much better than Google

June 11th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Although I’ve been critical of Microsoft in the past, I have to say that I’m somewhat impressed by Bing. I’m a fan of the PBS “Great American Scenic Railroads ” series. I have been to the official web site ( before, but I forgot to bookmark it. Last night, I searched “Great American Scenic Railroads” […]

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Tags: Company Analysis · Innovation

Should a start-up enters emerging markets?

April 8th, 2009 · 3 Comments

A friend works for a start-up company. They’re on track to generate $30 million revenue this year, which will allow the company break even. Eighty percent of the revenue are from the US, while the other twenty percent are from western Europe. They still have about $10 million of cash that they received as part […]

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Tags: Build a Company · Innovation · Start-up Success

What’s the next big thing?

April 2nd, 2009 · 6 Comments

Right after I started college in the early 1990s, I discovered the Lynx text browser for World Wide Web (WWW). A few months later, I "upgraded" to the Mosaic Browser, and later moved to use Netscape Browser. I was like a kid in the candy store — it was amazing how much one could do […]

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Tags: Innovation

Will U2’s new album “No Line On The Horizon” do well?

March 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

U2 is set to release a new Album tomorrow (March 3, 2009) in North America called No Line On The Horizon. Do you think the new album will do well? I’m keeping my expectation very low because I don’t want to get myself disappointed. 🙂 I think for top music brand such as U2, your […]

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Tags: Innovation

Snowstorm postmortem — how technologies have failed

January 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Like many parts of the country, the area I live had several snow storms in the past two weeks. The entire city was paralyzed for several days. We snowed in for an entire week. It’s interesting that how technologies have failed when we need them the most before and during the snow storm: Because of […]

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Tags: Innovation · Learning and Growing