Embrace the New Disruptive World Order and Its Opportunities

I’m such a lucky guy! I live in a time of great change. Disruptive ideas abound everywhere.  This is a time when people who are flexible and forward-thinking get rewarded. We’re collecting more data than ever imaginable even 20 years ago and the opportunities to do something amazing with that information remain wide open. We […]

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Right Time to be a SoMa Startup

Several times on this blog I’ve tried to articulate the importance of “timing” of opportunities. Having appropriate “timing” implies also being in the right place. Today, we’re again living in a momentous time of opportunity for capable entrepreneurs. And apparently the right place to be is SoMa (South of Market) district in San Francisco. This […]

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A Day of Being Pick-Pocketed Turns into a Day of Gratitude

At the Franklin D. Roosevelt Metro Station at Champs Elysees, a group of four or five teenage girls boarded onto the Metro with me, pushing everyone forward rather forcibly. As I turned to glare at who was pushing, I saw a girl avert my stare and continue to push forward with her bag, pretending to […]

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The Emerging Mega-Global Trends To Rule Business World

When people travel, they obviously tend to focus on the differences between places. The scooter traffic in Saigon seems like a world apart from the freeway car jams in Los Angeles. The preserved architecture in Paris is the antithesis of the ultra-modern structures at the Bun in Shanghai. Food usually varies a great deal between […]

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No Aha Moment but Progress Toward Better Enlightment

I have to admit that I did come to Montpellier searching for something but wasn’t exactly sure what. I was certain, however, I’d know the minute that I discovered it. Today, I leave Montpellier after nearly six weeks without that “aha” moment. Yet, I feel that I’ve learned plenty. I am certainly leaving very satisfied with […]

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Telling Stories Without The Right Words

How does a story teller tell his stories without his tool of words? That’s been an interesting challenge for me here in France. After years of standing in front of people telling stories about the vision of a certain company to potential investors or just trying to motivate employees, taking away my words is like […]

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Being a Part of the Human Network

Some people, I think, still are confused about why I’ve decided to spend two months in southern France mostly alone. Frankly, it could have been here or a town in Ethiopia or Indonesia. I chose Montpellier because I’m slightly familiar with the French culture and I thought the weather would actually be better than it […]

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Creating A Work Environment Without Broken Windows

Precision and attention to detail were never my strengths. I’m more of a big ideas guy and appreciate having others around who can get to a deeper level of detail. However, after having been involved in multiple startups, I can definitely say that it is difficult to succeed without creating a conducive environment for precision. […]

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Three Keys to A Successful Long-Term Relationship

For my son’s wedding, I gave the following toast/advice (paraphrased and elaborated upon here): I believe there are three important keys to keeping the fire ablaze of a good long-term relationship. Inevitably, all relationships will have high points and low points with all sorts of experiences in between. However, attention to these three key fundamental elements should lead to […]

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The Generational Cycle of Immigrants’ Priorities in Life

On January 11, my older son married at the ripe age of 24 to a wonderful girl from Vietnam. It was an emotional day for sure (well, I definitely felt a lot older) but we’re all confident that this union is the right thing for both of them. Among many other reasons, I’m very happy […]

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