Growth As Person Who is Different

When I was young, I would be embarrassed whenever my parents spoke Korean to me in front of my friends. As a young child or even as a teenager, I wanted to fit in and not be different. I really didn’t like anything that further highlighted my differences. My battles were always to prove that […]

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The Constant Flow of Motion

As I get older, the one thing that has become increasingly obvious is the constant, relentless motion of life. Nothing really stands still – nothing. Great companies of the past have fallen without adjusting to change and re-inventing themselves. River of time will catch up and surely pass you by. Apple was great and brought […]

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Mother Unwittingly Fools the Nurses’ Data

My mother was discharged earlier today from Swedish Hospital after a successful TAVR (trans-catheter heart valve replacement)  surgery to replace your heart valve. We are all very relieved, especially given that her initial open heart surgery three months ago was aborted midway due to the risk from calcium in her arteries. I’m amazed at the […]

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Lists To Guide You Through Personal Transitions

It’s been a while since I’ve had anything to say. Having completed my tenure (and earn out) with SDL last November I lost a bit of my identity that I had been building for the previous four years. I have no regrets and will always treasure the memories of building a start up (Lift9) to […]

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Experiencing World Cup in Brazil

To me, the mecca of soccer is Brasil. So when I learned that it was going to host the World Cup this year, I made plans to attend with some good friends. I spent 16 days (including 2 travel days) in Brasil and attended six live matches in three different cities and watched countless other […]

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Introducing SocialGlimpz, The Next Venture

After some careful consideration, I’ve found a really good match as my next venture. I’ve decided to join SocialGlimpz as the Chief Strategy Officer. SocialGlimpz is building an interpretation engine for the world’s visuals. Such an endeavor is a natural progression from my past work in Business Intelligence (Noetix), Web Analytics (ZeroDash1) and Social Media […]

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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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