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July 16, 2009

Lean Startup

Filed under: Business — Fei @ 6:45 pm
mixergy

www.mixergy.com is a nice website. The founder interviews a lot of successful entrepreneurs, and the interviews are very enlightening. I will post some interesting interviews in the future.

I listened to the interview with Eric Ries, on the lean startup concept. Eric explained the pros and cons of stealth mode, the separation of customer launch and market launch, and how to test assumptions using customers’ feedback.

Eric learned market testing the hard way from his startup IMVU. How he and his team developed a technology brilliant 3D avatar plugin of IM, but failed to attract any customers. How he learned the lessen that his basic assumption was totally wrong. He then scratched months of hard work and started all over again, turned the company 180 degrees, launched a new IM with 3D avatars and achieved great success.

Here is the interview: http://mixergy.com/ries-lean/

July 12, 2009

我的二毛五分钱在哪儿?

Filed under: 往事如风 — Fei @ 3:28 pm
By Darren Hester

By Darren Hester

今天中午在餐馆吃面条,心想要付现金。面条吃到一半就在心里把要付的总数算了一下。口袋里有一些硬币,拿出来一看,一枚二毛五分,一枚一角,两枚五分,两枚一分,心想碎钱正正好。当时记得很清楚碎钱是这个数目。

面条吃完了,该付帐了。我又从口袋里掏出这些碎钱来。一看,傻眼了。那二毛五分钱不见了。只剩下一枚一角,两枚五分,和两枚一分的硬币了。怎么回事?我手又到口袋里去掏,把口袋里所有的东西都拿出来找,哪里找得着。口袋软软的,啥也没有。再看看地上,啥也没有。手上的硬币也不见二毛五分钱。如此翻来覆去五六次,还是没找着。当时也不是在乎这二毛五分了,只是好奇那硬币跑哪儿去了。不过当时不认为这钱丢了,只是它不想让我找到。

好吧,找不着也没有办法,我就把硬币放回口袋。付钱时就给了一元纸币。出了餐馆,手又不由自主的放在口袋里。咦?我哪来这么多硬币?掏出来一看,那枚二毛五分钱好好的躺在手中。就是我之前怎么也找不到的那枚。

我觉得这时候大多数人都会认为自己没有找仔细,我不这么认为。我口袋里掏了好几次,所有东西都拿出来了,没有找到。手上也明显没有。我不觉得是我的问题,而是那钱的问题。它就是在我要付钱的时候消失了,之后又回来了。

其实这不是第一次发生这种事情了。以前我也有偶尔找不到东西的时候。刚开始的时候我总觉得是自己的问题,找得不仔细。但后来我总是发现那失去的东西在我找了很多遍的地方出现,那我找的时候总是视而不见?我现在觉得是这样东西消失了,之后又出现了。所以找不到的时候着急也没有用。

最奇妙的是现在我每次找不到东西就会想一想这东西是不是丢了。如果直觉告诉我没有丢,我就想是放在哪儿了,如果想到的话就去那儿找,十有八九能找到。如果想不到的话也不担心,心里会默默许愿让那东西出来,过一两天它自然就出来了。如果直觉告诉我东西丢了我也不担心,因为担心也找不回来。而那东西确实就再也没有出来过。

July 11, 2009

Wells Fargo Sues Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo Denies Allegations

Filed under: Economics,Readings — Fei @ 11:00 pm

Court RoomI don’t usually do this, but this is so hilarious…

However, it definitely shows how rigid the American law is. Seems ridiculous on the surface, but the ridiculousness is based on a sound system foundation 🙂 I’d rather have this than making exceptions….

“Due to state foreclosure laws, lenders are obligated to name and notify subordinate lien holders,” said Wells Fargo spokesman Kevin Waetke.

Here is the link: http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/al-lewis-wells-fargo-bank-sues/

June 18, 2009

Why People Follow?

Filed under: Personal Development,Readings — Fei @ 5:40 pm

strengths-based-leadership
Read the book “Strengths Based Leadership” recently. I don’t specifically like the book. Most of the contests are not new. Here I just want to mention one interesting observation from the authors fo the book.

It’s about how to be a good leader. To find out the answer, the authors did not interview the successful leaders and find out their common characteristics. Instead, the authors did a survey on the followers. The followers were asked two questions:

  • What leader has the most positive influence in your daily life?
  • Now please list three words that best describe what this person contributes to your life.

Guess what the followers wrote? I would have guessed different people would write dramatically different words. but I was wrong. Followers seem to have a very clear picture of what they want and need from the leaders. Most people write the same or similar words.

The most commonly mentioned words are:

  • Trust
  • Compassion
  • Stability
  • Hope

hmm.. it’s indeed very surprising. What can I learn from this discovery?

April 2, 2009

Tim Ferrisss Blog

Filed under: Business — Fei @ 12:37 am

4-hour-workweek

Like his blog… try it out: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/

Better subscribe his newsletter.. 🙂 I really learned a lot from reading the threads…

Try this:


Tim and Kevin from Glenn McElhose on Vimeo.

March 18, 2009

www.newspaperthief.com

Filed under: Toast Master — Tags: — Fei @ 2:33 pm

Newspaper Thief
Thanks Mr. Toastmaster, fellow toastmasters, and honored guests. Today, I’m going to tell you a story. As I tell you the story, think about it. Why I tell you the story.

Richard and Mary are neighbors. Every morning, a newspaper boy delivers newspapers to Mary’s house. Every morning, Mary has to read newspapers. Mary is DYING to read newspapers. She cannot skip reading newspapers.

One day, Mary went out to pick up the newspaper. But the newspaper was not on the ground, the lovely blue bag was NOT on the ground!!! Where is it? Where is it? Mary looked around… huh…. Richard… Richard was sitting on a couch in his yard reading a newspaper. It was exactly the same newspaper Mary was subscribed to. But he NEVER sits on that couch, and he NEVER reads newspapers…. Mary was furious. It must be Richard who took my newspaper. He is a thief!!!! But will Mary go to Richard and ask for the newspaper. No, Richard must deny it. He must say it’s all the newspaper boy’s fault.

But will Mary just stop here. NO. Richard needed to pay the price for being a thief. Because Mary was a real good web designer. She immediately went back to her house, spent 10 bucks to register a domain called www.newspaperthief.com. Spent 10 minutes to set up a website. It has Richard’s name, home address, weight, height…. all kinds of information about him. and he is a NEWSPAPER THIEF!!!! Mary wants everyone in the world to know, Richard is a thief.

But did Richard know that his name was on the internet? Did Richard know he’s a newspaperthief? No, he didn’t do a thing. He just sat in the coach reading newspapers.

Richard’s other neighbor, Scott, was in bad shape, he desperately needed to sell his house. He was a motivated seller. Fortunately, he found a buyer, Alice. They were already in contract stage. Alice had checked the house, it was good. Now just waiting for Alice to sign the contract. On that day, Alice decided to do a check on the neighbors, so she typed in the address on google. Because Mary just put up the website out there, it was one the the top few items returned by google. Alice looked at the address, it was the exactly next door. She clicked the website, and found everything about Richard. And he was a newspaper THIEF! OMG, Alice was going to have a thief neighbor! No way, Alice immediately tore down the contract, and cancelled the purchase. So what happened? Alice lost a great deal, Scott was even more desperate to sell his house, Richard lost a nice neighbor. And he didn’t even know ANY of those!

In the afternoon, Mary went out to the front yard again, and this time she noticed something, She saw a tip of a blue bag in the garden. oops, that’s a newspaper. Richard was not a thief. Mary was wrong. But Mary thought, I just spent 10 bucks on the website, let’s just put it up for a while. It doesn’t hurt… So the website still lives on.

After a couple of days, Richard was doing a multi-million dollar business deal with his first time partner, Bob. Because a lot of money was involved, Bob decided to do a background check. So he put Richard’s name in google. What did he get? It’s newspaperthief.com. Bob was stunned. He never expected Richard to be a thief. But Bob will never do a deal with anyone without integrity. Bob backed out from the deal, and Richard lost millions.

All those things happened behind the scene. Did Richard know any of these? No, he didn’t know. he didn’t do anything. He just sat in his coach reading newspapers.

Do you get anything from this story? Do you get why I tell you this story? Think about it. There are always different kinds people spreading different kinds of information in the internet. You can’t believe them all. Use your due diligence. Remember, whatever you are looking for, you will find it. It is very true both on internet, and in the real world.

Time: 06’07”

February 27, 2009

Housing price forecast

Filed under: Economics — Fei @ 11:36 pm
By Michel Filion

By Michel Filion

President Barack Obama proposed the fiscal year budget for the next few years. One significant point in the proposal is that the mortgage interest deduction will be limited to 28 bracket. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger raised income tax, sales tax, and property tax for fiscal year 2009-2010.  Both will have BIG effect on the housing price of silicon valley. 

I forecast that the price of condominiums and low priced single family homes will continue drop for the next few months, but the price will reach bottom before the end of the year. (Hopefully the economy will rebound as well). 

However, the high priced homes will find it tough to regain ground. Their prices will lag, mostly due to the limitation of mortgage interest deduction (if the proposal passes), and tThe tax increase in both federal and state level. The affluent will suffer financially during the Obama term and the housing market will be down for quite some time. 

As for 4-plex, 8-plex, and apartment complexes, it becomes tough to find renters with decent rent.  One is that the huge lay-offs now make a large population moving out of California. The rising income tax and sales tax does the same. Basically, fewer people will be in California. The relatively cheap housing price will draw a portion of people with steady jobs buying houses instead of renting. 

I will see how correct/wrong I am….

February 17, 2009

Rich Dad Seminar….

Filed under: Business,Economics — Fei @ 12:16 am

cashflow-quadrant
I love Robert Kiyosaki. It’s a seminar a year ago… and I agree them.. totoally… 

 

 

 

 

February 16, 2009

VIRUS!!!!!!!

Filed under: Freestyle — Fei @ 9:09 pm

H1N1 Virus

OMG…….. I was soooooooo pissed…. the hosting company hided a virus to my website… I could not believe it… The website behaved abnormally for a while…. sometimes when I was in the back office, I could not click some buttons…. once I clicked them, I was brought to a spamware website and started downloading virus to my computer…. thanks for my McAfee, it was blocked…. and some friends complained that google/microsoft blocked my website because it contained virus…!!!!!!!!!

It drove me crazy!!!!!!! What a hosting place…. 

Anyways… it’s clean now… hope nobody is really affected by the virus… 

Sorry for everybody.

Think the bright side… cheers…

January 19, 2009

追悼陈旭宁

Filed under: 往事如风 — Fei @ 10:06 pm
Xuning Chen

我一直不敢相信我今天站在这里,跟大家讲述我所认识的陈旭宁。我认识陈旭宁已有12年了。12年,是一个轮回。如今我又回到轮回的起点,追悼陈旭宁。

我比陈旭宁高一届,是她的嫡系师兄。我是北大微电子96级。陈旭宁是微电子97级。她大一的时候就有向我问些问题。大学时交往不是很深,只知道她成绩很好,是97第一名。大四时我和她先后进入SOI组做毕设,指导老师同是黄如,只是时间上差了一年。

大学毕业后我去了普林斯顿大学电子工程系计算机工程专业读博士。一年后,她也来到相同的大学,读相同的专业。那时候普林斯顿CE有三名微电子的学生,95的王维东,96的我,和97的陈旭宁。那时候王维东经常带我们去New Brunswick的美东买菜,有时也请我们去他家吃饭。

研二时我突然突发奇想去竞选ACSS主席。陈旭宁投票时就遇到了很大的难题,一位竞选者是她同级好友,另一位不速之客就是她的师兄我。她想来想去还是投给了我。没想到她这一票就改变了选举的结果。记得她得知结果后在equad门口碰见我,用她特有的语调说:“哎呀,要早知道这样就不选你了,这让我怎么交代呀。”话虽这么说,她还是挺支持我的工作的,在我的board里做体育部长。为当时的中国学生做了很多事。当时我做的第一件事是接新生,那是陈旭宁陪着我先坐NJ Transit,再坐地铁,机场 大巴,去JFK机场。所以有些人来美国见到的第一个中国人就是陈旭宁。我在ACSS做的最后一件事是去纽约欢送纽约领事馆总领事回国,也是陈旭宁陪着我去的。这中间的中秋晚会,春节晚会,以及其他很多活动,她都做出了很多贡献。作为体育部长,她在秋季组织了台球比赛,自己拿了第一名;春季组织了羽毛球比赛,自己双打也拿了名次。这让我怀疑她是不是有些以权谋私,但她一切都做得很公开,公正。

普林斯顿是个很小的地方。我经常在lounge里,校园内以及一些活动上碰见她,聊聊天。也记不清了。在我05年回普林斯顿答辩的最后一两天,那是十月初。谢芬告诉我陈旭宁身体不太好,嘴唇发白,正在校医院检查。我当时也没有在意。但回到加州后不久就听说她得的是癌症。当时我非常震惊,但又有点害怕和她接触,怕给她负担。网上聊了几次,也不敢多触及这个话题。只是知道她回国开刀,恢复得挺好。

她07年7月初来加州找工作,我和她的接触又多了起来。她很好客,经常邀请大家去她家玩。我组织BBQ时也总邀请她,虽然知道她不能来。她也邀请我们BBQ后去她家玩。

陈旭宁是个很乐观,积极向上的人,任何时候都很开心。不知到的人完全感觉不到她患有重病。她在谈论病情时也没有忧伤,像是讲述其他人的事情。这让我非常佩服她的坚毅。当我知道她复发后,去她家探望,悄悄问她怎么办。她微微露出一丝忧愁,说:“唉,我的命怎么这么苦呀,还要挨一刀。”当时我就心一沉,说不出话来。她不一会情绪又恢复平静,反过来安慰我。

我12月19号在三藩见过黄如后送肖建宏去陈旭宁家。陈旭宁正在跟谢芬他们打牌,我就稍微聊了两句。陈旭宁还是用她平常的语气说,如果能够挨到Christmas就请大家。我又不知说什么好,只是让她注意身体,好好休息。

很庆幸陈旭宁在最后一年里找到了她的真爱,度过了一段美好的时光。陈旭宁生命虽短,但她会永远活在我的心中。我相信,也会永远活在大家的心中。

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