Monday, July 30, 2007
Digg.com's Kevin Rose leads a new brat pack of young entrepreneurs
The story about Digg.com is one of my most favorite. For those of you who wants to start an Internet company but don't know technology that much. Digg is a best example to tell you that what matters is the busienss model, you understanding of the internet community and your guts feeling, but NOT the technology.
Digg demonstrated a few key facts:
1. the power of the crowd. Online usrs are more and more prefer opinion from peers but not from the so-called expert.
2. open, transparent and fair busienss model. Everyone 's vote is equalent. No expert needed. it's a new way of demacracy
3. and it is widely adopted by online news/blogs website. every page almost has a digg-it button..
Friday, July 27, 2007
Without Internet I won't be able to launch my first start-up nor meeting my wife. I love stranger because the conversation always give me the unexpected surprise. I am reading PureVC.com, a blog talking venture capital. The author invites people who have interest about investment, entrepreneurship etc to contact him and I suddently had the strong feeling to write this blog.
I must say, a common mistake I had seen among people is that they come with various preassumption before meeting/talking with strangers, if they decided to meet at all. Yes, there are lots liars online but it is not hard to exclude them if you did some due diligence. And if you really meet a person who you never meet before, it's like a weird chemical reaction. Two world, two minds and two brains suddently connected. Sometimes it would generate nothing but sometime it may be the catalyst for a fantastic fire...
However, I can not stand the popular way Americans meet strangers, in a noisy bar! So many beautiful grass land in the States so I am wondering why you guys prefer to yell at pub/bar and back home with a sore throat.. For this purpose, Internet is way better, is it.
I think this is also the reason why I am so into the travel things. How exciting it is to visit a totally new land, meet new people and experience new surroundings around. Guess my brain only gets excited by new things...
Embrace the Internet, Embrace the world of strangers, and Embrace the open mind.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
If my next start-up succeed, instead of giving $ for whatever other purpose, the first thing I will do is setup a travel fund to give free ticket for anyone never visited China. Of course accommodation cost will not be covered, even though food is cheap in China. But may generate enough eyeball to attract sponsors...
I believe the best way to undestand something is to be there by yourself, with an open mind.
Travel is one of the most wonderful activity in the world.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I had used Scribd.com for a while when it first emerged but then lost interest. Today, after my old thinkpad crashed, I realized Scribd is one of the best supplementary site for del.icio.us. Del.icio.us can save every URL but useless for a actual document like a PDF report. While I am using Box.net and Xdrive for private document but the free space is limited(1G and 5G). Now Scribd.com could be the perfect website for my collection of valuable articles that can be shared with others.
So when I login to scribd.com today to upload a new PDF report sent by webtrends and emarkter, I accidentally realized someone added me as friend in scribd (ok, one is scribd staff, boring. the other is not) and another added one of my uploaded article as favorite. It's cool.
Could this scribd thing(Youtube for document) be something, beside the $17M pre-money evaluation they had for series A funding? Something supplementary to Wikipedia? I see scribd a cool site to be acquired since they do have a smart way to have people sort through billions of documents in billions of computers everyday.
Sure people may upload useless files but they are risk their reputation at scribd. And this type of peer pressure is wonderful to solve the quality issue. Wikipedia is using the very same way.
It's indeed a cool way for document sharing. Or say, knowledge sharing.
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Today while I am doing research for my business plan, I had learned another meaning of DBA which may be written as d/b/a as well that is Doing Business As. Guess this is a lawyer invented term?
Monday, July 23, 2007
Richard@ReadWriteweb has a good post about Parakey is “a Web operating system that can do everything an OS can do.” Translation: it makes it really easy to store your stuff and share it with the world. Most or all of Parakey will be open source, under a license similar to Firefox’s."
It's fascinating. It's like when I boot my laptop, the 'desktop' is a Firefox window and there is no things called "drive" or "folder" but individual file only with a file name and tags. "my picture" tag may either point to all pictures in my local drive or my photo album at Flickr or Google Picasa. The two can be synced too. Wow. It's cool.
To me, this may eliminate the existence of computer virus since the only executeable application is the Firefox Browser. Office productivity will be done by Google Docs or Zoho like my previous post. To me, this is a more elegant idea than Adobe AIR platform that aiming at: building a web layer beyond whatever OS you are using today, be it WIndows, OS X or Linux. This also remind me the thing I feel so disappointed by Sun Micro: Why not acquire Netscape back to 1996? With Java applet embeded in Netscape browser, Sun can builid a webOS 10 years ago.
Technorati Tags java,firefox,parakey,os,webos
My painful experience - account thief
This past Sunday night, I found out I got dozens email for "eBay
Listing Confirmed". The items listed are very good stuff with
very attractive price. Such as
NEW-JAMES BOND 007 COLLECTION - 20 DVD BOX ED SET ! Buy It Now
The X-Files Seasons 1-9 (DVD Boxed Sets) BRAND NEW! Buy It Now
Total listed price is over $1000.
I immediately realized my Ebay account got hacked, so I
1. changed my password to a very difficult one(my previous was
very simple and most Chinese people like)
2. Went Ebay website, reported my case online.
3. Sent Ebay email reporting my case
4. I tried to remove the listings, but I could not, so I changed
some of the Listing titles from
"The X-Files Seasons 1-9 (DVD Boxed Sets) BRAND NEW!"
"Don't bid. Listed by hacker. Reported to Ebay already."
5. Went bed with a rabbit in my heart.
6. In the morning, to my surprise that I got 3 congratulations
emails from Ebay:"Congratulations, your item sold!"
and one buyer even already paid.
7. I was unhappy that Ebay did not do anything overnight, so I
emailed to all the buyers that "Don't pay".
8. A buyer emailed me back:
Item: Don't bid. Listed by hacker. Reported to Ebay already.
"xxxxx" is the winner.
Since i had saved this item, i did not see the notice not to bid
until it was too late. Can you have this item removed without
negative feedback. Much appreciated.
9. The person who paid called me back, but he nor me can do
10. I tried to call Ebay, but I could not find the phone #. I
found the a "live chat" on Ebay.com. I chatted with a person,
and she/he could not do anything, but instructed me to use
"secure live chat", that is, log in first. After about 40
minutes waiting a guy came on line. He asked my many questions
and even called me confirming my identity.
11. This secure chat person did a great job. He removed all the
listings, refund all my listing fee(about $100), and promised me
to help to get money back from the person who already paid.
12. The person who paid, gave me the name of the people who
received money. They are li zhou and dian zhi you jian.
13. The secure chat person will do more investigation about this
14. So far, after spending many hours, everything seems fine
What the account theft did and what he/she would do:
chose Sunday night listed items. Buy It Now only for three days.
Since they were priced good, and all may be sold in three days
by "Buy It Now". The thief chose XXX's paypal account to
receive buyers' money. Then the money go to XXX and
YYY's paypal account.
XXX and YYY may be a victim also, because my
account theft may be also an identity theft who stole XXX
and YYY's IDs.
The account theft may use an fake ID, or XXX/YYY's ID, opened an
bank account/Paypal account and used a public PC logged/created
email/paypal account, so the police may never get them.
If I did not check my email for a few days, the account thief
may get the check from Paypal or money goes to their bank
account. After they get money, they run and leave over $1000
mess for me and the buyers.
Lessons learned: Passwords to any accounts should be as
difficult as possible, monitor all your accounts as often as
possible, read email as much as possible, but don't get fooled
by fishing email.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
而据非盈利组织Pew互联网和美国生活计划（Pew Internet and American Life Project）公布的调查结果显示，互联网在美国人日常生活中扮演的角色越来越重要。
Technorati Tags internet,china,data,highlight,statistics
Saturday, July 21, 2007
O'reilly is further towards the position to be the chief evangelist of leading Information Technologies in the world. They realized knowledge distribution is the best way to promote such a goal and their press business already one of the best. By setting up Safari U, organizing series gathering for top technical names such as Perl, Apache and Linux, O'reilly already gained enough credit. Quite like a professor in a Ivy league university, nothing but reputation and good life.
OSTG's slashdot and sourceforge are just like IBM and Intel in the computer industry. While their mother company, VA software, became very silent for a long time after their astonishing IPO back to 2000.
And comes Sun Microsystems. Once another evangelist and warrior of the Freedom of Technology, now paying more attention to survive instead of leading. Java is becoming a successful kid of the whole IT industry but contribute so few to Sun's P&L sheet. By acquiring those storage firms, Sun is struggling to find the right position for itself. Seems another long way to go.
The relationship and contribution of Slashdot and sourceforget for VA is very the same compare with Java and Sun. So what's a possible path for those two once-prominent players? IMHO, one not-that-bad approach is to merge those three companies together to form an enterprise that focus on providing anything to promote IT around the world. This new entity will have community, sufficient expertise, infrastructure, money, credit and experience. It could make sourceforge 10 times better to host, promote and help individuals and SMEs across the world to leverage their intelligence to explore every possibility, it would lower the cost, faster the R&D-to-market process and broader arena. It could create a online Wal-mart for Software and Service. It could make any start-up or individual save more time by avoiding painful CVS setup, server hosting whatsever. It would be the best place to name top 10, top 100 of technologies in the world, instead of so many other rankings. For anyone interested in IT, it's the one-stop place to visit.
If Sun doesn't want to be another DEC, do it.
Technorati Tags java,opensource,sun,OReilly,sourceforge
Friday, July 20, 2007
There is meebo that you can login to all (but skype) your IM services, ICQ/MSN Messenger/Yahoo! Messenger/Gtalk... And I am using Zoho and Google Docs for my need of Microsoft Office. And Zamzar is doing all the document conversion for you, pdf<=>doc, mpeg<=>flash..you name it. Sure I have web email service to replace Outlook. Is there any other cool online service I forget? Oh, I am using Box.net(they suck since doesn't allow me to upload >10M file with free account) and AOL Xdrive (u can choose to install an desktop client to map a local drive to upload/download your file w/out any size limitation). If you are using any, let me know. I am also considering upload all my photos to Flickr someday so no need to burn DVD to store them... Guess will do this wkd.
You know what, I am really wondering when I can simply stop using Norton Antivirus (very soon I think) since I don't care about Virus anymore. why? 1) I don't open Office document with MS office software anymore but Zoho or Google Docs so the most famous Macro Virus embeded inside Office files won't affect me anymore. 2) I am using Firefox plus No Script plugin so that almost no online malware etc can hurt my computer in the way malwares can do with IE. 3) No more offline data and XP support nice system restore(though I never tried yet) so even my computer was affected by virus, just a restore will solve it.
Poor Microsoft fella. but they are rolling out the Live series of services like Live Hotmail, Live Search etc. Good for them.
Technorati Tags zoho,firefox,meebo,data,zamzar,desktop
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
"I did my undergrad at Brown University and went on to get an MBA from Harvard Business School. These days I am also an adjunct professor in the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College, serve on the board of Samantha's Harvest, a non-profit focused on awareness and support for Down syndrome, and am a member of the Jimmy Fund Visiting Committee at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute."
Technorati Tags mobile,babson,vc,adler
Monday, July 16, 2007
For many people, Internet = Web = IE/Firefox. Not really. There are many great Internet application without a web presence. Instant Messaging like ICQ/AIM, Email with client software like Outlook. And a popular trend seems now is weblize non-web application sucha s Meebo is doing for instant messaging market. Email had a web presence for a very long time back to Hotmail. So my point is, how about the other way around? Webless web application? Adobe AIR platform is a clear idea towards this trends. eBay just released the beta version of their Project San Dimas which is going to be a desktop application that users can do whatever they are doing with ebay.com now in a better way. How about flash? How about we flashlize existing web applications? For example, a flash based SNS website or a flash based search clients. Flash has many unique advantage against HTML/Ajax and it would be interesting to see how this will develop in the near future.
Technorati Tags ebay,flash,air,flex,Dan,Dimas
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
This and BizaarVoice.com are two wonderful examples shows how to be a successful start-up by leveraging technology/service that are really commodity today. Yep. Same technology but new application. Great.
Can we be a hosting service provider of online discussion board?forum?
Can we be a hosting service provider of online registration?
Can we be a honesting service provider of online email?
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
The successful story of PCPOP.com in China, leading IT/car review site. The founder is just 25 years old now and has an annual revenue around US$10M.
Shanghai government will waive the debt that had been guaranteed by the local government for local entrepreneurs to try SME project.
Overview of policies to support Chinese studied oversea in Guangdong Province
And a bunch of other websites that have useful info in this topic:
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New tax law for high-tech start-ups:
5. 留学人员身份证明, http://www.bjlx.gov.cn/bjlx/brow.asp?id=1552
Technorati Tags entrepreneurship,china,policy,startup,beijing
Monday, July 02, 2007
One of the angle that this video is talking about is the topic of my next post, the Data. Stay tuned...
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