We Should Let Students Embrace Gig Economy

Here’s my previous article on my working experience when I was a college student about 20 years ago. Students and part-time employment or unofficial ‘gig economy’ wasn’t not something new or unheard of. Back when I was a student, there are always a physical ads (probably just a small piece of paper) sticked on a physical bulletin board from another fellow students offering services like car rental or transportation service, printing service (for those who doesn’t have a printer), typing services (for those who doesn’t have PC), writing service (for…

eSports – Ready To Play

I have confession to make. I’m not really a gamer. Or at least not a serious gamer or die-hard fan of any particular online or electronic game. Yes, I did play some video games when I was a teenager in high school, especially Street Fighter II and Wolfenstein 3D, but it costs quite a money for me back then and therefore playing a console or PC games is the kind of activity reserved on weekly or even monthly basis. And no, I didn’t own any gaming console back then. In…

Our Next Startup Founders – Inmates and Ex-Convicts

(Image from Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/CBS San Francisco) Back when I was a teenager, I have a friend who lives near our house. Occasionally we went to school together, and his family was well-respected within our community as his father was a religious leader. He was not particularly a bright or smart kid, but he was very athletic especially in football (soccer if you’re a in US). I think I can safely say that even though he’s not very good in academic, if he keep polishing his football skill, he can…

Should Microsoft Become A Hardware Company?

I.LOVE.THIS.COMPANY! No, it’s not me preaching that. It’s their former President and CEO, Steve Ballmer. To start with, I never loved Microsoft. And I don’t think I will, ever. But I respect them as one of the largest and most dominant company in the world, shaped our past to become where we are right now in term of technology and now trying to regain their mojo after few years being eclipsed by the likes of Apple, Google and Facebook (there’s no M in FAANG in case you wonder). Yes, Microsoft…

Retro-based Products As The Next Business Opportunity

(Bufori La Joya. Image from Bufori) When the movie Transformers was released in 2007, how many of us are not dying to watch it the soonest? I know I never belong to that alien group, as I dragged my old school buddy (along with her siblings) and we bought the tickets even though the showing was close to midnight and we still have to work tomorrow morning. But who cares? It’s Transformers! No Gen-X should claim that 80s was the best era if they never watched Transformers, Voltron or M.A.S.K.…

Will There Be a Second Act of Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes?

Anyone still remember Elizabeth Holmes? Yes, the disgraced founder and former CEO of Theranos, the clinical lab-testing company. The tragic story of young wunderkind, rags-to-riches-to-rags and highly ambitious Stanford dropout that had a vision to revolutionise the world but finally succumbed to the uncontrolled lies and crisis and eventually bringing $9 billion startup to hit the iceberg and sank into the ocean of died companies, with it the investors and employees.   The Rise Like all other startups (or businesses for that matter), it began with the need to address…

Microsoft Has Become An Interesting Company Again

  How many of us had never, ever used Microsoft Windows before? For many, it’s their only choice of operating system especially when they bought their desktop or laptop. For selected few, it’s the only operating system that they ever encountered of in their life (other than iOS and Android I mean). My experience with desktop was with DOS (can’t remember exact details which flavour it was) when I joined a computer club (trust me, it was a big deal back then) in 1988 (nope, never gonna reveal my age).  Then…

Are We Amazoned Yet?

(Image from Time Magazine, 1999)   I must admit that I’m one of the admirer and armchair critics of Amazon and Jeff Bezos. Well, mostly just Jeff Bezos. I still remember quite vividly the day I took up the Time magazine back in 1999 (as image above) when Amazon was just around 5 years old. The image of Mr Bezos and the article caught my attention towards Internet in general, and e-commerce in particular. I kept reading the article until the magazine torn apart and disintegrated (OK a bit exaggeration…

We Need More Lemonade Stand

(Image from Knowles family/CBS Denver) No, I’m not referring to this. There was (and still) an old joke that I heard of which said something like “you’re a great salesperson if you can sell sand to the government of Saudi Arabia”. Of course, those that really needs those sands maybe somewhere in Monaco or Singapore, rather than in Riyadh. Well, I guess that’s why it’s called a joke. Literally & figuratively. But that joke shows the power of having a selling skills (or convincing-other-people-that-they-need-the-stuff-that-you-are-selling-although-they-might-not-actually-need-it skill if you prefer). Products & services…

Make Humanities Great Again

What Reid Hoffman, Jack Ma, Steve Jobs and Stewart Butterfield have in common?  (yes, I’m fully aware that they are all men, but let’s save the discussion on ‘minorities inequality’ in the future articles, shall we? 🙂 ) All of them are founders or co-founders of a successful technology companies. All of them are billionaires (or maybe close to become one). And none of them coming from technical background. At least not as extensive as i.e Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates or Larry Ellison.   STEM vs. Humanities Studies   (Note…