another widget

Over on the sidebar, I've added another new widget today: shared files from Box.net. I took the extreme liberty to subject you all to an old MP3 from my past life which you can, ahem, find out more about here.

Hey, we have a stub on Wikipedia too!

January 27, 2007 at 09:51 PM in Personal, This Blog | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

time

I'm going to do my best to get back in the saddle here. Every free moment from work and school has been spent with Ang and the baby. Well, more like every free moment from Ang and the baby has been spent on work and school. After a few weeks it can seem like, "where do I start to blog again." Well, here I am. I'll try to bang out a few short posts to get things started again.

August 3, 2006 at 05:58 AM in This Blog | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

light posting

Sorry the posts have been few and far between lately. Here are the few reasons, which I hope to not list as excuses, but as springboards to future posts:

1. Work: busy with a couple of new projects at work; reasonably interesting stuff. A new project related to our recently announced solar energy project and a new project related to our CMOS image sensor joint venture from last year. Both early stage deals.

2. More work: I've been working with a few great guys on a side venture that we're officially launching soon. We've been consulting with Chinese based start-ups and helping them with raising funds from venture capitalists. Similar functionally to what I do during my days, but a nice balance since most of my SMIC stuff is hardware-related and with multinational or international companies. With this stuff, I'm getting more exposure to Chinese start-ups and entrepreneurs. Plus the guys are a lot of fun. We're calling the group Shanghai Venture Partners. More info to come certainly.

3. Sick: ack, ack. I've been nursing a bad infection. The doctor at Huashan Hospital said that it was viral, but it felt like previous bouts of tonsilitis for which they gave me antibiotics. I roughed it for about four days before taking some home prescribed amoxycillin. Getting better now, but not quite done.

4. Bschool: lots of studying, lots of homework. Phew.

5. Baby: and of course, the big, big news. As hinted at previously, Angie and I are pregnant. So loads of reading, doctor's visits, talking to friends and family, and lots of planning. We know our world will change completely, but we really don't have a clue to just how true that statement will be. But also lots and lots of fun and excitement! Thinking of baby names, researching sick cameras to splurge on, etc...

Ta-ta for now. Christmas day and my pregnant wife beckon!

December 25, 2005 at 11:34 AM in This Blog | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

oof

A few random thoughts...

Got slammed with a bad bug yesterday. Made it out for a really fun dinner with an old, dear friend from San Francisco and his friends and MBA classmates, but felt much worse this morning.

So it was a day in bed with Angie taking care of me and making me chicken soup. Just got back from the doctor's and it seems I have tonsilitis. I'm on antibiotics and hope to be all better by Thursday when we fly. Angie's been a saint, putting up with my general helplessness and sickly attitude.

Talking with Jamie and his friends, it occurred to me that there's a lot about day to day life here in China that is not apparent to those who aren't here. Jamie's always got a lot of great ideas, and a lot of energy and curiousity, so we spent a lot of time talking about methods of payment and e-commerce here. Thinking back over that this morning, I think I'll try to start posting more about day to day life: things like the jiaotong card, potable water, long distance calling, the subway, etc... Should be interesting as a kind of time capsule of social history that I'll look back at in a few years, but could also help those who are thinking about moving out here or bringing business ideas out here.

But for now, a little soup, maybe a little work on my essays for school and then a good night's rest.

September 27, 2005 at 06:55 PM in Personal, This Blog | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

argh

Key_of_death_1This IBM Lenovo ThinkPad X32 that I'm blogging from has done it again. I had scribbled off a long-ish post on localization of the workforce and management talent here when my fingered slipped from the up arrow to the navigate back button. It's happened to me a couple of times now where I'll write something up only to lose it when that little slip sends me back a page in the TypePad interface. Reminds me of how far web apps still have to go.

I'll take another crack at it in a bit or in the morning. In the meantime, you'll have to take my word that it was brilliant.

August 24, 2005 at 10:09 PM in This Blog | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

delicious guilt

I saw my feed on Bloglines and felt tremendously guilty to see three consecutive posts generated by Delicious. I've been light on posting with a busy week at work, a new computer to play with, and oppressive Shanghai heat that requires two-three showers a day. Add in a really busy social calendar last week and this weekend, and this space has unfortunately been neglected.

I hope to fix that this week, but I know a load of books from London on in the mail. Yoiks.

July 4, 2005 at 06:55 AM in This Blog | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

problems

Since yesterday afternoon, I'm getting timed out trying to navigate to our subdomain. Absolutely no luck viewing wuchin.typepad.com. Wonder what's up.

June 22, 2005 at 05:58 AM in This Blog | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

seen not heard seen

A colleague asked me for some help on getting more out of Bloglines yesterday and in the course of the conversation, I showed the team this blog. It's the first time I've shown someone other than Angie. The ensuing conversation about privacy, public-private personae, motivations, etc... was extremely interesting. It was three Americans and one Italian so we had some different cultural perspectives. I was surprised to be called brave.

I guess having been a blog reader for a long time and in general really enjoying playing with new technologies, I didn't have the same fears that many others have and will have. I still think that most everyone will have an online persistent presence, like a blog or podcast archives or something of the sort, something that they will for the most part create, edit and control. But maybe not if privacy concerns, and insecurity about what they might have to contribute, and how good of a communicator they are keep more people as content consumers and not providers.

One gauge might be how many of my friends and family move from reading this blog to writing their own. Maybe we'll soon see, as I help Angie polish up her blog and send an email to our friends about hers and mine.

June 17, 2005 at 09:48 AM in This Blog | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

something to say

Talking with a friend over the best pizza in Shanghai last night about his plans to give a workshop with a friend on the fundraising process here in Shanghai, I asked about whether they'd considered starting a blog on the same subject. He asked how you would go about monetizing the knowledge they'd be publishing and how their content would be overly localized and perhaps not relevant to a general blogging audience. He also pointed to all the great blog resources that are already out there for entrepreneurs and aspiring venture capitalists and said that the deal experience behind those blogs made them more valuable to the community.

I guess we disagree. I think blogs (and wikis, but that's another post) are well-suited to niches of information and could help create a community around the knowledge and the business that they're thinking about. It could put them at the focal point of this community and help brand their efforts, bringing them more, not less off-line business. The monetization might be less straightforward to analyze than if they restricted access to their knowledge via course fees, but I think there would lie untapped potential that could leave an opening for others to take their place with a central role in their knowledge community.

Personally, I think blogging their ideas would also be great way to capture the knowledge and experience that the two of them are accruing, as they go through this funding process with multiple clients too. Just like so many entrepreneurs who have recently created really interesting and insightful blogs. Besides my friends would get all the powerful benefits of playing with and getting to truly understand new communication technology which may well be essential for all companies (and people) in the future.

I have no intention of supplanting Fred Wilson or Brad Feld or countless others as far as vc experience and knowledge are concerned, but I think there is a place for more voices than just the most authoritative. And maybe that's my real point, that blogs aren't just places to disseminate information, they are expressions of our voices. That's why this post from Charlie really resonated with me and helped me get over some of my early blogging inhibitions, and why I hope that all my friends and colleagues, all the people I want to know better, start blogging soon.

Last night, earlier in the conversation, we were joking about the time not too long ago when you had to ask someone if they had an email address.

June 15, 2005 at 06:45 AM in This Blog | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

blogging in the dark

Spent a few minutes playing with Feedburner today and added the chicklet and feedcount in the sidebar. Also tweaked the autodiscovery to try and unify my subscriptions into one feed. Of course this hasn't been an issue yet, as I'm still laying low in alpha mode. I haven't told my friends, family or colleagues about this blog yet. Just dipping my toe in by trackbacking and tagging for the few hits that I've had.

In some ways, it feels a bit like speaking in an empty room so far, but the pace seems okay. I've been able to get a feel for this new way of communicating without any expectations around it. I'm planning on opening up soon though.

June 14, 2005 at 05:05 PM in This Blog | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack