For the past four years, I've had the same birthday wish.
I’m not American, but I’ve seen racism. It’s everywhere. Racism in Asia is less talked about compared to the West, but it’s still prevalent here, albeit sometimes more subtle: The racism of Indonesian people towards Papuans, the prejudice against dark-skinned people in China, to the worshipping of light skin color in India and other parts … Continue reading Our Heroes are Black: The American Dream of an Outsider
When I was a kid, I never knew what I wanted to be when I grow up.
Life's a comedy, and if you do sales or marketing, you're a stand-up comedian: You're trying to impress a stranger with high expectations, who is silently judging every little thing you say.
Loathing Monday is so popular it's almost a meme. Ever heard of these? "Monday sucks" "Mondays, amirite" "It's Monday again" "I have the Monday blues" Don't get me wrong: sometimes it DOES suck. Maybe you are working extra on the weekend. Maybe you had a series of bad sleep. Maybe the kids are tiring you … Continue reading How to Not Hate Mondays by Eating the Creative Frog
A podcast is a form of entertainment, no matter what the topic is. It can be education, self-improvement, marketing, engineering, or design, it has to be entertaining to keep listeners engaged. If you are hosting an interview-style podcast with different guests every episode, getting great answers is the only way to hook your audience in. … Continue reading How to Ask Better Questions in Podcast Interviews
This tweet by Marco Marandiz has been in my mind for almost two weeks now.https://twitter.com/allthingsmarco/status/1249053204643446784What a great question. I think modern startups hide behind the messaging of “building a community” in their marketing. Because why not? It sounds friendlyIt gives the image that you’re not here “to sell”It gets the people going Bailey Richardson, early … Continue reading Are you really building a community?
Nowadays, whenever I heard "personalized marketing," I rolled my eyes so hard. Most of the time, it falls into two categories: Borderline invasive marketing that uses your behavioral data to target the shit out of you with ads.Lazy personalization where websites asked for your first name, slap it on email templates and call it a … Continue reading Let’s Get (Actually) Personal
image credit: xkcd As long as I can remember, I always want to be known as an articulate person. I'm fascinated by charismatic, persuasive people who seem to be able to catch your attention effortlessly. There's something magical in expressing yourself in such a way that can induce physical reactions, be it a smile, a … Continue reading On Being Articulate
"I want to work at a startup because it's cool" - me, circa 2016 It was the beginning of 2016. I was a sales executive for a steel trading company. It is exactly what you'd imagine: a typical 9 to 5 job with half-cubicles, formal business attires, and repetitive day-to-day tasks. My work life was … Continue reading 4 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Your First Startup Job