The Importance of Imagination

The Importance of Imagination

While on vacation with my partner’s family, I played lego with my partner’s nephew, who is a huge fan and spends hours on end transfixed, while building marvelous structures out of his imagination, brick by brick. It was really fun. Lego was my favorite toy when I was a kid. I didn’t have many toys, but I had one Zoo set – the sort with pretty large bricks. I loved the set, and I gained imagination through building zoos in hundreds of different permutations. While playing with lego again, I thought about the importance of imagination and how I’ve slowly regained it over the

2014, A Big Pivot, and Other Incredible Things

2014, A Big Pivot, and Other Incredible Things

2014, what a big year! I’m so thankful for everything I’ve experienced in 2014. Myanmar. I started the year on Inle Lake in Myanmar. My partner and I stayed at a villa at the ultra quiet and tranquil Inle Lake Resort. We drank cocktails while watching a stunning sunset (many more Myanmar photos here). The Big Pivot. I realized that I wanted to be back in tech and in a startup. I reflected on what worked for me and what didn’t in the past, what I wanted and what I didn’t, and took my time to find the best startup to join. I

How to Become CEO of Your Life

How to Become CEO of Your Life

A few weeks ago, I was invited to return to my alma mater to give a talk at their Career Day for graduating students. I realized after the Q&A session that Asian education systems still preach the mantra that if you do well in school, you would get a great job and earn lots of money, and the reverse is true as well…End of story. But in this new digital, post-industrial economy that we live in now, the reality is so far from that. The education system hasn’t kept up. This type of mentality that the system decides your worth based on its

How Ellen Degeneres and Taylor Swift Can Help You Find Your Startup Idea

How Ellen Degeneres and Taylor Swift Can Help You Find Your Startup Idea

Recently, I found inspiration for a couple of startup ideas from Ellen Degeneres and Taylor Swift. I’m not the first to draw inspiration from showbiz. Ben Horowitz actually begins every chapter of his book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, with rap lyrics. Beyond the obvious fact that Ellen Degeneres and Taylor Swift are both wildly popular and on Hollywood’s Top 10 richest female artistes list, I realized that they have one more thing in common. They are both at ease in their own skin, largely because they are able to express themselves through a medium that lets them turn their most