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  • Back by popular demand: Buy, Sell, or Hold

    March 9, 2017

    A year ago I played Buy, Sell, or Hold on a trip home to Silicon Valley (the logic being that not all but many global trends start in California). The post proved so popular that I decided to play the game again last week. (For those not familiar with the game: Buy, Sell, or Hold? […]

  • #FirstSeven…

    August 13, 2016

    Ok it’s August holiday period so why not a little fun joining in Twitter’s #FirstSeven meme. Here are my first seven… #FirstSevenJobs Paperboy: SF Chronicle and SJ Mercury News Dishwasher at a convalescent home Grocery bagger at Nob Hill Foods Stock clerk and Cashier at Toys-R-Us Manufacturing floor gopher at Raychem Reggae DJ: 89.3 FM […]

  • RudeVC’s Summer reading list 2016

    July 25, 2016

    As long-time readers of my blog know, around this time every year I publish a short list of summer reading recommendations. Here are my picks for the summer of ’16.

  • Lower interest rates weaken your currency, right ?

    February 11, 2016

    It appears that Mr. Currency Market turned conventional wisdom on its head in reaction to the Bank of Japan’s announcement on Jan.29th to adopt negative interest rates. And here I was taught that reducing central bank interest rates should weaken the currency…  

  • 10 ridiculous humble brags recently spotted on Twitter

    January 20, 2016

    Many of these could pass for satire but I’m pretty certain their authors intended them in full seriousness. Great idea, very similar to what I advocated in my TED talk last year Flattered to be quoted alongside Peter Thiel in this TechCrunch article Could barely keep up with Chris McCormack in my first Ironman Still […]

  • How I’m Coping

    November 21, 2015

    These acts of terrorism in Paris have me shocked, sickened, and I admit it, scared at times. Never before have I felt such intense patriotism for my adopted country. The last thing I’m qualified to give is any kind of certainty on how to process these tragic events. I’m even skeptical of diagnoses and prescriptions […]

  • An ode to the expat

    November 11, 2015

    I spent a fair bit of my childhood in a very comfortable expatriate life overseas, but once I entered the workforce I never really felt inclined to become a proper expat in the original sense of the term. Growing up as an expat kid couldn’t be more cozy. Generally, the parent’s multinational company, at least […]

  • If I could turn back time

    August 29, 2015

    With summer drawing to a close, it seems appropriate to revisit our little thought experiment about time travel. The responses from readers proved both entertaining and inspiring, even a bit emotionally touching in some cases. Before I report on the reader feedback, however, I’ll explain my rationale in suggesting this exercise. As I’ve proselytized before, […]

  • My personalized LINE sticker packs

    April 18, 2015

    I feel like a kid in a candy store. My personalized sticker packs have been officially released by LINE on its messaging platform! I would like to publicly thank the artiste extraordinaire, codename Julien Penguin, for designing these loveable characters: Dr.Atom & Quark, and the Safari Triathlon Team. Regular users of LINE will understand my […]

  • 11/11: Remembering our veterans and remembering the genesis of the EU project

    November 11, 2014

    Today is a holiday: 11/11. Europe celebrates it as Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I (the war to end all wars), of which the fighting stopped on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918). The Commonwealth nations observe 11/11 as Remembrance Day in honor of the […]

  • Pre-M&A buzzing

    November 4, 2014

    It looks like Publicis’ announced acquisition of Sapient yesterday was characterized by some pre-announcement “leakage.” Imagine if Sapient were subject to the Loi Hamon !

  • The pyramid of luxury consumption

    October 7, 2014

    On the heels of Paris Fashion Week and the abundance of glitteratti strolling around in the balmy summer weather wearing ostentatious dresses (I saw one model that seemed to wearing a ball gown made of rubber tubes and hanging orbs), it seems appropriate to reflect on the stages of wearable luxury. Here’s how I see […]

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