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Guest Blog Post on ThornTech.com – The Week in Tech: Yahoo buys Flurry, Facebook launches Save and Buy button, Foursquare rebrands, and more

July 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Foursquare rebrand

Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “The Week in Tech: Yahoo buys Flurry, Facebook launches Save and Buy button, Foursquare rebrands, and more.

This week we highlight Yahoo’s purchase of Flurry, Facebook’s launch of two new features, Foursquare’s rebranding, and Q2 earnings for tech giants. Enjoy!

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

Guest Blog Post on ThornTech.com – The Week in Tech: IBM and Apple cut enterprise deal, layoffs at Microsoft, and more

July 18, 2014 Leave a comment

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Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “Week in Tech: IBM and Apple cut enterprise deal, layoffs at Microsoft, and more.

This week we highlight the landmark deal between IBM and Apple, layoffs at Microsoft, Amazon hiring the inventor of Google Glass, and Nielsen and Facebook’s partnership. Read it here. Enjoy!

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

Image courtesy of PCWorld.

Guest blog post for CEA: How to Validate Your Startup Idea with Online Ads

July 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Check out my latest guest post for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) titled, “How to Validate Your Startup Idea with Online Ads.

A quick and relatively cheap way to validate our startup idea, Locatize, was to run online ads targeting potential users, lead them to a landing page, and see if they give us their email address to stay updated on Locatize’s progress. Here’s what we did to test the demand for Locatize and how you can test your startup idea, too.

Enjoy!

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

Guest Blog Post on ThornTech.com – The Week in Tech: Changes at Microsoft, Amazon sued for in-app purchases, potato salad Kickstarter and more

July 11, 2014 Leave a comment

 

Satya Nadella

Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “The Week in Tech: Changes at Microsoft, Amazon sued for in-app purchases, potato salad Kickstarter and more.

This week we cover the impending changes at Microsoft, Amazon being sued for in-app purchases, the Kickstarter campaign for potato salad and the first fatality of a Tesla driver. Read about it here.

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

Guest Blog Post on ThornTech.com – The Week in Tech: Facebook’s mood study, Tinder’s sexist problems, and more.

July 4, 2014 1 comment

Facebook-mood

Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “The Week in Tech: Facebook’s mood study, Tinder’s sexist problems, and more.

This week we highlight Facebook’s mood study, Tinder’s sexual harassment issues, Aereo’s shutdown, Google closing Orkut and buying Songza, and Yahoo’s product axing. Read about it here.

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

Guest Blog Post on ThornTech.com – The Week in Tech: Google I/O highlights, Yahoo Aviate, Supreme Court tech rulings, and more

June 27, 2014 Leave a comment

 

google IO

Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “The Week in Tech: Google I/O highlights, Yahoo Aviate, Supreme Court tech rulings, and more.

This week we cover announcements from Google I/O, the public launch of Yahoo’s Aviate, Supreme Court tech rulings, and Barnes and Noble’s spinoff of Nook. Read about it here.

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

Guest Blog Post on ThornTech.com – The Week in Tech: Amazon Fire Phone unveiled, Facebook launches Slingshot, Udacity’s nanodegrees and more

June 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Amazon Fire Phone launch

Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “The Week in Tech: Amazon Fire Phone unveiled, Facebook launches Slingshot, Udacity’s nanodegrees and more.

This week we highlight the highly-anticipated launch of the Amazon Fire Phone, the purchase of OpenTable by Priceline, the real launch of Slingshot by Facebook, and Udacity’s announcement of nanodegrees.

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad. Your entrepreneurial spirit lives on.

June 15, 2014 1 comment

Happy Father’s Day to my Dad and all the Dads out there!

On this Father’s Day, the influence that my Dad has on my family is as evident as ever.

My Dad was an entrepreneur, having owned and operated several Chinese restaurants in New York City. When my sister and I were young, my father always told us that working for ourselves was the best path to both financial success and happiness (or satisfaction), and he instilled in us a mentality of curiosity and continuous learning.

This obviously had an effect on me and my sister. I’ve run my own businesses for almost two years now. And recently, my sister Julia jumped into the world of entrepreneurship by leaving her full-time job to focus on JSC Fitness and other endeavors. My father would be really proud right now.

I think he would be equally proud of the fact that we’ve been able to surround ourselves with amazing family to support us everyday.

My Mom was the bedrock for my Dad, working stable jobs in bookkeeping and accounting to bring in steady income that allowed my father to take on the risk of opening restaurants. My wife Vicky is the same; not only does she have the steady job, but she has to deal with my anxiety and uncertainty on a daily basis. And I know my brother-in-law Manuel is playing a very similar role for my sister. And of course, we all support each other.

Dad, I know you’re looking down on us with a smile on your face. And we hope we’re making you proud.

Happy Father’s Day!

Guest Blog Post on ThornTech.com – The Week in Tech: Lots of Facebook, Uber and Amazon news, Twitter’s COO out, Honeywell Lyric launches

June 13, 2014 Leave a comment

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Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “The Week in Tech: Lots of Facebook, Uber and Amazon news, Twitter’s COO out, Honeywell Lyric launches.

Tons of news this week! We highlight happenings at Facebook, Uber, and Amazon, Twitter’s COO resigning, and Nest’s competition from Honeywell.

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

Unbundling of Airline Services – My Experience with Spirit Air

June 10, 2014 4 comments

I recently flew Spirit Airlines from LA to Las Vegas and encountered their business model of unbundling of services. What this means is that when you pay for your airfare, that’s all that you’re paying for – nothing else. You don’t get a free soda on the flight. You don’t get to carry on a rollerboard bag for free. You don’t even get to pick your seat without paying. All of the services and features that you typically expect from paying to fly are “unbundled” and you pay only for what you want or need.

Spirit Air Bare FareFor North American airlines (Ryan Air does this in Europe), this a-la-carte model is totally different and at first encounter, pretty shocking. I was annoyed when I checked in for my flight and realized that I had to pay $45 just to carry on my luggage (they do allow one personal item for free).  But then I thought about how the one-way airfare was only $36. And I thought more about how many people travel with just a personal item and nothing else, and they have to pay the same amount as those who carry on a bag and take up more space. I continued to ponder about how my wife and I would love to not pay for the 1000 channels that we get from our cable provider Comcast when we really only watch about 10 channels. Unbundling cable would be amazing.

Because the model is new, education is very important, and Spirit Air does do a good job of explaining the model on their website. The issue is that more and more flights are being booked on fare aggregators like Expedia and Orbitz (I booked the flight on Kayak), and the different airline offerings don’t get explained on these sites.

I think Spirit Air’s unbundling of services is going to be the preferred choice for many travelers, but the different business model needs to be explained upfront to avoid the unpleasant surprise of having to outlay money for every little thing, which can be shocking.

Have you ever flown Spirit or Ryan Air? What are your thoughts about this new unbundled airline model? Please let me know in the comments.

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

Image courtesy of Spirit Airlines

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