The Gilt Group Hoax

Posted on December 9, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

Today Gilt Group is offering a wine sampler kit from for $25 (marked down from $45 – a 44% savings!). But on, the same sampler kit can be had for $29.99. So does Gilt always jack up the “original retail price” to give the appearance of significant savings? Screenshots of the offers after the jump…

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SkillSlate Gets Funding, Aims to Improve Local Services

Posted on November 3, 2010 @ 8:26 am

Congrats to Brian Rothenberg, a former InSITE fellow of mine, who recently helped raise a round of VC funding for his startup,

SkillSlate’s goal is to connect consumers with local individual service providers.  When you need a service performed, individuals are often better than larger companies.  Without a big brand to hide behind, individuals are usually more invested in their reputation, so they’re more personable, offer higher quality work, and are cheaper because there’s no middle man taking a cut (since larger companies tend to take a sizable cut, and pay their people less).  However, outside of a word-of-mouth recommendation, it’s often hard to find them, which is where SkillSlate comes in.

I’m particularly excited to try out the service because I’ve never had a great experiencing hiring individuals from Craigslist. Last year we hired a painter, who did an awful job and never showed up on time – and the year before that we hired a carpenter to fix some steps on our deck, but he took 2 months longer than expected. I can’t wait for SkillSlate to expand beyond NYC and begin serving San Francisco.

The last few months

Posted on October 16, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

It’s been a while since my last post. School ended in May, I moved to San Francisco in June, and started work shortly after. I joined the Corporate Development team at Adobe, with a focus on m&a and strategy. It’s been a terrific experience so far — exploring new business opportunities, meeting interesting companies, and working with a great group of product managers and executives. I believe Adobe has a number of fascinating opportunities to pursue (in addition to growing an already strong business) — and I look forward to helping them get there.

Brilliant marketing on foursquare

Posted on May 6, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

A local car service is the mayor of LaGuardia Airport in New York. How long will it be until Foursquare begins selling space here to advertisers? This is the first page you see after checking into a business — and I have to imagine it helps deliver new customers to this car service. Imagine landing on the runway, opening your phone and checking into 4sq, and clicking a link to schedule a luxury car service drive you home for the same price as a taxi. Not bad.

Back on the bike

Posted on April 12, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

Now that we’ve got reasonably warm weather again in NY, I’m ditching my subway card in favor of my bike. Not only will I save $80/month from my metrocard, but I also get some extra exercise and a more scenic commute to school. In fact, cycling is a great way to get around NYC (as long as you invest in a good lock) and a time/money saver too. Here’s a photo of my bike, except I recently added a front brake and toe clips.

Gmail outdoes Apple for Mail on iPad

Posted on @ 7:17 pm

Gmail is hands down the best mail solution on the iPad. The UI is terrific (a step up from Apple’s native mail app) and it’s quick and responsive. Plus I love the fact I can side swipe messages to archive. Nice job Gmail team!

Yang’s Dumplings in Shanghai

Posted on March 18, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

Yang’s Fry Dumplings was definitely one of the food highlights of Shanghai. They charged 5 Yuan for 4 dumplings. That’s about $0.75. I wish we had dumpling shops as good as this in NY and SF…

Taken for granted: fresh air and an uncensored internet

Posted on March 14, 2010 @ 10:41 am

After spending the last week in China, I have a much greater appreciation for two things: clean air and an uncensored internet experience.

As soon as I stepped out of the Shanghai Pudong Airport my chest felt tight and my breaths were noticeably shorter. I thought that I’d experienced air pollution in Mexico City and Los Angeles, but the air in Shanghai was definitely dirtier.

It was interesting to visit China last week, especially as the discussion of whether Google will continue its operations in the country was nearing a final decision. It was a hotly covered topic in the China Daily just about every single day.

While I had a great trip and it was exciting to see how China is quickly developing, it was refreshing to land in New York yesterday and finally be able to access Facebook and Twitter. As an American traveling abroad, there are things I take for granted, such as urls working properly and Google functioning as expected. But in China, this wasn’t the case.

Below is a short recap of the things that didn’t work for me during the course of my daily internet use in Shanghai last week.

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Discussing the housing bubble in China

Posted on March 8, 2010 @ 2:02 am

Today we met with Stephen Green, Head of Economic Research at Standard Chartered Bank in Shanghai. One of the biggest topics we covered was the housing bubble in China. While Stephen agrees that a bubble exists, he doesn’t think it will have the same impact as the one we recently experienced in the US. He argued that you can’t compare the US bubble of the last decade with the one here today because this is essentially China’s industrial revolution, where there is such tremendous growth that a 10-20% correction would have a negligible impact on the economy.  Other arguments he cited were the continued urbanization of China and the fact owners put over 30% down. Therefore, a correction would have to be huge in order to wipe out home owner equity and impact the financial system here.

Visiting Seoul and Shanghai

Posted on March 5, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

I’m currently in Seoul and will be heading to Shanghai tomorrow. Lots of interesting meetings scheduled with entrepreneurs and tech companies to get a lay of the land over here. Best way to connect with me will be over Twitter or Facebook, as I’m checking in over wifi networks periodically as I travel.

Update 3/7: Neither Twitter or FB can be accessed from my hotel. Not sure if it’s just a local issue or nationwide.

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