- Privilege and inequality in Silicon Valley (140k views on Medium, syndicated to Vox, Quartz,Business Insider, SF Chronicle, Observer, #1 on Hacker News, translated to Chinese)
- Asian-Americans are Cultural Orphans (aka I hope Crazy Rich Asians isn’t a flop) (18k views on Medium, syndicated to NextShark and mentioned by The New Yorker, KQED and the Associated Press)
- A San Franciscan tries the future of mobility (10.7k views on Medium)
- What startups get wrong about public relations (3k views on MarTech Series)
- The “Full-Stack Startup” and Jiro’s Dreams of Sushi (1.5k views on Medium)
- What Steve Jobs meant to me (1k views, syndicated on Stanford Daily and mentioned by USA Today)
- All social media is now parasocial
- From Socialcam to TikTok: How we figured out video social in a decade
- Reflecting on my newsletter experiment (stats included)
- Single-serving friends
- The arc of social
- Crowdbooster (2010-2016): Crowdbooster was a venture-backed SaaS startup I started with David Tran and Mark Linsey. We created one of the most popular Twitter and Facebook analytics tools and popularized the idea of Social Media Optimization (SMO). We ended up discontinuing the service despite the product being used by over 2,000 of the world’s biggest brands and agencies and making $1M in ARR because we wanted to build something that with an even larger scale of impact. Below are some Tweets to reminisce about the wonderful experience we had.
- Upbeat (2016-2018)
Upbeat was first known as “PRX.” Our goal was to create build a full-stack, software-enabled public relations agency. It was a very different challenged compared to Crowdbooster which was a SaaS tool. This didn’t end up working out, but we still helped a lot of people and learned a lot. I’ll write more about this soon…
Media Appearances and Talks
Will fill this in.