Building Nightrain

I recently built a product called Nightrain and made it profitable. In this post, I would like to introduce Nightrain and share how I built it.

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Return To Hong Kong

A good thing about a city is that it stays the same. Its man-made skyline might be altered, but something about the city just cannot be taken out and replaced. The only thing that changes is us. I once came to Hong Kong as a ten-year-old kid on a vacation. Returning fifteen years later, this time with a heavier heart, I try to reconnect with that child to find out what he saw and how he felt in this strange city. »

A Strange Winter

A nightly rain poured down on the whole of Singapore and managed to wet the Singapore River itself. Singapore has greeted me with a rain on my arrival, and is bidding me farewell with this rain in my last days. In this rain, one can easily see that there is something tragic about the Singaporean sun, quite different from the unforgiving sun of other Southeast Asian countries. The sun here briefly punishes the city with its vicious rays, only to be usurped by an overcast sky. »

What I Learned Bootstrapping Startups After College

Everyone knows that startups should make things. But somewhere along the way, it seems that we have lost touch with that simple truth. This is my talk given at Fishburners. In this talk, I describe lessons I learned while bootstrapping startups after finishing school. Although abstract, they all stem from a single observation: there is too much bullshit in the startup scene.

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Cognitive Closure and Happiness

Cognitive closure is an idea that some questions in life are inherently beyond our mind’s grasp. Although such concept sounds rather pessimistic at first, it actually sheds guiding light on many of us hopelessly searching for happiness in this absurd universe.

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Passion Might Kill Your Product

Just as Odysseus bound himself to a pole upon approaching the island of the Sirens, we have to rationally restrain ourselves from the sweet callings of our passion when building products. Passion ennobles us with a strong impetus for moving forward, but also drags us into an abyss of self-deception.

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Pitching Dnote

Recently, I pitched my latest product Dnote to a live audience and panelists at Fishburners. The pitch is followed by panelist and audience questions. In this pitch, I focus on the problem, the solution, and the personal narrative of how I am making Dnote, much based on my article Making Dnote.

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Making Dnote

I am making a product called Dnote. It is a tool to spontaneously capture what you learn while coding without leaving the command line. In this post, I am going to share why and how I have been bootstrapping this product.

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I Am Making Flowmad

I recently started making a product called Flowmad. It is an app that helps you become more witty and smooth while texting other people. In this post, I would like to share why and how I have been building it.

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Commonalities Between Pick Up and Digital Nomad Culture

The pick up and digital nomad culture are more alike than we might realize. Both cultures are built on a desire to unplug from the socially accepted norms. That underlying desire reveals something unique about the psyche of the modern human beings.

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