From something cool a 9-year old could code, mobile apps have become a knowledge and capital intensive game tangled up in global politics.

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In February 2009, media across the world carried reports of a “whiz-kid” — a 9-year old boy called Lim Ding Wen from Singapore who became the world’s youngest iPhone app developer.

He had created an app called Doodle Kids, which allowed users to draw with their fingers on the iPhone’s screen. It was downloaded over 4,000 times within two weeks.

Of course, it helped that his father was the CTO of a local tech firm and that the boy had been playing with computers since the age of two. By seven, he already knew six different programming languages.

Eight years…

Does it help you to create a company? Elon Musk says no, but what does the rest of the world think?

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Elon Musk’s critical opinion of MBA graduates is well known. He has, on many occasions, talked about this publicly.

“MBA Graduates May Be Good at PowerPoint, But They Don’t Know How Things Work.”

“There might be too many MBAs running companies.”

“As much as possible, avoid hiring MBAs. MBA programs don’t teach people how to create companies.”

Sure, he’s probably the most famous and celebrated startup founder right now, but that’s just an opinion of one — albeit a very rich and successful one.

Mustering Better Answers

Since I have a lot of MBA holders and startup founders among my LinkedIn network, I…

A private musing over an AI experiment gone wrong unexpectedly sparked off a culture and ethics debate in China.

Source: Xinzhiyuan on WeChat

So this happened in China. In 2019, two university students did an AI project that involved a simple ‘wolf versus sheep’ game. The senior member of the team, a Thai national studying in China, left to work in Australia after he graduated, and the project was thus abandoned.

The junior member went on to teach. One day in March 2021, he told one of his students about the initial results of the experiment over text. The student was so tickled by the story, he screenshot it and shared it with his friends.

Those screenshots went viral on Chinese social media…

Expecting staff to take notes studiously during a meeting is a sign of a boss that wants conformists, not thinkers.

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During the course of my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work for various types of bosses — different gender, nationality, industry background and ages. I’ve also started my own businesses and been the boss.

I’ve noticed that some bosses have a habit that risks forming a highly damaging culture within their organizations. Over the long run, the company or team which they lead may become political and non-innovative.

This habit is that of expecting subordinates to gather in meetings with notebooks (or laptops these days) and studiously take down notes when they (the boss) are talking.


Holding on to your every word

Have you…

Four technologies showcased at Google I/O 2021 has the potential to combine and power a humanlike hologram android.

AI hotel manager ‘Poe’ from Netflix series Altered Carbon

In the Netflix sci-fi series Altered Carbon, there is a charming male character called Poe. He’s a hotel manager that’s really an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered hologram.

Since he’s in the hospitality business, Poe is programmed to have a warm and empathetic personality. Although he is capable of understanding and displaying human emotions, sometimes he does verge on being too eager to please.

Poe represents the holy grail that AI researchers doing ‘multimodal machine learning’ have been after for some time — the ability to fully integrate language, visual and acoustic understanding into one cohesive model— so that they can…

I surveyed my LinkedIn followers on their career choices after graduation in hindsight, and the results were quite surprising.

We all have regrets. According to an infographic on website Happify, nine out of 10 people reported having a major regret in their lives. A study conducted in the UK in 2019 revealed that 40% of the 2,000 British adults that took part regretted how they had lived their lives so far.

And out of those regrets, career choices accounted for a significant proportion. Researchers from Northwestern University in the U.S. found that 12% of regrets revolved around our careers. An older survey, published in the U.S. …

I interviewed founder Matt McGuire on how he broke through rejections from VCs and pitched his way to success on the social app Clubhouse.

SafeStamp® team

They say resourcefulness and grit are two of the most important qualities for an entrepreneur, and no one I’ve met in recent years has embodied that better than Matt McGuire, founder of SafeStamp®.

Perhaps it’s his military training. Perhaps it’s his quietly confident nature. Whatever the reason may be, McGuire’s story of how he overcame his obstacles is something everyone can learn from.

You can’t fake it

McGuire is an American and a former analyst for elite military special operations. While deployed in Iraq, he noticed the amount of fake drugs circulating within the local economy.

This leads to a loss of about US$150–200…

Charging stations will be a huge business with stable, recurring income in the age of EVs, and Star Charge is positioning itself to be the leader in China.

Source: Star Charge website

Star Charge (星星充电) is a Changzhou-based integrated solution provider for electric vehicle (EV) charging. It focuses on charging technologies for automobile companies.

The company’s charging solutions for EVs include large parking lot-like charging centers and smaller individual charging stations in residential complexes. According to statistics from the China Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Promotion Alliance (EVCIPA), as at August 2020 China had a total of 1.38 million charging stations. Of these, 139,000 are operated by Star Charge, which puts it in second place with a market share of about 10%.

The company also claims to have over one million active private…

I spoke to CEO David Lucatch on their plans to create adoption of self-managed digital identities using blockchain and gamification.

Source: Liquid Avatar website

In the near future, we will all spend time as avatar online, exploring virtual reality spaces or playing games. And one startup is looking to build our digital identities for us early in the game.

Liquid Avatar, a company headquartered in Canada, has begun to build the base for a world of virtual personas and self-managed identities (aka self-sovereign identities or SSI) by making its offering attractive to a new generation that’s growing up on online games.

C2B — Turning the tables

Launched on February 18, 2021, on the Apple Store and Google Play, the Liquid Avatar app allows users to create virtual personas of…

Engineer Witono Halim shared with me his decade long journey building electric cars, motorcycles and e-scooters over coffee.

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When he was 10 years old, Witono Halim read about sustainability and renewable energy. He became quite passionate about climate change and vowed not to buy a car until he had succeeded in building his own electric car.

In 2009, Witono became part of a team in the National University of Singapore (NUS) that built an ECO city car. Over the next decade he would go on to be a part of teams that have built a prototype electric taxi, electric motorcycles, and electric scooters.

In 2016 he finally decided to go on his own, and founded MIMO Motor to…

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