Jane Wang

A dive into the world of startups, science, and technology

I did have a good view this week. #NYC, I love you.

Running on the streets of New York City

I gasped for breath as I racewalked, running at stop lights with eyes on the ever counting of sidewalk clocks (NYC asks a lot of you), while consistently risking my life in front the fast and furious yellow cabs, precariously pushing off the ice paved sidewalk, and keeping up with breathing on the streets of New York, my mind was racing, but my body was about to give out under. 

So in those my moments, instead of focusing on the content of the next meeting, my mind wondered off to the philosophical, and asked the question, “Is this what it takes?”

Then I decided that, in the end as everything ends, this moment will not be a moment that I haven’t given my all. For that, it was worth it.

Passing the Torch: Women Helping Women

This is a story of how a one-woman run fashion startup helps one female tech entrepreneur on a global mission to bridge the digital divide for rural women in America.

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Interview @wangpost:

Q&A with an Entrepreneur: Max Ma of 7thOnline

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Q&A with an Entrepreneur: Max Ma of 7thOnline

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Q&A with an Entrepreneur: Saeju Jeong of Noom

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Q&A with an Entrepreneur: Saeju Jeong of Noom

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Be brave.

“Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Don’t major in minor things. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes. Learn from them and move on. Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at this hour, they were at their very best. Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’. Give people a second chance, but not a third. Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Never cut what can be untied. Never overestimate your power to change others. Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do. Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it. When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.”

— Jackson Brown Jr.

Q&A with an Entrepreneur: Sang Lee of Return on Change

Going from Strength to Strength, or Barely Keeping Up?

November 1st is a beginning of a new month. When you are like me and trying to figure out how to build a couple of different businesses simultaneously, the beginning of the month is an overwhelming period. With some introspection, it  is not hard to see that what is missing is as much due to the lack of good process as good planning.

I used to a work at an hedge fund well-known for a process driven approach in doing things. As I operate businesses, I discover more and more that a set of strong and rigorous processes set things in motion operationally, and can keep all the balls in the air. More thoughts on that, but for another time.

Working hard is incredibly invigorating, but being thoughtful while being pulled in many directions is a skill to master.

David and Goliath: How a Chinese Company is Beating Apple

See my latest analysis: http://thewangpost.com/the-next-steve-jobs-is-in-china/

My Q&A with an Entrepreneur: Lily Tse of Think Dirty

My Interview with Jenn Lee of ClosetDash

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