October 4th, 2008

Billionaire who wasn’t

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Billionaire who wasn’t by Conor O’Clery

A book about Chunk Feeney, the co-founder of Duty Free Shopping, ranked 23rd richest man who gave away all his money, mostly anonymously until people discover he don’t even own a house or a car. (Incidentally, I realized I was an indirect benefactor of Chunk after reading his book :-)

Didn’t blog much lately due to the heavy traveling between China, Hong Kong, United States. Between my travels, I spend less than a total of 10 days in Singapore with my family the last two months.

Oh yea, I finally did my Segway Tour of San Francisco last weekend, thanks to Dewayne Hendrick who spend an afternoon going on the tour with me. Gosh, I got to get one of those Segway soon!

On an unrelated topic, I have accidentally deleted all the comments on the blog over the years as I was trying to get rid of 20,000 spam comments :-(

Instead of trying to recover from backup, I decided it is perhaps time for me to disable the comment totally. Afterall, i am getting more spams than legitimate comments – and for those who wish to, you can also contact me directly.

February 16th, 2008

Recent Books I was reading



Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, Fourth Edition


The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East


Soeharto: The Life and Legacy of Indonesia’s Second President

May 5th, 2007




Supermoney by Adam Smith

February 13th, 2007

Communities Dominate Brands



Communities Dominate Brands by Tomi T. Ahonen & Alan Moore

Actually I blogged about this book in 2005. But Tomi just send me the book with an autograph (thanks!), I am obligated to mention this book again.

Although written two years ago, the content is still as relevant today as it is back then. In fact, I would go as far to say most company still dont “get it”.

A few weeks ago, I had an interesting exchange with a lady from a “online” PR firm who still holds the belief that “brand” is a line item on the balance sheet of a company. She believes that because of a bad online rumors, the company ‘brand’ suffered yet failing to realized that (1) there is no such thing as bad publicity and (2) that dispelling the rumors makes the brand stronger.

More important, brand is a by-product of your company behavior. Ultimately, your brand is defined by those who judge you, ie in the hands of the community.

November 1st, 2006

The Starfish and the Spider



The Starfish and The Spider by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstorm

A friend recommended me the book 2 months ago. I went to Borders only to be told it will only come out in end Oct. It is a long wait but probably worth it. I havent read it yet but heck, the book has praises from Pierre Omidyar, Nicholas J. Nicholas, Paul Saffo among others.

Just got it and going to find sometime to enjoy the book ;-)

October 11th, 2006

Success Build to Last



Success Build to Last by Jerry I. Porras, Mark Thompson, Stewart Emery

The same author of Build to Last :)

September 18th, 2006

Long Walk to Freedom



Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Got this on my way back from South Africa. I am lost for words…

September 3rd, 2006

On my way….

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It was a crazy back in Singapore. Less than 4 hours of sleep daily, running from meetings to meeting in the day time, and then chucking out reports in the evening and reviewing contracts in my sleep. Gosh, I havent even see my daughter and wife for the last 48 hours!

Now, I am on my way to Johannesburg, waiting for a flight at 2am. But oh boy, I am glad. I can finally catch up some sleep! and perhap some reading…I actually got some new books lately. :-)

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The Long Tail by Chris Anderson and An Army of Davids by Glenn Reynolds

But those book has to wait since I haven’t finish my presentation for iWeek on wireless broadband yet. And I need sleep…

July 24th, 2006


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Prof. Goto gave me a copy of this book last week at the APAN meeting. It is a book about the history of IDN and the long journey we took to reach “日本語.jp”. :-)

I wish my Japanese is good enough to read it tho. But flipping through the book, I saw names and photos of almost everyone who has helped in one way or another in IDN (including myself :-).

Anyway, if you are interested, the ISBN is 9784844322603.

March 27th, 2006

Good to Great



Good to Great by Jim Collins