Monthly Archives: November 2009

Why are we happy?

I love this but I think the terms need to be switched. True happiness is what is made in the mind. Synthetic happiness is what is found externally. The mind produces a sustainable happiness when it accepts the situation as it currently is. When this process doesn’t work right it searches externally for a substitute. Isn’t that external substitute the synthetic happiness?

Another one is:”10 ways the world could end”, I think it would be unnecessary to watch “2012”

Why are we happy?

I love this but I think the terms need to be switched. True happiness is what is made in the mind. Synthetic happiness is what is found externally. The mind produces a sustainable happiness when it accepts the situation as it currently is. When this process doesn’t work right it searches externally for a substitute. Isn’t that external substitute the synthetic happiness?

Another one is:”10 ways the world could end”, I think it would be unnecessary to watch “2012”

China and USA cooperation on the renewable energy

US President Obama and China President Hu signed a joint-statement on a varity of economic, social and political issues yesterday as the result of Obama’s visit. The bright spot is the part about the renewable energy and climate changing. The popular US leader declared that “As the two largest consumers and producers of energy, there can be no solution to this challenge without the efforts of both China and the United States”

The joint press release detailed the outcomes of the talks as following:

(1) Copenhagen Should Not Be a Wasted Opportunity. Dedicated to working together against climate change, the two parties believe that “an agreed outcome at Copenhagen should, based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, include emission reduction targets of developed countries and nationally appropriate mitigation actions of developing countries.”

(2)  Scaling Renewable Energy is a Priority. The newly-adopted “U.S.-China Energy Effiiciency Action Plan” will help the two countries “work together to achieve cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in industry, buildings and consumer products through technical cooperation, demonstration and policy exchanges…the two Presidents underscored the enormous opportunities to create jobs and enhance economic growth through energy savings.” In addition, the countries launched the U.S. China Renewable Energy Partnership, with the goal of achieving rapid and wide-scale deployment of renewable energy technologies and a modern electric power grid through design and policy cooperation.

(3)  Creation of a U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. Coming in at a cost of $150 million over five years, the two countries will evenly split the cost and construct one Center in each country. With the hopes of encouraging joint research and development on clean energy technologies, the Center’s priority areas of focus will be energy efficiency in buildings, clean coal, and clean (electric and other fuel) vehicles.

(a) Energy Efficiency. With the speed in which Chinese cities are growing, and that fact that U.S. buildings account for 40% of energy use, it is imperative that building construction and remodeling in both countries be done with energy efficiency as a top priority.

(b) Clean Coal. The U.S. and China have a heavy interest in improving coal efficiency as both nations rely on coal as the biggest source for electric base-load power. The two countries “agreed to promote cooperation on large-scale carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) demonstration projects and to begin work immediately on the development, deployment, diffusion, and transfer of CCS technology. The two sides welcomed recent agreements between Chinese and U.S. companies, universities, and research institutions to cooperate on CCS and more efficient coal technologies.

(c)  Launch of a U.S.-China Electric Vehicles Initiative. And with a rising car culture in China and a need to revamp automobile infrastructure in the U.S., both countries have a concrete interest in developing a clean vehicle industry. With the goal of bringing millions of electric vehicles to both countries, the program calls for “joint demonstration projects in more than a dozen cities, along with work to develop common technical standards to facilitate rapid scale-up of the industry.”

China bubbles and policy

ChinaBubbleFan Gang, China Central Bank Adviser, heads the National Institute of Economic Research, he said at a business conference in Hong Kong : China is among the emerging markets facing risks of property and commodity market bubbles, a “double-digit” economic growth rate would not be good for China.

Few days ago, the local office newspaper reported “Chiense gross domestic product (GDP) may be able to climb 8-9% next year”, that probably a indicator of next financial crisis in Asia in the wake of liguidity injection by the world’s central banks. In the past year, China’s government created $1.3 trillion credit boom, directly helping growth accelerate while at the same time Shanghai Composite Index of stocks climb rapidly, nearly doubled than the lowest point in last year.

Mr. Fan thinks China must continue its stimulus measures to sustain growth in coming year even as he rejected the prospect of double-dip slowdown in the expansion. The US may see a renewed slump.

China should maintain a “moderately loose” monetary policy in 2010 as currently government stimulus effect and private investment are still weak.

Find VC via Twitter

There are not so many venture capital firms on the online social network, in fact, many of them do not like to be found by “normal public” so easily. I prefer to believe “they d like to keep mystery to allure more people”. However, the good trend is everyday a few more seem to show up in the web2  social network, i.e. twitter.

Want to know what VCs are doing and what kind of projects they may choose?  Wish to propose your new business plan to these censorious investors? – by digesting their writings, tweets and ramblings, you can understand how these guys think and then you can improve your odds of success during a pitch meeting.

The very original list is based on  Larry Rubin and added to by Jasmine Antonick— full credit where credit is due. I once made a similar list before, now I will make this latest list, you can mass follow them in one click.

  1. Guy Kawasaki, Garage Technology Ventures @guykawasaki
  2. Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures @fredwilson
  3. David Hornik, August Capital @davidhornik
  4. Brad Feld, Foundry Group @bfeld
  5. Marc Andreesen, n/a @pmarcablog
  6. Josh Kopelman, First Round Capital @joshk
  7. Ed Sim, Dawntreader Ventures @edsim
  8. Jeremy Liew, Lightspeed Ventures Partners @jeremysliew
  9. Bill Gurley, Benchmark Capital @bgurley
  10. Jeff Nolan, SAP Ventures @jeffnolan
  11. Christopher Allen, Alacrity Ventures @ChristopherA
  12. Seth Levine, Foundry Group @sether
  13. Jeff Bussgang, Flybridge Capital Partners @bussgang
  14. Mike Hirshland, Polaris Venture Partners @VCMike
  15. Jeff Clavier, SoftTech VC @Jeff
  16. Mendelson/Feld, Foundry Group @jasonmendelson @bfeld
  17. Paul Kedrosky, Ventures West @pkedrosky
  18. Jason Caplain, Southern Capitol Ventures @jcaplain
  19. Nic Brisbourne, Esprit Capital Partners @brisbourne
  20. Jason Mendelson, Foundry Group @jasonmendelson
  21. Ryan McIntyre, Foundry Group @ryan_mcintyre
  22. Howard Morgan, First Round Capital @HLMorgan
  23. Raj Kapoor, Mayfield Fund @Rajil
  24. Christine Herron, First Round Capital @christine
  25. Fred Destin, Atlas Venture @fdestin
  26. Saul Klein, Index Ventures @cape
  27. Vineet Buch, BlueRun Ventures @VineetBuch
  28. Andrew Parker, Union Square Ventures @andrewparker
  29. Bijan Sabet, Spark Capital @bijan
  30. Rob Finn, Edison Venture @robfinn
  31. Marc Goldberg, Occam Capital @MarcGoldberg
  32. Daniel Cohen, Israel Venture Partners @coheda
  33. James Chen, CXO Ventures @cxo
  34. David Aronoff, Flybridge Capital Partners @dba
  35. Max Bleyleben, Kennet Partners @mbleyleben
  36. Jeremy Levine, Bessemer Venture Partners @jeremyl
  37. Jason Ball, Qualcomm Ventures Europe @jasonball
  38. Mark Peter Davis, DFJ Gotham Ventures @markpeterdavis
  39. Rob Hayes, First Round Capital @robhayes
  40. Michael Eisenberg, Benchmark Capital @mikeeisenberg
  41. Chris Fralic, First Round Capital @chrisfralic
  42. Sagi Rubin, Virgin Green Fund @sagirubin
  43. Richard Dale, Sigma Partners @rdale
  44. John Ludwig, Ignition Partners @jhludwig
  45. Dan Rua, Inflexion Partners @danrua
  46. Steve Brotman, Silicon Alley Venture Partners @stevebrotman
  47. Larry Cheng, Fidelity Ventures @larryvc
  48. Martin Tobias, Ignition Partners @ministeroforder
  49. Matt Winn, Chrysalis Ventures @mattwinn
  50. Sarah Tavel, Bessemer Venture Partners @adventurista
  51. Stewart Alsop, Alsop-Louie Partners @salsop
  52. Rich Tong, Ignition Partners @richtong
  53. George Zachary, Charles River Ventures @georgezachary
  54. Rob Go, Spark Capital @robgo
  55. Rachel Strate, EPIC Ventures @WasatchGirl
  56. Sid Mohasseb, Tech Coast Angels @sidmohasseb
  57. Mo Koyfman, Spark Capital @mokoyfman
  58. Rob Day, @Ventures @cleantechvc
  59. Marc Averitt, Okapi Venture Capital @OCVC
  60. Michael Greeley, Flybridge Capital Partners @FlybridgeCap
  61. Ted Driscoll, Claremont Creek Ventures @easydjr
  62. Santo Politi, Spark Capital @santopoliti
  63. David Dufresne, JLA Ventures @DavidDufresne
  64. Todd Klein, Legend Ventures @tdklein
  65. Max Niederhofer, Atlas Venture @maxniederhofer
  66. Vinit Nijhawan, Key Venture Partners @vinit44
  67. Multiple Authors, Brightspark Ventures @MarkSkapinker @Sophiebspark @antman102
  68. Rob Schultz, IllinoisVENTURES @crobtri
  69. Ouriel Ohayon, Lightspeed Gemini Internet Lab @OurielOhayon
  70. Brian Hirsch, Greenhill SAVP @hirschb
  71. Larry Marcus, Walden Venture Capital @cyberlar
  72. Kent Goldman, First Round Capital @kentgoldman
  73. Larry Marcus, Walden Venture Capital @cyberlar
  74. TechCoastAngles @techcoastangels
  75. Bryce Roberts, OATV @bryce
  76. Howard Lindzon, Knight’s Bridge Capital @howardlindzon
  77. Sequoia Capital @Sequoia_Capital
  78. True Ventures @trueventures
  79. Founders Fund via Dave McClure @davemcclure
  80. Mark Suster, GRP Partners @msuster
  81. New Atlantic Ventures: Tim Rowe, @rowe; Steve Marcus, @smarcus; John Backus, @jcbackus
    Thanasis Delistathis,

Ten Tips for TEDx Speakers: THE TED COMMANDMENTS

What a pity, I have to give up the chance to see TEDxBeijing for my personal reason! I once imagined I would have a fabulous meeting with so many great people. Oh…

Best wishes to TEDxBeijing.

I read these tips and quite useful, not only for TED, you can try these in public speech.

These 10 tips are the heart of a great TEDTalk.

  1. Dream big. Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world.
  2. Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams … and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.
  3. Make the complex plain. Don’t try to dazzle intellectually. Don’t speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples. Tell stories. Be specific.
  4. Connect with people’s emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry!
  5. Don’t flaunt your ego. Don’t boast. It’s the surest way to switch everyone off.
  6. No selling from the stage! Unless we have specifically asked you to, do not talk about your company or organization. And don’t even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from stage.
  7. Feel free to comment on other speakers, to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful!
  8. If possible, don’t read your talk. Notes are fine. But if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read!
  9. You must end your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the people that follow you. We won’t allow it.
  10. Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend … for timing, for clarity, for impact.

I see another interesting public speech rules in this ancient way

  1. Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick
  2. Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before
  3. Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion
  4. Thou Shalt Tell a Story
  5. Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Skae of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy
  6. Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego. Be Thou Vulnerable. Speak of thy Failure as well as thy Success.
  7. Thou Shalt Not Sell from the Stage: Neither thy Company, thy Goods, thy Writings, nor thy Desparate need for Funding; Lest Thou be Cast Aside into Outer Darkness.
  8. Thou Shalt Remember all the while: Laughter is Good.
  9. Thou Shalt Not Read thy Speech.
  10. Thou Shalt Not Steal the Time of Them that Follow Thee

IPhone come to China, officially

China Unicom launched Iphone last Friday and expects the first official sales can lift its financial statement.

The China’s 2nd largest telecom company started selling 3G service in most of Chinese cities, in order to fight with its rival China Mobile. By the end of the 3rd quarter, China Union has only 140 million users, while China Mobile service more than 3 times subscribers. According to its Q3 financial report released late Friday, its net profit hit 3.1 billion Yuan. Xiaobing Chang, CEO of company obviously “is feeling a great peer pressure and attempting to win the next round in the next generation of mobile service.”

The bad news for Unicom is most Apple fans prefer to buy the latest phones via many unofficial ways at the same time as US IPhone parterres start to sell in America. Customers doubt how a IPhone without a key feature can be sold at higher prices than widely available black market models in the world’s most populous mobile phone market