Below are various posts chronicling my professional and personal life. I hope to hear from other entrepreneurs and people who have an interest in my stories and various ventures so don’t be afraid to contact me.
My Professional Story: I’ve been blessed to be at the right place at the right time for two major cultural waves: the Internet boom and the current amazing rise of China. Taking part in these two waves has been a fascinating journey and I hope that sharing my stories below helps future entrepreneurs.
- University of California, Berkeley Days (1993-1997)
- Design Reactor (1997-2000)
- Rotten Tomatoes (2000-2005)
- IGN Entertainment (2004-2005)
- Xiaban.com (2005-2006)
- Alive Not Dead (2007-2013)
My Personal Story: I’ve composed a brief autobiography about how a guy born in Toledo, Ohio ends up living in China.
I’m a voracious consumer of political news even though my political leanings have hopefully become more open-minded and pragmatic since my younger, liberal days.
I have an eclectic taste and favorite films include The Graduate (Berkeley connection?), Yi-Yi: A One and a Two (一一), Network, Do the Right Thing, Days of Being Wild (阿飛正傳), Swingers, An American in Paris, Once Upon a Time in China II, Aliens, Roman Holiday, Laputa: A Castle in the Sky, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Metropolis, and North By Northwest.
Also, by nature of being the son and stepson of librarians, I’m a bookworm with my favorite books being Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, Nick Hornby’s early books, and nearly all of Orson Scott Card, but especially Pastwatch and Ender’s Game.
Favorite TV Shows: I’m a huge fan of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, the shows of Aaron Sorkin including “The West Wing” and “Sports Night”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Band of Brothers”, “Game of Thrones”, “Louie”, “Homeland”, “Community”, and “The Wire”. I’ve also been a huge Japanese anime-nerd since high school with my favorite anime being the early works of Studio Ghibli, “Mushi-shi”, “Full Metal Alchemist”, “Hajime No Ippo”, “Ranma 1/2”, “Nodame Cantabile”, and “Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play”. Unfortunately, I haven’t kept up with recent anime series since moving to Beijing (any suggestions?).