Innovative companies are like pro-fighters

This has been a interesting trip to the USA. The groundbreaking innovation is here in America. Without a doubt. I consistently meet super smart people and some of the hardest working people ever. Of course there are those silly startups getting funding in SF but when I meet visionaries, for lack of a better word, it is truly inspirational. The… Read more →

The Joyent/Textdrive lifetime account scam

Here is a great idea for a scam. Create a hosting company and sell "lifetime" accounts that aren't really lifetime accounts, they are just accounts that work until you decide you don't want them to work anymore. Then try to sell the "lifetime" customers (hahaha) a new monthly account! This is the scam I fell for. It went like this,… Read more →

Aspiring entrepreneur? Don’t read my blog

I think the worst thing an aspiring entrepreneur can do is read the blog of another entrepreneur. Most business owners aren’t honest in their public communications. They have customers, employees and partners that read it. So all you end of getting is fluff and none of the really painful stories that make entrepreneurs who they are. You shouldn’t be reading… Read more →

take for example…

This is the unedited English version of my column published in Japanese by Sankei. is a new platform that aims to replace It would be safe to call it a twitter clone. The social network will have the ability to post status updates and photos to friends and those following you. The one major difference between… Read more →

Is your country entrepreneur friendly?

“A study by Ernst & Young, an accounting firm, showed last year that German, Italian and French entrepreneurs were far less confident about their country as a place for start-ups than those in America, Canada or Brazil. Very few French entrepreneurs said their country provided the best environment; 60% of Brazilians, 42% of Japanese and 70% of Canadians thought there… Read more →

Twitmusic and what the service represents

Twitmusic is one of the latest investments from 500 startups. What might be the first technology company started in the Philippines to receive major investment from a US investment fund. The platform allows artist to upload music and promote it to twitter users in a pretty innovative way. When a visiters go goes to the website it has a… Read more →

Founders Story: Klout founder Joe Fernandez

This is the unedited English version of my column published in Japanese by Sankei Klout is a unique company, it has successfully built a way to rank social influence online. The company assigns Klout scores to individuals based on how socially influential you are. Politically its a very difficult business, no one wants to be ranked and yet everyone… Read more →

The coming social wars

This is the unedited English version of my piece that was published in Sankei Business-I in Japanese on July 2nd 2012. In asia companies are now starting to understand the importance of the social graph. The ability to make it easy for people to share and communicate amongst those they know. Unfortuantely, asia has been slow to the game and… Read more →

Can Facebook justify its valuation?

This article was originally published on May 13th 2012 in Japanese as part of my weekly column for Sankei Business-i. Facebook will IPO at a valuation of nearly 100B USD. That’s a lot of money. Facebook is IPO’ing at 25 times revenue. High even for companies that have been public for some time with stable business models. Most companies IPO… Read more →

My recent articles

I've been writing a column for Sankei publishing for almost a year now every week. The articles are published in Japanese as a intro to technology developments in the west with a lot of my opinions on the general direction of tech. You can really time what will happen in social media and online marketing in Japan based on what… Read more →