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Explaining Transfluent’s crowdfunding “IPO”

Ever since Transfluent’s crowdfunding round was announced two weeks ago, there is one question I have been asked over and over again: Why crowdfunding? Why not VC funding? Crowdfunding is a new thing and has evolved rapidly during its short existence, so I can see

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iPads are raising a new generation of kids

iPads are really raising a new generation of kids. I was shocked to notice that Tian, at 4 years old, can read. Not just couple sight words, but really read. He says he self-taught himself because he needed to understand what the text in the

Road to Hana

Road to Hana was definitely one of the most memorable drives. Over 600 steep curves and 58 narrow one-lane bridges, 30+ miles of mind-blowingly beautiful scenery. Luckily in our family only one person suffers from car-sickness – Wen. Luckily, because there is one cure: seat

The Miracle of Mobile Phones

We use mobile phones daily and frequently complain about things such as boring user interface or the difficulty of finding quality content among the millions of apps in the app stores. Smart phones did not even exist a decade ago, and the first bulky mobile

SINA Weibo

I recently wrote a blog post to Transfluent’s blog about SINA Weibo. I’m doing a partial repost here as well, as this certainly is a topic of great interest these days. For the full blog post, see Fancy being big in China? Weibo is the key in

When the world is unplugged

I have a weird feeling. I am currently on a paradise island, sitting by the beach looking at the waves tirelessly massage the white sand. The sun is shining, things couldn’t get much better than this. Except, the internet is broken. I can’t get online. The phone

Who needs services in multiple languages?

Here’s a question I’d like you to think about: what language do you prefer to be served? I mean in general, when shopping, calling the cable company, accessing government services or any other daily duties. Would you like to shop in your native language, or

Mauritian time

I’m writing this watching the Indian Ocean waves gently touch the beach in front of our rented beach villa in Mauritius. It’s really amazing how moving from the short, dark and cold days of Switzerland to the tropical sunshine of Mauritius makes miracles to one’s

Red Herring 100 Europe Conference 2009

I attended the 2009 edition of Red Herring 100 conference in Berlin last week (March 31th to April 2nd). This conference report is a little delayed. Right when I returned from the trip, our family relocated from Zürich to Rapperswil, half an hour away on

StartupCamp Switzerland ’09

Being probably the newest entrepreneur in Switzerland I was excited to attend StartupCamp Switzerland ’09 in Basel. I will be running the new XIHA Life office in Switzerland, so this was a great chance to meet to make first contacts with the local startup scene. I’ve attended several