Potential Startup Ideas for 2020

Some thoughts on Christmas from a coffee shop. A lot of these are problems I’ve been thinking about or directly encountered. International Visa Management  If you’re North American/European, this might not be as big a problem for you but if you’re not the process of getting visas is terrible. If anyone is building a plaidContinue reading “Potential Startup Ideas for 2020”

Switching from Audible to Scribd…^ Some Links Related to Audio

When somebody mentions “audiobook” there’s a high probability you’d probably think of the Amazon-owned entity, “Audible”. I, too, did for the longest time. I didn’t even think anyone else offered audiobooks. Plus, I’ve been on an Audible annual subscription for about two years now. Tweeting on something related to this, Jackson tweeted back basically saying:Continue reading “Switching from Audible to Scribd…^ Some Links Related to Audio”

Looking Back: How Did I End Up at Opendoor?

It’s been almost 2 years since I joined Opendoor and what an incredible ride it’s been. Looking at my notes from Nov-Dec’16, here’s the story. Starting things is my default, whether it was thinking about how to capitalize on the fish wire craze in middle school or starting companies with friends after college. So whenContinue reading “Looking Back: How Did I End Up at Opendoor?”

Transparency at Startups: My Experience at Opendoor

When on vacation a few weeks ago I was reflecting on what are some things I love about Opendoor and Transparency as a value rose to the top. Transparency has always seemed like one of those things that’s a no-brainer to follow and I’m grateful to see the steps we’ve taken at Opendoor to putContinue reading “Transparency at Startups: My Experience at Opendoor”

BCC Protection

  At Opendoor, there’s a healthy default towards transparency. While we are a Slack-heavy company, we still use email a good amount–especially for communicating with external parties. However, email and transparency aren’t something that goes hand-in-hand, unless you’re Stripe I II. Luckily, BCC can be used to build openness and keeping relevant internal parties in theContinue reading “BCC Protection”

Keyboard Shortcuts: The Blue Bubbles of Apps & Websites

  iMessage is a default messaging service on top of SMS on the iPhone where your messages to a sender appear in blue bubbles as long as the other person has an iPhone (yes, even if you don’t sign into your iCloud). If you message a sender who doesn’t have one, DISASTER occurs–your messages are nowContinue reading “Keyboard Shortcuts: The Blue Bubbles of Apps & Websites”

Product of the Week: Wells Fargo Card-Free ATM

A few weeks ago, I saw an interesting billboard by Wells Fargo near one of the first few exit ramps of the freeway after crossing into San Francisco via the Bay Bridge. The billboard illustrated  Wells Fargo’s latest consumer experience/offering – Card Free ATM Access. I was excited because this was one of those product ideasContinue reading “Product of the Week: Wells Fargo Card-Free ATM”