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What is the future held for Intel in 2024? What could be a pivot Intel should do now?

While Intel is still the No1 Integrated Circuit(IC) vendor with $73B revenue & 16% market share in 2020. The market feels like it’s a falling giant. …


How a startup, Snowflake “reinvented a database business” that Oracle & other cloud giants did not?

In the Stanford course: How to Build Successful Startups, John Kelley led us to study a recent successful startup: Snowflake. Because it’s a B2B startup, it’s less known, such as Airbnb IPO also in…


To start or not to start, that is the question for the final week of the Stanford course: How to Build Successful Startups.

It’s been crazy 3 weeks to juggle with my day job, the last push for a 20% project, mentoring 2 startups in Taiwan & doing the course…


What are the important factors when building a successful startup? That is the question in the 2nd week of the Stanford course: How to Build Successful Startups.

In the book: The Silicon Valley Edge, professor Gibbons provides a simple but helpful framework to answer the million-dollar question. The requirements of…


This week, I’ve been learning a lot from John Kelley, the co-founder & COO of OnRisk, guest speakers & classmates of a Stanford course: How to Build Successful Startups: Learn Lessons Straight from Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs. Hopefully, it will make me a better mentor of Google Project Hatcher for Taiwan


How could JIT still be relevant in the COVID new normal? If not to waste the chip shortage crisis, what could be the trigger for the car computing revolution?

Just-In-Time(JIT), a core Lean methodology has been the gold standard of car manufacturing. But because of the chip shortage under COVID…


The Innovator’s Solution suggests successful sustaining innovators often systematically mess up chances of disruptive growth. What are common traps, that innovators should stop digging? What is the better “right stuff” for a new venture?

On Sep. 7, 22, a hire surprised the automotive & tech. Doug Field was Apple’s car…


The “winter” is coming, but Tesla AI Day is promising. How could this time be different? What can real respectful opponents try?

Recently, more and more people are reckoning that AI may be more hype, less reality. For example, 75% of the executives said so in a 2021 KPMG survey


Democracy will be real if there is equity of educational opportunity. What may you help?

Thanks to Google Code Next, I had a great weekend working with high schoolers & a group of fine evangelists “hacking” around 🦾. It’s fun & even fulfilling to coach them went through a full…


Is Product Excellence applicable to startups? What could be the PE mindset & heuristics increasing chances of success for startups?

60 years ago, Toyota rises quickly by making excellent cars at very affordable prices. Today, Toyota is still the gold standard of Product Excellence (PE). However, there are concerns that…

Sam Lin

A Taiwanese lives in Silicon Valley since 2014 & has random opinions on some stuff. The opinions shared here are my own, not those of companies I work for.

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