Alipay wechat Pay

Reading Time: 2 minutes I was travelling in China for 9, 10 days recently, and I can see those two payments method everywhere. From the small food stall to KFC, one of those two methods are widely accepted, and in many cases cash transactions are very rare. I noticed this trend about 1.5 years ago during my China trip… Continue reading Alipay wechat Pay

Going east: China iOS app dev companies and potential market

Reading Time: 3 minutes (Update 05-10-2014) I saw the IPO of China based Cheetah Mobile in the news, not too impressed or confident of their apps though, although I know they make money. Cheetah was a subsidiary of Kingsoft (and King still has a big stake after IPO). I also noticed the WSJ article about China app market. I… Continue reading Going east: China iOS app dev companies and potential market

Top Ten Mistakes Made by Financial Agents and How to Prevent Them

Reading Time: 2 minutes The following is a guest post created by Ashley B. Mulvey who writes for financial advisor career advice , her interest blog she uses to share her knowledge to assist people cope with the facets of economic advisory. Financial Advisers can have great careers and be real assets to their communities, but they can fall… Continue reading Top Ten Mistakes Made by Financial Agents and How to Prevent Them

Xerox: invented mouse and GUI, but jumping into BPO

Reading Time: < 1 minute Today Xerox announced a $6.4 billion deal to buy BPO (short for busines process outsourcing, basically IT service) company Affiliate Computer Services (NYSE:ACS), refer to this MarketWatch article for more details. Both companies are not new to me, because I know Xerox (Palo Alto Research Center, Wiki entry, PARC own web site) invented the computer… Continue reading Xerox: invented mouse and GUI, but jumping into BPO

Healthcare reform: some good things about US hospitals

Reading Time: 3 minutes Went to St. John’s Mercy hospital last week, accompanying my wife for the baby ultrasound thing. I am familar with St. John’s because I went there couple times before (once was I hurt myself during roller blade skating, and I had to get two stitches there). As I said in my previous healthcare reform post,… Continue reading Healthcare reform: some good things about US hospitals

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IS blockbuster busted?

Reading Time: 2 minutes VHS:blockbuster vs. DVD:Netflix This is the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) analogy I would use for movie rental companies Blockbuster (NYSE:BBI) and Netflix (Nasdaq:NFLX). The popularity of VHS tape made the success of Blockbuster, as I read from Wiki, the first Blockbuster movie rental store was established in Dallas in 1985 (24 years ago). By similar… Continue reading IS blockbuster busted?

Sales tax on online shopping coming?

Reading Time: < 1 minute I read two news this week, which makes me think this is coming. Keep in mind many local governments are upside down in terms of budget and debts, any tax revenue helps. Collecting tax revenue from online merchants in remote places like Seattle (HQ of Amazon) is a convenient choice. Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE) tax lawsuit… Continue reading Sales tax on online shopping coming?