Archive for Peter Shiau

After three years at a corporate innovation lab, I learned that the secret to innovation is this: you just need to innovate. When I tell people this, I just get the stare of incredulity. There must be a process, an org structure, and/or a personality type which drives innovation. It can’t be just “Just do…»

Finally, I can come out of the closet about my MBA. Yes, I have one and from a decent school.  But having an MBA in Silicon Valley is like having an 11th finger, and I don’t even mention it unless someone looks at my resume. Ben Horowitz at Andreessen Horowitz blogged that it might be…»

Great article on priorities by Tom Tunguz (VC at Redpoint Ventures) on what start-ups should focus on after building their product: distribution, engagement, and monetization. Doesn’t seem interesting, right?  But when he lays it out on a table, I just slapped the side of my head and thought: ‘Wow, that’s so simple – why haven’t I seen…»

Blake Masters wrote a great piece on the importance of distribution for your product.  It doesn’t matter how great your product/service is; you still need to get it in front of people.  Many people – myself included –  often underestimate how hard it is and underestimating it will crush your company. How lucky is Blake to…»

I love David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH) from 37signals.  He never beats around the bush.  This post is another ‘gentle’ reminder of something that people forget: that everyone is responsible for making the product/service work. Here is also a link to one of my favorite DHH talks – ‘Unlearn Your MBA‘ – which is ironic since I have…»

I read a great article at TechCrunch – “How Great Entrepreneurs Create Their Own Luck”.  It’s so true. My favorite line: “And even though serendipity is by definition unpredictable, its appearance is anything but random.” I often hear about how ‘lucky’ some entrepreneurs are, and when I do, I make a point to correct that…»

I use this story all of the time. It is such a useful shorthand phrase that if I just say ‘Step 1: Collect underpants’, most people know exactly what I’m talking about. Who knew that South Park would be such a great source for start-up wisdom? This post from Nerd Fitness is a great no-nonsense…»

I saw a fun Nike commercial on Reddit today.  The concept itself is ho-hum.  But the quotes in it are great – like historical versions of the ‘Just Do It’ phrase. My favorite: ‘In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.’ — Abraham Lincoln  

Yeah, it’s been a while. But I have been busy starting a new app studio called Playaxis and working on a holiday app called ‘Gotcha, Santa!’. I’m very excited to finally see these two efforts get off the ground. Please visit either or (they’re essentially the same for now). Let me know what…»