May 24, 2012

It sounds to me as if start-ups believe they can already command the market before they’ve even established and founded their business organization. They seem compelled to fit their building of a new enterprise around what they believe the market looks like, as opposed to taking the temperature of the market and coming back with some facts and statistics about the market. However, not many people know which facts to collect and what those facts mean to them and their start-up. Crazy but true. Oh well, there is nothing like learning from trial and error, sometimes those are the hardest won and most rewarding lessons of all. Sometimes. Then there are those other times. For those other times, read Steve Blank’s “9 Deadliest Start-up Sins”.

Steve Blank

Inc. magazine is publishing a 12-part series of excerpts from The Startup Owner’s Manual, the new step-by-step “how to” guide for startups. The excerpts, which appeared first at, highlight the Customer Development process, best practices, tips and instructions contained in our book.  Feedback from my readers suggested you’d appreciate seeing the series posted here, as well.


Whether your venture is a new pizza parlor or the hottest new software product, beware: These nine flawed assumptions are toxic.

1. Assuming you know what the customer wants

First and deadliest of all is a founder’s unwavering belief that he or she understands who the customers will be, what they need, and how to sell it to them. Any dispassionate observer would recognize that on Day One, a start-up has no customers, and unless the founder is a true domain expert, he or she can only guess about the customer, problem…

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May 24, 2012

Here’s a loud and proud admission of a morning lark. Apparently getting up early is not something to to go back on. Oh, is there anything good about being a night owl?

The Pinstriped Suit

Yesterday, I read this great article on Business Insider about the 23 Business Leaders who wake up early. I found this piece to be especially intriguing because a lot of the biographies and business books I’ve read over the years have emphasized the importance of getting up at the crack of dawn. The reason being that you end up getting ahead if you have more time to sort yourself out before you hit the ground running.

I personally like getting up early (usually 6-6:30am) because it allows me to meditate and have some time to think about the day ahead. That extra hour in the morning allows me the time to think and reflect before I get on with my day. Although I don’t get to the office super early, I do manage to check e-mails, read the news and a chapter of a business book before I head out…

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August 11, 2011

A literally chatty blogista with flair for fashion and a love of visual feats: Garance Dore’s blog 
in English

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I found Garance Dore’s blog via The Sartorialist.  She’s a fashion illustrator turned fashion blogger and photographer.  A very favourable turn too.

As a start, I stumbled upon her photographs of Alexander McQueen’s exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, entitled “Savage Beauty”.

The curation was perfect, from the layout to the sound design – it allows you to take a mind-blowing journey into the designer’s imagination. Emotion catches you and stays with you for days.

I was so moved that I asked for authorization to go back and take pictures…

To be honest, it takes a very high-grade photographer with substantial wits to be able to first, consider capturing such works on film; second, consider to seek permission with authority such as the Met; third, action all of this and fourth, gain such incredible results.  It is a worthy blog bundle.

Her postings to have caught me are:

  • Illustrations–
    • “Your Best Worst Advice – Beauty”
    • “Your Best Worst Advice – Love”
    • “Garance Forgets Everything and Talks About Nothing”
  • Portraits–
  • Dressing —
    • Real Leather” <—her thoughts on city bags and she’s re-considered seven types of bags that city people should use or have been seen using most often
    • “Hot Pants” <—omg, how do we do these nowadays?  And so she gives us an illustration and a true life example in “Sweet Little Angel
  • Collages–
    have a gander, the overall resultant natural feeling of ‘togetherness’ of such a jumble of visuals and writing speaks volumes of her ability to combine things to a superb effect of discreet styling with purpose.
August 11, 2011

More picks from


Pic 1: A real winning combo with the choice of translucent frames and sheer, minimalistic nude dress.  The black accent on the collar adds a stronger, dramatic side to avoid too much fro-fro with the soft nude fabric and as a special bonus echoes the black of the sunglasses and she has also chosen to emphasise this black accent further by wearing a black underwear – great choice.

Pic 2: So retro, but with the contemporary sunglasses and new, stronger, higher-quality fabric of the flat cap, it most certainly has up-to-date modern refinements.  Otherwise, such a detailed and fittingly knowledgeable take on such a vintage look could make a person look quite poor.  The subtlety and qualities have to be just right.  The waistcoat is also a finer, thinner fabric and the shirt shows underlying yet not frivolous detailing to suggest, correctly, higher sartorial knowledge than one might expect at first glance.

Pic 3: The lady has been shopping about town in New York, and what a tiring task it is too.  But she shows such prestige in her actions – she dresses down but not without thought and deliberation and she makes the most of what essentially is a whole load of flimsy, creased, plain fabric with buttons.  She turns it into something to enjoy wearing.

Pic 4: I have *always* been waiting for shorts like this to come along.  Shorts for people who need space for bottoms to come and go as they please.  Nice posturing to show off her chosen style combo – what a handbag.  Would you believe this was snapped on Prince Street?  Very fitting.

Pic 5: He has animal print for a handkerchief!  Woo-hoo… that really is very unique to be able to pull that off and still look ready for business in a sincere and serious manner.  I have heard the way a man chooses to knot his tie can be very telling… and I suppose it is.  Plus shades… erm, let’s sum this up:

  • animal print handkerchief,
  • sunglasses,
  • very pointy collar,
  • all one colour of blue, and
  • a tie knotted imperfectly for him.

Yes, requires impeccable, implicit and necessary higher-level sartorial knowledge to continue to have business associates and dealings.

August 11, 2011

11th August: my fast choice of close-ups from

Sartorialist-Aug11-1Sartorialist-Aug11-2Sartorialist-Aug11-3Sartorialist-Aug11-4Sartorialist-Aug11-5Sartorialist-Aug11-6Sartorialist-Aug11-7 The Internet accidentally swiped me onto today and there I was, bathing in a few cuts and slices of walking fashion out there.  In particular, these cuts are from Florence and the last one, in black and white, is from Paris.

Pic 1: The detail and accuracy of the blonde in the blue shirt was astounding.  Even from that one slice you can see his style – crazy but true, he has clashed together a very contemporary city-style for the summer, of glasses, bow-tie, shorts and shoes without socks.

Pic 2&3: same guy, but he had so much going on detail-wise that one shot wasn’t enough.  He had truly created a unique look for himself.  The shoes – omg, who can carry them and fit in? – are a bit of a winner, to tell you the truth.  And one of the most dreaded pitfalls of a working city fella?  A rucksack with a tailored jacket… but he’s done it.

Pic 4: I should have covered another close-up of him here, he actually had blue and red boaters on his bare feet, but I decided on his hands.  True hands that have truly met and excelled at crafts or technology over a long period of time.  Good dexterity and eye-hand co-ordination going on here.  Very concise handiwork.

Pic 5: This is the sort of gal that does *not* refuse a good heel or wedge, come what may.  Socks and tights are the answer to pain and fatigue.  And she has done it with aplomb here – hats off and well done.

Pick 6&7: Another chunky type of look, but this time the detail is in the heart.  He actions his details.  You can’t really pinpoint it in his overall look and manner, it really is in what he does.  It is what is ultimately his style that is taking off: the way he puts his hand in his trouser pocket  while carefully folding back the lapel of his jacket, the way he chooses to handle his wallet and money.  Despite what might appear to be quite restricting and even unflappable clothing, he still comes through with succinct movement and ability to show flap-ability of concern.  That is, many might associate herring bone and checks with precision to the point of inhumanity, but not here.

August 11, 2011

Need a page-turner and love fashion faux-pas? Here’s a website to get your teeth into and give yourself a giggle:

Fashion Police dot Net-3 What caught me was one of’s old postings on Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld giving ankle bags a trial run on the catwalks, which apparently had a moment on Chanel’s SS08 show:
I know I’d be no more likely to strap a tiny handbag to my ankle than I’d be to buy a pair of shants

The post was brief, yet to the point and got me clicking on more articles.  I suppose also, they were quick to pick up a detailed point and chose some good photography.  I liked the website because they’ve got linkage throughout the articles and site.

For example, what on earth are shants?  *Click*

Sheer trousers through which other people can view your beautiful lingerie, for those of you who didn’t click.

So, FashionPolice.Net say they are
a light-hearted look at the good, bad and downright ugly side of fashion, by people who love it, but don’t take it too seriously.

Some of my instant favourites out of their listed categories, include:

  • Ugly Prom Dresses
  • Dress of the Day <— made me slurp
  • Fashion Fraud Squad
    (e.g. “Designer vs High Street: Victoria Beckham vs Closet”; and
    ”Spot the Difference: Betsey Johnson vs Bakers”) <—these articles are a bit of a winner for me ^_^
  • Wanted!
    (e.g. “Shoe Porn: Miss KG ‘Minnie’ shoes in red suede and black polka dot” <—delish!;
    ”Wanted! Retro-style swimsuits at Target” <—so needed;
    “Shoe Porn: Rupert Sanderson 140mm patent tri-coloured open toe pumps <—by  heck!; and
    ”Shoe Porn: Zara black pointed toe court shoes” <—*gulp*)
  • Columns & Opinions
    (e.g. “Thylane Loubry Blondeau: is a 10 year old too young to model adult fashion?”;
    ”In Praise of Jeggings. No, really.”;
    ”The Right Way to Wear Leggings”; and
    ”Politics and fashion don’t mix – how Samantha Cameron ruined my favourite dress”) <—omg, giggles
  • Style on Trial <—only read if you have a strong stomach, any style on trial requires strength of digestion and a resilient mind, otherwise you could get sore eyes and a belly ache.
  • Save or Splurge <—great for aiding your financial decisions, perhaps even a great substitute for a bank manager –_<

A definite on my rounds of sporadic perusals.

July 22, 2011

Do you have an insatiable appetite for fashion and edgy photography? Then try calling in at “We The Urban Magazine”

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WeTheUrban issue 3

"… dedicated to everything related to culture, including: music, art, fashion, photography, and more…"

For the fashion industrious or the the strong of stomach and mind… 100% fashion proof. You have been warned.

My verdict?  Bring me tea, bring me lemons, bring me milk, bring me biscuits and cookies… and a plaster for my wrists and I’ll happily sit here curled up on my armchair clicking through all 248 pages.

What is amazing in my mind, is how they managed to sidle (slightly) away from the styles of other magazines – why veer so greatly away from something that already works so well? 

Its content contains a great variety of fashion styles, but the overall tone is still quite unanimous.  Mind you, they only established themselves in September 2009.  

I’ll sit back and wait for more… ^_^ .  Yummy.

July 17, 2011

Often have lots to blog about but sometimes feel print is too dry? Ever thought of emoticons? A brief outing of some of the icons I *heart* from Smiley Central’s extensive graphics.

On the verge of my tongue are the words, “I can’t believe what they can do at !?”  But, oh yeah, I am not their advertorial and *ahem* I have a *little* pride in being a bit up-to-date with what’s possible and what’s happening in the world of graphics, illustrations and animations.

So, my chosen words of final verdict?  I am very willing to allow what were once animated atrocities (but have now been transformed and improved into animated wunderkinds) greater and greater space in my online blogosphere. 

I just adore this kind of cuteness.  This is what I, in my mid-thirties, would roll-call as “definitely cute” and “definitively delightful to visually engage with on a glowing hi-resolution computer monitor in the beginnings of the 21st century”. 

Brilliant work.  Slap, slap and clap, clap to those who worked on these.  I’m hoping for more… you see, I’m not demanding at all… just reasonable and prone to *ahem* tantrums… *ahem*…


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July 14, 2011

Wanna know more specifics about women’s health? The details, details, details? Here it is on

Detailed enough to have you armed before you enter a doctor’s surgery, hospital or examination clinic for when the healthcare professionals have a report to tell you about your own health. Then *you’ll* be able to understand for yourself instead of passing the responsibility onto someone else. Yet makes the information accessible through providing background information in a very readable and digestible way.

There are a *few* illustrations and photos, but maybe not enough, depending on how you are with these things. However, the few illustrative choices that they do have are clear enough and of such a quality to allow the reader and researcher to visualize the topics being covered. I mean, gosh, how am I supposed to know what the insides of my breasts look like? And there are different diagrams for different needs.

Also the depth of the articles is beyond basic, it really gives you a feel that you could correspond with your doctor in a substantial patient-doctor relationship. It is *not* dry medical grade student knowledge. It feels in context and dynamic enough for people who have a life and that is how they got sick in the first place.

HOWEVER, there is a *lot* of information on there, I do suggest you use the search resource, whether it’s on their site or Google. To pinpoint what you need may be difficult, but then again it means its got resources you can swim in. Yah.

Just remember to use correct keywords for your search if you are being very specific about your needs, or just care to browse in your free time. Don’t be overwhelmed though. Take a deep breath first.

What has to say about breast health:

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The lymphatic system is an essential part of the immune system, which helps the body fight infections or cancers … Lymph nodes are usually present in clusters in the armpits, on either side of the neck, and in the groin … trap foreign materials … fluid absorbed by the lymphatic system passes through at least one lymph node before it returns to circulation … may become enlarged or swollen when they fight an infection … may feel tender or inflamed … Sometimes become visible as thin red lines known as lymphangitis … may also swell from the formation of an abscess (closed pocket filled with pus) in the nodes or if they contain cancer cells …Whether the lymph nodes contain cancer cells is an important factor when staging breast cancer, determining treatment, and predicting survival. Though breast cancer has the potential to spread to other regions of the body first, it most commonly spreads first to the axillary (underarm) lymph nodes. This is known as regional spread. From there, the breast cancer can metastasize (spread) systematically to other areas of the body (such as the bone, liver, lung, or brain).

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July 13, 2011

Got weight issues, got body hang-ups? Run to and DIY.


Sue Kyu presents:


“…many an existing diet method is wrong and ruins healthgood health is indispensable to be beautyEastern medicineincreases the natural healing capacity the body itself originally has. The acupressure diet isusing the acupressure-pointsand a healthy diet method for loosing weight simply and certainly by stimulating the acupressure pointsPlease practice this acupressure diet through this site (, and get healthy and beauty body!

I am tempted to be *sooo* lazy and just tell you to “go there, go there now… click Sue Kyu’s site link and go immediately!”.  But I won’t.  Else I’ll render this blog blurb rather pointless.

And I am disciplined enough to just draw in a deep breath, count to ten, compose myself and head on with my little snippet of a write-up.  *Phew*  yes, indeedy, I’ve got what it takes: a little extra discipline to get me through the unnecessarily, uncalled-for lazy times—my survival skills.

Thus I plough on:
I do feel the site is packed with great, clear instructions to try for yourself at home (and that includes me), hence the heaviness in covering it simply here. 
*Breathe in**Inhale*. 
Here I go.

A few things Ms Kyu covers briefly:
– reverse abdominal breathing
– meal diet plan
– over-eating
plus all the denoted acupressure lines (see column).

What does Ms Kyu have to convey about reverse abdominal breathing?

Well, she mentions it is a basic breathing method of qiqong, which intensifies the activity of the diaphragm, stomach, intestines and lungs.  It is a daily practice and focuses on the extreme contraction of the abdomen.  Read up for the details.

My additional tid-bit: yogic breathing advises full inhale followed by extended and prolonged exhaling.  This is to fully breathe out the stale air that lingers in some people.

Other cosmetic acupressure instructions by Ms Kyo include:

– cosmetics edition for skin
– rough dry skin
– hair loss
– swelling
– bad breath

She also covers ear acupressure points too.

My tid-bits: I’ve gone Western because these “ailments” or “conditions” are actually recognized symptoms associated with more serious illnesses and diseases e.g. hair loss is a significant concern in Western medicine, unless the doctor gives you the all-clear as nothing more than alopecia. 

I’m guessing acupressure is for those who have ingested a poor diet and living a less than full life.  That is, they are not able to consume all that they’ve taken in and there is a back-log or incorrect storage of lesser-quality goods in the body that need to be activated (i.e. not RE-activated, but activated), circulated, digested, assimilated, metabolised and purged.  That is, a form of detox.  Detoxing is complex because it depends on where in the process of digestion, assimilation and metabolising the goods are in.  Even catabolising is an issue. 

As much as there aren’t any side-effects with acupressure, it is always advisable to seek medical diagnosis just in case your ailment *really* is something to be cured rather than healed. 

Yes, I’m pro-hypochondriasis.

Western modern medicine wasn’t created, established, advanced, researched and developed without reasons and needs.

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