I don’t recall how many times I’ve tried and failed. I’m around 50H into the game since my friends and colleagues told me about it. They convinced me to buy it. Truth be told, I only decided to purchase it because it finally released in a physical (with a box) version. On Switch. And my gaming PC was broken. And I had a coupon for 20% off.

When I received that game on that Monday’s early afternoon, I wasn’t sure whether I’d test it. I mean, seriously, it’s a card game. But boredom is the key to innovation; it drives…

I remember the first time I watched that video on Youtube. This kid, maybe a few years older than I, dancing with a ball, dribbling everyone like Ronaldinho. Through the pixelated images, he captured me completely with his insane movements and tricks I’ve never seen before. At that time, I was still playing at a pretty good regional level. I thought I was the best, at least in my local club. But as usual with the internet, it opens the window to the world, and I was looking at someone, somewhere, doing something absolutely amazing. Something out of my world…

It was a beautiful day. At least at my home airport. As usual, I did my pre-flight. If you never flew a plane before, pre-flight is probably one of the most boring tasks any pilot has to endure. You have a checklist, and you check every single box in that list. I’ve done it many times before, so many times that not only I can recite that list, I can recite that in any order. But my instructors forced me to stick to that checklist, read it, and follow it. What would take probably a few minutes to do can…

Everything started on Tuesday when I was planning the thanksgiving lunch. I wanted something special yet familiar. Something that tastes surprising, yet warm and welcoming. It is the first time we invite our friends to our new place, and I wanted to reflect that sensation of new and old in my cuisine. So, I spent some time writing about all the latest dishes I’ve had and put down some notes about some crazy ideas while reading the Escoffier, so I keep a trace of what is fundamental to the French cuisine. Through my research, I came across a video, a…

A friend told me that joke. The story of the Mexican fisherman. There are many versions of it and here is a short version:

A banker was at the pier of a fishing village and saw a fisherman docked with his small boat. The banker saw some fishes in the boat, congratulated the fisherman, and asked how long it took to catch them: “only a little while

why didn’t you stay out longer to catch more fishes?

I have enough to support my family

but what do you the rest of your time?

I sleep late, fish a little, play…

A quick tab shows me the scoreboard. We are down 0:2. I managed to get one frag in all this the racket, hitting someone by luck, spamming my pistol blindly. With 400 credits on average, we can’t buy next round if we lose here. The other side is pretty rich since they won 2 rounds in a row. I quickly pick up the gun from the inanimate body of my enemy, in the middle of all my friends’ corpses. A vandal. Now I have a machine gun, oh, oh, oh. But more importantly, it costs 2,900 credits. Interesting, they bought.

If you ask entrepreneurs what prevents any FAANG to crush their start-up companies, one of the common answers would probably be “speed”. Quite obvious. Giant companies take a lot of time to decide on anything and they usually have very long approval process, when start-up companies, since they don’t have anything to lose, can just code, commit and go live. But as these companies grow bigger, decisions become harder: now, they have something to lose.

One of the biggest pains in a lot of start-up companies during their growth is how to decide. On paper, it looks simple: there are…

I’ve been flying for about 100H now. I remember when I started 4 years ago, I’ve been told about the concept of Pilot In Command (PIC): this one has the final authority and responsibility for the operation and safety of the flight. For some reasons, this concept hit me so hard and completely changed the way I look at leadership and team work.

In 2017, I was hired to drive the entire Product team in a start-up in an industry I barely know, with a team I haven’t built and working on problems I never considered before. …

This almost sounds like an echo. One after the other, they all say the same thing, in different forms. One would explain how free delivery is faster and more reliable, another would tell me how Facebook or Google are useless anyway because some Chinese clones do it better. At the dawn of the coronation of a new emporor, I can only be a humble spectator of the biggest waste in History. …

In 1999, my life changed. I played a mod for Half Life called Counter Strike. It was the first time I ever played anything online and it was the first time I spent my time on a pure competitive video game.

Counter Strike, in many ways, defined who I will become. I built my first high tech company around eSports. I also met my co-founders playing competitive gaming. I had the idea of my start up while trying to find a way to watch better players playing. But while kickstarted my career, I stopped playing it. …

Zhong Liu Michael Fan

Multi-cultural at heart. Geek by trade. Good by choice.

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