2020 is slowly coming to an end, and as we look back, it surely is a year packed with great awakenings. Important discussion topics have resurfaced, and all of us are challenged daily to dig deeper into our relationships with not just each other, but also our planet and the many living organisms that populate this beautiful world with us.

Scientific American kept a running list of “Record-Breaking Natural Disasters in 2020” which, when I was reading it, felt like a horror movie script — the ravaging wildfires that took over thousand acres of lands in Australia and California, the…


In Parternship with Declare, a leadership accelerator that empowers leaders to ascend by helping companies get underrepresented talent to the top

The impacts of crises are never gender neutral, and COVID-19 is no exception. In a recent town hall, António Guterres, the Secretary-General of UN, cautioned against the “reversal effect” COVID-19 has on the “limited and fragile progress on gender equality and women’s rights” that the society made in the last decade. “Without a concerned response, we risk losing a generation or more of gains,” said António.

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To dive deeper into the issues of violence against women and girls and…


With more than half of the workforce currently working from home, Zoom has quickly become synonymous with video conferencing. Zoom usage increased 67% between Jan and mid-March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic (Apptopia), and is also now used by 90,000 schools in 20 countries to teach remotely. Despite the recent public scrunity on Zoom’s security breaches, Zoom’s user counts continue to rise and firms, even financial institutions with strict compliance policies, are starting to adopt in order to catch up with work efficiency.

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Since I started working from home in the beginning of March, I’ve been invited to at least…


Now on the 6th week of self-quanrantining in my small studio in Battery Park, NYC, I’ve not only mastered the cooking skills that my Chinese parents considered “not bad” (which is a Chinese way of saing “wow amazing!”), but I’ve also became sort of a crazy shopper. I don’t hoard medical supplies or food (no one should), but I did become very “interested” in all the discounts and sales that brands are offering to combat the lack of consumer enthusiasm due to the depressing and unfortunate virus enviroment. In the mail yesterday alone, I received 2 bottles of makeup removers…


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The Vitruvian Man

During the holidays I got unsolicited ads each day on anything from a Dyson hairdryer to a discounted subscription at MasterClass on my social media pages. Growing up in Asia, the world of online classes feels like family. I’ve been taking classes outside of school since I was 10 years old (contrary to popular beliefs: not as a result of my Asian parents) to either get better grades at school or to learn things that are deemed “valuable” skills in Asian societies, like watercolor paintings, languages or crafts. As a result, for the past decade, I’ve had the fortune of…


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Recently I’ve been following many fashion rental companies out of curiosity and personal interest to save on items that I rarely wear but would like to have. Fashion rental as a space gives consumer plenty promises — a rotating wardrobe; no more expensive dry cleaning and boring cloth-folding; and on top of that, you can be a proud contributor to the world’s garment sustainability, which McKinsey’s 2019 State of the Fashion Report lists as one of the most important factors that millennials consider when it comes to fashion choices. There’s also a hidden appeal — fashion rental gives you the…


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We live in an ironic age where people and technology are so intertwined that I sometimes wonder if we really made the right decision to switch our eyes from all the excited and vast unknown around us to a black screen just a couple inches big. I was born in 1997, so I personally witnessed and lived through the divide. Growing up, I remembered all my best friends’ phone numbers so I could call them. A few months ago I was at a hospital filling out my emergency contacts and I was blanking on everyone’s cell — my mom, my…


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Lola’s organic tampons have quickly won over a loyal group of customers

One of the trendy words lately that caught my eye is “Femtech”. Essentially, femtech companies direct their attention to solve the existing issues that the female population specifically faces, ranging anywhere from personal finance to healthcare. It’s easy to understand and appreciate the values female-oriented services or products such as Carrot and Lola can add in terms of providing options and flexibilities, but it wasn’t till recently that I realized the necessity of these options. …


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Photo by Paulo Almeida on Unsplash

News just in: Lime, the scooter startup, is laying off about 100 workers, or 14 percent of staff, and pulling out of a dozen cities in the U.S. and Latin America, including Atlanta and San Diego where scooter-related deaths have taken place. CEO Joe Kraus is confident that the company will become the “first next-generation mobility company to be profitable” after its cost cutting plans. Kraus also apparently denied the ongoing rumors that the company is running out of cash.

I was introduced to Lime much later than most people, roughly at the beginning of 2019. NYC is one of…


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Photo by Shifaaz shamoon on Unsplash

I attended a talk by Kirsten Green, a venture capitalist and founder of Forerunner Ventures, a couple days ago, and specifically remembered the moment when she discussed Away, a modern travel and lifestyle brand widely known for its minimal suitcases and travel bags. Kirsten mentioned how she had met many startups that tried to pitch to her the vision of disrupting the traditional travel industry, but when she met with Away, instead of talking about how versatile the suitcase is or how light the materials are, the team pitched to her the image of modern consumers who enjoy travel and…

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Making some observations & connecting some dots

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