We’ve been holding out for things to get back to normal. Just a few more months, maybe a year, max.

Just another booster. Anything to get us closer to the finish line.

Freedom? I miss it, and I’m willing to sacrifice it now for the promise of it later.

But what if this is it? What if it doesn’t get any better than this again?

Closer to my sons, closer to my wife. Too close? Time to get comfortable, it’s going to be a long ride. No more distractions, none that don’t matter at least. Does work matter? Are there…


My unique opinions on my unique Asian American experience

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The term “model minority” was coined during the 1960s, by sociologist William Petersen, to describe the Asian American experience — a group of people that, despite being discriminated against, pushed hard to assimilate, and found success. In many ways, the term has been used as proof that the American Dream is real. The problem with this narrative is that it implies that the racial discrimination faced by Asians is somehow less severe. …


Having a nuanced approach and opinion on outsourcing can help you scale a bootstrapped startup

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Jason Calacanis is an incredibly successful Silicon Valley investor who has backed a number of startups, ranging from Uber to Robinhood. One thing his followers appreciate about him is his nuanced vision on hot-button topics, and having a granular attention to detail when discussing things ranging from NFTs and SPACs to remote work culture and HR. When it comes to startups, he’s given a lot of advice through his numerous channels, including some great perspectives on outsourcing.

There’s a difference between outsourcing to a company that builds apps, vs building a remote developer team. If you hire four developers in…


A man trained in the art of waiting and building a strong chip lead

We are exceptionally lucky to live during a time when the world’s smartest people can share their knowledge openly and honestly. These people put themselves out there as mentors, and I consider Chamath one of the greatest mentors on Youtube.

Last week he recently appeared on my Youtube feed. I had no idea who the man was, but the video was titled “Chamath Palihapitiya: Early days of Facebook, working for a 19 year old Zuckerberg”.

I found it fascinating. Not because it was ripe with business ideas and key insights that could help my startup. What stuck with me was…


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Seattle, WA (March 15, 2021) — Engaging.co, a technology company that empowers brands to create category-defining companies, is looking to hire a Marketing / Brand Designer to work remotely, preferably in Seattle, Los Angeles, or Toronto. The job is exciting, because you can work on game-changing products and brands, and collaborate with some amazing professionals in marketing, design, and technology.

“We’re looking for someone who can take initiative and think strategically to bring new ideas to life. We’re looking for someone who can work comfortably with both digital and print mediums, and who is inspired turn unique ideas into real brands people love. We’re looking for someone who can help us extend the brand in the digital and print world by creating compelling experiences that resonate with our audiences.”

The Marketing / Brand Designer will collaborate in the senior leadership of the company and will bring big creative ideas to life. …


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Seattle, WA (February 15, 2021) — Engaging.co, a technology company that empowers brands to create category-defining companies, is looking to hire a Digital Campaign Manager to work remotely, preferably in Seattle, Los Angeles, or Toronto. The job is rewarding, because you can work on game-changing products and brands, and collaborate and learn with some amazing professionals in marketing, design, and technology.

“We’re looking for a full-stack marketer, who has experience in planning, executing, and measuring the results of digital marketing campaigns. The ability to take ownership over the entire lifecycle of digital marketing efforts from ideation to campaign metrics is essential. We’re looking for someone who is not only comfortable with metrics and analytics, but a true creative doer, who is not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get into the details to help us make our campaigns as successful as possible.”

The Digital Campaign Manager will manage the digital marketing efforts for multiple brands, including planning and tracking performance of campaigns, optimizing digital campaigns, analyzing data, and measuring campaign performance.

The ideal candidate should have a strong background of digital…


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Seattle, WA (February 15, 2021) — Engaging.co, a technology company that empowers brands to create category-defining companies, is looking to hire a Digital Graphic Designer to work remotely, preferably in Seattle, Los Angeles, or Toronto. The job is exciting, because you can work on game-changing products and brands, and collaborate with some amazing professionals in marketing, design, and technology.

“We’re looking for an individual who is passionate about creating visual imagery and visual storytelling, to support the marketing and branding campaigns of our brands. The ability to create beautiful and compelling digital content that is on brand is essential. …


Photo by HalGatewood.com on Unsplash

Seattle, WA (February 15, 2021) — Engaging.co, a technology company that empowers brands to create category-defining companies, is looking to hire a Digital Graphic Designer to work remotely, preferably in Seattle, Los Angeles, or Toronto. The job is exciting, because you can work on game-changing products and brands, and collaborate with some amazing professionals in marketing, design, and technology.

“We’re looking for an individual who is passionate about creating visual imagery and visual storytelling, to support the marketing and branding campaigns of our brands. The ability to create beautiful and compelling digital content that is on brand is essential. …


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Seattle, WA (February 15, 2021) — Engaging.co, the world’s first platform to allow entrepreneurs to make custom-built brands that make a difference, announced today the closed-beta of its new platform for clients to create category-defining brands with its proprietary technology.

The new platform allows companies to make the brands they have always wanted. “We are excited to share our new platform with the world, but want to test with a closed community first, to ensure the system is flawless.” said Cal Chan, CEO of Engaging.co. “We have spent years developing this platform. It’s the best platform on the market for…


But it also supplied me with the focus and clarity to win 2021

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. — Bruce Lee

I remember distinctly how 2020 began for me.

I messaged a few friends, letting them know that “2020 would be the year of vision.” I knew it wasn’t clever, but I believed it. I spent the first several months of the year living that fantasy, absorbing myself in the near, brighter future I’d help shape. I mapped out my business plans, high on more than my own supply. I was going to find success, and through that success, change the world.

Fast forward to end of 2020…

Cal Chan

Father of two sons and four brands.

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