Thursday, August 28, 2014

How To Build A Million Dollar Business

A lot of people are familiar with the dangers and risks of starting a business.
What if people don’t use your product? What if Google enters your market? What about those gruesome failure stats?

Shitty, right?

If your goal is financial success, it seems, starting a business might not be the best way to go.

But what if it could be?

(Read more on Crewlab.net)

Monday, August 18, 2014

[Response] Best places for bootstrappers to live?

(I originally posted this in response to a discussion thread on the bootstrapped.fm boards)

In February, I moved out to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to take part in the movement of location independent entrepreneurs out here.

It's been absolutely incredible, one of the best experiences of my life.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"How long until you see results from blogging?"

Don’t worry about traffic at the outset. In fact, don’t even bother fretting over waterfall graphs for a while. Focus on creating valuable content consistently, and if you’ve done your homework and have a clear understanding of your audience, trust that they’ll find you.
http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/does-blogging-work-ht

Monday, August 11, 2014

"Sorry? We all results crocodile..."

This weekend, my friend and I ordered lunch at one of our frequent cafe's here in Ho Chi Minh City. 

The waiter wanted to tell us they were out of chicken...



Classic Vietnam :)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Little Alan Plays Piano

Like any good Asian-American boy, I took piano lessons when I was a kid. 

Earlier this week, my old piano teacher (Hi Mrs. Cook!) sent my family a video of me from 1996, when I was 8 years old. 

Check this shredding out:

Monday, July 28, 2014

An Update to VanToai.com (Version 3.0)

I redesigned VanToai.com last week. This is the third layout for VanToai.com since the domain was registered in 2010.

I originally bought VanToai.com in January 2010, because I was going to be graduating from UMD in a few months, and I wanted to transition from using my .edu email address to Alan@VanToai.com.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A nibble on my nipple.

Talking with two of my buddies here in Saigon over lunch just now, I remembered a random funny story that happened to me when I tried surfing for the first time in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

It was the last day of an awesome 1-week winter-term study abroad program I did with a bunch of my friends from UMD our Sophomore year, back in 2008

The American Cultures Scholars crew in Puerto Rico - 2008

I'd always wanted to try surfing, and went out for a 3-4 hour lesson before our flight back to DC that evening. 

I remember standing in the water up to my chest, next to my board across from the cute Puerto Rican girl that was giving me some instructions on how to paddle or something. 

Out of the blue, I felt something clamp down hard on my right nipple and looked down just in time to see a fish speeding away, and a light trail of blood emerging from the fish bite. 

The cute instructor, laughing, told me she'd been surfing there for over 10 years and had never seen anything like it. 

And that was the first time I ever tried surfing.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Track of the Day: Above & Beyond - Indonesia

I've been listening to a lot of Above & Beyond lately.

They've been broadcasting a weekly podcast for over 3 years now, and have over 300 of them out there, so it solves the problem having consistency in sound/taste while having a variety of actual songs.

A&B tend to be trancey and more blissful/ethereal (usually, they can go deeper and heavier too), which is what I like to listen to when working.

This track was on one of their more recent podcasts and I can't get enough of it. Dark and beautiful: