Why It’s Important to Have Real Male Friends

Originally published on MYSA.  “You should be manager of the hockey team,” a sophomore from down the hall advised. “We need one - it’s a really chill group of guys.” “OK?” I agreed, hesitantly. Agreeing to manage the men’s club hockey team was the start of a college-long commitment - not just to seasonally spending … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Have Real Male Friends

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Home Is Where The Heart Is, So Where Is Your Heart?

As originally published on MYSA.   Growing up in suburban Connecticut, nature constantly embraced me, whether that be with beautifully landscaped neighborhood lawns, winding trails to meander in my town’s park, or a microadventure getaway up North with my family. Now as a young professional, I find myself confined to cityscapes. Without surrounding natural beauty, … Continue reading Home Is Where The Heart Is, So Where Is Your Heart?

Behind the Brand: Meet Baja East’s Dynamic Duo

As originally published on MYSA. It’s hard to get two people to agree on a single vision, which is why co-founder conflict is a main cause of startup failure. For Baja East, their East Coast v. West Coast backgrounds did not result in a West Side Story ending, but instead the creation of the rapidly … Continue reading Behind the Brand: Meet Baja East’s Dynamic Duo

5 Reasons to Wear an Unsexy Halloween Costume

As originally posted on MYSA. Halloween is often a time to unleash that sexy kitten normally hidden under the comforting layers of fall. The sexy Halloween costume has its effect, but here are some definite pluses to the unsexy costume... My journey into the unsexy started my freshman year of college. Finding a particularly fine … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Wear an Unsexy Halloween Costume

The Taxi Standoff: Since January this year, in an effort to gain users for their e-payments services, Alibaba and Tencent have entered heavy competition in the new market for taxi app services

Published in FOCUS magazine in May 2014. Visitors and residents, expats and locals alike know the heartache of attempting to hail taxis in Chinese cities, while drivers are choking on higher fuel costs and suffocating traffic. Taxi apps are designed to take the agony out of basic transportation. But, as the competition becomes cutthroat, new issues … Continue reading The Taxi Standoff: Since January this year, in an effort to gain users for their e-payments services, Alibaba and Tencent have entered heavy competition in the new market for taxi app services

Domestic firm Xiaomi is looking to rival global giant Apple in the technology market

Published in FOCUS magazine. Designer, developer, and retailer of smartphones, apps and consumer electronics, Xiaomi ranked third in Fast Company’s 2014 list of ‘Most Innovative Companies’ – the only Chinese organisation to make the cut. Now the largest smartphone maker on the Mainland and nicknamed the ‘Apple of China’, Xiaomi could be a game changer. … Continue reading Domestic firm Xiaomi is looking to rival global giant Apple in the technology market

FEET FIRST: Discarded weekly by millions of farmers in the UK, chicken feet and pig trotters could be worth millions if exported to China

Published in FOCUS magazine in March 2014. China is one of the top ten biggest food and drink markets for the UK – and its growing fast. In the first half of 2013, exports from the UK to China grew 126 per cent, reaching £102 million. In December, British meat producers accompanied David Cameron as part … Continue reading FEET FIRST: Discarded weekly by millions of farmers in the UK, chicken feet and pig trotters could be worth millions if exported to China