From Shanghai to Silicon Valley: 3 Tips for Turning Lack of Resources into Strength

From Shanghai to Silicon Valley: 3 Tips for Turning Lack of Resources into Strength

Alibaba.com, which pairs non-Chinese companies with Chinese suppliers, rode its IPO to a $26-billion valuation. Its founder, Jack Ma, explains his secret for success: There were three reasons why we survived. We had no money, we had no technology, and we had no plan. Every dollar, we used very carefully. Read that one again. Excuses …

How to Piggyback and Recycle Credit Card Points

How to Piggyback and Recycle Credit Card Points

Freedom or folly? (Photo codestr) I almost never use cash for travel or electronics. How? There are two simple methods for leveraging credit card point systems to cover both business and personal expenses: piggybacking and recycling. The former is strategic expensing, whereas the latter is arbitraging cash (or equivalents) and credit (or equivalents) to mass …

12 Filtering Tips for Better Information in Half the Time: RSS, Del.icio.us and StumbleUpon

OK, I need to clear something up… Despite how orgasmic it makes Gawker feel, their ace of spades insult from my recent NY Times piece is a partial misquote: “Mr. Ferriss says he gets most of his news by asking waiters.” The NYT article was very well done, but the truth is that I get …

New Year, New You: How to Travel the World with (or without) Kids in 2008

New Year, New You: How to Travel the World with (or without) Kids in 2008

From cold weather land to never-never-land. (Photo: hschmid) Incredible world travel isn’t limited to 20-something singles. Dan Clements knows this, but his take on travel is well worth reading for singles as well. Moving from structure to no structure, issues of timing and career, and more — these are the same issues solo travelers and …