The delivery decacorn and pride of Hong Kong startups raises $1.5 billion and quietly moves into the US. Can they compete?

Let’s face it: in recent years, a good chunk of technological innovation has been about getting other people to do things for us while we sit at home on the couch. DoorDash makes food appear on our front porch, Amazon handles the toilet paper, and Zoom engineers make sure we never have to see our co-workers in person again.

For those as excited about this trend as I am, I have more good news for you: Lalamove is here.

The startup, which Americans have almost certainly never heard of, is the Uber of local couriers. The platform connects freelance drivers…

An easy way to save money and find happiness

A few months ago I was in the market for a briefcase bag. I did some research and more or less settled on what worked for me: a modest, sub-$200 bag that met all of my needs and had good reviews. …

Behind cost and convenience, some Taiwanese history

I recently finished my summer internship at AppWorks in Taipei and loved every minute of it. I met some genuinely good people, formed what I hope will be lifelong friendships, and learned an incredible amount from the best, who were always willing to teach. To everyone I met this summer who is reading this, please know you will always have a special place in my heart and I do hope we will meet again. …






I recently finished a book called The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (of Andreessen Horowitz). It’s a good book that gives you a small taste of what’s like to build and run a startup, and how hard it really is. You don’t need to be a founder to take something away from the book but I think founders would still benefit the most from reading it. For me it also informed my thinking on how to evaluate a founder.

I have never been a founder myself so couldn’t fully personally relate to many of the things mentioned…

The job market looks promising — if you’re a robot

Tomorrow is the second group of the U.S. Democratic presidential primary debates and you can bet I’ll be sneakily watching it from my desk in the morning (Taipei time). Not because I am interested in seeing who will lose to Donald Trump (trust me on this, I’m from Ohio), but because of this man:

That’s Andrew Yang, the Taiwanese-American who will be standing on the debate stage next to establishment front-runners like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. The one-time lawyer out of Columbia Law School founded Venture for America, a fellowship program which takes top college graduates and sends them…

In Taiwan, Uber hasn’t been able to make themselves indispensable enough to get by local regulators

I’ve just finished the first week of my summer internship at AppWorks in Taipei and I’m loving it so far! Living in Taipei has been just as I imagined and I’m really going to enjoy it before going back to New York in the fall.

One of the biggest lifestyle differences I’ve noticed between being in New York City and Taipei is: I’ve found myself using traditional taxis in Taipei, yet I can’t think of a single time I’ve hailed a cab in New York, instead opting for ride-hailing services like Uber or Via. …

David Wu

Associate at AppWorks, Greater Southeast Asia’s leading accelerator and VC.

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