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. …


在便宜和便利的背后,還有一些台灣的歷史

我上個禮拜結束了我在台北的暑期實習。這個夏天我過得很開心,心得也滿滿的。我認識了很多很棒的人,也與一些人結下了長久的友誼,並且從很多優秀的同事身上學到了不少東西。我想對在這期間認識的所有朋友們說,我永遠忘不了你們,后會有期!但在回美國繼續讀MBA之前,我必須搞懂一件一直讓我很好奇的事情:台灣為甚麼有這麼多機車?

在台北市的機車

我還記得去年夏天第一次來台北,我從台北車站出來的時候第一印象就是到處都是機車。無數機車的轟鳴在發達國家其實很特別,到處可見的機車一般會在發展中國家比較常見,比如東南亞。

我搜了一下數據,原來台灣是世界上機車密度最高的國家。台灣人均GDP跟其他機車密度高的國家的差別一目了然:


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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