Who’s more committed? The Chicken or the Pig?

A Chicken and Pig are making breakfast together. The Chicken lays eggs and makes fried eggs. The pig cuts its belly and makes bacon.

The question is, who’s more committed to making breakfast?

Some might say that the Chicken is more committed because it’s contributing its future generation. Others might say that the pig is more committed because it’s contributing its own body. On other hand, a chicken can always lay more eggs. The pig also has a pretty big belly. …


My TEDxHanRiver 2011 talk on “Failing to Succeed”


“No man is an island, entire of itself”

Like all living things, companies thrive and prosper when they’re part of a diverse ecosystem that provides the right infrastructure for sustained growth and development.

Internet and software ecosystems are interesting because they are usually formed around the initial success of a single company that emerges from a highly competitive environment. If this company can nurture and grow this initial ecosystem, they enjoy a significant competitive advantage that eventually leads to market domination.

For example, Microsoft became a monopoly due to their success with the Windows software ecosystem. Google is effectively a…


The recent fire sale of Helio by SK Telecom to Virgin Mobile for $39M has made me reflect on Korean technology companies in the United States.

Korea is one of the most advanced countries when it comes to technology, but on the international stage, most Korean technology companies are still struggling to expand beyond hardware. Everyone knows Samsung and their prowess in hardware manufacturing but there are no successful global Korean software/technology services companies.

The irony is that within Korea, software and technology services companies like SK Telecom, NHN, and NCSoft are actually very innovative companies that dominate the local…


Here’s my 3 minute interview on Fox Business Network regarding Askpedia and the cease and desist from IAC.


The best business books have a profound yet easy to understand insight based on a simple observation. The Innovator’s Dilemma is one of those books. It is also one of the best examples of why there is always hope for startups in the technology space, even when competing against market leading companies.

Clayton Christensen makes the observation that even when market leading companies do everything right, they eventually lose their leadership position due to some unforeseen and disruptive product, technology, or business model. It’s a form of corporate Darwinism where every company has its demise encoded into its DNA. Companies…


One of the great things about living in Silicon Valley is the plethora of events featuring some of the most influential people and top thinkers in technology. If you have the time and interest, you can always find events that feature some famous (and usually successful) person willing to share their experiences and thoughts. You also have numerous peer networking events where people get together to discuss ideas and opinions in a collaborative environment. There really isn’t any other place like Silicon Valley, despite the attempt of many cities and governments to re-create the Silicon Valley environment and culture.

The…


It seems that every time you go to a talk held by a luminary in Silicon Valley, one question keeps coming up again and again. Everybody wants to know what the luminary thinks is the next big thing. After all, if they’re important enough to be speaking in front of a large audience, they must have some valuable insight into where we should be investing our energy, time, and money. Everyone has a different answer (nanotech, personalized medicine, Wi-Fi, PC/TV convergence, etc.) but one interesting response was what Paul Saffo discussed during his talk at a SDForum event. …


For some reason, Hollywood goes through these periods where major studios race each other to get the same type of movies made on the concept du jour. In 1998, it was insects and asteroids. There was “A Bug’s Life” and “Antz“, as well as “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact“. It’s either a sign of borg like thinking from Hollywood executives or a sign of incestuous Hollywood relationships.

You also see the same phenomena in Silicon Valley. During the boom, you saw many companies going after the “new new” thing with little to differentiate one company from the next. You’re starting to…

Yong Su Kim

Former Entrepreneur, now Googler

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