Howdy! I am a student at Stanford University, majoring in Computer Science with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction. Everything at Stanford blows my mind. I'm eternally grateful that I get to spend 4 years with the world's most brilliant undergrads.
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I've managed to make 8 web apps in the past 5 years, mostly to scratch my own itch. Some accidentally got popular.
- iTunes Instant lets you search for songs, movies, TV shows, and apps very quickly. It is my most popular and profitable app, with more than 400,000 users and low 5-figure profit. Mashable, Fast Company, The Atlantic, TUAW, Gizmodo loved it.
- NeedNumbers is a tool that auto-imports contacts from those "New Phone/Need Numbers!!!" groups into your phone. What used to take 30 minutes can now be done in 30 seconds. It must have saved this TechCrunch writer some valuable time.
- SocialBusinessCard converts your social media profiles (Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn) into business card designs. It's targeted at college students who don't have business cards. See how I created the app in 8 hours in this timelapse video.
- Artsy Editor is a premium WordPress blog post editor. The product, which has been profitable since day 1, has benefited 200 bloggers be more productive. The Next Web was a big fan. WordPress added its own distraction-free editor a year later.
- TwtRoulette helps you find interesting folks to follow on Twitter by looking at other home timelines. Forbes, TechCrunch, Huffington Post, PCMag, Business Insider, and Ashton Kutcher liked it.
- OhBoard is basically a whiteboard in your Chrome browser. Among the first Chrome extensions ever built, OhBoard has helped over 100 designers, developers, marketers jot down ideas and create wireframes.
- ACPark was the product born from Alameda County Hackathon 2012, in which I got 2nd place. If you live in the county, this is where you find dog parks, swimming pools, and hiking paths.
- OneExtraLap was my first crack at creating a web app. I poured 9 months of after-school efforts into this social quizzing website. Despite the lack of users and revenue, I still consider it a success!
I believe a successful product is one that not only solves a difficult problem but also is easy to use. Whenever I see a person struggling with something, I instinctively think about how software can solve the problem.
I've also had the privilege to work with some amazing clients, ranging from a Fortune 500 company to a mom-and-pop shop.
- Warner Music - I automated the data analysis process for the company's marketing department, saving analysts a lot of time.
- Alameda County - I developed an employee shuttle tracking and route planning application, used by 9000 county workers.
- eBroadcast Australia - I created the TV and movie guide for Australia's biggest media discovery platform.
- App of the Day - I made a version of App Store instant search for App of the Day, a popular iOS app recommendation website.
- Pat Flynn - I wrote WordPress plugins for Pat's massively successful online business. I really admire Pat's honesty and integrity.
- Lanvie Apparel - I designed and developed a full-featured warehouse management system for a local business.
Originally born in Kaiping, China, I had the good fortune to come to the US in 2008. Although I didn't speak any English upon arrival, I became fluent in 2 years with the help of patient teachers and supportive family and my own hard work. For that, I am thankful.
I love watching TED talks for bursts of inspiration, and ended up giving a TEDx talk about young entrepreneurship myself in 2014.
I've done some interviews in the past: Web.AppStorm, Double Your Freelancing Rate, A New Take, Doers, SideProject Book, IdeaMensch, The Startup Project, Raising CEO Kids, Sawyer Speaks.
I am a big sports fan. Here's a subset of what I follow: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, EPL, UEFA, F1, ATP, PGA, TdF.
My interests include mathemagics (fancy way of saying rapid mental math), photography, geocaching, cycling, and pool/snooker.
Because so many people have helped me get to where I am today, I want to do the same to you. If you have questions about programming, entrepreneurship, app design/development, college admission, studying in the US, email me!
Here's what I look like, in case you're curious:
Photo: Andrew Lu. Made with love & inspiration from sunny Bay Area, in Vim. © 1995 - 1995.