App of the year: Health codeWho’d have thought the app of apps, the one that defines 2020 in China would be web-based? Now in most Chinese cities, QR code-scan checkpoints are at the entrances of just about everywhere you go. There’s no getting through an ordinary day in China without...

This is an installment in a special series, Startup Year One, interviewing startup founders about the major lessons they learned in the immediate aftermath of their businesses’ first year of operation.To paraphrase an old adage, some people live to eat, and others eat to live.In the case...

By Jerry Cheuk   VAGO is a great product for anyone who travels frequently but wants to use a small suitcase. This light and portable air compressor can save you luggage space or space anywhere in your home.   I personally think that air compressors...

As a Star Wars fan, I had a great time watching The Mandalorian recently. It struck me that there are some lessons that we can pick from the series, especially for all of us in the startup ecosystem. (Disclaimer: I consider myself a noob. I have just enjoyed the movies but have not read any...

When the pandemic slammed the travel industry earlier this year, Jeff Cavins didn’t know if his startup was going to make it. Cavins is the chief executive officer of Outdoorsy, a Texas-based RV marketplace. In March and April, as Americans scrapped their travel plans en masse, Outdoorsy’s...

Chinese beverage chain Luckin Coffee has named Guo Jinyi, a co-founder and the company’s acting chief executive officer as its new chairman and CEO, replacing founder and former chairman Charles Lu.Why it matters: The power struggle in the topmost ranks of the embattled Chinese coffee chain...

For nearly eight years, much of my work has involved documenting the many evolutions of the French capital, as it transforms from a change-phobic city to a European powerhouse with global ambitions. Although representations of Paris have started to transcend stereotypes and deeply embedded...

Samsung’s newest appliance on the U.S. market seems tailor-made for pandemic life—that is if you still have the need to regularly clean your workwear.Behold the AirDresser, a self-service cleaning mechanism designed for the home closet—cleaning and drying clothes, while eliminating odors...

China’s biggest automaker SAIC Motor is hammering out a deal for a potential takeover of Car Inc, the Hong Kong-listed car rental company which had shared a chairman with scandal-ridden Luckin Coffee.Why it matters: If the deal proceeds, Luckin founder Charles Lu and his family will receive...

The Big Island attracts vacationers to its Kona coast with snorkeling and sunshine, and the rainy windward side tantalizes with the lush Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, waterfalls, and the famed Hilo farmers’ market. But in the high hills between the coasts, the island’s best food town...