LA, home for entertainment, what about UI design?

An Example of Bad UI
An example of Bad UI

It was summer 2004 when I moved to LA for college.
Since then I have been attending some meetups regarding application development(LAMP, RoR, etc), UX(User eXpereince), Funding events, pretty much anything to do with internet and business.

LA has been called home for many entertainment companies and some tech companies such as PriceGrabber, MySpace and Shopzilla.
There are more tech companies being founded in a rapid pace with help of events like Twiistup and Dealmaker Media.
But in my opinion, LA isn’t the best place for startup. The primary reason being not enough funding for tech startups.

Despite the fact that there isn’t enough funding for tech startups, I want to bring out one possible reason. Lack of good UX architect/designer.
I am a firm beliver of good UI/UX. Consumers are getting smarter (or spoiled?) by good UI everyday. For example, people are choosing iPhone apps by looking at UI. There are 1572991029 RSS feed application on Apple iTunes App Store and only handful good looking apps are making decent to great money.

Maybe I didn’t do my research, but the only decent sized UX consulting firm in LA is HUGE and I do not know any great UX architect for web application personally(If you happen to know one, please let me know).
I think this has some or greater impact on LA tech scene. LA needs great UI/UX designers/architects to support startups. Most startups can not afford UX consulting firm. We need more individuals! This will lead to better applications which leads to more adoptions from users.

Do you agree with my point? or not? I want to hear from you. Drop me a line.

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O2O?

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There was an interesting article about O2O(Online 2 Offline) commerce.

I agree that this is a big opportunity and furthermore I think it is a next generation in terms of people adopting the web.
In the early ages of internet people has been adopting it as the totally disconnected from the real world. In result, many offline stores created webpages, e-commerce stores to build web presence. I am not saying that it is a bad thing, I am just trying to explain the missing piece, from Online to Offline.

Businesses like groupon and opentable are pioneeting O2O commerce with companies like yelp and foursquare.

I personally think there are a lot more can be done. What is next in O2O in your opinion?

What is mongoDB?

The latest project that I am working on uses mongoDB as the database. mongoDB is a document-oriented database which is quiet different compare to relational database such as SQL. It stores full document(BSON format which is very similar to JSON) and you will be able to query by sending key-value bases BSON object. For example,

db.products.find({})

returns every document in products collection. but you will be able to send query like.

db.products.find({'kind' : 'apparel'})

This query looks for ‘kind’ attribute and return document where ‘kind’ attribute is ‘apparel’.

Hello world!

Hello everyone,

I have been trying to make my personal blog for awhile and finally succeed.

I will be posting various tops in technology especially in software development, entrepreneurship, and startups.

Hope you enjoy.