Dinner at Dumpling Kitchen


The signature Shanghai soup dumplings, served at Dumpling Kitchen.

Annie, Julia and I went to the Dumpling Kitchen to enjoy their most consistently delicious soup dumplings.


Shanghai style noodles with chicken.




Beef in black bean sauce.

I’ve tried a lot of things at this restaurant, and I would say that this is probably one of their better dishes. If you go there, definitely order their beef with black bean sauce.

After Dumpling Kitchen, we made our way to Super Cue to get some boba. My personal favorite is their mango with pana cotta—it’s the perfect dessert to follow any meal. Julia claimed that Super Cue has the best tapioca pearls. ^_^

Anyway, this is an excellent combo between price and value (especially in SF).

Bunch 1.1


Bunch beta was released a month ago, and since then we’ve made a couple of tweaks based on user feedback. Thanks to all our beta users for providing us insight, and kudos to the Bunch team for making the updates. If you haven’t tried it out yet, you can download it here.

I’m incredibly proud of the app, and I love using it with Annie, Vinny and my friends. The question is whether the app is useful and appealing to other people around the world.

The biggest bit of feedback we got when interviewing users is that they didn’t know how to message. We spent time improving the first time experience, hopefully to show users how messaging can be done easily by pressing and holding. This is the #1 issue we’re hoping to address in this update.

We’ve also made it so that you can add more than 8 people. For users that initially joined and had a ton of friends message them, this was a huge pain point. I know for a fact that I was having trouble messaging people that were outside my top 8.

Anyway, I’ll share more on lessons learned soon. Until then, try the app and let me know what you think. If you don’t have anyone to message, just add me as a friend. Search for “Jeff Wong”, and we can message each other. ^_^

Squashing Bugs


We’re getting closer and closer to shipping our new app with each bug we squash. I’m really proud of this team—Joe (pictured above) stayed up all night working on fixing a really gnarly bug that’s been causing issues with our app. I’m inspired by his effort and creativity. He’s leading by example and I think it’s motivating us all.

He’s taught me to ignore negativity, persevere and keep building. I’m really inspired by Joe. I have a lot to learn from this guy.

I hope we can launch this new app and get some traction. I’d love to show the world what this team can do. We’re so close.

Interview with Scott Belsky, via Expa


Last night I attended an Expa event with Scott Belsky. He shared his story and a ton of startup lessons. Scott co-founded Behance and is now a general partner at Benchmark. He also served as a VP of products at adobe when they got acquired. Here are some memorable quotes from the evening.

“Products are like a bonsai—Sometimes you have to cut some of the most beautiful branches to make sure the trunk is healthy.”

“Process is the escriment of misalignment.”

“The easiest decision is not to make a decision.”

“As a leader you have to short circuit your reward system.”

“Acquisitions are like feeding a domesticated lion. You have to aggravate the lion by shaking the meat in front of it, until it finally gets fed up and eats it.”

“Focus on verbs and actions, versus documenting everything.”

And his favorite question to ask people who are raising money, “How do you hire people?”.


This was definitely illuminating, and the timing is so relevant. As I work on Flare, I really have to think about all these things.

Back to SF

After a week and a half back on the east coast, I’m back to SF. I had a pretty good meeting tonight with one of my buddies, Norm. He asked me a couple of hard questions—things that made me really think why I’m here. It kind of caught me off guard.

If you weren’t working on your current project, what would you be doing right now?

It’s kind of interesting that he asked me this. When I first started this project, it was something on the side. It’s definitely something that I enjoy doing, but he really wanted me to think about what I’d be working on if I wasn’t tied to any project. Would I really be working on this on my own?

He said, there are plenty of people in SF looking for projects to work on, but very few are extremely passionate about doing something that they’re genuinely moved by. I think the answer is that I definitely want to learn more about this space—it’s something that I’ve been really curious about, and I want to learn the ins and outs of early stage companies. I also want to give a stab at a consumer facing product right now. But, the reality is that I probably wouldn’t have come up with this mission on my own.

Anyway, his point was that when you have your own mission and personal passion behind something, it motivates other people. He said, that gravity inspires people, and it’s how projects get funded. I’m not sure how much of that is true, but it definitely sounds romantic and appealing.

If I read between the lines, he wanted me to think about the future. What’s the next project after this, and can it be something that can be closer to my heart? How can I think bigger and take things to the next level? Can I take Expa to the next level?

I have a couple of ideas, but I think the point was, I have to keep thinking about those things—the next side project.

Anyway, I have a lot to think about. There’s a ton to do—first step is to get this stealth project out of stealth mode. Then I can start thinking about the next big thing… even if the next thing starts off as a small side project.