An In-depth Review on My 1-Month Passive Random Investing Results

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I have been collecting data and drafting the article since the beginning of the year. My plan was to publish it today - the last trading day of January 2021, to share my results. Who would think, after all these turbulent events (Capitol Hill Riot, Platforms banning Trump and Biden Inauguration), the WallStreetBets mob squeezing hedge funds created the greatest disruption of all, which shifted the market condition.

However, I did not sell. I held with my diamond hands. The numbers changed quite a bit comparing with last week, but I got the conclusion I wanted. Please read on.

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What I Learned From Writing on Medium

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2020 was the first year I spent quality time on Medium. Writing has been not only a record of my thoughts and ideas but also an exploration to complete them.

When an idea is born, it is natural and spontaneous and fades away easily. So I take note of every possible writing idea immediately when they appear. The process of fleshing out an idea is probably the most laborious part. But when I hit the Publish button, the joy with that click pays off the effort.

I would like to take a moment to summarize the performance of my Medium…


A Year of Principles and Finance

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In early 2020, my son asked me, “Mommy, do you know what the biggest place is?” While I was questioning the eligibility of the question, he told me, “It is a library because it has everything.” His words are simply inspiring.

I learned a ton from my experiences and mistakes before 2020. I regularly poured my learnings on Medium. My readers’ support confirmed the value (Thank you!). The bad part was that I kept running and never had a chance to slow down, heal, reflect, and learn from others. …


Take A Breath. This Will Work.

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Comic by Elijah Manor — “Technical Interview”

Now you have practiced hundreds of coding questions on HackerRank and LeetCode for weeks. When the interviewer finally reveals the coding problem, you are still feeling nervous. For a split second, you almost get lost and don’t know where to start. Suddenly you notice the 45-minute clock has been ticking, so your mind goes blank again.

I have been there, and I know that feeling.

Throughout my career, I have interviewed hundreds of software engineer candidates, when working for big tech companies and also hiring for my own company Roxy. I have found that stellar interview candidates have something in…


How to Use Funnel Analysis to Optimize Performance of Your Medium Stories

You may have wondered why some Medium writers’ stories consistently have great performance: frequently showing on the home page and having thousands of claps. I have been writing on Medium for a few years. Until recently, I started to apply what I learned from sales and marketing to understand the journey of Medium readers, and I have seen significant improvements in my recent stories. Last month, I broke my record for monthly earnings on Medium. For the last few days, my record for daily member reading time was broken every single day.

In this article, I will show you an…


I hope these stories could help you, too

As the destination seems important, oftentimes, it turns out it was the journey. My journey to reach financial independence has not been linear. Besides the monetary wealth, all the mistakes I made along become a great wealth of mine, to realize and understand why and how.

When I was in school …

“BMW is classy!”

After I moved to the United States for graduate school, I bought myself a quite nice BMW. I had always liked the look of a BMW 5-Series — classy and elegant. However, it cost me — a student with no income yet — $9,000. I remember my parents’ pause and sigh…


My son is 8 years old, and he is now an investor in an Enterprise Software-as-A-Service (SaaS) company.

Throughout my childhood, school never taught me about what money really was and how to grow wealth. The culture I grew up with avoided talking about money and despised capitalism, even though money is such an important part of day-to-day decisions. Anything associated with money sounded bad, greedy, not intellectual.

In the US, people with a $500,000 annual income can be slaves to their lifestyles. I hope my son can be not only independent and self-motivated, but also have freedom — you…


A Founder’s Stories and Perspectives

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As you land on this article, I’m guessing you are looking for answers for your startup. I was in your place a few years ago. Recently I have received some emails from founders asking about my experiences with startup accelerators. Now I’m expanding my answers into this essay and hoping my experience could help somebody.

Let me start with my story with accelerators. My first startup Roxy applied for multiple accelerators, got offers from 3 accelerators, and eventually enrolled 2 accelerator programs at the same time.

Y Combinator (YC) is a world-famous early staging startup accelerator. We did apply for…


The Missing Essay

When I was in elementary school, the very first topic that my teacher asked us to write about was our parents. It was easy for me to write about my mother because of her selfless care for the whole family, but not so easy about my father. He was a businessman back then. I didn’t respect his career until I started my own business. What I have been through keeps reminding me what he told me when I was little. I did not get it and hated to listen then. This month is my father’s birth month. …


And Why Some Hardware Startups Still Succeed

You’ve got a hardware business idea? In “a world that is eaten by software”, tinkering with hardware looks different, fancy and advanced, for two reasons: (1) hardware requires a whole different set of skills, (2) the United States has a massive shortage of skilled electrical engineers due to manufacturing moving to offshore.

Once Roxy was in an incubator, an advisor warned us to stay away from hardware but did not specifically explain why. Now, I get why he said what he said and understand the reasons.

When you are turning a hardware idea into a business, the cost structure is…

Grace Huang

Co-founder and CTO of Roxy. Ex-Amazon. Entrepreneur. Software Architect. Exotic plant collector. Skateboarding enthusiast.

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