Update on Post-MBA Life

A quick update of where I am and where I am going

I have graduated from UCLA Anderson’s MBA program in June. Originally I was going to move back to Shanghai, China and start my own fashion/web business. But then, as life would want me to, I got offered a job in San Francisco to work for a solar energy startup. It sounds like a cool opportunity and I think I’m going to learn a lot from it while using my MBA knowledge/skills. So, I’m leaving LA and heading to SF soon, luckily I’m still in Cali, and I’ll be paid!!

What happens to entrepreneurship then? Good news is I’m not giving up. Although I’m changing my plan a bit, I’m still sticking to making great fashion items, with great styles.

一转眼毕业都一个多月了, 同学们也都个分东西, 开始新的生活. 而我, 还在尴尬的转变期, 旧公寓已经退掉, 新家还未确定, 只好暂住在朋友家.

这一个月的安静让我难以适应… 过了两年热热闹闹, 忙忙碌碌的日子, 突然闲下来却不知如何是好. 即将在旧金山开始新的工作前, 还是抓紧时间做点自己一直想做的吧.

虽然短期内不会回国了, DOPE TEE的计划还是不甘心放弃的. 原先的商业模式可能没办法马上实现, 加上最近国内一些乱七八糟的事件把整个web产业也搞的很难做. 但是不管怎么样, 衣服还是要卖的, 牌子还是要做的.

有时候自己也觉得奇怪为什么如此专情于制作产品 (making products), 非要做一个出产有形的产品的startup. 回想到小时候父母在一个小小的公寓帮人家做衣服的时候, 我就觉得我可能早就注定也会走上这条路. 制作产品的过程, 从设计, 面料, 到生产的过程, 细节绝对是王道. 而明眼的人, 也一眼可以看出产品中花费的努力多少. 用心做产品, 就是我对DOPE的理想. 牌子(branding), 社会影响 (social impact) 都是会自然反射在产品中的.

这两天开始用@dopetee发表一些东西. twitter将会是DOPE一个重要的marketing工具. 而且DOPE的目的也不仅限与服装品牌而已, 更重要的是发扬Creative Culture, 而这是我认为对中国未来最重要的事情. 请大家follow DOPE未来的发展.

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