genius dispatch

Novelty Rules: Inside China’s Startup Culture with George Ruan

George Ruan.

My homie George Ruan is a serial entrepreneur with experience in China. Both of us are passionate about Bitcoin. China is my favorite country, and – especially with the advent of Bitcoin – the Chinese Internet intrigues me. Chinese people do everything better than us, so I am pretty sure someday the Chinese Internet will be much better than our crappy Internet. The Chinese version of Genius is going to be way better, for sure, since the entire website is a Confucian concept…

George was kind enough to sit me down and school me to the memes. He is currently the CEO of Honey, dope startup in Pasadena. Read More

Fashion Week Observed

East Meets Tech: Vivienne Tam Joins Forces With WeChat App

The designer with the iPhone 5/5S cases she gifted to attendees. (Photo: Getty)

Successful fashion/tech mashups are tough. For every chic designer iPhone case, we can point to a gimmicky USB cord bracelet nobody asked for. Still, once in a while, the two industries blend seamlessly. This post is part of a series on tech and fashion collabs that got it right this Fashion Week.

Vivienne Tam is known for mixing Chinese influences with Western style in her sweet, feminine collections, and for integrating technology into her shows. She created a laptop with Hewlett Packard in 2008 and worked with Jack Dorsey’s Square in 2011. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Oh OK, Twitter Is Testing a @MagicRecs-Like Service for News

Hi. (Photo: AlanLevenson.com)

It’s tech company CEO exposé week on the Internet! Today’s person of interest is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

Similar to @MagicRecs, Twitter’s personalized notification service is moving into news with @Eventparrot. [TechCrunch]

Peeved television networks plan to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court rulings about the legality of Aereo. [Variety]

Asian group messaging apps like WeChat are posing quite the threat to their American counterparts. [Wall Street Journal]

Disney is launching a “family-friendly” music service, in case searching Kidz Bop on Spotify is too hard. [Billboard]