Articles by: Yung Wu

How will the global economy recover from COVID-19?

How will the global economy recover from COVID-19?

The past six months have had a catastrophic impact on the global economy and recovery will require serious collaboration between private and public sectors. It’s hard to believe, but even though many countries have been shut down for months, we are still in the COVID-19 response phase. However, I do believe the innovation economy –– where we’ve seen so much […]

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Remembering …

Remembering …

On this long weekend, I am remembering both my father, Chi-Houn and my mother, Shuyin. We lost them both within 3 months of each other, and I miss them terribly. My father and mother were amongst the finest science and engineering minds ever produced by Taiwan. My father, Chi-Houn (“John”) was gifted with a photographic memory and an incredible intellect as […]

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Mission From MaRS: Taking Climate Action

Mission From MaRS: Taking Climate Action

As I post this video from my speech 6 months ago on Feb 7, 2020 at the Canadian Club, it is hard to remember that there was a time before the COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent black swan economic catastrophe and the global reckonlng on anti-black and systemic racism that has swept our organizations and our communities.  But in re-watching this speech, […]

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OpEd: America, you’re making a big mistake on immigration. And Canada thanks you | Fortune Magazine

OpEd: America, you’re making a big mistake on immigration. And Canada thanks you | Fortune Magazine

Yung Wu OpEd Fortune Magazine June 29, 2020 5:00 PM EDT Strictly speaking, America, we Canadians should be quietly thanking you for your self-destructive immigration policies. They benefit Canada immensely. But friends tell you when you make a mistake. And you’re making a giant one by hardening your borders and your hearts to talented newcomers. Last week, President Trump issued a sweeping […]

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OpEd: A lesson from Canada: Startups can lead the economic recovery | VentureBeat

OpEd: A lesson from Canada: Startups can lead the economic recovery | VentureBeat

Yung Wu OpEd VentureBeat Big Tech has generally done well in this pandemic. Zoom, Slack, Netflix, Amazon – these are the COVID economy’s big winners. But the experience for startup tech companies, on the other hand, has been altogether different. Venture capital is drying up. Silicon Valley companies have laid off thousands of workers in a reckoning The New York […]

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Anti-Black and Systemic racism – the need for change

Anti-Black and Systemic racism – the need for change

For weeks, we’ve been grappling with a pandemic — one of the greatest health challenges humanity has ever faced. Now we are being pulled into historic political challenges, too. Many people in our community are grappling with racism, inequality and a lack of diversity and inclusion. It’s vitally important that we raise these issues with our kids, our friends and […]

by × June 3, 2020 × 0 comments
My Manifesto for Canadian Innovation …

My Manifesto for Canadian Innovation …

I had the pleasure of being invited by my friend Razor Suleman, to speak on the main stage of the Sony Centre during the Elevate Tech Festival, about our window of opportunity to leverage our innovation economy to chalk up wins for Canada on the global stage.  It’s something that I am passionate about, and it is the reason why […]

by × January 20, 2020 × 0 comments
Vintage illustration of an 'electronic car of tomorrow' driving on a city highway, with electronic display and guidance, 1950s. Screen print. (Illustration by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)

OpEd: Cities must plan ahead for innovation without leaving people behind | TechCrunch

Transparency, data privacy and collaboration are critical to urban innovation Yung Wu OpEd (TechCrunch)  8:30 pm EDT•July 21, 2019 From Toronto to Tokyo, the challenges faced by cities today are often remarkably similar: climate change, rising housing costs, traffic, economic polarization, unemployment. To tackle these problems, new technology companies and industries have been sprouting and scaling up with innovative digital solutions […]

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OpEd: Talent will determine the world’s next tech investment hubs | VentureBeat

OpEd: Talent will determine the world’s next tech investment hubs | VentureBeat

Image Credit: Shutterstock Yung Wu OpEd VentureBeat August 29 2018 For years, Silicon Valley wasn’t the main place many venture capitalists looked for deals — it was the only place. But the Bay Area is beginning to lose its once vice-like grip on talented workers, and its startup investment market is looking dangerously overheated. Now VCs are lifting their gaze from California and […]

by × August 29, 2018 × 0 comments
NFQ !!

NFQ !!

I founded my first company over two decades ago, on a couple of credit cards and a dream (at the time, we referred to it as a “wing and a prayer” … now we prefer to remember it as a “vision for global leadership” *lol*). After 2 economic cycles, 3 major rounds of financing, 3 business model changes, and 2 “perfect storms”, I have reached the conclusion that “success” and “failure” are

by × November 9, 2015 × 5 comments