October 2007

My friend Howard told me about this site called Shangby.com, which is a cool way to buy jewelry and silks directly from China, without leaving your PC. I tried it out on Monday and I must say, it was quite fun. I sat at my desk and watched a live video feed from Shanghai stream in. On the other side, my shopping guide Nina and the store proprietor, Monica, presented gorgeous gems, necklaces, bracelets and earrings to me while we discussed the items together. I had a chance to negotiate the prices — saving hundreds of dollars from the normal US retail. I could even ask them to zoom in to items, or try them on so I could see how it would actually look. It was like having my very own personal shopper dispatched to China so that I could avoid the jetlag and airfare 😉
You can check out the site here.

FYI – just got word that Shangby is allowing everyone to shop live tonight… A little Halloween treat.

When: Oct. 31st, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Pacific time

Where: Live “Call in, Shop Now” at www.shangby.com

Call: 866 212 0875, code 599672# anytime in that period…. you get screened like “Larry King Live” and passed into the store.

COUPON: $30 Off with coupon code “halloween”

Let me know if you buy anything. I’ll show you my stuff when it arrives in 7 days 😉

Loic is making a lot of progress on seesmic, his new video expressions site. I’ve got to add in a comment or two, but am feeling a bit web-camera shy today given I just rolled out of bed and am sitting in front of my PC with no make up and hair going every direction. Anyway, here’s a sneak peek into seesmic

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Santa Monica and was taped for CNET’s new channel, BNET, for their online video show called Dog & Pony. Check it out by clicking the image. It’s a rather irreverant show, hosted by former comedian turned techie, which takes a casual approach towards lessons-learned in business.