With shutdowns occurring worldwide due to COVID, it’s inevitable that component and product shipping will be impacted. This is a quick article to talk about the specific challenges we’ve faced at Verdi as a hardware startup ordering from AliExpress, and what we’ve learned.

At Verdi, we source many product components from AliExpress, meaning we regularly ship from China to Canada. With pandemic-induced shutdowns, however, we’ve had packages disappear off the map and get shipped back to the supplier. From what we’ve heard, we are not the only ones experiencing this problem.

So we dug deeper into the problem. We spoke…


Taipei has a distinctive flavor to it. Walking down most streets, you are surrounded on both sides by weathered, dingy concrete. The buildings may only be a few decades old, but they are already grimy from scooter and car exhaust, baked in high heat and humidity.

Tourists often point out the lively dichotomy of the Taipei scene: towering skyscrapers of glass juxtaposed against century-old Taoist temples and gaudy night markets. …


We haven’t formally announced it until now: Changenuity has officially shut down since mid-2018, after two years in the running.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of our users, partners, mentors, and team mates for believing in our product, and us. We loved building our product for you, and we are incredibly grateful to have had you in our journey.

The last iteration of our website.

What happened?

We failed. As cofounders, we were exhausted and conflicted. We disagreed on where we wanted to take our product, and how we wanted to do certain things.

It’s taken us almost a year to fully reflect…


You need a docs stack as much as a tech stack.

Most developers nowadays are lazy. Why set up React yourself when you can just use create-react-app?

The same goes for the adoption of software products and API libraries. When developers use your software or API library, they want to know exactly how to use it and what to expect from it.

For that reason, your product needs good documentation. Many people dismiss documentation as unimportant, but you may be surprised to find that it can actually improve your bottom line.

Here’s five reasons why you should invest in creating good product documentation, or hire someone to do it:

1. Developers prefer products with good documentation

Let’s say…


I originally published this blog post on July 9, 2017 on the Changenuity Medium channel. Changenuity was a startup my friends and I built to help people find jobs with a social or environmental impact.

For the past year, we’ve had the unique experience of being student entrepreneurs. It’s been a bumpy ride juggling startup work, life, and school.

Many students out there have a vision of the future they are passionate about. Oftentimes, they also have an idea for creating that future. …


Back in September 2017, I attended an entrepreneurship bootcamp run by MIT.

It was intense. For six sleepless days, we began new ventures and took them from conception to launch-readiness. We put our existing startups and projects on hold so that we could start something new without preconceptions.

It’s difficult to put into words the lessons I learned at bootcamp because, to say the least, they were profound. While it didn’t seem like it at the time, these lessons were life-altering.

I’ve penned down here the major takeaways from bootcamp. …

Arthur Chen

Agtech startup founder. Climatepunk.

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