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Paul Ark
Works at Microsoft
Attended University of California, Berkeley
Lives in Shanghai, China
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Hello! 

I'm Paul, living in Shanghai and Bangkok. I got my undergraduate business degree at Berkeley and my MBA at Kellogg (Northwestern University).

I spent a few years opening upscale Thai department stores in China, then a few more years opening Apple's retail flagship stores across Asia. Just finished a consulting engagement with Microsoft about bringing their retail stores to China and Hong Kong. I'm interested in learning more about the luxury and fashion side of retail, and more of the management and operations side of the business.

Prior to working in retail, I spent 8 years as an investment banker in Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.
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A throughly fun read! Anyone wanna treat me to a SG$23,000 flight for my upcoming birthday?
The world’s best airline experience, from Singapore to New York.
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“You should never start a startup just for doing so. There are much easier ways to get rich … the specific passion should come first and the startup, second.”

Absolutely spot on
Stanford is offering a class in startups taught by some of the most successful tech founders in the valley. Here are some gems from the opening lecture.
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Brilliant way to drive your business into the ground
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I'm taking immense pleasure in the anguish of narcissistic attention-whores
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ok, NOW you may panic
Ebola is threatening much of the world’s chocolate supply. Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of cacao, the raw ingredient in M&M’s, Butterfingers and Snickers Bars, has shut down its borders with Liberia and Guinea, putting a major crimp on the workforce needed to pick the beans that end up in chocolate bars and other...
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At one of the U.S.’s busiest Starbucks, there are background checks. And no names on cups.
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Instagram has ushered in a golden age for the drug trade. You read that correctly: Thousands of accounts -- perhaps many more -- are currently selling marijuana, prescription pills, ecstasy, and ot...
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Posing as superheroes and cartoon characters, street performers in Times Square — many of them immigrants — try to eke out a living from tips.
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I open retail stores and invest in early-stage start-ups
Employment
  • Microsoft
    Retail Real Estate, 2013 - present
    I open Microsoft retail stores in Asia
  • AngelVest
    Accredited Angel Investor, 2013 - present
    I invest in start-ups
  • Apple Inc.
    Retail Real Estate & Development - Asia, 2008 - 2012
    I open Apple retail stores in Asia
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Shanghai, China
Previously
Beijing, China - Hong Kong - Bangkok, Thailand - Singapore - Tustin, CA - Huntington Beach, CA - Los Angeles, CA - Berkeley, CA - Cupertino, CA - Evanston, IL - Jersey City, NJ - Hackettstown, NJ - New York, NY - London, England
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Education
  • University of California, Berkeley
    BS, Business Administration, 1988 - 1992
  • Northwestern University
    MBA, 1997 - 1999
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