Eden Chen

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Thoughts On My Daughter’s Upcoming Surgery

Before having my daughter Talitha, my biggest fear was having a child with special needs. When Carolyn and I took foster certification classes and the leader of the class asked if anyone was interested in fostering special needs children, I tried not to make eye contact. I still remember the moment when our ultrasound tech […]

February Mon, 2019

Compromise

A few months ago, a journalist was ordered to be killed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. I’ll spare you the gruesome details as they’ll make you sick to your stomach but after a period of international outrage, there have been largely no real consequences. ”I don’t see any issues — quite the opposite […]

January Sun, 2019

My Issues with the Kondo Method

Marie Kondo’s book and new series about tidying up have taken the world by storm and in so doing there have been both detractors and supporters. Anything that finds popularity at scale will inevitably receive both support and criticism. I spoke to the social media influencer Ninja at a party last week about ignoring criticism […]

January Wed, 2019

Humans Are Irrational

We are all irrational. This is backed by decades and decades of research that shows the extent of our irrationality. I’d like to highlight three sources, and then talk through some takeaways. First, I recently read Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking Fast and Slow which talks about there being two systems of behavior […]

January Mon, 2019

Hypocritical Parents and Our Love for Cute Things

What does it say about our society when people are willing to wait 20 minutes in a drive thru line when there’s no line in the actual restaurant. We increasingly refuse to engage or connect with others when we’re able to stay in the confines of our cars… or our phones, games, computer screens etc. […]

January Sun, 2019

Firsts

The amount of change and progression in a baby is so rapid. Every day, we look for changes in Talitha. One day her skin will be a hot mess and the next day it’ll clear up. The day after her first surgery, her wound had completely healed. She’ll do at least one new thing every […]

December Sat, 2018

Reflections on 2018 and Resolutions for 2019: “Two-Facedness”

Reflections on 2018 and Resolutions for 2019: “Two-Facedness” As 2019 approaches and the markets finally start collapsing (after 10 years of prosperity), the word that sticks in my mind is growth. All of us want to grow but very few of us are willing to change. Though I’ve hit many of my goals professionally, without […]

December Tue, 2018

Our Post Birth Story & Prayers for Talitha

Our Post Birth Story & Prayers for Talitha Carolyn and I have been in the NICU for the last week and our life has pretty much revolved around visiting the NICU and breast pumping. I’m finally coming up for air for a second so I can write down some of our thoughts, update our friends, and […]

September Sat, 2018

Our Baby Announcement

Our Baby Announcement Instead of a traditional baby announcement, I decided to write my thoughts over the last week out. Apologize for the length but as you’ll see, its been therapeutic for me to write during this time. Day 0 Carolyn and I went in today for our 13 week ultrasound appointment, relieved that finally […]

April Wed, 2018

Reflections on 2017 (and other random rants)

Reflections on 2017 (and other random rants) A Lesson from the Sequoia 2017 was the year that Hugh Hefner met his demise, dare I say that death comes to us all. The irony of his Playboy empire was that it represented freedom and individualism and yet oppression and exploitation. Sexual freedom enslaved so many men to sexual […]

December Sat, 2017