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Blog It Forward – Sean Yang

Thanks a bunch to Laure Cetin for blogging it forward to me so I can feed some ego and talk all about myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

About Me

I joined SCN team as an intern early this year. That was also when I was first introduced to SCN. Since joining in I’ve been working closely with Laure Cetin and Audrey Stevenson on the recently launched gamification project on SCN. Hope you like it! My internship may end within the year, but I believe I will become a community member for a much longer time for the great people and content here.

I go by Sean in any English speaking environment, while the name on my passport is Yuebin. Yes, I’m Chinese, and for those who can display Chinese characters on your computer, it’s ็Žฅ็Žข. Super rare characters you won’t find another soul on the planet with that name and even Chinese people have hard times reading it.

Fun Fact

I picked my English name because I have this T-shirt from Sean John I wore every time I played basketball. People started to recognize me by the clothes and I just followed their will. I have had it for 9 years and still wear it from time to time although the neckline is all wrinkled.



I’m now in Palo Alto/Mountain View, CA, USA. But the place I call home is the one shown in the picture. I was born and raised in Shanghai. I almost never left that place for the first 23 years of my life until last summer I jumped on 3-stop flight and came to the U.S. The picture shows the skyline of the city. I was kind of tired of the view, but it’s the view that comes to the top of my mind when I think of my hometown. I guess landmarks are landmarks for a reason… The place is modern, busy, crowded, and still pretty different from big cities here such as San Francisco. I lived in an apartment on the 18th floor, just to give an idea…


I also sometimes say I’m from Indiana. I’m taking a graduate program in Indiana University Bloomington. So it’s kind of my first home in U.S., and first home by myself! I luckily missed the coldness but enjoyed the great view of snow in the town during the last winter. Small town, great basketball team. Go Hoosiers!

If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?

My avatar answers the question for me. Well, a lot of respect to Bruce Wayne as well.

Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life

Have my own business

Live in Japan

Play basketball when I’m 50

Play video games (or any kind of high tech games by then) when I’m 60

Be a great cook/nutritionist

What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?

Gamification. No sweet-talking. I have to say I’m pretty new in the work force and haven’t been in nearly as many project as most of you do, so this project I’m on right now is kind of an easy winner. But I still believe the agility, devotion as well as result we had in the project were impressive. I learned so much from this open-minded and self-driven team.

Name the person who affected you most in your career/way of thinking and why

It’s hard the name THE person, since I kind of feel I’m affected more by environment than a particular person. If I have to name one, it would be Prof. Randy Pausch from Carnegie Mellon University. I didn’t have the fortune to be a student of his, but thanks to modern technology, his last lecture was the most inspiring speech I’ve listened to in the last several years. And I believe it affected a couple of big decisions at the critical stage of my life.

If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?

I would be a programmer and a freelancer. So I can work and travel the world at the same time. To me travelling should be really living a local life for a while than just going to tourist sites.

If you were given by your work a full day every week to do whatever you feel like, what would it be?

Learning technology and making my own product

Blogging it forward:

I didn’t get consent from these two gentlemen. I hope they don’t mind:

Oliver Kohl – surprised to see the architect of the site doesn’t have one.

Jens Glander – I want to thank Jens again for being extremely helpful in the developer center. But maybe you want pay more attention to gamification. Your work worth more badges than you have;)

and my questions to them would be:

– If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?

– What do you imagine or predict is the future of your topic? (Mobile, Cloud etc., be creative be daring, be entertaining)

– What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?

– If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?

Remember the rules of the game:

– Follow the Blog It Forward Chain in order to be updated when the people you blog it forward to post the links to their “Blog It Forward” blogs.

– Read Moshe’s blog again to make sure you follow the rules in your own blog:

  • Provide an introduction to yourself
  • Provide a fun fact about your country or yourself
  • Add a cool picture of yourself or your homeland/town
  • Answer specific questions that were “Blog It Forward” to you
  • Answer 3-4 optional questions from the bank of questions provided below. Or choose to answer questions you make-up on your own.
  • Create 1-2 personalized  questions you would like to blog forward
  • List at least 2  people who you are blogging it forward to. Share why you choose them. Link to their SCN profile by typing @  and then their name (e.g @HisName).Be sure to get their approval and verify that they haven’t joined BIF yet.
  • Ask the community to follow the Blog It Forward Chain in order to be updated when the people you “Blog It Forward” to post the links to their “Blog It Forward” blogs.

If you want to blog it forward but haven’t been “invited” yet, request to join the table.

Btw, xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct) I think the request table is not readable.

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  • Sean/Yuebin,

    Awesome BIF, nice to meet you via BIF.  Thank you for sharing your story and pictures.

    I appreciate all of your positive reinforcement of gamification and all of your help to me behind the scenes with the SCN gamification project. 

    Best of luck to you in the future…looking forward to Oliver’s BIF too.  Great choice.



  • we are different Sean, you were a kind of  tired of  the Pudong  Skyline, and when I came back from Shanghai I realized that 90 % of all my photos had just  this skyline ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Great to read your BIF Sean and even better having you this past year as part of the team ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing a bit of your life…I live on the 5th floor, can’t imagine living on the 18th!


  • Hi Sean/Yuebin,

    Nice to know you (albeit via BIF ๐Ÿ˜‰ )!

    Play video games (or any kind of high tech games by then) when I’m 60

    Ohh yes, that’s the spirit ๐Ÿ˜ณ So you’re a PS3/PC/XBox gamer? (the order is not random, btw).



    • I prefer PC games for more competition and cooperation provided by more open network (and lower cost!) and portable device like PSP/GBA. OMG, saying these names makes me feel behind of the time already…Should get a 3DS soon.XD

  • Hi Sean,

    Good Day! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you so much for sharing about you and your experience. It was very interesting and different to read you BIF. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing exceptional blog. Keep rocking and sharing new innovation and ideas. I love to read your blogs and happy to comment it.

    Have a Wonderful day!


    Hari Suseelan