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Meet the Team: Greg

LightInTheBox.com has a lot of busy staff and they’re just dying to meet you! Today we’re interviewing Greg. He’s our Creative Content Department’s resident tech geek. Greg is getting ready to leave our company, so wants to pass on some special wisdom. Let’s see what he has to say…

Hi Greg.

I know you, because I sit next to you.

You seem happy.
I’m always happy. I don’t get sad. When I get sad I still look happy so people ask me what I’m happy about and I’m like “dude, I’m upset right now. Go away.”

Where are you from?
Maryland, USA.

A lot of people in this company say you look like Barrack Obama. Care to comment?
I know someone who saw him once in a diner before he was a household name. Allegedly he was eating a hotdog with mustard on it and that’s wrong. Hawaiian pizza is wrong too, there’s a lot of things that bother me about food. Don’t get me started. Like, you can’t just say you have jerked chicken if you’re going to cut corners. You don’t come correct with your spice? I hate that. No, really – when people describe food a way and then don’t follow through and you go in there and look at the menu – and I don’t even want to start on misleading menu photos – and you’re left with I don’t know what on your plate it’s just insulting… and it sucks!

You’re known for your rants.
I like to talk. I’ve gotten in trouble around here a few times for my loud voice but that’s who I am. I’m Greg. People love me.

You can rant about anything. You’re like a terrible morning radio show host.
I don’t know about that. There’s some stuff I love to talk about.

You want me to talk about forks? Forks – OK maybe I can say a little about this…forks can be too pointy. I mean I’m not the type of guy who’s going to send a fork back in a restaurant for being too pointy, but, I’ll totally think it. If anyone’s sitting with me I might comment to them like “what’s the restaurant trying to do, kill us?”. I mean technically they’d be equipping us to kill ourselves, since they’re not sticking the way-too-pointy forks in our mouths, they’re just allowing us to do that ourselves. How sharp does a fork need to be? I’m not eating lettuce. Salad sucks. I never eat salad. If the meat is cooked properly – don’t get me started on dry meat oh my god – but it should be juicy and like, succulent. It shouldn’t need a samurai sword to pick off a plate. Seriously.

Fascinating. What do you do here?
I write tech related content for our blog and website. One of my main projects right now is LITB Labs. That’s where we review and show off our latest high-end tech and gadgets. We’ve had some cool sneak peeks lately where we’ve shown glimpses into our new tech developments. I love what’s happening with the Android tablets and smartphones. I’m a big Android fan. Some of the spy gear’s cool too but I’m into the more high-tech stuff. I read Engadget and stuff. I’m hip.

I hear you’ll be leaving us.
I’m leaving LightInTheBox now for new and exciting things, so Jack’s going to be taking over LITB Labs. I think he can do it. He seems a bit shaky. I saw a video with him presenting a tablet the other day he looked a bit strung out. I don’t think he’s been sleeping well. Someone needs to get him this Sleep-As-An-droid app. It listens to you sleeping and when you’re restless like you’re no longer in REM sleep, that’s when your alarm goes off. So you don’t get woken up when you’re in deep sleep which sucks. I hate that, especially if I was having a dream like I was flying. I love those dreams where you feel weightless and you’re flying over the city. Anyway, I’ve got that app on my awesome phone and it’s awesome and legit.

Jack is a bit of a mess…he’s slow.
I’ve been to Europe a few times. I’m a big Chelsea supporter. I even have a Chelsea desktop wallpaper with Drogba throwing money at homeless people. English people are like that sometimes, they get depressed. Not Drogba, he’s from the Ivory Coast.

Alright I’ll go easy on him. So what’s next for you?
It’s time to branch out and use my talents in the right way. I can’t be stuck behind a keyboard forever. It’s time to take on the world. Have you seen that guy Dr. Gadget? He looks like he’s having a good time and the dude is probably near retirement. Well, I think you’re looking at the next big thing.

So you’re going to become a blow-hard web personality?
Yeah but I’ll be different. I’ve got Jamaican in me, so I’ll put a cool Patois spin on it. So it’s like, I’ve got this tech I’ll be like “Whatagwarn? Rah blud! Dis ting bananas! Ya no see it? Tan’ dere I show yas. Bare features. Android Froyo innit? Buff tech! Ya too red eye! Don’t touch dis wire here, ya shock yaself. Trouble no set like rain!”

Sounds amazing. What’s the best LightInTheBox tech you’ve gotten your hands on?
I’m most interested in our Android tablets. The best tech I’ve used are our high-end tablets. The Malata Z-Pad and the SOWILL Oi Oi S7 are awesome. They’re our high-priced capacitive tablets and it shows. For mid-range tech, I recommend the Othello Tab. That’s a capacitive touchscreen you can afford. If you’re on a budget, Ouku Tab is the best 7 inch resistive touchscreen tablet.

Why did you come to China?
My Mom traveled a lot so I actually went to middle-school here. Returning as an adult felt a bit like coming home. I love Beijing and there’s a lot happening here now that makes it worth sticking around.

Imagine your airplane was shot down by monkeys, who have somehow managed to build giant catapults. You crash on their island and now you live with them. What are three things you’d want to have with you?
Laptop, Samsung Nexus S and a shipping container of Doritos.

No monkey repellant?
Monkeys are not my enemy.

Nor mine. What’s your favorite movie, TV show and band?
My favorite TV show is Archer. Favorite movie is Cabaret…or maybe rent? I love musicals and I love movies that empower homosexuals, I don’t know why. Favorite music, hmmm. I recently saw Fatboy Slim play the Great Wall of China, which was awesome. Shout outs to Yin and all my people in lock-down!

OK. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate, baby.

Decent interview Greg. I rate it a 7/10 because you really got off-track with the pointy forks.
That’s fine. Whatever.

We’ll miss you.
I’m off to get famous bro!

Greg is leaving us in pursuit of loftier things. Who can blame a man for following his dreams? Not this interviewer…no way. Check back for more insightful fun with our friendly and sometimes entertaining LITB staff.

[LITB Labs] Sneak Peek: The Ouku Star 3G, Second Generation Ouku Tab

This week on LITB Labs we’ve got a special treat for all of you. We’ve been given permission to give you an early glimpse of our highly anticipated 2nd Generation Ouku Tab, the Ouku Star 3G. All we can tell you about a release date is that it’ll be coming out in the next few weeks, and will be available in 4 different colors!

The Ouku Star 3G comes with a few added features that were missing on the original Ouku Tab. First off it’s got a Capacitive Touchscreen instead of Resistive, giving the Ouku Tab 3G unparalleled responsiveness and speed. The Ouku Star 3G will also come packed with 2 cameras, one front-facing and one rear-facing, allowing you video chat as well as take photos and video!

Unfortunately that’s all we’re allowed to tell you so far, but keep a look out for a full review of the Ouku Star 3G in the next couple weeks!

Meet the Team: Ellie

LightInTheBox.com has a lot of busy staff and they’re just dying to meet you! Today we’re interviewing Ellie. She’s a Consultant in our Human Resource Department. If you’d like to join our staff you’ll have to go through Ellie first. Hint, a deep fried Mars bar and a ticket to Westlife will go a long way. So without further adieu, let’s get to know more about her…

Aloha. That’s hello in Hawaiian.

What’s your name?
Ellie Jones.

Not, “the” Ellie Jones?
I’m not sure what you mean.

Bit of an ice breaker there. What do you do at LightInTheBox.com Ellie?
I work in the HR department

And HR stands for?
Human Resources.

Oh, not Humungus Retar…oh dear! I almost slipped.
You almost said it!

Apologies. I almost said the R-Word. We’re having a campaign to stamp that out.
It’s a worthy cause. Go to www.R-Word.org today and help.

Right where were we… So what do you do at work?
I do administrative work and recruiting of new staff. My day to day varies depending on our needs and what stage I’m at in the recruitment process.

Break it down.
In a nutshell, I’m given vacancies by the HR department. These positions vary; some are IT, some creative, etc. I take these vacancies and write and edit their job descriptions – laying out what’s required for this position and what a candidate can expect to do here. Next I’ll post the job listing on job boards and other forums across the internet and begin searching for CV’s of potential candidates. When the applications come in, I’ll sort these, create short lists of candidates based on our requirements and submit this short list for the relevant department head’s approval. Next I’ll-

Give people raises.

Give James a raise.
No, I can’t do that. What I can do is make sure the department heads are happy with the candidates and ready to interview them. Then I will arrange the interview, book the interview room and make sure the candidates know how to find us and show up on time. Should a candidate pass the first round, I’ll set up the next round of interviews and eventually have the company CEO approve the hire. Last step is to get all of the candidate’s bank and salary details and present them with a formal offer, get the papers signed, and welcome them to the company.

Snooze fest.
It’s a nice job and I enjoy doing it.

Pinch me.
Are we finished?

What’s your goal?
Tough question. I would say it’s to gain more experience and take on more responsibilities within my department. I’d like to deal with more in-house troubleshooting and eventually become the direct liason to all of the foreign staff.

Where are you from?
Surrey, England.

Smashing! What’s nice about Surrey?
Harry Potter is from Surrey.

Is that Prince Harry?

That’s hardly a royal surname. Sounds like he’s handling clay all the time. Making pots.

Not very princely work.
Surrey is green and leafy and it has many pretty villages but is only a half hour commute from exciting London.

Why did you come to China?
Well the job market wasn’t good in England and I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I moved in with my mother for a while which was swell.

Home cooking?
She’s a good cook.

Deep fried Mars bars?
We’re not Scottish! So my friend was in China working already. She wrote me and invited me here. I came out looking for work and found room in the H.R. field so here I am. Hurrah.

Imagine your airplane was shot down by monkeys, who have somehow managed to build giant catapults. You crash on their island and now you live with them. What are three things you’d want to have with you?
Planet of the Apes on DVD, bananas and an army tank.

Should’ve said monkey repellant.
I could throw the bananas at them then get in the tank.

It’d get hot in there.
You didn’t say the island was tropical.

It was implied. What’s your favorite movie, TV show and band?
My favorite TV show is Gavin and Stacey, a BBC sitcom. My favorite band is Westlife and favorite movie is The Sound of Music.

I’ve seen them live three times. Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian. Dreamboats. Brian is the fat one who left. I am cool.

Brian was married to Eric Cantona.
Kerry Katona.

Oh. That must’ve gotten confusing. Favorite ice cream flavor?

Well thanks for your time Ellie. I’ve started rating interviewees, using a complex algorithm. You get a 9/10, congratulations.
OK thanks bye.

Ellie’s run off to interview my replacement. Check back for more insightful fun with our friendly and sometimes entertaining LITB staff.

[LITB Labs] An In-Depth Look At The SOWILL OiOi Android 2.2 Tablet

This week on LITB Labs we’re extremely happy to bring you our favorite tablet so far, the SOWILL OiOi S7! This little 7-inch tablet won over our hearts in no time with it’s sleek looks and amazing performance. Looking for a new tablet? With responsiveness and power like this, there’s no need to look any further!


As per usual we’ll first take a look at the hardware on the SOWILL OiOi S7 for the in-depth review of the device. I was utterly impressed when I first took the device out of it’s box. It’s light weight yet has a pretty sturdy feel despite the back being made out of some sort of plastic. The grooved back panel feels pretty nice on your hand and helps with grip as well. The sleek screen and touch buttons located on the front remind me of the Samsung Nexus S, and it’s got the same responsiveness as one. The OiOi S7 also comes stocked with an impressing 2MP front facing camera for all your video chatting needs!


Underneath the sleek look and feel of the SOWILL OiOi S7 is some pretty great internals. It’s got a 7-inch capacitive display with 1024 x 600 pixels of resolution which allows for you to watch 720p HD videos right in the palm of your hand. The device runs on an 800MHz Freescale iMX515 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. These specs allow the OiOi S7 to multi-task smoothly. The tablet also comes with an HDMI out port that allows you display movies on any TV with an HDMI port.


The overall performance of the device is absolutely excellent, which is why we’ve labelled the SOWILL OiOi S7 a favorite! Swiping from screen to screen comes completely without lag. With a GPU built in, the OiOi S7 is capable of running any and all games that are available on the Android Market fluidly. This means that games like everyone’s favorites Angry Birds, and Fruit Ninja can be played without a hint of lag. Reading e-books was also simple and easy and the installed e-book reader ran beautifully.


The SOWILL OiOi S7 runs on the popular and widely used Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. If you want to learn more about it, we’ve already created an All You Need To Know About Android Page where you can learn about all the exciting features the Android operating system has to offer!

Wrap Up

Like we said before, the SOWILL OiOi S7 is our favorite tablet so far! Not to say that we didn’t absolutely love the Othello Tab, but there was just something about this little guy that had us wanting to keep it after our testing. It’s portable, powerful, and a beautiful looking piece of technology, and at the end of the day there wasn’t much negative we could say about it. Get your hands on a SOWILL OiOi S7 here, we have no doubts that you’ll love it as much as we did!



Meet the Team: SuSu

LightInTheBox.com has a lot of busy staff and they’re just dying to meet you! Today we’re interviewing Liu Su. She’s a Designer in our Creative Content department. She does a lot of Photoshop, concept art and cracking wise. Let’s see what old Su Su’s got in store for us today…

Hi what’s your name?
My name is Liu Su but my peeps call me Su Su.

Your peeps?
Yeah that’s right.

What do you do here at LightInTheBox.com?
I’m a designer. Inspired by good times.

So what do you design?
Stuff. I like barbecue. Climbing.

I think our translator is broken.
Are you using Google?

Yeah but, what are you talking about?
Just answering your questions. Sometimes I use slang.

Yeah I’ve noticed. I really need to learn Chinese.
Sure that would sort the dog.

Ah yeah, so describe a typical day here what do you do?
Get up to the turtle to eat, then wash your face, go out to go to work – work, dinner with friends at home. Then regular weekend movies, that sort of thing. What do you think about my answer?

Man…alright nice. Are you doing this on purpose?
Maybe. Ha ha ha!

You’re clever but you’re not waterproof.
You’ll throw water on me?

Or something…
I work with the marketing department, designing banners and promotional material. I mainly use Adobe Photoshop. I’m responsible for graphic design on various projects. I work on promotions for Facebook and custom apparel graphics for our newsletter.

That’s better. So what’s your goal?
I just want all of our work to be beautiful and to be dynamic; to change with the times. I feel that my work gives me a good creative outlet. Obviously I can’t do everything I want to do creatively but I get enough creative input to feel happy in my work. I also work closely with other designers and with other members of the creative team. Usually the design process starts when a project lead comes up with a concept, then writes the initial copy. From there, one of the copywriters, like you, will come on board and polish the copy and consider the design’s basic layout. I’ll take it from there, ensuring the design meets the specifications of the project lead and writers, while being pleasing to the eye.

Sounds good. Where are you from?
I’m from Xinxiang in Henan.

Tell us about it.
Xinxiang has beautiful scenic mountains and Taihang monkeys. It also has walnuts, hawthorn, waterfalls, a skating rink…and my wonderful childhood memories.

What’s your favorite TV show, movie and band?
If we’re talking art, I have a lot of favorites. I like to focus more on the artist themselves. Russia’s Andrei Tarkovsky. Taiwan’s Edward Yang. South Korea’s Kim Ki-duk. Japan’s Shunji Iwai. Last but not least I love Antonioni from Italy. Oh and America’s Spielberg is cool too.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
I don’t like it.

Yeah, why should I eat that? It’s junk food. I’m trying to maintain my figure.

You’re a rake!
You’re a shovel.

Touche. Describe yourself in three words.
I’m creative, diligent and funny.

Well, that’s a wrap. Su Su is probably off to photoshop the next silly cat meme. Check back for more insightful fun with our friendly and sometimes entertaining LITB staff.