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Staying Focused and Motivated – Sharing Some of My Recent Habits & Strategies

I have really been enjoying my productivity and energy in 2015, I have gotten so much more done in the past few months than I have in a year in the past. Last year, 2014, was a transition year as I was actively working towards getting to this level, and I still have a lot more improving to do still. Today I will share a bit about the process. Practice the Morning Miracle I’ve been listening to Pat Flynn’s podcast Smart Passive Income, and the episode with Hal Elrod about his Morning Miracle formula has been my favorite for sure. … Continue reading Staying Focused and Motivated – Sharing Some of My Recent Habits & Strategies

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Get A Job in China: Work With Us in Our Tech Startup

Excited to announce that we have a budget to accept applications for a new product manager position at the app portfolio company where I’m a partner – Gigabud Limited. This will be role where someone will get the chance to work with a lot of technology in a cross-border international team here in Shenzhen, China. I need help with managing our product specifications and coordinating between our technology and business departments for the continued development of Social Agent as part of this app portfolio company. Why Join Us? Why Not! We, Gigabud Limited, are a medium sized company with a … Continue reading Get A Job in China: Work With Us in Our Tech Startup

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Experiences Making a USA/China Cross Border Kickstarter Campaign – FCS03

This post originally was published on Forbes China in Chinese. I am publishing here the English version I made (and then had translated to Chinese) for those English readers and listeners interested. Thanks for tuning in – 3rd show here sharing about entrepreneurs in China, focused in the Southern region of Guangdong. Today’s show is talking about a new Kickstarter project and a company I have seen working hard for years to build up to this launch. I’m happy to be able to interview them on the show, it is a very diverse team of Chinese and Americans who worked … Continue reading Experiences Making a USA/China Cross Border Kickstarter Campaign – FCS03

Shenzhen Startup Community Launches “Startup Salad”

My startup friends have been asking me a lot of questions about events happening, and I wrote up today’s post to answer that. I’ve been involved with the startup community here since its early days, back in 2009 I attended a first “startup event” I would consider, called “Punch Party” hosted by Guang Yao in Kingdee. That meeting I met a whole group of amazing Chinese entrepreneurs and business people and lead to me organizing e-commerce events later that year in 2009 and 2010 which turned into Shenzhen’s first coworking space and many more entrepreneur pitch events. Those events turned … Continue reading Shenzhen Startup Community Launches “Startup Salad”

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Reliving My Old Childhood as I Raise My Kid

Writing this up on a Sunday morning, trying to write every morning and on Sundays I want to keep it a bit lighter – as I’m normally writing about business and I don’t want to get so dry. This is also “raw” and unedited on the blog here. Being a new father has been quite the journey – really way cooler than I expected, and one of the biggest benefits is I get to re-live my childhood memories though Miles (my son). Reading Different Dr Suess Books Each Morning My parents and sister mailed us a ton of different Dr … Continue reading Reliving My Old Childhood as I Raise My Kid

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Lean Hardware in China with Cyril Ebersweiler from Haxlr8r – FCS02

This show was originally posted on Forbes China (in Chinese) and I will share it to the English audience here after it is published in Chinese Forbes, my full column can be viewed here – http://www.forbeschina.com/column/michelini. Thanks everyone for tuning in to another Forbes China Entrepreneur show, this is our second episode and we are focusing here on the Southern region of China. Today on the show is Cyril Ebersweiler, who I have known for many years in China doing various accelerator programs where I also went through his Chinaccelerator program batch # 3 for my startup Social Agent Limited. … Continue reading Lean Hardware in China with Cyril Ebersweiler from Haxlr8r – FCS02

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Launched a Wechat Official Page

As we are “de-thawing” from the long Chinese New Year, I have been busy setting up an official Wechat account for the blog and podcast. For those not familiar, Wechat is a chat app (and more) that has taken over the Chinese internet and mobile phone by storm. Funded by the massive Chinese internet company Tencent, it seems like an unstoppable force in China, and even out side of China it is getting traction. I recently had a podcast with Brent Deverman about leveraging Wechat for business if you want to check that out for more inside information on how … Continue reading Launched a Wechat Official Page

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Happy Chinese New Year – Year of the Sheep (or Goat)

Just a quick “Happy Chinese New Year” from me and the family here in Shenzhen. Stayed local and just got work, sleep, and family time in. Last week was the official holiday week, and there are a couple more days with the “government official holiday” ending on the 24th – but most people still won’t be back in the office until March. It is always a bit, strange, feeling as a Westerner in China during the New Year. And it was a late Chinese New Year compared to the Solar New Year (Jan 1) with almost 2 months in between. … Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year – Year of the Sheep (or Goat)

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Book Review: Zombie Loyalists -> I’ve Been Bitten!

Just finished reading the new book by Peter Shankman, “Zombie Loyalists”. I’m so excited I devoured the book as soon as it was released a couple weeks ago, and just finished it over the weekend. I listened to Peter speak as keynote at a DCBKK in 2013 (Dynamite Circle mastermind conference and he really moved me at that speech, discussing how “There is Serious Business in Being Nice” (I have some highlights on a blog post from my DCBKK experience. I guess that is when he “bit me” and I became one of his Zombie Loyalists. I am always excited … Continue reading Book Review: Zombie Loyalists -> I’ve Been Bitten!

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Guest Speaker at a Tencent Chinese New Year Party

While many of us in the Western world are well into the new year of 2015, in China we are still finishing up the end of this lunar calendar year and Chinese New Year will be at the end of February. So just like company parties for Christmas and New Years, companies in China have their celebrations at the end of the year and prepare for the new year. I was able to be invited as a guest to a Tencent party, third party app developers and innovation, last Saturday Jan, 24, 2015 to share on my experience with startups … Continue reading Guest Speaker at a Tencent Chinese New Year Party

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Learning From Dave McClure at “Wake Up with Dave in Hong Kong”

I’m on a writing stink this morning so I may as well keep it up – Earlier in January I attended the Wake Up with Dave McClure in Hong Kong event hosted by StartupsHK and I’m so glad I did. Those not familiar with him, he founded the accelerator and startup fund 500 startups Even though it takes me about 2 hours each way to get there for a three hour morning event, I got tons of value. I was writing notes like crazy in my Evernote app while listening to Dave spill his brains on the audience, man what … Continue reading Learning From Dave McClure at “Wake Up with Dave in Hong Kong”

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Featured on NJBiz Magazine For My Love of The Speed Working in China

I’m really excited to share that I was featured in a recent article in NJBiz magazine December edition (web link here) for my love of working in China. Have been getting a bunch of people, both those I knew already and those who learned about me for the first time after they read this magazine. It is widely distributed in the NJ/NY region. I got a nice email from my New Jersey accountant Joe Rosenberg as he read it and was happy to see that I am doing well in China. He helped me a lot during the good (and … Continue reading Featured on NJBiz Magazine For My Love of The Speed Working in China

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Had a lot of fun being interviewed on Limitless Laowai Podcast!

I’ve been hosting a podcast for over a year now, but have not had the chance to be on a podcast interview since JP had me on China Business Cast in late 2013, and on Terry Lin’s Build My Online Store episode 3. So this was a fun time to get on the other side of the microphone and get interviewed on the Limitless Laowai podcast, listen to my interview in episode 45 about my experience doing a tech startup in China and “riding the social media wave” as she titled it. What’s A Laowai? True, I think some of … Continue reading Had a lot of fun being interviewed on Limitless Laowai Podcast!

2014 Year in Review

I have really been slowing down on my blog here, have been putting the Hong Kong and China business posts on Global From Asia blog and podcast and also deep into my work at Social Agent which is now Unchained Apps. But I will still be posting on the blog here more for a personal journal and reflection point of view, and not marketing it as much but leaving it public for those who care to read. The year 2014 was another great year. Here are some highlights. Wedding – Well technically was married legally in China in October 2013, … Continue reading 2014 Year in Review

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Speaking At PostMortem Hong Kong on Failure Experiences: “Zombie”

Recap of the PostMortem Hong Kong event we had today Nov 22, 2014. Borrowed the bio’s from the Post Mortem website and then I write up a recap of each of the sessions and what I learned. Martin Kessler, Phonejoy Martin was extremely open with his session, getting everyone a bit emotional. Discussing how he should have researched his investor more, bargained more. He has been through a lot with his startup as it got what I interpret as a hostile management takeover. Also seemed the market was too small to support the whole team. Main takeaway is to research … Continue reading Speaking At PostMortem Hong Kong on Failure Experiences: “Zombie”