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Teambuilding Sunday With Philippines E-Commerce Support Team

Extended my Manila, Philippines trip a couple more days to wait for Leon to get back from Australia, and to have a teambuilding meeting with the e-commerce support team we have been building up here in Manila for a couple years. There have been a few hiccups along the way, due to my traveling and doing too much, personal staff life changes, and also just not having the business standardized enough to scale!!!! Leon has been interested to get involved and help streamline the e-commerce business…he sees opportunity and if we can get things back on track hopefully grow and … Continue reading Teambuilding Sunday With Philippines E-Commerce Support Team

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Great times meeting Filipino Ecommerce experts at #ecom2012 DigitalFilipino

About 100 people there mostly dealing with domestic filipino internet and ecommerce businesses. Again, like the manila coworking space I saw last night, I wish I knew about these networking groups and entrepreneuer spaces back in 2010 when I was investigating doing business in the Philippines. I love networking, and learning alongside other creative, hard working people. I believe that is a key part of why Silicon Valley and other tech-spots succeed, because they have a dense population of creative, hard working entrepreneurs around them. While this is just now developing in the Philippines, I may have came to early … Continue reading Great times meeting Filipino Ecommerce experts at #ecom2012 DigitalFilipino

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Visit to Manila Philippines’s Coworking Space

Been back in the Philippines a bit over a day now, and been jammed with meetings to see the customer service agents helping the company here, as well as e-commerce logistics partner companies. Leon has been down in Manila for a month or so, and though he’s currently in training in Australia, he connected me with a new coworking space opening up Leon has asked me to get in touch and invite you to co.lab xchange this coming Thursday (Feb 23). co.lab xchange is a new coworking facility located in Pasig city and I am hosting a small casual get … Continue reading Visit to Manila Philippines’s Coworking Space

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Preparing for Philippines Trip, SEO Conference, Feb 22 – 25

Being as open I can be about my life, business, etc….I’m writing this post about my Philippines trip per my buddy Leon’s request to make plans around it. There are so many upcoming events! Next week is social media week Hong Kong and I’m going on Monday, Tuesday, maybe even Wednesday. Have Hero Meets Hero China ecommerce meetings, a China SEO conference in Xiamen March 30-31.. I use twitter, foursquare, etc but need to find a way to talk about FUTURE events. I have a google calendar publicly showing on http://mikesblog.com/calendar but I’m having trouble separating my personal evens from … Continue reading Preparing for Philippines Trip, SEO Conference, Feb 22 – 25

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Latest on the Philippines Drama…

As a followup to the post opening up about staff problem in the Philippines where it was rumored a staff, the scholar, was hiding her pregnancy from us….and she has been missing a few weeks now, and while there aren’t any comments on the post, I received a lot of private feedback from business associates, other staff, friends, and mentors. Since they didn’t publicly post their views, I will place it here to give various Against Keeping Her Keep personal and business separate – you are not a non-profit, you’re a business, and your business goal is to make money. … Continue reading Latest on the Philippines Drama…

Making the Best From a Lose-Lose Situation.

Been holding back on this blog post, but seems now is the time to really “let it out” and tell everyone this one burning issue I’ve had the past couple weeks, as I felt the world falling down on top of me….my customer service trusted

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Mixing Together Chinese + Filipino Staff, Cultural Differences Highlighted

Today had lunch at Marie’s house, saw her baby Carlos, met her auntie Malou (he first time to China, normally I meet her in Manila!) and also had Amy join us (Amy is my Chinese assistant). So it would be a time to see Carlos again, now at day 9, before seeing her at “day 0″ and day 1 of Carlos’s life….he is to be celebrated…and no, he is not my baby, I am happy to be the “uncle” by far! Crazy “uncle Mike”. During lunch I brought up differences between Chinese work ethic and computer skills to Filipinos…. Auntie … Continue reading Mixing Together Chinese + Filipino Staff, Cultural Differences Highlighted

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Single Moms In The Philippines

As I bounce around Philippines, Hong Kong, and China, I so constantly run into single Filipino mothers working to support their children and family. I think its the biggest problem in the Philippines, and its a deep rooted problem that I wonder if I am even qualified enough to blog about…I will try my best to explain my perspective. During my last two weeks back, being a social guy, I strike up conversations all over the place….and many of them are single Filipino mothers. I am so curious how this happens, and I am getting more and more bold to … Continue reading Single Moms In The Philippines

The Aftermath After Vacation While Running Your Own Business

Really did my best to de-stress…but the emails and “wired” self that I am I couldn’t help but try to reply to urgent emails and monitor emails as they flowed in. Being an open, social media, blogger dude, I would openly tell people I’m trying to take a vacation. Most of the time people would understand…but I have a feeling some maybe newer relationships got upset when I kept on pushing back replies to contract reviews, conference calls, and emails that require more then a couple sentences to reply. But I’m a human being. I try to openly delegate, directly … Continue reading The Aftermath After Vacation While Running Your Own Business

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Tropical MBA – Spent a Couple Days at the First One!

Attending this tropicalmba event was a big reason for my trip down to the Philippines (I have been meaning to get down here for months), to find + network with like-minded internet entrepreneurs. The event is the first of its kind, to be a month long networking / community / sharing session for internet entrepreneurs to get together, learn and have fun. Maybe a mobile co-working community. Just keep seeing this trend (or am at least surrounded by it) people being more virtual, more mobile…more flexible workspaces. This is a bit extreme, to live in a different city in another … Continue reading Tropical MBA – Spent a Couple Days at the First One!

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Outlining My Philippines Schedule, Mix of Business + Pleasure

Spent most of this Sunday, FATHER’S DAY (miss you dad….), traveling between Hong Kong to Manila. Hour delay on the plane (not so bad) and had my “Philippines family” to greet me at the airport (technically Marie’s family, but heck, I love em!) Her aunt Malou and brother Roc Roc (in the photos) as well as another friend I just met. They had taken a series of MRT (train), jeepneys, and buses to get to me, and we took the same route back. But before leaving the airport, we had a big lunch of pizza and “chick and chips” at … Continue reading Outlining My Philippines Schedule, Mix of Business + Pleasure

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On the Road Again, Heading Back to the Philippines

Sure, I have been traveling a lot between Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Dongguan a lot the past six months, but I don’t really consider it traveling…as my friend Marshall put it, its basically commuting! I just can’t seem to stop working and traveling on the road,constant traveling since maybe March last year. Its addicting, and once you create a work environment where location isn’t as important, so long as you have internet (unrestricted, open internet preferred…) and electricity you can get the majority of your work done. Its been since January that I’ve been to the Philippines, and there is … Continue reading On the Road Again, Heading Back to the Philippines

Focusing + Organizing Upcoming Week: Shenzhen, Dongguan, Hong Kong, Philippines

Maybe its insanity to say this, but bouncing around these places is getting to be normal life for me. I did take a break last week and “stay in Hong Kong” for 7 solid days straight. The chaos is being tamed….or I’m just getting used to it. I’m taking the weekend in Shenzhen now, been trying to cut down meetings (thanks Leon and others), and just learning to better say “NO”, even though I may dissappoint people or miss out on some opportunities. But then so be it. Here is the upcoming week: Sunday – here in Shenzhen, working on … Continue reading Focusing + Organizing Upcoming Week: Shenzhen, Dongguan, Hong Kong, Philippines

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Couchsurfer Visitor in Hong Kong from Cebu Philippines

I have been sometimes questioning if its worth taking time for these meetups, they do take time when some friends say I could be sitting behind computer working. But then things like meeting old friends in new places come up, using social media to exponentially grow trust and relationships all around the globe. So this week, my friend Dann Diez from Cebu, Philippines who I met in person at a cebu meetup crashed at my place in Hong Kong. He has been talking to me about his trip to Hong Kong for a few months, almost a bit pushy to … Continue reading Couchsurfer Visitor in Hong Kong from Cebu Philippines

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Life Is Too Short, Creating A Scholarship Fund in Philippines

Not sure what crazy mood I’m in, but I’m sitting here thinking….I may die tomorrow….and what gets the most joy out of my life. Its changing lives. I enjoy seeing someone learn and be able to create opportunity for themselves. While most of 2011 I have been in South China and Hong Kong, I do miss my experiences in the Philippines….and feel the people there just need a better chance, or hope. Maybe its also on the comments I’ve been receiving on my blog post Leaving Philippines You wonder people are so frustrated. But one of my favorite workers, Darlene, … Continue reading Life Is Too Short, Creating A Scholarship Fund in Philippines