Typing this on the road in Beijing Airport – and I am not regretting carrying all this stuff. I use them almost daily – minus some of the wires / USBs – but they do help a lot I posted this photo on my social media a couple weeks ago and got a ton of feedback and Will Lee suggest I make a blog post about it – so here goes a breakdown of the electronic (geek) stuff I carry. Mac Air – (not in the photo). But love it for video and audio work. Also love it … Continue reading Cross Border Blogger Lifestyle – Why I have 3 Phones & All This Other Gear!
Download the presentation in pdf here I’m excited to speak this coming Saturday at the Hong Kong Mensa group about turning your ideas to life. It will be a fun topic and I am sharing the info below for those interested to attend to check it out! Free Group: Mensapreneurship [ Entrepreneurship Workshop with Michael Michelini ] Entrepreneurship is no longer just a business term; it’s a way of life. You don’t need to be an entrepreneur to be entrepreneurial! How many times have heard someone says to you, “That’s a great idea, you should take the initiative and make … Continue reading Turning ideas to life, speaking at Mensa Hong Kong on Saturday July 19
Typing out this blog in the passenger side of our van on this very road trip – and I was asked by some people what workflows and systems I use to keep up with work while on this 1 month road trip – I think its better to break it down by app. Have passed about 7,000 miles on this trip now, and will reach 10,000 when we finish mid next week, and I have for the most part kept up with my “bare essential” workflow. I didn’t put in apps like gmail,chrome browser, – as I assume they are … Continue reading 10 Apps I Use on my Roadtrip Travels to Work Anywhere!
Exciting time in USA! I’m typing this Monday morning (Cali time) in a San Francisco hotel. Attila, reading my news of coming to USA, met me in LA to spend the trip w/ me together all the way from LA to Seattle. I was supposed to fly from LA to Seattle this Wednesday – but Attila has a car and wants to make a roadtrip up the west coast! – so awesome right! So I have had a few people in San Fran I’ve been talking to here, and Attila wants to see what its all about, so we left … Continue reading Arriving in San Francisco – Quick 2 days to maximize!
Seriously, I don’t even bother trying to think I’ll sleep on these 14 hour flights. I am so excited and my mind is going a mile a minute. And I’ll be jet lagged anyway. So I use the flight to do a “brain dump” (thanks for that keyword Dustin!), cleaning up my notebook, writing blogs, reading books I’ve been meaning to get to. Airplanes are the ultimate offices! Passengers around me are amazed how I build an office in my seat, it makes good small talk too. Going through my notebook I found a page from an inspiring phone call … Continue reading Airplane Rides Are Motivational Sessions
The longer I do business the more I realize I just have to accept that I will travel always, and instead of being like the majority of people here – I will have to learn how to work on the road. I am typing this today on my bluetooth keyboard, in the middle seat of a high speed train from shenzhen to guangzhou. I have setup FTP login, replied to a bunch of emails (still hundreds unread…sigh…), registered some new domains for new project (blog coming soon….), and am now typing up this blog. As I have said I love … Continue reading blogging on the road again, business traveler, travel blogger
Allrecipes has arrived to China! I have been talking to Dennis from all recipes for a few months now, about coming to China and learning the market more. They do have allrecipes.cn domain, but have not yet invested in opening a company or an office in China, currently have one Chinese staff residing in America, Joyce, working on the content, moderation, and promotion of the Chinese site. This is their first trip to China as a company, and they’re very curious and open minded on how to further develop and grow partnerships here. I have been working with startups and … Continue reading Connecting Major USA All Recipes to a Chinese Ecommerce Startup
Really excited to post today….earlier this week Startup Tuesday went along smoothly even without me stressing out and pushing people!! I was in hong kong airport picking up Doug to visit china for the first time and couldnt be at the meeting….Rachel and Henry and Bruce stepped up to hold things down while I was away. Feel so happy and relieved that it can continue without me having to be there. In the past when I would travel to USA for a month or so…the meetings seemed to have stopped….and to me that means its not sustainable. I want the … Continue reading Startup tuesday going well…even with me away on the road!
Truly amazing…typing this full blog post from my new android bluetooth keyboard on my way between offices. My latest battlegear: Samsung galaxy note mobile phone – bought a couple weeks ago for 5,300hkd (about $700usd) with a 1 year contract at china mobile hong kong (monthly phone bill is 68 hk dollars a month for unlimited Edge data planin hong kong plus 1,000 minutes per month inside hk) Rapoo android bluetooth keyboard – 280 chinese reminbi, or about 40 us dollars. Just got this todau in hua qiang bei electronics market, shenzhen Two backup batteries – 50 rmb each for … Continue reading Mobile phone revolution is here, my newest equipment
I am so freaking excited! Last week almost destroyed me…physically, emotionally….and on some nights financially…but I made some new connections, lost maybe one or two (can’t keep everyone happy) and have made some solid moves to ensure this year is a rock solid one! I normally would writeup a separate post for each of these…but so exhausted last week I just cannot keep up, so better 1 blog post of all of it rather than NONE! In order of events: Hong Kong trip “1” Talk with Nick & Tim from the elevator life – 2 awesome Americans in Guangzhou China … Continue reading Monumental Week Last Week…Sunday night Recap
Coming back to America always is a reflecting point for me, meeting my friends and family, seeing where they are in their life, their goals, dreams ….and of course they always ask me “what is it you do, exactly”? And I have been lectured to, as a friend, to get a focus… some read this blog (Ken!), and they do not see what I am really doing to…telling me to focus and MAKE MONEY… and see me losing focus and direction. But I will be honest, a lot of business developments and revalations have happened in just over a week … Continue reading USA is making me focus, and realize –> I belong in Asia, feeling…guilty
Again blogging on my mac air from a bus in hong kong….I guess it is pretty amazing I can type as I have a screaming cantonese women yelling in the phone behind me, crying baby in front of me, and a fat old guy with his setback pushed back up against this laptop screen….but ***** testing your limits is key…and if I want to do international business, travel globally, and meet new people and cultures, I just gotta deal with this environment So I’ve left Shenzhen…after rushing around like a madman to get last minute meetings and sharing information about … Continue reading in Hong Kong, Last Minute Scramble for USA Trip Plans
Typing this sunday afternoon, waiting for the bus from dongguan to shenzhen….what a long and perspective-building weekend! Started on Friday night, rushing to catch last bus to da lang district of dongguan from Longgan district of Shenzhen. Been getting better at traveling in China alone, but when I’m in these massive bus terminal networks it gets overwhelming. Luckily I figured it out at 7:15pm and got the last 7:30pm bus to dalang station. My friend, David Zhang, from geekcook was making sure I was ok with regular phone calls and text messages along my travels. After about an hour bus … Continue reading Chinese Relationship Building Weekend, Waterpark + Hiking
End of last week I took a trip to Hong Kong and Macau to be “tour guide” for my college buddy Ish. I have done this in the past for friends from America visiting, like Hasan coming to HK from Pakistan travels and I really am excited to be able to meet my American buddies here on the other side of the world. But it did come at a rough time, as I outlined the world felt like it came crashing down as I’ve been overextending myself with the startup and coworking community building in Shenzhen, Marie having an early … Continue reading American Friend Selling NYC Real Estate to Hong Kong + Asia
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