happy Chinese new year 2015 from michelini

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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Rocked Beijing! Startup Weekend Beijing a Fun Success! (with video)

Been to 3 startup weekends since my son was born just a couple months ago – and I love the chance to see the energy and passion in each city.  Beijing hasn’t had an official Startup Weekend for a couple years as the organizing team dissolved.  We re-built it a couple months ago and it has been a lot of fun seeing the organizing team put this together!  Special shout-out to those awesome organizers – Emily, Kang, Leona, Vivian. We had over 60 participants, mainly local Chinese, I’d say about 45 Chinese and 15 foreigners (Westerners) so as usual, balancing … Continue reading Rocked Beijing! Startup Weekend Beijing a Fun Success! (with video)

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Excited for 2012 – Marketing a Chinese Ecommerce Group to the West!

2011 was the year “I “returned” to China” after a half year in Philippines and a couple months in USA (almost staying in NYC, USA)….and now I am entering 2012 with some very interesting projects and goals. In 2011, I was doing SEO and ecommerce consulting with Five Islands ecommerce center going between Dongguan, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen like a madman. Was doing Shenzhen ecommerce meetups as well, that then lead into developing Shenzhen coworking SZteam…that maybe I went a bit too fast with and had to make a tough decision about SZteam + me …. Luckily I blog (I … Continue reading Excited for 2012 – Marketing a Chinese Ecommerce Group to the West!

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On My Way To ChengDu, China for Ecommerce Meeting

Just when I thought I would lower my travel and stay in one place, I book my USA ticket, and take this last minute trip to ChengDu city in China. I am taking this trip because of business! For the further developments and networking and research for Chinese ecommerce and “CBT” (cross border trade). I still believe ecommerce is the best way to describe all the “business” I am doing. As ecommerce is a balance of factory sourcing, technology, sales, and marketing all based around the internet. I got invited to attend this “invite-only” 50 seat meetup from my attendance … Continue reading On My Way To ChengDu, China for Ecommerce Meeting

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As I Move Out of Hong Kong – I Reflect on the Last 6 Months

Wow, time flies, hard to believe I had moved to Hong Kong, really REALLY small place…but hey, its the opportunity to try life in the fast lane, in the “NYC of Asia” (my opinion from what I’ve seen). And now the 6 month lease is up, and seems like life is so much different then it was that day writing the blog of moving in. Reflection is really how I learn and grow. I had given a chance to do business in China again, taking that opportunity and choosing that over life in Philippines or USA (those who remember, I … Continue reading As I Move Out of Hong Kong – I Reflect on the Last 6 Months

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Example Of How China Market Is Its Own Market…

Spent a nice evening in Shenzhen with the local crew, discussing internet, mobile phones, china business… you know, normal geeky stuff. Vlad had this hilarious phone, by Lenovo, he bought in China wal mart – and he described a bunch of the features….let me explain the different features to highlight, and reflect on these points and explain how this is directly made for the China market. Dual SIM card – this is not so special, but can represent the Hong Kong / Taiwan / South China businessman. Its really annoying to keep flipping SIM cards when you cross borders…and you … Continue reading Example Of How China Market Is Its Own Market…

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Settling in China / Asia the Next 5,10 years, or more?

I think I am getting a bit more settled on the fact / idea / reality that I will be remaining in China (or at least Asia) for the next 5 years. That is an important step for my own mind…balance, and business goals. But it took me a long time to accept. Since coming to China at the end of 2007, I was never sure how long I would stay. When you book plane tickets, in USA at least, its so much cheaper to book a round trip ticket then a one way. So when I booked my flight, … Continue reading Settling in China / Asia the Next 5,10 years, or more?

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Roadtrip – Dongguan, China to Xiamen SEO event

This will be my 3rd time at the Xiamen SEO event, in the 2010 China internet fair I spoke about helping China manufacturers export using the internet and in 2010 (SMX China sponsored) I was able to talk about keyword research, this year I’ll be blabbing about English social media (Facebook, twitter optimization), decided to take a roadtrip this year. In the past, I have always flown from Shenzhen. The trip is about 7 hours by car, and I have 3 companions with me from the five islands ecommerce center, as there is also a Tao Bao (chinese ebay) trade … Continue reading Roadtrip – Dongguan, China to Xiamen SEO event

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Bridging Between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China

I remember my first trip to Hong Kong, in October 2007. I had come to go to the globalsources trade show, see products, meet people I had been chatting to online for years, and see whats its like to do business in China. I was amazed at the city….more advanced then New York….and just as expensive! I quickly learned that the factories I was buying from were in Shenzhen, China. And I had contacted some of them before I left, just wasn’t sure how long to stay in Hong Kong and when to take the bus over to Shenzhen. My … Continue reading Bridging Between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China

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Where to base operations under today’s economic conditions?

So, its quite obvious I’ve been exploring where to base myself this year of 2010, and while many are jealous I am so free and have so many choices to make freely, it is kind of mind boggling. In the past for some reason, my location has always seemed obvious….I was born in Connecticut, USA and always thought NYC was the place for me, so after high school, I went to college right across from Manhattan….and always targeting getting a job there. While working in New York, I saved as much as I could, and considered MBA, franchise, or start … Continue reading Where to base operations under today’s economic conditions?

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Back in China, Back Behind the GREAT FIREWALL

Been back in China a little over a day now….catching up with jetlag and all this travel. California really wore me out…up and down the coast of Southern Cali. But really….it feels good to be back in China, seeing friends and businesses. Shenzhen is a cool city, I do see opportunity here….but really, I just can’t get past this problem of internet censorship. For those of you who don’t know (seems on twitter people were asking me too) the websites that are blocked in China include: Facebook Twitter Youtube Foursquare And tons others….whatever the Chinese government feels threaten to harm … Continue reading Back in China, Back Behind the GREAT FIREWALL

As Chinese New Years Approaches – Danger Lingers

As the lunar calendar draws to a close, so many more unfortunate Chinese people are desparate to return to their hometowns. They did not earn enough money the previous year, or save enough, to make it home to see their family and loved ones….. So, some push too hard, they do whatever it takes to make that bit of cash to pay for the train to their hometown. The police and management offices of buildings warn people to take extra care of locking their doors and securing their valuables. I hear stories of people who get their homes robbed these … Continue reading As Chinese New Years Approaches – Danger Lingers

Beijing business development trip

been exactly 2 years since my first and only trip to beijing. not sure how it always ends up that i come here in the winter….for those not familiar with the location of various cities of china- i live in southern china (guangdong province, city of shenzhen) which is right across from hong kong. for the climate there, it never snows, and only for 2 or 3 months in the year you need to wear a jacket (lighter jacket at that) – so i parallel southern china to southern usa – florida or california type climate with palm trees, large … Continue reading Beijing business development trip

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Crazy Guangzhou City – America is so far away!

The longer i am outside of the united states, the more i wake up and realize how easy life was there. Sad part is, i didnt know it until i left, and i dont think most of my friends and associates still there realize it now! For example, today i traveled back to shenzhen city from guangzhou city…..took the long, budget way. Sure, i could have spent the extra money, and like many westerners, taken a private car or a taxi to a 1st class express train,,,,, But, i want to see it from the eyes of everyone else living … Continue reading Crazy Guangzhou City – America is so far away!