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
So many events…I really need a solution to showing everyone all the upcoming events. Saturday, Feb 18th, the Hong Kong hackers group (HK HackJam) are organizing an event to Shenzhen, China electronics market (Hua Qiang Bei)….being the “resident HK representative” here in Shenzhen, I can’t wait to meet Hong Kong people “taking the risk to come into dangerous China!!!” (for those of you aware, Hong Kong people seem really petrified of coming into Shenzhen and Mainland, China And people in Hong Kong LOVE FACEBOOK, they use it for all communications, chat, email, events, news sharing. So to keep up, I … Continue reading Hong Kong Hackers coming to Shenzhen, Sat Feb 18!
Seriously feeling like a real estate agent lately…but I am in cross fires getting both people who want to utilize coworking space, and office owners who have space they want to utilize. My buddies in Hong Kong, Felix Lam and Jon Buford, introduced me to a company in Futian district of Shenzhen who is interested in converting their office into a coworking / incubator office, as they will be growing out of it moving into a bigger office about 5 minute walk down the road. Honestly, I was a bit hesitant to go there, as (selfishly) it is about 1 … Continue reading Considering Futian District Coworking / Incubator (Am I a Realtor Now?!)
Been on the hunt for a new coworking space in Shenzhen, China. Sadly, its official, the current SZteam coworking office I as well as others worked so hard to build and publicize is closing over the Chinese New Years, and this week I had to move my things out of the high tech park SZteam coworking office… It wil be rented out to a company or some other fate…. Considering some new options, talking to the startup / web community in Shenzhen and Hong Kong…. Combining the Web/Business Community with a Hackerspace I have kept in contact with Chai Huo … Continue reading Another Coworking Option – Join Forces With ChaiHuo Hackerspace?
Not even a couple months ago I was stressing about how to deal with the future of the current SZteam coworking space in High Tech park. Like I had said, the space moved faster than I was prepared and I tried my best to backtrack and make it work This time, I am doing it differently. Last week at Christmas Eve dinner my friends Marshall, James, Chris, Tully, Erik and others were talking about coworking space, shared office. People really do need this service. Many are tired of working in coffee shops, bars, home offices. I remembered many times I … Continue reading Maybe Another Shot At Doing a Shenzhen Coworking Office
….maybe not everyone will be happy with this blog post. I have had some friends tell me I should hold off on blogging….but this is how I get my mind “at ease”…. After scrambling to get Shenzhen’s official startup weekend going, we did have a pretty good success, and I thank Kawai, Nik, Rafael, Sammi, Bruce, and many others. Also to the owner of SZteam, Li Jun, for sponsoring the space. But it burnt me out….and after the event, many many of my business colleagues and friends told me I have to stop being a charity and focus on my … Continue reading My Internal Struggle to determine my Future with Shenzhen Team Coworking
Back in Shenzhen, China and ready to ROCK now more then ever. It 100%. I am back, and I am here to stay. Monday morning I woke up at 7am, still a bit jet lagged, and rode my folding bike to the shenzhen team coworking space ….ready to start the week off and crank out a full day (its 12 hours straight now as its 7pm typing up this blog) WOW, SZteam got the hookup!….full carpet, more VIP status for the dedicated seats (its own glass wall and better desks), new private office / lecture room, and….. a fulltime coffee … Continue reading Back in Shenzhen, Hanging at the newly upgraded SZteam coworking space
After Julian’s wedding I ended up in Hoboken for a few days, meet my Stevens friends and professors, and some business contacts I have made over the years doing online business. Monday morning I was looking for somewhere to work, and after quickly getting frustrated with coffee shops not having wifi, seats, etc I went and google searched “Hoboken Coworking”. It was really funny, as the top news was about Hoboken’s first coworking space that just opened a couple weeks ago in mid- august called “Mission Fifty”. I emailed them to see if I can drop by, and they were … Continue reading Hanging @ Hoboken, NJ’s First Coworking Space – @MissionFifty
Startup Tuesdays, Ecommerce Saturdays, Shenzhen Coworking space, internet marketing consulting in South China….all roads are leading to: an idea lab – incubator – startup breeding grounds. But more immediately (and more monetizable) a business training center! A majority of the speakers have been open to getting paid (duh!) for a longer, more detailed and comprehensive training class in their expertise and topic….and we have the space now in the SZteam coworking center (as well as the whole facility which is the Nanjing University Research center of Shenzhen!)…… We have the demand from the people coming, and we have the experts … Continue reading Building up to a Business Training Center in Shenzhen!
I first heard about a Shenzhen hackerspace from my buddy Jon at boot hk hong kong coworking, but it was too early a few months ago, as I called and they said it wasn’t yet ready. It has just opened last month!!! I already got some people on twitter and foursquare confusing hackerspace with computer hackers! So what is a hackerspace? Although many times its confused to be a “bad” thing like a computer hacker breaking into a private database of credit cards….hackerspace is a word to represent people who want to MAKE STUFF…..break apart products, electronics, toys, etc and … Continue reading Visit to the First Shenzhen Hackerspace!
Just #addicted to networking and connecting. But at least I am focusing on an industry, group, and location: Industry: tech / international ecommerce Location: China, specifically south / Shenzhen. And I’m just gonna keep plowing through. I tried to get others to organize some events, but I am low on patience and just setup a quick and informal round table event this coming Tuesday, August 9th at this new szteam coworking space (where I’m blogging this at 6pm on a Thursday!) Vlad came by today – finally – and he realized the power of the space…he got so much work … Continue reading More Meetups! Shenzhen’s First Startup Tuesday!
Life has been like a dream come true lately…..surely I am not making tons of cash, but I am enjoying what I do. And I know, or have learned, that in life the most important thing is to find what we love to do, and do it. Let the rest work itself out. Spent a lot of time this week pushing people to come out for the launch party of the SZteam and many of my friends question if its really work….but I am a connector. and I enjoy it. And I want to grow this network even bigger. Last … Continue reading Extremely Successful Launch Party for SZteam Shenzhen Coworking
Made it to Hong Kong for a couple days for meetings with the fiveislands ecommerce center and catching up with the boot hk crew, also discussing cooperation with Boot Hk and the new SZteam Shenzhen coworking space. Tonight, being Monday, Startups HK held their weekly startup Monday event at boot. We went around the room and did self introductions….there were too many, but I did type them out on my laptop as best I could remember, just to give you guys reading a feel for who came: Tony Chan from apdealflow.com (connecting VC to entrepreneurs), a startup for socialites in … Continue reading Startup Monday in Hong Kong – Traditional Media Isn’t Dead!
Currently typing from the bus from Shenzhen Bay border to Hong Kong….spending a couple days in Hong Kong for business meetings as well as spend more time with the Boot hk coworking crew…..discussing all the developments in Shenzhen with the meetups and new szteam coworking space. Things are fitting together, in a groove….and I’m happy doing it. This is what life is all about right? Being Sunday, and being I need to develop my ideas and write them all down, I thought may as well make it public and blog them as well. Here is an outline for current and … Continue reading Brainstorming Various Shenzhen Community Events
I’m based in Shenzhen, China – I have lived in Manila, Philippines, and Hong Kong – here is my thought process when I based back here in Shenzhen. Some of my friends ask me why? My mind was blown when I first came to Hong Kong and then China back in 2007…nothing like I had expected…was expecting rice fields or something…no idea. I had to get to know this place more! When I was deciding where to move in China, I picked Shenzhen…..close second was Shanghai….Hong Kong was too expensive…and Beijing too cold / traffic jams / “government feeling”….. I’m … Continue reading I’m Back + Shenzhen City is Growing Faster Then Ever