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. Finding the Right Chinese Business Partners Help Sam Marks Sell His Company for Over 100 Million Us Dollars Welcome everyone to episode 4 of the Forbes China Entrepreneur show – hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather, it’s been warming up here in the South of China. This week we are in for a treat – we have Sam Marks, a founder of SkyCig e-cigarette company that sold … Continue reading The Right Chinese Business Partners Help Sam Marks Sell His Company for Over 100 Million USD – FCS04
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
Again, its one of the benefits of “living on the internet” – blogging, tweeting, weibo-ing, facebook status updates….and trying to be as open as possible…..is that people know where you are, where you are going, and contact me to make plans and business opportunities / ideas . The last few days my google calendar has been jam packed with lunch meetings, afternoon coffees, and dinners, then beers with various people discussing business to discuss when I’m in USA. Some of the things I’m working on: Ecommerce dropship platform – A big part of why I came to China was to … Continue reading Jamming In As Many Meetings In China Before my USA trip
Writing this from the bus in Batangas, finally able to “escape” the island of Puerto Galera. Over 2 days delayed from leaving due to typhoon missing my friend Bas’s birthday in Dau, and a few other tropical MBA attendees missing their flights tio thailand and korea….and I really hope I don’t miss my flight today to Boracay (12:20pm departure, typing this on a bus there at 9:40am, so should be ok) as this will be my real holiday in years! But even if I miss my flight, I can make a one way flight….meet up with MikeMo and Attila there. … Continue reading Delayed Departure May Have Been Worth It
Came to Hong Kong this morning from Shenzhen, crossing the border, taking the bus to Wan Chai, knowing where to get quick food, stopping off at boot hk coworking space, preparing which booths I would visit, walking in, already being pre-registered for the show (therefore skipping the long line), going directly to the sections I am interested in, shake hands with suppliers I have known for years. Its great I blogged about it when I first came, the arrival to Hong Kong, the food poisoning and just reading those old blogs brings back the memories…again I feel blessed I have … Continue reading Another Hong Kong Trade Show, Reflecting On My First Trip Here…
maybe its my turning 30, the fact that i have made commitments to my career and basic geographical location…and getting used to being in the constant moving….I am constantly having an internal battle about why I am traveling so much….its exhausting, but I think its important to what I’m trying to do….bridge cultures and connect people. Its the life I have created, and I just have to learn to live with it. Its just becoming more clear…I want to develop social media, communities, I get the most fulfillment from that. I think it is the most difficult, and its also … Continue reading Feel More Equipped, More Professional Then Ever
I was writing this as an email update for those wondering where I will be the next few days….seems the most common message or email I get from people is “Where are you now? Are you in Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Dongguan, or?” So I thought I would share the next few days with everyone….. give an idea of the insane life and that I am actually doing work while this is happening – thanks to technology management and internet advancement….while of course certain country governments try to filter and slow it down, we all manage to keep on going forward. … Continue reading Example Schedule For The Next Few Days – Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Dongguan
Recently got an email from a NY times reporter doing research on the Chinese internet space…and yea, while giving free reply and probably no reply or a thank you, I thought I would share and expand on the questions I received and answered in the email. 1) What do Internet marketers need to do differently in the China market as opposed to other areas of the world? do not just copy and paste with a translator….domain should also not just be the .cn extension…… make a memorable brand for CHINESE! common domains are the pinyin (chinese characters converted into western … Continue reading Differences in Internet Marketing in China vs. America
Starting to feel like some special agent in a James Bond movie…seriously…while I thought this lifestyle would be so cool, there is that famous saying “be careful what you wish for”. As it gets quite exhausting going through borders, waiting in lines, dealing with people from all kinds of backgrounds, stress levels, and moods. Larry tells me switching it up from ferry to bridge borders makes it less boring and more fun….I somewhat agree there, and tried the ferry today. Erik tells me I should try to schedule better…but really the reason is things are changing so quickly for me … Continue reading Shenzhen / Hong Kong Border Hopping Exhaustion
Currently in a car heading back to Hong Kong from Dongguan, China. Thinking back to when I was living full time in Shenzhen, even though I was in south China, the city of Shenzhen is primarily Mandarin – which is the nationally recognized language of the People’s republic of China. It is actually one of the criteria on my checklist when I first moved to China…as I would rather spend time surrounding myself with Mandarin Chinese speaking people than Cantonese. The photo on the right is my new friends at the Five Islands ecommerce center…from left to right: Pak, Yuan, … Continue reading Flipping from Cantonese to Mandarin to English…
Is Money Really Everything? Its kind of a second post in a series, yesterday I talked about do I need to be a programmer to be successful in a startup, today do we need money to be successful in a startup? Maybe its because am I a middle man in this whole process? Is my role not as valuable as I think, being a connector, being a networker, being a marketer. I still think THE PERSON is the most important thing, but as technology continues to make things colder and more direct, where bottom line seems to outweigh trust and … Continue reading Do I Need Money To Be Successful?
It seems at least one per day now, either email, facebook message, twitter DM, or random add on skype and a chat. Phone calls and I don’t know where they got my number. MORE AND MORE AMERICANS WHO WANT TO RE-LOCATE TO CHINA. Some want to teach english, others want to start a business, some who want a fresh start and a new type of job. I also sometimes get it for Americans moving to Philippines, but the red hot one I get every dang day is Americans moving to China. Recently I received this one, I will remove contact … Continue reading More Americans Wanting to Move to China!
Monday morning and heading back to Dongguan from Shenzhen via bus. Wondering if this will become my normal weekend in 2011? Still trying to firm up my personal physical LOCATION strategy….many friends ask if I do an online business, why is location so important, why do I travel so much? Well, maybe because not many other people are moving around….so I have to (and overall enjoy) travel around to build up relationships and maximize the pros and minimize the cons of doing business in each of these areas. Seems I will spend my weekdays in Dongguan, on site where this … Continue reading Wrapping Up an Insane Weekend: Hong Kong, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen
Chinese president Hu Jintao is in America these days, and it seems like everything connects….China seems to be “opening up” more to American demands by agreeing to the following this week: * Buying more American goods – planes from Boeing, cars, and other services. But its not saying specifically if it will help American companies that are in China. * Saying they will enforce replica products more in China – this is a big one for all these Chinese ecommerce guys I know….as it seemed in the past China didn’t cooperate with America’s (more generally “western”) demands to stop Chinese … Continue reading In the Center of China / USA Talks
That has been one of my biggest changes and challenges in my life….to adapt to rapidly changing environments, both physically (as in geographical locations) and business and economical changes (international currency risk, global competition)….While I still naturally resist change, I realize I cannot change the way the world is going, and instead have to embrace this dynamic, rapidly changing world we live in. 2010 was….hmm…I have to admit a very challenging year for me. I went into it renting a 3 story villa in Shenzhen thinking I would centralize all my operations, warehousing, and sales together….only to be pushed for … Continue reading Trying to Embrace Change, not Resist Change