Update on Business Direction & Life

I always like Sunday to be the day I reflect and if I had my way I would not have any meetings or work scheduled…just to catch up on errands, clean up the “house” (where I am), reflect on the last week, and think about the upcoming week and get prepared to do the best I can do. Just keep thinking about the rather rough (well tiring for sure!, was fun too) and exploratory year I had in 2010, deciding what direction to take….I am feeling much more confident and excited now. I am addicted to blogging, and sharing with … Continue reading Update on Business Direction & Life

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Ipad 2 Mania! Buy in USA – Sell in China?

I have been chatting on twitter about the ipad 2 mania. Seriously, even apple is amazed as sales are a million sold in the first weekend. I’m sure iphone factories in Shenzhen are busier then ever, putting extra pressure and overtime work on factory workers. Lets just hope we don’t hear news about factory suicides soon, though I am sure the PR and media would never correlate that to pressure to make more ipad 2 in less time. Some of my friends in Hong Kong were up all night Friday buying off the apple website, to sell the ipad 2 … Continue reading Ipad 2 Mania! Buy in USA – Sell in China?

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Putting Your REAL NAME on the internet, being YOU!

Social media has changed the internet, or “web 2.0”. I think the original web 1.0 was more just websites posting news and it hard for the general public to interact. Now, anyone with an internet connection can create a facebook account, twitter account, or whatever, and say how they feel to the world. Its going one step further, as bigger blogs like techcrunch making people use facebook to comment…..PEOPLE HAVE TO BE PEOPLE to comment now. Robert Scoble, a very open and bold blogger, really goes out there and calls people COWARDS who are afraid to put their name / … Continue reading Putting Your REAL NAME on the internet, being YOU!

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Studying How to Import Products Into China

Update This post is so popular, I made a much more detailed and specific guide on my business blog: 3 Ways to Import Products Into China Check it out! Monday morning here in factory land Dongguan, China! I went over the process of importing into China via Hong Kong this past saturday at the Sheznhen ecommerce meeting, and because so many people were interested in it, I thought I would blog about it as well. Really, its because I’m involved in it, but all I hear about is IMPORTING INTO CHINA, spinning the tables!! I keep on looking for good … Continue reading Studying How to Import Products Into China

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Groupon Coming Fast Into the Chinese Market, will it succeed?

Yet another foreigner coming to China to make quick money in the biggest population internet users! To give you readers the background story, I think many of us in the internet world hear about Google trying to buy Groupon last month for like 6 billion US dollars (I’m too lazy to find PR links), only to then turn around and get almost a billion dollars in private placement investment (approx 950 million us dollars). Seems a lot of that money is going towards international expansion outside of the US market. And…….CHINA seems to be red hot on their list………so many … Continue reading Groupon Coming Fast Into the Chinese Market, will it succeed?

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Are Social Media People Just a Bunch of Nerds?

As I dive deeper and deeper into the developing industry of social media….I can’t help but classify the typical social media poweruser. Sure the majority of the global population now has in some way become involved with social media (mindblowing numbers thrown around on the web in 2010), but when I saw power users, I consider that those addicted to checking multiple times in a day…. I do consider myself a bit of a power user….love using twitter throughout my day, checking facebook a couple times (personally not as much activity on facebook as twitter, and too limited in its … Continue reading Are Social Media People Just a Bunch of Nerds?

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Searching For Products to Import & Sell In China

Its always been in the back of my mind since coming to China in the end of 2007…but now more then ever – WHAT PRODUCTS CAN I BRING INTO & SELL IN THE CHINESE MARKET! I have talked about local sales tactics in China and gotten some experience selling Chinese bar products , but had taken a break from it for the majority of 2010….looking to get back involved in 2011! So, being that social media is so popular today, and all my friends are on facebook and twitter, I decided to open up the question for suggestions and ideas, … Continue reading Searching For Products to Import & Sell In China

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I have to learn to Master the Chinese language!

Damnnit Americans, why aren’t you learning Chinese? My friend Abiy just sent me this newsweek article Americans still aren’t studying Chinese in school? I like this paragraph in the middle of the article: But the sad fact is that Americans are not learning Mandarin, the main tongue spoken in mainland China, in droves. Just take a look at the numbers. According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, in 2008 only 4 percent of middle and high schools that offer foreign-language instruction included Mandarin. That’s up from 1 percent in 1997. While that initially seems like respectable growth, the same survey … Continue reading I have to learn to Master the Chinese language!

After USA Trip, Made New Business, Maybe Lost Some Old Friends

Been almost a week now since leaving America, and I can’t help but feel I have: a) Increased my business contacts and leads exponentially – between the networking events, face time with people I have been working with, and over all hustling around the USA in 2 months, I have built up a new long list of business contacts and ways to work new angles b) Got some quality time with family – Most of my family is in Florida, and I was able to spent about a week and a half with parents, visit to grandma and the uncles, … Continue reading After USA Trip, Made New Business, Maybe Lost Some Old Friends

Integrating Personal Life and Business Life

I remember trying to separate personal and business. Trying to have the corporate name and websites be different from my personal name. There were a few reasons for it: 1) Too young – maybe I would be perceived as too young to own and operate a business, and if a potential customer saw that I was the owner, operator – maybe they would doubt it. I remember making websites seem large, like an army of people must be behind that company 2) Fear of being “found” – maybe that is the old internet, “web 1.0” – where names and personal … Continue reading Integrating Personal Life and Business Life

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Weekend in Hoboken, New Jersey

After the wedding Friday night in Chinatown, came over to Hoboken, new jersey to spend some time with friends and see my university, Stevens Institute of Technology. Because everyone keeps asking me when I can meet them, I quickly setup a facebook event for Saturday – I didn’t have time to call people and invite one by one. Hustling back to josh’s place after the Chinatown wedding, took the PATH train to Hoboken. It seemed pretty much the same as I had left it a few years ago, except that the waterfront was built up with a W hotel and … Continue reading Weekend in Hoboken, New Jersey

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The New York Hustle – Memory Lane

Doesnt feel like its been 2 and a half years since ive been here…..spending the past couple days here it feels like i just left yesterday…… Since i am jet lagged (strange because im used to switching from day to night shift so often) i have been waking up early around 630am and not able to get back to sleep so i walk around…. I stopped by my first new york apartment i rented back in 2003 after graduating stevens tech – a small studio apartment on 24th street between 2nd and 3rd avenue…..didnt go upstairs, but saw my good … Continue reading The New York Hustle – Memory Lane

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Buy, Sell, Wheel, Deal, Hustle. Becoming a new-age social media salesman

I have always loved the hustle. That’s what attracted me to Wall Street, to New York. To China. to wholesale markets. Life is going faster then ever….I’m running between 4 or 5 countries in a couple months. Have alliances, offices throughout China (shanghai, fujian, shenzhen), Philippines, USA. I’m getting phone calls from India, speaking bad chinese to phone call salesman. Blood is flowing. Making things work. Deadlines approach. I remember many times hearing “How is Mike gonna get outta this one this time”? Locked out of an office, phone battery dead. Supplier withholding product. Customer Service Manager out on holiday … Continue reading Buy, Sell, Wheel, Deal, Hustle. Becoming a new-age social media salesman

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Dealing with Negative People, Negative Energy

My whole life, I have had different forms of negative people and negative energy around me, I think we all have. I am going to go through a few I can remember 1) Freshman year of high school – running for class president – As in previous posts, I reluctantly went to a small catholic high school rather then the public school all my friends went to. It was to my parent’s request, as they thought it was OK to go to inner city public school for K-8 (elementary) but in high school, I would magically become some drug dealer … Continue reading Dealing with Negative People, Negative Energy

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Time to Add A Bit “Commercial” to my blog

I’ve always hesitated to do too much self promotion on my personal blog….but recently after so many people seem to be confused on what I do for a living, and the recent EXPLOSION of “personal branding” and the convergence of personal lives and professional lives, I decided to add some small banner ads on the right side here on my blog. I never liked to be a big pressure sales guy, I like to have people who are looking for a solution come to me. That is why I LOVE THE INTERNET. Because it is inbound marketing rather than pushing … Continue reading Time to Add A Bit “Commercial” to my blog