Copying Products Overseas – Is it so bad?

In business, china business by Michael Michelini3 Comments

Yes. this can be a sensitive topic. But hey, thats why I am picking it as a topic in the first place! And that is – how an original idea in one country may be copied overseas without any financial compensation or even a “thank you” to the founder. I, being born and raised in the USA, always was brought …

A blog – what you can and cannot say?

In websites by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Feel a bit back to corporate world. What is a person allowed to say online? In an internet company, I think it is funny to show photos of people sleeping at the office (because they are working late that night), cute toys someone has, or jokes within a company. Doing these FUN things in a company environment: That builds a …

Door to door sales in China

In china business by Michael Michelini11 Comments

It has been a bit more strange then expected with certain sales initiative, yes each country and culture is different. I try my best to be flexible and adaptive, but selling in china has been interesting to say the least. First of all, selling in china is difficult by definition. Chinese people are “tighter” with their money (i.e. don’t spend …

Theme of this Blog – focus or not?

In motivation, websites by Michael Michelini5 Comments

Some people tell me I should write more focused, industrial topics on this blog. But then….it won’t be my personal blog anymore! I think the theme of this site is clear, its about my pursuit through life. Lately, its been about what i’m involved with now: Motivation Business China Internet / SEO / Social Media Travels The reason people suggest …

Visit to a China Hospital

In china business by Michael Michelini15 Comments

Spent a few hours today with my trustee assistant Melissa Zhu at the local Nanshan Public Hospital, here in Shenzhen, China. Besides a blood test / drug test for my passport z-visa, this was my first time at a public hospital for a regular checkup. So let me note my experience, it wasn’t as scary as I could have imagined …

No more mask! Separation of Personal and Business Online

In websites by Michael Michelini6 Comments

I’m trying to remember my first email address….. [email protected] and then there was netplx.net . The dial up modem to connect to junos email server and download the mail, half of which was sponsored advertisements. I am thinking that was 1995, when I was starting high school. Then there was everyone scared of putting their name on the internet, we …

Facebook vanity URLs available – get yours now!

In websites by Michael Michelini0 Comments

bit of insanity, reading on twitter that approximately 500,000 usernames have been reserved on facebook now. BEFORE their 12 midnight release they had announced. Many of my friends and facebook users are SLEEPING NOW. And they were under the impression midnight on Saturday… Guess i’m lucky to be checking during my chinese timezone daytime. and got my username facebook.com/michelini Another …

Interesting Discussion – China Internet compared to USA Internet

In china seo by Michael Michelini5 Comments

I had a coffee break with my new friend Guang Yao (english name is Tristan), who is an avid social media guy, loving twitter, blogs, and other social online stuff. Here are some notes of what I got from our discussion this evening: There is a coffee shop in Hangzhou city, China called “Beta Cafe” that is founded by some …

More Bank of America Fights – international travel issues

In business, usa by Michael Michelini3 Comments

Just want to log this in the journal….I am trying to make a payment to someone in USA, rather urgent. took some time collecting the proper information – account details, wire information, zip code, etc. I get to the online banking, and what stops me is the last 8 of my checking card! Which I have not received, was sent …

Healthcare, easy everywhere except USA

In usa by Michael Michelini0 Comments

So Bas and Brent are looking into healthcare and coverage options (I guess i’m crazy, but haven’t had insurance for 2 years). And its pretty hilarious to see how the quotes look – they are VERY reasonable OUTSIDE of USA coverage. The doctor costs and the healthcare system in America is soo screwed up I think back to my time …

Writing blog posts for the sake of writing them

In websites by Michael Michelini0 Comments

sometimes I may not have something specific to talk about, but force one self to write….Is that bad? I hear the term writers block, guess tahts true. but with the overflow of bloggers today, and the explosion of content all over the web. Will it become to the point there is more content then can be read? meaning the supply …

China now blocking more – twitter, hotmail, bing,

In china business, websites by Michael Michelini7 Comments

The 20th anniversary of Tiananmen massacre on June 4th is approaching, so it seems the Chinese government is adding more to the blocked list. My favorite new site, Twitter, has been blocked, as well as hotmail, the new search engine bing (microsoft), flickr, wordpress, and probably more we cannot find now. That adds to the list of blogger, youtube. I …

Top 10 Bankruptcies in US History, 3 this month

In business, usa by Michael Michelini2 Comments

Wow, reading this financial article about the top 10 US bankruptcies…and 3 on the list just happened this month! GM today, Chrysler April 30, and Thornburg Mortgage on May 1. My friends back at Deutsche Bank Distressed Debt Desk MUST BE BUSY AS EVER! I remember how much work it was to work through the mess for Enron, worldcom, united …