Running a international business from China – Middle Kingdom

In china business, travel by Michael Michelini6 Comments

In the Chinese language, China translated into Middle Kingdom – or middle land – and while Westerners feel Chinese are developing into the modern world, I believe Chinese feel they are the original race, and all people came from China at one point – so in essence it is the Chinese that are now allowing themselves to engage with the …

In Ningbo – Now I understand why businessmen are so old

In business, motivation by Michael Michelini3 Comments

I definitely underestimated what it takes to start a business……i figured i had some customers, some cash saved up, the rest would work out…..hahaha, 3 years later (from Shadstone beginning, 6 if you count from newyorkbarstore beginning), the struggle continues….. This is my countless times in a factory in the Ningbo area (yuyao, ningbo, yong kang – all over Zhejiang …

American Companies Don’t Feel Welcome in China anymore?

In china business, usa by Michael Michelini3 Comments

Also while watching CNN in hong kong today….they discussed a poll about more and more american companies frustrated doing business in china….the numbers were almost 30percent as of feb 2010 I can admit….i have always had trouble but in a way i believe / feel it is also because the cultural differences….not a positive or a negative feeling, just that …

Google Redirect Out of China

In china seo by Michael Michelini11 Comments

So I am spending a day in Hong Kong….got more passport pages at the US Consulate….I’m watching CNN, was pretty cool as I haven’t watched it in years… See reports about Google “uncensoring” its results……by sending google.cn to google.com.hk – which is basically going to Hong Kong search engine. To me – that means THEY LEFT CHINA. For those of …

How Do You Live Your Dash?

In family friends, motivation by Michael Michelini22 Comments

my father just emailed me a scanned copy of this, and it really makes you think….want to share it and reflect a bit. I’ll type it out if you have trouble reading it: Subject: How Do You Live Your Dash? I read of a man who stood to speak At the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates …

Is Google Leaving China April 10?

In china business, china seo by Michael Michelini6 Comments

Man……Seems the news is all over the place, and google.cn may be turning off as early as mid april. What will this mean for all those workers? The google workforce is probably one of the top of the line workers, so I am sure Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba, and all the other Chinese internet companies will be scrambling to grab as …

My Friend Rosemary’s Book Debute

In china business by Michael Michelini3 Comments

My friend Rosemary Coates released a book 42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China and I want to support her in this exciting moment for her. I can only hope one day I am as fortunate as her to publish my own book. Her and I have met on her travels in Shenzhen and she has great experiences in …

Upcoming Travels in China + Southeast Asia

In china business, travel by Michael Michelini7 Comments

writing this on my mobile phone, it amazes me how open the world has become with the internet. My assistant jojo has prepared my travels for the next month, until the end of april, and this is what i have lined up: Now until march 25 – stay in shenzhen / hong kong taking care of business operations, financial cashflow …

I love the internet, blogging, and social media

In websites by Michael Michelini0 Comments

I guess I’ve found a great time to do international business…technology has allowed us all to stay so tuned in, that location doesnt matter as much… Today I went over my blog posts, read back through comments, and reflected. I am able to follow through life via the internet. sure, i do miss my friends and family back home, but …

Small Business changes who we are

In corporate world, motivation by Michael Michelini6 Comments

I am waiting in the lobby of shangri la hotel in tsim sha tsui meeting my friend scott taylor from delta tau delta fraternity, he and i met in a leadership academy (2001) in west Virginia, he went to Georgia tech in atlanta – i was at Stevens tech in new jersey. We met again 7 years ago or so …

Can Google Save Face In China?

In china business, china seo by Michael Michelini7 Comments

I have personally been wondering what is going on with the Google vs. China government. My friends are asking me the latest, but its really quiet….there was tons of news on it, back and forth with the Chinese government, news press releases, and other crazy news….then it got quiet. Google Buzz came out, and seems to have just let people …

To Start a Business – Its Not Only Money

In motivation by Michael Michelini5 Comments

its will and drive. its about focus. Its about going against the odds. Its having the strength to keep going, even when maybe your closest friends think you’re completely insane. I just refuse to give up. Maybe its the way I grew up, but I feel I need to be a street fighter, a scrapper. Life isn’t about taking the …

Everyone Wants to Do it – Start an online business

In business, websites by Michael Michelini3 Comments

I enjoy learning about people’s interests, and what makes them tick. A couple years ago I became a “expert” in the ecommerce category of allexperts. At first I was going to do the category in import/export, but even still I am not an expert in international trade – my passion still is the MIX of internet, marketing, and business – …