Remembering the Americans Who Died – Memorial Day

In family friends, usa by Michael Michelini9 Comments

Still strange that I am surrounded by people who don’t know what Memorial Day is! Yes, I know, I’m not in USA, and its a USA holiday….In China and the Philippines, its a normal business day – but in USA banks, postal systems, and most offices are closed. Here’s the internet definition: Memorial Day – legal holiday in the United …

More Filtering of Internet

In websites by Michael Michelini0 Comments

Amazing……I keep wondering when, or if ever, the world will just be open about the information that passes. Reading this Fox News article about Bangladesh blocking facebook……as below Bangladesh Blocks Facebook Over Muhammad Cartoons Published May 30, 2010 | Associated Press AP May 28, 2010: Bangladeshi Muslim protesters burn a Swedish flag during a protest against Facebook. Reportedly, Swedish artist …

Reflections from my Shanghai Trip

In china business by Michael Michelini6 Comments

Heading back to Shenzhen in a bit (sitting in a delayed terminal due to rainstorms in south china), and wanted to summarize and reflect on my 10 days in shanghai. Management – I have always admitted to myself and to others this is my weakness, details and pushing others to work. Also somewhat feel it is cultural differences in style, …

Suicides in a Chinese Factory – Who To Blame?

In china business by Michael Michelini8 Comments

Been spending over a week here in Shanghai, with the majority of my time around ecommerce and ebay where Mike Song’s office is. Been seeing how he manages his office and organizes the workflow, has been very interesting. I mentioned the other day how much I like dumplings over other Chinese food, and tonight for dinner, his sister prepared HAND …

We Become More of Who We Are Over Time

In family friends, motivation by Michael Michelini2 Comments

I know sounds like a high school algebra or calculus topic, but it is actually a pretty cool idea. I saw this quote pass me by on my twitter fashion in some fashion of a robot spammer trying to get me to signup for their get rich quick scam – but the idea is great. Another inspiring piece for this …

Playing both sides of USA and China Internet

In china business, usa by Michael Michelini9 Comments

Had dinner tonight with a couple guys from Paypal China, while here in Shanghai. I am talking to them about payment processing, merchant accounts, IPs in different countries. First of all, CHINA IS GREAT in the fact that I go to a Paypal office, can meet a representative, and then GO OUT FOR DINNER AND DRINKS WITH THEM. Haha, I …

Staff often calls me Teacher more then Boss….

In china business by Michael Michelini13 Comments

Man….i guess I have seen what it takes to manage workers….and from my going to other offices of companies, I notice I am not alone. Hiring someone is difficult, make sure they are qualified, they want to do the job, they are honest, and hard working. But I want to see the best in everyone….hard to disqualify someone who so …

In China 5 kinds of friends

In china business, family friends by Michael Michelini8 Comments

Chatting to my friend, Qui Qui (Jane) online the other day, and I thought I would share this, and maybe get some input from others. qiuqiu says: the sequence is that 1) a strange man who help you 2) understanding friend 3)bosom friend 4) intimate friend 5) a friend just like myself – a friend who is very very understand …

American in China Doing Business in USA – The Endless Struggle

In china business by Michael Michelini6 Comments

I guess if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. And as much as I complain, I like the adventure, the struggle. But hey, I have to vent. While I am traveling in Shanghai, my USA merchant account was PUT ON HOLD. Piling up problems taking payments from resellers, and losing orders from retail customers….it caused loads of strain …

Shanghai Travel Make Me Realize

In china business by Michael Michelini21 Comments

I guess I am getting too confident on my chinese traveling skills, hit a bunch of speed bumps last night….I tried saving money to shanghai and booked a night flight leaving around 10:30pm. And of course, like normal, there was a flight delay – for “flow of flight control” per the repeating PA announcement in Chinese and English. There was …

When stressed, write down your worries

In motivation by Michael Michelini10 Comments

I wish I could remember who taught me this….but when I get totally overwhelmed and confused….I have trained myself to take a deep breath and write everything down….prioritize it.. Keeping customers happy – sometimes I freak out that maybe customer service isn’t good, or quality of a product is going to be an issue. These can be controlled, and I …