Spending More Time on my Chinese Blog, mailini

In china business by Michael Michelini2 Comments

I should cross promote the two blogs more, not sure if people even realize i have this blog translated to chinese. When I first came to China at the end of 2007 my good friend, Gao Xing, gave me my chinese name, mai li ni , which is a best effort to convert my family name, michelini, to a chinese …

Return of the Geeks, Have Their Fun Later in Life

In usa by Michael Michelini0 Comments

I consider myself always as semi geek, semi cool…..I played on both sides when in high school, and learned to be flexible and deal with many personalities. I am not afraid to make fun of myself, maybe its a sign I’m getting old! I also blogged about how us “social media” online people are a bunch of nerds! There have …

Choosing Not to Make a Decision is Still Making a Decision

In motivation by Michael Michelini14 Comments

Spent last night making USA calls, to suppliers, clients, accountant(s) (yes, I work with 2…), trademark attorney, parents, and tried to catch some friends. Just this time difference (12 hours ahead here in Beijing timezone) makes it harder and harder to stay in touch with my friends on the other side of the globe. I have been in Asia almost …

Cannot Give Up, Cannot Forget The Long Term Idea

In business, motivation by Michael Michelini4 Comments

This is what i am constantly saying in my mind each day, over and over pushing myself, “don’t give up, think long term”. i got a question in ecommerce section of allexperts.com today, a guy asking me which products are most profitable to sell online…..today’s question was: There is a question waiting for you in the category of “E-Commerce, Web …

More Shenzhen Coworking Developments, Finding my Personal Strengths

In china business by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Added Guangzhou to my weekly travel the past couple weeks, due to the Canton fair. Back in Shenzhen today, at least all these trade fairs are over now. Its just added that much more stress and complexity to my daily work life. After spending Sunday (easter sunday!) walking the fair with my good friend Brent, he helped bounce ideas off …

Happy Easter from Hong Kong, then Guangzhou

In family friends, travel by Michael Michelini12 Comments

Writing this Saturday evening (Holy Saturday) in my small apartment in Hong Kong. Making it an early night, and a relaxing night…I’ll be waking up around 7am tomorrow, Easter Sunday, and heading up to Shenzhen Bay border from Tin Hau CTS bus to meet up my friend Brent. I’ll catch a ride with him to the Canton Fair in Guangzhou. …

Upgrading This Blog – New Template, Hosting

In social media by Michael Michelini2 Comments

In an effort to keep up with the new social media and internet marketing tools, I had to make some necessary upgrades to this blog. Wow, I wouldn’t have thought so, but the traffic to this website has been steadily increasing, to around 300 to 400 unique visitors per day! I am changing the hosting over the weekend, to make …

Another Hong Kong Trade Show, Reflecting On My First Trip Here…

In china business, hong kong business by Michael Michelini3 Comments

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 …

Photos From Li Jia, Visit to Dongguan Factory City

In china business by Michael Michelini12 Comments

A couple weeks a photo journalist, Li Jia, came to the Dongguan Fiveislands ecommerce warehouse, but also other factories in the business network here in Chang An. Her main project was to interview and photograph the lives of factory women and their love life. I’ll save that blog post for once she gets me those photos, but in the meantime, …

Another Trip to Guangzhou Canton Fair

In china business by Michael Michelini21 Comments

Been to Canton fair a few years now, thinking about my 2008 canton fair trip here. The Canton Fair is the biggest trade fair for Chinese factories to meet foreign buyers. Its held 2 times a year, in the spring (where we are now…) and then again in the fall. I met up with Larry who has his iphone app …

9 Ways I’ve Become More Patient In China

In china business by Michael Michelini15 Comments

Took a few years but i am finally “broken in”…..it was something expats here told me would happen the longer i stayed here…..and I didn’t believe them! stop resisting and just let go. China is China, and its not going to change for some stupid white barbarian guy coming here. My last post I promised I would talk about comparing …

Feel More Equipped, More Professional Then Ever

In business, travel by Michael Michelini2 Comments

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 …

Foursquare Day Hong Kong #4sqhk – Social Media Continues Growth!

In hong kong business, social media by Michael Michelini2 Comments

I think foursquare is my favorite social media brand….It just seems to have a nice, warm fuzzy feeling about it that makes you get addicted to getting points, badges, chatting it up with your friends about locations you are going to or have been, and reading tips from complete strangers in new venues when you arrive. Today was “Foursquare Day” …

4th Shenzhen Ecommerce Meetup

In Events, News by Michael Michelini1 Comment

The 4th meetup to be on Saturday May 14, The Shenzhen Internet Marketing Group is organizing a meetup on Saturday afternoon, May 14, in the afternoon from 1pm to approx 5 or 6pm. 1) cost – its FREE. the room is given to us for free from King Dee cmpany, and speakers are doing it as volunteers.  2) Directions, there …

Survey for the 3rd Shenzhen E-commerce Meet-up

In Events, News by Michael Michelini0 Comments

Dear attendees of last Saturday’s 3rd Shenzhen Ecommerce Meeting, As promised, we are sending out this email to get more feedback from you guys on what you want from this Kindly take this short survey, link as follows:   http://goo.gl/IN95U You can check the video for the 3rd meet up and the updated information regarding next event on the following …