Chinese Ecommerce Meetup, Chengdu Edition

In china business by Michael Michelini0 Comments

Took notes at the weekend’s hiwto Chinese ecommerce meetup, my raw notes from the translator sitting next to me are below. Pretty interesting stuff. started with tea, networking, name card trading face mask dance, opera. =============== intro: Paul intro: made in china , brand known around the world. north china expansion more foreigners to understand this group. purpose of hiwto …

Visit to Panda Forest, Chengdu Panda Research Base

In china business by Michael Michelini4 Comments

They told me it could not be done this weekend, but we made it happen – took a quick Saturday morning trip to the Chengdu Panda Research base. It was a bit far outside the city, taking about 1 hour by taxi each way (40 yuan fare)….not leaving too much time in the park before getting to the hiwto ecommerce …

On My Way To ChengDu, China for Ecommerce Meeting

In china business by Michael Michelini0 Comments

Just when I thought I would lower my travel and stay in one place, I book my USA ticket, and take this last minute trip to ChengDu city in China. I am taking this trip because of business! For the further developments and networking and research for Chinese ecommerce and “CBT” (cross border trade). I still believe ecommerce is the …

Why Chinese Don’t Reply To Many Emails…

In china business by Michael Michelini10 Comments

I remember being “on the other side”, the American in USA, not having been to China and not really understanding the daily life of a Chinese businessperson, in a Chinese office. I would get sooo annoyed when people wouldn’t reply to my emails. And I’ll admit it, I had that common misunderstanding that China was still rice fields and farmland….maybe …

Booked my Flight to USA, September 21 to October 12

In china business, usa by Michael Michelini15 Comments

Some of you reading this must be thinking “here Mike goes again….this dude just can’t stay put in one place!”. In all honesty, I wish I could sit in one place for at least 3-4 months….but alas, this is the life I have created (note that saying, be careful what you wish for!!). But really, this is a cool life, …

Mobile App Challenge – Hong Kong Web Wednesday!

In hong kong business by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Came to Hong Kong last night to take care of some business meetings and finishing up the Hong Kong apartment deal, I ended up sticking around Hong Kong another day! Heading to Dongguan bright and early tomorrow morning (7am leaving Hong Kong) to visit the team there and discuss more ecommerce warehousing and fulfillment cooperations. But by sticking around another …

Pair Of Old Shoes – Motivational Poem

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I’m still on email forwarding lists (ie Attila!) but every once in a while I get a great one (every 10 – 20 hehe). This one has caught my interest, a poem about a rich student who wants to play a joke on a poor farmer….only to realize the real meaning of life and giving. Here goes: Pair of Old …

Finally Got A New Bike in China – Foldable, Urban-Friendly

In motivation by Michael Michelini6 Comments

Didn’t think I would come to blog about this, but its been a hot topic on my posts in facebook, twitter, and weibo….guess talking about bikes and personal life is more engaging to people then business posts! People wanna see more pics of it (folded), more size details, cost, that I’m riding it inside the new shenzhen coworking space. Here …

I Am Happy

In motivation by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Fulfilled? Sure, there are a few things on my wish list…but for the most part, I am happy with my life and the way things are going at the moment. I am getting warning signs from a few of my friends and advisors on this shenzhen coworking project taking too much of my time and not getting enough return for …

Startup Monday in Hong Kong – Traditional Media Isn’t Dead!

In hong kong business by Michael Michelini1 Comment

Made it to Hong Kong for a couple days for meetings with the fiveislands ecommerce center and catching up with the boot hk crew, also discussing cooperation with Boot Hk and the new SZteam Shenzhen coworking space. Tonight, being Monday, Startups HK held their weekly startup Monday event at boot. We went around the room and did self introductions….there were …

Brainstorming Various Shenzhen Community Events

In china business by Michael Michelini0 Comments

Currently typing from the bus from Shenzhen Bay border to Hong Kong….spending a couple days in Hong Kong for business meetings as well as spend more time with the Boot hk coworking crew…..discussing all the developments in Shenzhen with the meetups and new szteam coworking space. Things are fitting together, in a groove….and I’m happy doing it. This is what …

I’m Back + Shenzhen City is Growing Faster Then Ever

In china business by Michael Michelini5 Comments

I’m based in Shenzhen, China – I have lived in Manila, Philippines, and Hong Kong – here is my thought process when I based back here in Shenzhen. Some of my friends ask me why? My mind was blown when I first came to Hong Kong and then China back in 2007…nothing like I had expected…was expecting rice fields or …

Moving Quickly With Shenzhen Coworking!

In china business by Michael Michelini6 Comments

Back to Shenzhen, and BACK TO BUSINESS! No messing around. Caught up with work in the morning / afternoon, meetups, and then Chris Gormley and I went over to check on the developments in the Shenzhen coworking. Met with Gareth and Jun, the guys who’ve been setting up the new location while I’ve been away….and they are READY to open! …