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I have to learn to Master the Chinese language!

In china business, usa by Michael Michelini10 Comments

Damnnit Americans, why aren’t you learning Chinese? My friend Abiy just sent me this newsweek article Americans still aren’t studying Chinese in school? I like this paragraph in the middle of the article: But the sad fact is that Americans are not learning Mandarin, the main tongue spoken in mainland China, in droves. Just take a look at the numbers. …

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If You’re Going to Do Blackhat things – Keep your mouth shut!

In business by Michael Michelini2 Comments

Its sad in a way, that the illegal business is what always makes the highest profit. Maybe that is also why it does, because its the highest risk (therefore highest reward). Last week the NY times ran an article about a Brooklyn, NY merchant selling eyewear starting using customer’s negative reviews for his benefit on Google (SEO) to rank at …

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Looking To Steve Jobs For Inspiration

In business by Michael Michelini2 Comments

I think its always good to learn from those who have done great things in their life. We have to surround ourselves with positive, like minded, goal centered people in order to achieve success. Maybe this is what I have been lacking. While I have not been fortunate enough to know or have met Steve Jobs, I do take interest …

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Back in the Philippines

In philippines business by Michael Michelini8 Comments

Arrived yesterday afternoon. Been an exhausting week, just so many developments in business…on top of traveling from Shenzhen, China to Dongguan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and then Manila Philippines… But I am ready to rock next year in 2011! 2010 has been a crazy…exhausting year for me to get outside (I was pretty much 100% in China from 2008 – 2009) …

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Twitter Meetup Hong Kong – Putting Faces to @ Names

In family friends by Michael Michelini5 Comments

Been in Hong Kong a couple days, between Shenzhen, China and Manila, Philippines….and wanted to meet some contacts I’ve been chatting to on twitter to discuss web design…which ended up turning into testing out a “meetup” of various twitter friends in the Hong Kong area. The beginning the “chaotic” organization started on Monday when I asked William Li to meet …

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Positioning Correctly During Changing Economic Times

In china business by Michael Michelini6 Comments

I’m in a bus on the way back from lunch heading to a government office to grab my passport with renewed work permit, then to hong kong….whipping out my laptop writing this entry. This is how I’ve been living my life….writing up blogs, proposals, emails from my mobile phone, from my laptop in transit – in a car, train, bus, …

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Bike Stolen In China…only a few days left

In china business by Michael Michelini6 Comments

From the day I bought this bike, I knew it was a matter of time before it was stolen…..Everyone told me, don’t leave it out of your sight….locked or not locked…doesn’t matter. bought the bike in september 2008, so its lasted me a couple years…..did pay about 1400 yuan (200usd) for it….and it was nice….but I feel I got my …

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Social Media Growing – Facebook Seen As Important to Business

In business, philippines business, usa by Michael Michelini2 Comments

Guess I am in the right zone…or just following what people are demanding – but more and more people want help promoting the facebook pages, their twitter accounts, improving their reputation online….and building a brand. I am perfectly positioned to do this in the Philippines, and have been working on a more standard package for businesses to talk to me …

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Motivating Myself Through Starvation

In china business, motivation, philippines business by Michael Michelini2 Comments

Having trouble sleeping ,so popping open the laptop. Starvation, well, not literally…..bet it got your attention though. But I am beating on myself, pushing myself….why? I don’t want get lazy. Don’t want to get comfortable. I don’t want to be a failure…a washup…a has-been…. Business is modern warfare. And I don’t want to get into politics too much, but we …

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Chinese Internet Filtering Holding Back Innovation?

In china seo by Michael Michelini6 Comments

Just like we say, its about who we surround ourselves with. Spending a few days talking to friends in Shenzhen China and I realize most are not on top of the newest internet technologies….and I can’t blame them….its so hard being in China when the government is filtering and blocking the majority of new “Social” websites such as foursquare, dropbox, …

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Letting People See Where You Are Online, good or bad?

In websites by Michael Michelini2 Comments

For those of you not aware of this, one of the new things now is geo-based social networking…allowing you to share with the world where you are at the moment. I think this is pretty awesome, though I am aware the majority of people probably think invasion of privacy, security risks (“I know when you’re home, and when you’re not” …

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The China Dream May Not Be Over Yet…

In china business by Michael Michelini2 Comments

Life always works in mysterious ways…..just when I book my ticket to Philippines and figure I may not be in China every so often, I take up an offer to visit a Hong Kong domainer’s warehouse and factory operation in Dong Guan city. I met him at the PPX Domainer’s meetup last Monday and we both have a common interest …