I think its because my birthday is coming, and that causes me to reflect on the past year, where i am going, what I want to be, and what is most important in my life. I definitely could not have predict the path my startup life would have taken me, here is a quick overview: ============= 2003 – (Mobatech) during …
China, Finland, Euro, RMB – how lucky US English is
The longer I’m outside of USA the more I realize how easy it was to do business. Everyone spoke the same language, everything was in US Dollars. The past couple weeks, i’m dealing with currency risk in my budgets, translating chinese legal documents for staff, and receiving finnish language website requests (a new website coming soon Sales Lion – let …
Baby Christening in Phillipines & Jeepny Riding
me hanging off a tricycle taxi…..about to head into town from the hotel. Bas and Charlotte, his new daughter. Regular traffic day in Angeles, Pamapanga, Phillipines A typical bar…..which girl are you going to pick? This is amazing to watch the old white guys calling a waitress over…and the waitress uses a lazer pointer to signal which girl will come …
In Phillipines, going to be a godfather!
Just arrived yesterday, in Angeles, Pampanga, Phillipines with Bas. he’s a new father and I am gonna be the godfather of his daughter – Charlotte Victoria. Baby christening will be Sunday. ITS SO HOT HERE. Staying in a resort hotel, but the pool is green…under construction. Life is out of control….guess I like it this way. At least I have …
Fresh Start, end of months of question marks
what a wild ride….from closing office, losing business (es), being hard nosed in negoitations I feel i’ve done what needed to be done and tried my best to keep my customers, investors/partners, and suppliers happy….. DBR Shenzhen will be a new company focusing on internet technology, SEO, and online marketing with representation in Finland and Shenzhen.. It is going to …
Back from Amsterdam…..trying to get back on my feet
such an action packed week……still in the process of moving and currently staying at Bas’s place we’re invited to Amsterdam to talk about Spyble financing! Right off the plane, where I was only able to sleep 1 hour or so, directly into meetings with Kari. Sleep is for the weak, sleep when I die, thats the saying right? In an …
in HK heading to Amsterdam
Fighting to get 2009 in order, Bas and I are in hong kong airport now going to Amsterdam to meet a potential investor in Spyble. Been a wild ride in 2009, up and down, this world recession isn’t making it easy. Met John Davis this afternoon in Shenzhen and he is explaining some issues with his Australian partner company. Cannot …
Inspiration – my grandfather Gelindo Michelini
While I never knew my grandfather on my father’s side, Gelindo Michelini, I do think of him pretty often, more then ever since I’ve come to do business in China. I parallel how my life must have been somewhat similar to his. While he passed away well before I was born, from what my Uncle Bill and my father tell …
GO BIG OR GO HOME (Make It Happen)
Feel like i’m in a mafia movie and its kill or be killed……butting heads with everyone…..have to follow my gut, take the bull by the horns, and get it done. streamline operationsscale down and outsourcefocus on profitable businesssee who stands by my side and who walks. running on pure adrenaline now…..can’t stop, worked too hard to get this far and …
Re-structure, Re-negotiate, Re-evaluate
This past week…so much has been happening….between meeting current staff, partners and allies, re-negotiating on the phone with customers, allies, partners….it seems I have strong relations because talks have been easier then I thought. Seems the staff is very supportive, and we are setting sales targets and if we can reach them as a team the office may stay. But …
Discouraged / Confused Going into 2009.
Past few days have been really discouraging for me…..I emailed this to my staff today subject: guess I am a bad manager Thanks guys…………………..I am really too nice, and now I am being totally taken advantage of…. At first I was upset when (another company president) offered to have me work with him…I thought I was doing good….but I am …
Merry Christmas from China!
Besides some scattered christmas decorations, there isn’t much christmas in China. Plus in southern china the climate is warm – so no feeling at all of the Christmas I knew growing up in Connecticut, USA! Christmas eve night though – the city is packed with people, restaurants jam packed with higher sticker prices due to the christmas holiday – bars …
Overextending myself? Hope not overpromising
Pushing as hard as I can, like usual. Getting comments from my friends reading this blog saying all I do is work!!! Well, yea its what I like to do, why I am glad I quit my dayjob and took the plunge. Learning, growing, becoming better for the next time….. But the past weeks have been more about dealing with …
Old Next to New
Move went pretty smoothly…haha….paid approx $10usd to two “lawn mower” motor 3 wheel bikers…hilarious, although nerve racking that all my belongings are hanging and strapped from these bikes…..but move went along nicely. Exciting to see the change, and its motivating the whole staff to work harder and with more room they can focus better…..its working
Thanksgiving – No Turkey but New Office!
Normally on Thanksgiving I’m chowing Turkey and watching football….this year I worked hard all day and signed a new lease for an office (pictures above) things are really moving along…..able to negotiate some good office prices and terms. This place needs some carpetting, but other then that its ready to go….really want to do rapid product development here, exciting to …
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