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Looking to 2013

In china business by Michael Michelini2 Comments

The start of a new year is exciting to everyone. Just like the beginning of a new day, a new week, its another chance. We think of the previous time, think of where we are in life, and make plans for our future year. For me, I think back to my 5 years in China / Asia / entrepreneurship, and …

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Ready to Rock in Beijing!

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Can’t wait to get back to Beijing, last time I was there I was following up potential investors from a overwhelming Chinaccelerator demo day. Can’t wait to show them all the updates and progress. I told many that I would return to Shenzhen, renew my work permit, work with my product development team, work with some core customers, and return …

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Delay No More! Executing, implementing for my startup!

In business by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Sometimes in life you just gotta make a stand. Take a chance. Put everything you’ve learned, built, earned towards one thing and EXECUTE. I remember first coming to China in 2007, thinking how cool it would be to do an international business. I remember wanting to do Load Pipe import/export trade platform, and thinking “man, I have no idea how …

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The Odds of a Western Startup Succeeding in China (nevermind just a startup!)

In china business by Michael Michelini1 Comment

After just reading Mark Suster’s post “Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.”, it inspired me to finish a blog about something that’s really been on my mind the past couple weeks – the added complexity, and the added “odds against you” of a westerner (foreigner) doing a startup in China. I spent 3 awesome months in Chinaccelerator …

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Successful 3rd Official Shenzhen Startup weekend! Community is forming!

In china business by Michael Michelini2 Comments

Another amazing weekend for startups here in Shenzhen! So glad I made it back after Chinaccelerator for this Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) global battle and Shenzhen, China is representing! Our team has been great, and we’re getting sponsors earlier + more supportive, with Singtel Innov8 as our platinum sponsor, and Tencent Open platform , Qidian Cafe, and Shadstone (my consulting …

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Back in Shenzhen – Chinese Work Permit Renewal, Product Development + Events

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Been another exhausting week- day in the life of an overseas entrepreneur in China! After Chinaccelerator demo day in Beijing last week, this past week was following up with investors and high level businessmen about Weibo Agent startup, to return to Shenzhen mid-week for Chinese work permit renewal (its issued in Shenzhen, China so I have to return to Shenzhen …

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Graduated Chinaccelerator, Planning New Beginning

In china business by Michael Michelini2 Comments

Been hustling like never before, and I thought years ago I was “making something happen outta nothing”. But seriously this week has been non-stop all action and I know my buddies keep asking me how things are going with the Chinaccelerator demo day, being here in Beijing the past week, so I’ll fill everyone in here. The 3 month Chinaccelerator …

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Pushing it! 12 days til Chinaccelerator Demo Day in Beijing Oct 30

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Feels like I’m graduating college again or something! And wow, its been 90 days already since I started this Chinaccelerator program. Its been a wild rollercoaster (yes GOAT – geeks on a train, but also generally w/ the startup highs and lows) and all the teams here are working day and night to finish product development, customer validation, and demo …

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Chinese E-commerce Annual Meeting Nov 9-10

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All these events are happening in Shenzhen once I’m done w/ this Chinaccelerator! This is the exact same weekend as the Shenzhen startupweekend, but I will try my best to stop by on Saturday the 10th to see my old hero meets hero e-commerce friends (and high level executives). Again, this is a massive Chinese e-commerce group, and the event …

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Focus, Do 1 Thing, Pressure to Succeed

In business by Michael Michelini1 Comment

Been a long road, but I think some of my mistakes in life have been trying to do too many things at the same time. I will use this Sunday evening (liking to blog on Sunday evenings) to go through how in my lifetime, I have never really been focused on 1 thing, and maybe relate this to others also …

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Bungee Jumping in China! Needed that Rush!

In china business by Michael Michelini3 Comments

YOLO (you only live once) I have never been bungee jumping, and adding the extra risk of doing it in China, why not! What started as a normal Sunday afternoon, I went to a late lunch w/ Mark + YunChung and then decided it was such a nice day out to go for a walk (instead of working in the …