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Starting “Open Office Hours” to Connect Better

In business by Michael Michelini3 Comments

As I have been working on my latest venture, Social Agent, one huge difference from previous was the mentorship and feedback I have gotten along the way. From Shanghai to Shenzhen, to Hong Kong then Dalian, Beijing, back to Shanghai. Phone calls, mentor meetings, focus groups. My brain is on overload. An awesome person I have been able to connect …

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Go Shenzhen! Generator 1.0 Product Maker Conference this Saturday Jan 26

In china business by Michael MicheliniLeave a Comment

So excited to see so many startup and entrepreneur events in the PRD (pearl river delta). seriously the past couple years I have witnessed co-working spaces, startup cafes, startup weekends, hackerspaces. Its awesome. I am more into the web / software rather than the hardware, but always support all entrepreneurship activities! My friends at Seeed Studio and Haxlr8r are pulling …

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4th Shenzhen Startup Weekend Rocked! All about teamwork

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Couple days have passed since this past weekend’s Shenzhen startup weekend, our 4th official in this city. Over 110 participants, amazing energy and passion, and keeping up with the mission of the Startup weekend NGO – inspiring entrepreneurship. We had mentors from Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen – with experiences in tech + business, marketing, sales, and business model generation. …

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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 …