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. …
Rockin’ into 2013! Startup Weekend Shenzhen, Jan 18-20
Lets kick off the Shenzhen startup scene with a bang! Startup weekend is gonna happen just before Chinese New Years on the weekend of Jan 18 to 20th here in Shenzhen, China! The last one was less than a couple months ago, but based on huge demand and some great venue choices, the guys at 3W startup cafe really want …
Looking to 2013
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 …
Putting Everything I Got At It, Hardcore China Business during Christmas
Not sure if its aggression, unending pursuit, that feeling that if you can only go longer, faster, stronger than anyone else is willing to go. Something to prove. Just have to do it because you keep hearing over and over its not possible. To build a business in China, in the internet industry. So I took this trip up to …
Ready to Rock in Beijing!
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 …
Delay No More! Executing, implementing for my startup!
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 …
A Week in Hong Kong, Startups HK Pitch Night, Teambuilding
I know, only been back to Shenzhen about 2 weeks and on the road again! Well, Hong Kong is just a hop, skip across the bay and our startup WeiboAgent has been building up its team more in Hong Kong than anywhere else! I’m trying to plan more ahead of time to maximize my travel trips, this is my outline …
The Odds of a Western Startup Succeeding in China (nevermind just a startup!)
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 …
Successful 3rd Official Shenzhen Startup weekend! Community is forming!
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 …
Back in Shenzhen – Chinese Work Permit Renewal, Product Development + Events
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 …
Graduated Chinaccelerator, Planning New Beginning
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 …
Motivated! Cleaning up my Dalian Desk, preparing for Beijing!
Sunday, the day I always get tons of work done. Making my week plan, catching up on emails, few phone calls. Also, realizing I will be heading to Beijing in a couple days (decided to leave on Wednesday night overnight train) – going to get to Beijing a bit earlier before Tuesday’s Chinaccelerator demo day. More changes, more moving! Life …
Pushing it! 12 days til Chinaccelerator Demo Day in Beijing Oct 30
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 …
Chinese E-commerce Annual Meeting Nov 9-10
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 …
Preparing to Return to Shenzhen for Startup weekend, Nov 9-11
Been up in Dalian, China for almost the full 3 months in Chinaccelerator, demo day is in 15 days…but I haven’t totally forgotten about Shenzhen! The organizing team of Shenzhen startupweekend (Kawai, Nik, and myself) are back at it, and GEW (global entrepreneurship week) is also at that time (the weekend of Nov 9-11 and Nov 16-18) Here are the …
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