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Good Luck In Your Next Country

In china business by Michael Michelini3 Comments

Today is my last day in Shenzhen for a bit, in Hong Kong airport now typing this out. Recently I had an interesting quick QQ chat i had with my friend Lucy……she was talking about my move to the philippines, contained the typical chat sequence of events, the 5 W’s – who, what, when, where, why, blah blah… But during …

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Getting Things Done in China

In china business by Michael Michelini17 Comments

As I scramble to make things clear and smooth before I depart on Thursday, as always, a few speedbumps come my way…..I get a call today from the real estate agent who I rented this location from, and he is speaking to me in Chinese (so I try my best, but have to pass the phone off to my friend, …

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Who To Trust While I’m Outside China

In china business by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Since day 1 in china its been this issue – TRUST, I remember when I first came to visit China in 2007, I was meeting everyone I could, seeing what I thought of the place, the opportunity, the trust factor….Sure I knew it was difficult, intense, insane, THAT IS WHY I LIKE IT IN CHINA. I want a challenge. I …

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Travel Plan The Next 4 Months

In china business, travel by Michael Michelini13 Comments

Been getting tweets, phone calls, emails since I blogged I am leaving Shenzhen. I feel the love! Its not that I am leaving FOREVER – but probably won’t be here to much these next few months. Maybe back in late November. I am not sure if I have blogged it yet, but put on facebook and twitter feeds that I …

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Moving Out of Shenzhen – Next Chapter of My Life

In china business by Michael Michelini18 Comments

I was hesitating blogging this!!! But at least office-wise, I am out of Shenzhen……i will still be stopping by now and again for meetings and friends. Took a photo last night here, I had a “nong min gong” (farmer who comes to the city to make better money….the hardest working people!) help me move my office things out of the …

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More Strikes in Chinese Factories Over Higher Wages

In china business by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Wow, what we have all been saying for years about the growth and development in China is coming true – so quickly. But what is happening is INFLATION. Prices for food, rent, and other basic things are going up so quickly. The Chinese government is still controlling their currency from rising too high to try to keep the export market …

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Foreign Companies Getting Squeezed for Pay Increases in China

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Back to Shenzhen for a couple days now, and just been hearing all over about foxconn factory (the one where I blogged about the chinese factory suicides) HAS DOUBLED the salaries of their workers. Here is an article I read from a Taiwanese newspaper: Commercial Times: Victims of Foxconn pay hikes 2010/06/17 13:34:56 Taiwan-based Hon Hai Group, traded as Foxconn …

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Some Perspective On Selling Fake Products from China

In china business by Michael Michelini10 Comments

I can remember back in High School days, maybe this is 1997 or 1998 (sophomore or junior year) and some classmates (i won’t disclose names) found a source of fake oakley sunglasses online and were buying them and sellling them on ebay, making some decent money. I remember looking at the poor quality fake product, and the O in Oakley …

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Reflections from my Shanghai Trip

In china business by Michael Michelini6 Comments

Heading back to Shenzhen in a bit (sitting in a delayed terminal due to rainstorms in south china), and wanted to summarize and reflect on my 10 days in shanghai. Management – I have always admitted to myself and to others this is my weakness, details and pushing others to work. Also somewhat feel it is cultural differences in style, …

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Suicides in a Chinese Factory – Who To Blame?

In china business by Michael Michelini8 Comments

Been spending over a week here in Shanghai, with the majority of my time around ecommerce and ebay where Mike Song’s office is. Been seeing how he manages his office and organizes the workflow, has been very interesting. I mentioned the other day how much I like dumplings over other Chinese food, and tonight for dinner, his sister prepared HAND …