What is Mike up to NOW?

Weekly updates on what Mike is up to NOW!


 
 

Week of 23-29, 2018

  • Still working hard in Chiang Mai – barely leaving my home office to be honest – so much work.
  • Still building out and training sales team for GFA. Luisa, Francis, Honey Bell, Mark Anthony
  • Working on management team and people.
  • GFA partners – more B2B deals.
  • Cross Border Matchmaker (CBM) – and inviting more attendees, companies, and experts.
  • GFAVIP member program UPGRADE.

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Main Projects Now:

Global From Asia

Cross Border Business Community
1) Company profiles
2) Expert database
3) Cross Border business Events
4) Awards (coming soon)

Loves podcasting and blogging about Hong Kong, China, and Asia business.

Within the Global From Asia is an annual Conference, Cross Border Summit, that takes place each April in Shenzhen, China.

NEW – we have a Asia business job board, an Experts learning event platform and an Asia service provider marketplace!

New Series – We even have a series show – E-commerce Gladiator!

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Para Living Inc.

I’m back in E-commerce, diving deep into Amazon FBA. Will be sharing the story and the blood, sweat, and tears in Global From Asia’s e-commerce series as well as a monthly TV show Ecommerce Gladiator.

Excited to get back into e-commerce since “Retiring” in 2012 after 8 years in the arena.

Para Living is the corporation.

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Scale By Outsourcing

This is a course and program to help business owners leverage the power of online teams and systems.

Over the year I have been in Asia, I have learned how to best manage distributed teams. To be extra clear, to make SOPs and systems to let the team follow them and do the work anywhere.

I packaged it up into an amazing course and program

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Unipro Consulting Limited

We merged our GFA Agency operations with an awesome CPA Firm Unipro Consulting Limited. Ray Ng is my business partner there and an awesome guy!

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China Business Cast

More podcasting! I love creating content, and sharing it with the world.

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Outsoucing Services

SEO company. I’m co-founder and VP of Operations. We help US companies, mainly in local SEO rankings with our team.

Outsourcing company. We can also help you with VA (virtual assistants) managed and both part time and full time. Message me for details.


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Week of 16-22, 2018

  • RECOVERING from Dealing with Kids’ immigration urgent issues that took 4 days last week
  • Sales team building
  • Team management, calls, recorded calls, SOPs
  • Cross Border Matchmaker (CBM) – and inviting more attendees, companies, and experts.
  • GFA Deals birth!

Week of 9 – 15, 2018

  • Back from Yiwu to Chiang Mai, Thailand – catching up on work and functional internet.
  • Dealing with Kids’ immigration urgent issue on Monday morning.
  • Building out lead generation team for GFA expert database.
  • More SOP and management – systems set us free.
  • Cross Border Matchmaker (CBM) – and inviting more attendees, companies, and experts.
  • Enjoying more GFAVIP member only events and perks.

Week of Sept 2 – 8, 2018

  • Setting up my home studio in Thailand, getting a flow state.
  • Back in Hong Kong Tuesday, then Yiwu, China Wednesday til Saturday for Yiwu sourcing trip.
  • Have an amazing new GM and partner in our Amazon FBA business – announcing soon.
  • More SOP and management – systems set us free.
  • Kid’s immigration stuff on Monday.
  • Cross Border Matchmaker (CBM) – and GFA experts database building
  • Enjoying more GFAVIP member only events and perks.

Week of Aug 26 – Sept 1, 2018

  • Moved out of China on Sunday (aug 26) lots of stuff
  • In hong Kong sunday night til Tues night mikesblog.com/prd-aug2018 for agenda
  • Finalizing new applicants a new e-commerce gladiator for Para Living inc (Ecommercegladiator.com/recruit )
  • More SOP and management
  • Going to kid’s school Wednesday to discuss Thai visa and other stuff
  • Preparing for Yiwu trip Sept 6-7 and Canton Fair Pre-Accelerator and Cross Border Matchmaker China Oct 26.
  • Enjoying more GFAVIP member only events and perks.

Week of Aug 19 – 25, 2018

  • Last week was a lot of family / kid settling in stuff- took more effort and focus than I expected – trying to get back with a ton of backlog of work
  • Will go to Shenzhen / Hong Kong later this week (thursday) mikesblog.com/prd-aug2018 for agenda
  • Finalizing new applicants a new e-commerce gladiator for Para Living inc (Ecommercegladiator.com/recruit )
  • Events and Unipro SOP and management
  • Updating homepage of GFA to be more crypto and blockchain relevant look and feel.
  • Preparing for Yiwu trip Sept 6-7 and Canton Fair Pre-Accelerator and Cross Border Matchmaker China Oct 26.
  • Also preparing schedule for HK/ Sz / China returns.

Week of Aug 12 – 18, 2018

  • At my new house in Chiang Mai, Thailand with kids screaming in the living room.
  • Making sure kid’s first day of school on Tuesday goes smooth – buying a bunch of stuff!
  • Recruiting a new e-commerce gladiator for Para Living inc (Ecommercegladiator.com/recruit )
  • Realizing everything is about management!
  • Preparing for Yiwu trip Sept 6-7 and Canton Fair Pre-Accelerator and Cross Border Matchmaker China Oct 26.
  • Preparing to come back to Shenzhen / Hong Kong Aug 23 – Sept 5.

Week of Aug 5 – 11, 2018

  • In the middle of nowhere, Nepal (Lumbini) where Buddha was born.
  • HUGE Re-structuring for Amazon FBA business with new business partners
  • more directory programming
  • Management, management, SOP, management, SOP
  • Preparing to move to Chiang Mai Thursday
  • One day in HK Wednesday.

Week of July 29 – Aug 4, 2018

  • Typing this up in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia -but will be in Nepal on Tuesday night for the rest of the week. Back to HK Aug 8.
  • Still discussing the Re-structuring for Amazon FBA business with roles and responsibilities with the partners
  • USA VIP packages and banking
  • Starting to re-build an old project Spyble
  • Built out an ICO directory in GFA (in addition to the daily listings and the reviews)
  • Huge adjustment in life for Chiang Mai, Thailand move – nervous but excited!

Week of July 22 – 28, 2018

  • School discussions in Chiang Mai
  • Re-structuring for Amazon FBA business with roles and responsibilities
  • Working on a USA incorporation package for GFA
  • Heading to Malaysia with Wendy for her meditation retreat.

Week of July 15 – 21, 2018

  • Greetings from Cebu, Philippines – had some amazing workshops in Manila and Cebu, as well as team building
  • Making more and more SOPs and systems – content machine grows
  • Making a few new mini online workshops (videos of the live seminars)
  • Chiang Mai Thailand this week for the first time.

Week of July 8 – 14, 2018

  • Preparing for Hong Kong / Rise
  • Amazon FBA hustle, team is learning by pressure.
  • Going to Philippines to start the 1 month exploration w/ Wendy for new home
  • Workshops in Manila and Cebu, team retreat next Sunday.

Week of July 1- July 6, 2018

  • hard at work on ICO reviews in GFA
  • Amazon launch for Moka pots and french press
  • working hard on team communication integrations
  • Trend still – profitability instead of growth in traffic

Week of June 24- June 30, 2018

  • Optimizing CRM flow for lead gen and new client onboarding
  • Optimizing GFA web traffic, adding more travel and real estate conversion points
  • Hong Kong Sunday night til Tuesday night
  • Meetings with Alibaba, Amazon, and others for Cross Border Matchmaker event in October
  • Trying to manage, not “do”- tough transition
  • Looking to add more profitability instead of growth in traffic

Week of June 17 – 23, 2018

  • Building out lead generation department
  • Merging ICO Briefing and GFA Investments division
  • Searching for schools for kids in south east Asia
  • Training summer intern Shenyu
  • Working on Cross Border Matchmaker event in Shenzhen Oct 2018
  • Pushing the boundaries to make something great.

Week of June 10 – 16, 2018

  • Hard core content creation week
  • Starting GFA Investments division
  • Looking into ICO reviews
  • More Bank directory additions
  • VR directory build out
  • Planning Cross Border Summit Colombia for March 18-22, 2019
  • Preparing to move to Thailand.

Week of June 3 – 9, 2018

  • Been in Hong Kong since Saturday (Wife’s Buddhist retreat) and here til Tuesday night
  • Content machine, developing more systems
  • Further optimizing the GFA Help and GFAVIP membership programs
  • Training new Unipro staff + new GFA TV co-host (exciting!)
  • Building out more mini-sites for GFA
  • Planning Cross Border Summit Colombia for March 18-22, 2019
  • Big announcement about life changes coming soon (stay tuned)

Week of May 27 – June 2, 2018

  • Hong Kong early in the week (as usual) – but China tax visit Monday first
  • Lots of grinding on email marketing and funnel for Sisitano
  • optimizing the GFA reviews, GFA banks and GFA immigration sites
  • Doing email discount for GFAVIP yearly access
  • Finding ideal time for talking to partners abotu Colombia CBS 2019, Yiwu in September, Philippines workshops in July
  • Planning Cross Border Summit Colombia for March 18-22, 2019
  • Content machine as usual

Week of May 20 – 26, 2018

  • Hong Kong early in the week (as usual)
  • Forming a new company for content creation (Content Investments) with Viena
  • Creating a GFA Reviews Platform
  • Merging an immigration forum w/ GFA Immigration and emailing the list
  • Creating a bank directory
  • Planning Cross Border Summit Colombia for March 18-22, 2019
  • More content for Coffee, Virtual Reality, cross border business. Making a guest blog machine.

Week of May 13 – 19, 2018

  • Hong Kong early in the week (as usual)
  • Developing a more scalable online content creation team
  • Studying subscription model for e-commerce products and Amazon FBA upsells

Week of May 5 – 12, 2018

  • Going to Hong Kong Monday and Thailand Monday Night to Thursday (recording a China manufacturing workshop for Thai audience)
  • Working on membership of GFA for CBS 2018 videos STILL – 33 videos!
  • Improving Para Living Inc content management team – leveraging GFA’s

Week of April 29 – May 5 2018

  • finally catching up after exhausting Cross Border Summit
  • Working on membership of GFA for CBS 2018 videos
  • Workshops and opportunities spinning from CBS 2018

Week of April 22 – 28 2018

  • At CAnton Fair typing this up – on the GFA Canton Fair Trip
  • Working on membership of GFA for ppt and videos
  • Following up with opportunities that came from the summit.

Week of April 15 – 21 2018

  • Fully focused on Cross Border Summit April 20-21 – its this week! 6 months of planning all comes down to now!
  • VR campaign for Ennoplus
  • Getting Phil into Para Living founding team workflow

Week of April 8 – 14 2018

  • Thank you for all the amazing birthday wishes – and those who answered my birthday wish and shared Cross border Summit in your social media! 🙂
  • Fully focused on Cross Border Summit April 20-21 – less than 2 weeks now so the pressure is on!
  • VR campaign getting ready for the conference
  • Roland from Para Living Inc is in Hong Kong trying to meet him since he’s only here a couple times a year from Europe.

Week of April 1 – 7, 2018

  • Happy Easter (writing this up on Sunday morning as usual)
  • Cross border Summit April 20-21, –
    Cross Border Summit is in a few weeks – full focus on this now, pressure is on and I am loving it
  • Training Claire – looking forward to Claire our client services and business development team member, learning the systems and team members more to help take Global From Asia to the next level.
  • Planning for new business expansion after the summit. A few big things in the works.
  • Chinese Factory VR Experiences – so cool we are doing virtual reality for factories now.
  • My birthday is Monday (4/2) . Getting older. Always put pressure on myself to break limiting beliefs and achieve greatness that is hidden inside all of us.

Week of Mar 25 – 31, 2018

  • short week for western world – Easter holiday is starting end of this week
  • Cross border Summit April 20-21, 2018 my big focus and pressure – more and more attendees, and so many want to be a speaker been on calls with a lot of potential new speakers.
  • Working on a training session for visiting financial delegates from Colombia visiting China
  • Training Claire Hu more on events and sales (even though I’m not so good at it! haha)
  • Association / wechat app / community / block chain something to add more value to the community here.
  • Finished recording first VR content at a factory, this week learning how to implement it.

Week of Mar 18 – 24, 2018

  • back in Shenzhen / Hong Kong for the whole week
  • Cross border Summit April 20-21, 2018 my big focus and pressure – more and more attendees, and so many want to be a speaker
  • Global From Asia Espanol – some new projects already coming in Colombia
  • Training Claire Hu more on business development
  • New projects in the works, too early to say
  • HK Virtual reality trade show developing with ShadowFactory.io

Week of Mar 11 – 18 , 2018

  • Vietnam couple more days, mastermind + podcast interviews / biz dev
  • Cross border Summit April 20-21, 2018 my big focus and pressure – more and more attendees, and so many want to be a speaker
  • Global From Asia Espanol
  • Building out sales and biz dev team for GFA
  • Amazon package live! Working on launch strategy
  • Hong Kong and Shenzhen hustling as usual. Virtual reality with ShadowFactory.io

Week of Mar 4 – 10 , 2018

  • Last week finally back from USA trip exhaustion
  • Cross border Summit April 20-21, 2018 my big focus and pressure – more and more attendees, and so many want to be a speaker
  • Working on systems even deeper for content creation. hired 2 more writers
  • Hired Claire Hu for business development on Global From Asia – already feeling it was a smart decision 🙂
  • Still waiting for Amazon package to clear on Amazon and be live for Para Living Inc
  • Going to Saigon Thursday night for DCxSGN conference over the weekend.

Week of Feb 25 – Mar 3 , 2018

  • BACK! Recovered from jet lag and exhaustion of taking care of 2 kids in USA w/o my wife.
  • Cross border Summit April 20-21, 2018 my big focus and pressure – it will rock – but still so much work to do!
  • Hiring writers and business development people for various businesses
  • Online version of China Business Workshop
  • Launch the Amazon product on Sisitano finally

Week of Feb 18 – 24 , 2018

  • Spend about “2 days” traveling back from USA back to China
  • Reflecting on the US trip and Colombia trip
  • Complete Recruiting for a Shenzhen based Chinese business development person
  • Work on online version of China Business Workshop
  • Still kind of Chinese New Year …things on the Eastern front still quiet.

Week of Feb 11 – 17 , 2018

  • Last week in USA, being a dad with 2 kids (feeling what its like to be a single parent)
  • Colombia business trip for GFA expansion
  • Still Recruiting for a Shenzhen based Chinese business development person
  • Chinese New Year …things on the Eastern front really quiet.

Week of Feb 4 -10 , 2018

  • Getting over jet lag!
  • Preparing for China Business Workshop in Miami Feb 8-9
  • Recruiting for a Shenzhen based Chinese business development person
  • Making the most while in USA – making deals and meeting people in US.

Week of Jan 28 – Feb 3, 2018

  • Few days in Shenzhen / Hong Kong before USA trip
  • Preparing for China Business Workshop in Miami Feb 8-9
  • Hong Kong “hustle” all day Monday
  • Thinking of writing up a Sales manual for GFA

Week of Jan 21-26, 2018

  • Back to the Hong Kong, Shenzhen China border grind!
  • Updating processes and workflows based on Cebu team meeting last week
  • Promoting Cross Border Summit 2018 and China Business Workshop Florida
  • Para Living Amazon launch is coming soon!

Week of Jan 14-20, 2018

  • In Manila, Philippines just had an amazing GFA workshop w/ Digital Filipino + planning many more
  • Team building in Cebu, Philippines mid-week
  • Promoting Cross Border Summit 2018 and China Business Workshop Florida
  • More systems, SOPs, KPIs, processes set us free!

Week of Jan 7-13, 2018

  • Working on marketing systems for all our GFA events
  • Working on ways to promote videos we are making
  • Cross Border Summit 2018 is coming up close, getting more speakers – April 20-21,2018
  • Preparing for Philippines Jan 11 – 17, Manila and Cebu. Manila meetup Saturday Jan 13!

Week of Dec 31, 2017 – Jan 6, 2018

  • Building out massive network of drop ship websites
  • Hong Kong on Tues / Wednesday for Shadow Factory web marketing work (new site!) and business meetings
  • Cross Border Summit 2018 is coming up close – April 20-21,2018
  • Let’s rock 2018

Week of Dec 24 – 30, 2017

  • Studying closer drop shipping for various websites I have traffic on
  • Reviewing our team’s ability and aligning that with our company’s projects
  • Meeting with some good friends about new software and platform projects in the cross border ecommerce space for 2018

Week of Dec 17 – 23, 2017

  • Reviewing Tools of the Titans book
  • More Email marketing funnels and Dead Line funnel.
  • SOP/ Company handbook review
  • Cross Border Summit early bird with the top speakers and sponsors.

Week of Dec 10 – 16, 2017

  • Got my passport back, so in HK Monday
  • Working on email funnel – diving so deep into email marketing….
  • HR handbook for company
  • Cross Border Summit early bird with the top speakers and sponsors.

Week of Dec 2 – 9, 2017

  • Stuck in Shenzhen as I have no passport during work permit renewal
  • Thinking about 2018 and big initiatives
  • Working on email funnel – diving so deep into email marketing….
  • Working on GFA’s Cross Border E-commerce Association (GFA CBEA)
  • New Virtual Reality portal site
  • Cross Border Summit early bird with the top speakers and sponsors.

Week of Nov 26 – Dec 2, 2017

  • Thinking about 2018 and big initiatives
  • Working on email funnel for GFA free course
  • Working on GFA’s Cross Border E-commerce Association (GFA CBEA)
  • New Virtual Reality portal site
  • Cross Border Summit early bird with the top speakers

Week of Nov 19 – 26, 2017

  • Thinking about 2018 and big initiatives
  • reflecting on 2017 – need to make a blog post recap
  • Waiting for production sample of Sisitano’s first moka pot! (still!)
  • Video systems – making a whole video interview series inside of factories and Chinese Amazon FBA sellers, need to make a system to make it smooth – each Thursday a new release.
  • Working on finding venue for Cross Border Summit 2018 in Shenzhen, China – may stick with same one as last year and focus on quality people instead of quantity.

Oh ya and Happy Thanksgiving! Not much of a holiday for me though, no plans yet.

Week of Nov 12 – 18, 2017

  • Content creation systems to scale more
  • Working on an event in Philippines – Sat Jan 13
  • Preparing to go to USA – Florida- Feb 1 – 18, 2018 – now doing a China Business Workshop for it.
  • Working on an association for GFA, members driven
  • Working on finding venue for Cross Border Summit 2018 in Shenzhen, China

Week of Nov 5 – 11, 2017

  • Content creation systems to scale more
  • Working on an event in Philippines
  • Working on a Joint Venture in Colombia for Cross Border Summit
  • Focusing back on GFAVIP membership after the CBM event
  • Working on finding venue for Cross Border Summit 2018 in Shenzhen, China

Week of Oct 29 – Nov 4,
2017

  • Recovering from epic DCBKK
  • Recovering from epic Cross Border Matchmaker
  • Implementing new email marketing strategies
  • Catching up on content creation backlog and working with team.

Week of Oct 15 – 21,
2017

  • Preparing to go to DCBKK
  • Getting the first shipment for Sisitano coffee accessories sorted
  • Launching a new podcast The Coffee Journey
  • More promotions for Cross Border Matchmaker

Week of Oct 8 – 15,
2017

  • Placing first order for our new FBA business, Para Living Inc
  • Everyone is back from Golden Week holiday last week, time to push Cross Border Matchmaker which is Friday Oct 27 in Hua Qiang Bei, Shenzhen, China
  • Training sales team
  • Moving HK office
  • Looking to open an SZ office as member’s community center.

Week of Oct 1 – 7,
2017

  • Working on a more organized sales team for the company
  • Cross Border Matchmaker! Is coming up quick, Friday Oct 27!
  • Wholesalers Dropship / Hong Kong warehousing operations – office move, furniture, etc
  • Editing TONS of video interviews with top Chinese Amazon FBA sellers – last week did a ton of interviews, now gotta edit them all.
  • Making a GFA Awards site
  • Starting an online mastermind group for GFA VIP members

Week of Sept 17, 2017 – Sept 25,
2017

  • Re-engaging with VIP members of Global From Asia.
  • Cross Border Matchmaker (CBM) inviting high level international sellers.
  • Shanghai trip Sept 19-24 – CHat conference, also doing a GFA meetup Wed Sept 20. Doing GFA event in Hangzhou too, as well as a visit to Alibaba.
  • Working on business model of Ecommerce Gladiator
  • Finding a China sourcing Assistant for Para Living Inc

Week of Sept 10, 2017 – Sept 16,
2017

  • Focusing on our GFA VIP members program. Have a mastermind rush starting. Also doing members town halls and 3 live podcast recordings with Q & A. As we have a lot of free content on Global From Asia – that will still be free, we are just adding premium paid content on top, as we’re figuring out how to monetize all the work we have been doing.
  • Cross Border Matchmaker (CBM) this is lining up a massive event. Wendy is taking the lead and last week announced it – tons of sponsors and signups already.
  • Shanghai trip Sept 19-24 – CHat conference, also doing a GFA meetup Wed Sept 20. Want to do some hyper networking. Lorenzo talking to me about coming to Hangzhou too. Need to figure this all out.
  • Building out E-Commerce Gladiator into a proper TV show
  • Working on better managing my finances, Shlomo is my coach! After leaving New York City in 2007 I always kind of let the budgeting slide….

Week of Sept 3, 2017 – Sept 10,
2017

  • Para Living is getting samples delivered, still firming out the work flow between partners.
  • GFA meetup long term strategy. Philippines? Hong Kong chapter leaders, dates for September’s.
  • Announce and promote Cross Border Matchmaker conference for Fri Oct 27
  • Video creation and marketing systems and procedures.
  • Ecommerce Gladiator TV show PRODUCTION and EDITING – huge amount of work – STILL WORKING ON FIRST EPISODE
  • Scale By Outsourcing – talk to Travis about webinar and more cross-marketing.
  • focusing on GFAVIP member series + recruiting more premium members.

Week of Aug 27, 2017 – Sept 2,
2017

  • Making more systems and processes for Para Living Amazon FBA Business on product selection and launching
  • Speaking in Hong Kong on Aug 31, Thursday, at Naked Hub on Cross Border E-commerce.
  • Banking and corporate, legal, contracts for Para Living Inc.
  • Event marketing for GFA team
  • Ecommerce Gladiator TV show PRODUCTION and EDITING – huge amount of work
  • Video production SOPs and processes for Kelvin on the team

Week of Aug 20-26, 2017

  • New ecommerce venture confirmed – Para Living!
  • Contract confirmed for new venture
  • sales training for new GFA team
  • Ecommerce Gladiator TV show

Week of Aug 13-20, 2017

  • Training new Sales and marketing staff – Wechat , facebook, email
  • Still vetting applicants for ecommerce venture, legal contract signing
  • New Ecommerce Venture name is – ParaLiving.com
  • Get USA GFA Chapters going!
  • Getting close to E-commerce gladiator Tv night – Tues Aug 22!

Week of Aug 6 – 13, 2017

  • Hiring more sales and marketing people
  • Interviews (calls) with ecommerce case study applicants
  • Work on more GFA chapters – processes, SOP, and others
  • Ecommerce Gladiator TV outline!

Week of July 30 – Aug 5, 2017

  • Servicing new members of Scale By Outsourcing program, getting more signups!
  • Work on vetting the applications for the new Amazon FBA business / case study
  • Work on more GFA chapters – Thailand, and others
  • more re-purposing of epic content!

Week of July 23 – 30, 2017

  • Announcing our next big event – Cross border Matchmaker – for Saturday Oct 28, 2017 in Shenzhen
  • Announcing a whole new direction in my life and business – need to wait til Tuesday July 25 to find out – will announce on all channels
  • Scale By Outsourcing course is ready for purchase to those on the list

Week of July 16 – 22, 2017

  • Back to the “grind” – I hope to travel less, do less meetings. I just want to focus on making amazing content and building out more systems for the business.
  • Working on GFA Chapter organization – getting lots of questions for chapter organizers and working on making it smoother – but at the same time – need to figure out the best business model – it is a challenge – but an opportunity at the same time.
  • Systems for getting new content online – Have amazing content being created – still the flow isn’t fully complete. Need to make a system for that and get people in place for it.
  • Scale By outsourcing course – lead magnet delivered, sales page up, with target of 3 clients by end of month.

Week of July 9-16 2017

Back in Shenzhen, for a few days – but a lot of Hong Kong this coming week

  • Rise Conference – will be a media at rise conference, going to be hyper networking, hope to get a few good podcasts in. Meet some more cool people and grow the GFA brand and network.
  • GFA meetup in HK at Rise – Wed July 12 – have a GFA meetup during Rise – 7pm at Paperclip HK coworking Space with Ricardo Li on cross-border e-commerce into China
  • GFA ecommerce pitch night Thurs July 13 in SZ – at TGN workhub in Nanshan, Shenzhen
  • Building out more GFA chapters – Miami, Hangzhou, San Francisco, and more in the works.
  • Make GFA into a cross-border business association – need to make a charter, get a board of advisors. Learning how that works, but seems taht is what GFA is becoming which is awesome!
  • Strategic thinking about GFA – its 3 things – GFA media, GFA events, and GFA Platforms (jobs, experts, market). Pretty awesome how it is shaping up
  • Monetization models – still need to work on monetization for GFA.

Week of July 2- 8 2017

Still in Vietnam, will be here till Tuesday night, July 4th.

  • Launching PR campaign – it was leaked early, http://www.campaignasia.com/gallery/agencies-aim-to-provoke-with-altered-us-currency/437742 but we have press releases going out in both USA and China on Monday and Tuesday so it should be great
  • Launching SBO – scalebyoutsourcing.com – after months of work, we have the course ready and a great offer, if you want to check it out, get on our email list on the homepage. Excited to regularly add knowledge and help for people growing their business by outsourcing.
  • Design flow – we just added a designer to our team and he is taking charge of making smooth designs for all our meetups and events.
  • Strategic thinking about our meetups and workshops – after this Vietnam meetup last week, deciding about the long term strategy of having meetups in various parts of the world. What is the business model, what is the value. Talking to some local Vietnamese potential organizing partners and getting some great insights. Each market here in Asia is so different, how to make them all fit together.
  • Business model canvas – my buddy Wilson Blues pushing me to make one so he can give me more feedback. He’s afraid I’m not thinking a bout profitablilty enough. Will be a good exercise.

Week of June 25- July 1, 2017

Recovering from event week! But still a lot more hustling this week

  • Goign to Vietnam Wednesday til July 4 – doing a GFA meetup there on Thursday June 29 at The Hive in district 2 from 7pm to 9pm, come by!
  • Launching scalebyoutsourcing.com in beta!
  • GFA meetup SOP flow tweaks
  • Get to know Andrew Voda more, our summer apprentice, he’s with me in Vietnam

Week of June 18- June 24, 2017

EVENT Week!!! been preparing for this week for a while, will try to keep “computer work” up a bit but will mostly be at conferences, meetups, and more.

  • Techcrunch Shenzhen – monday and Tuesday
  • China Business Cast meetup – Wednesday night. With the afternoon me and Shlomo (co-host) together recording
  • GFA meetup – Wilson talking about Amazon FBA on Thursday night
  • Wechat workshop – GFA Expert workshop with Matt Brennan on Friday afternoon
  • Wechat Mini China Channel event – I’m on a panel in SZ’s mini-meetup Saturday afternoon

Week of June 11- June 17, 2017

  • Really working being a “manager” more than a “maker” as we add more and more people to the team.
  • REsearch for n course for managing online teams and productivity, Scale By Outsourcing
  • so many events, making systems for our GFA events and experts network
  • Looking for local city chapter organizers for GFA Experts platform
  • GFA VIP – paid membership, and basically, everyone else is a free member (email newsletter, etc) – helped me a lot to figure out that the GFA site is 2 things – paid member or free member, that is it.
  • Made a public page of GFA VIP members GFA VIP members here

Week of June 4- June 11, 2017

  • SEO analysis for Global From Asia
  • Working on new course for managing online teams and productivity, Scale By Outsourcing
  • so many events, making systems for our GFA events and experts network
  • Looking for local city chapter organizers for GFA Experts platform

Week of May 28- June 3, 2017

  • Keyword research and content generation – thinking of more epic content for Global From Asia
  • Working on new course for managing online teams and productivity
  • spending more time making GFA newsletter even better
  • New summer intern starting, Andrew Voda, so preparing and he’ll be working from June 1
  • funnel and tweaks to overall GFA site

Week of May 21- May 27, 2017

  • Education and Members is the focus, seems this is what I have always been about and need to focus on what I am good at, as well as what people want (and pay for)!
  • GFA Experts followup – Just had an amazing GFA Experts Meetup and GFA Experts Workshop at the end of last week! Want to collect feedback and make a long term calendar / schedule for future events.
  • GFAVIP – I want to focus more on our current and new GFAVIP members. Adding all these new GFA Jobs, GFA Market, GFA Experts, I want to make sure the current members know that they have special priority and benefits on these platforms.

Week of May 14- May 20, 2017

  • Working on meetups and workshops as part of the GFA experts division of Global From Asia. This Thursday have a meetup on logistics, and then Friday a full day workshop on Amazon Leverage. Also getting more interest in Vietnam for a meetup there June 23 (friday). Looking for community leaders to help drive these forward.
  • Looking to bring back Global From Asia TV, monthly.
  • Early stage discussions on an e-commerce incubator in Shenzhen. Not a “startup” incubator where the majority fail and look for 1 “unicorn” – but a more average risk with average return. Help these e-commerce sellers start, scale, and/or get to a new level depending on their level.
  • Restructuring China Business Cast a bit so that it can operate more independent.
  • Preparing for Summer intern starting on June 1

Week of May 7- May 13, 2017

  • Launching a new GFA Experts platform to enable knowledgable experts on Asia business to organize courses, workshops, and events under the Global From Asia brand. Hope to launch in a couple days.
  • Close to selecting an intern for this summer to take GFA to the next level.
  • Working on more workshops for Amazon FBA with Meir Simhi, launched and people are buying it. Was shy about pricing but learning to sell value, and it will be worth it!
  • Reading a book about mindset, and just not looking back. I have invested a lot in so many projects that didn’t pan out – but need to remember that those are what made me who I am today. Focus on what is working and I hope to double down on that.

Week of April 30 – May 6, 2017

Week of April 23 – 29, 2017

  • Digesting an amazing Cross border Summit April 21-22 that just finished on Saturday. Writing up PR releases, dealing with the accounting, collecting feedback, and thinking about April 2018’s event.
  • Now full force on building out the Global From Asia market, after the summit is finished
  • Working on more workshops for Amazon FBA with Meir Simhi, as well as Wechat training with Matt Brennan.

Week of April 15 – 22, 2017

I hate to delete stuff, so I’ll keep the archives below of the old “now” status updates.

Week of April 2 – 8, 2017

(didn’t really follow the “what I’m doing now”) in 2016 – and got inspired by Dustin Ellard to archive the older ones each week. Started it up again on my birthday in April 2017.

From December 2015

Writing this up end of December 2015.

Family – 2nd baby coming Jan 2016 We’re expecting our 2nd baby next month! Will be a girl, and we picked the name Maggie already! Can’t wait

Global From Asia podcast + Asia business agency – What started out as a podcast has become my main focus – I’m helping people setup companies in Hong Kong and China, as well as a list of other products and services for business in Hong Kong and China.

Unchained Apps + Social Agent App Business Development Manager at the app company Unchained Apps which Social Agent merged with in Nov 2014.

3rd Book Coming soon: China Startup – almost ready to launch my 3rd book, China Startup – about my experiences and insights starting a tech startup in Mainland China. Launching in Jan.