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Halfway Through 2015 – Checking In On New Years Goals

In motivation by Michael Michelini2 Comments

I remember the “Christmas in July” TV commercial when I was a kid, and always thought it was a funny and somewhat sleazy way for the local electronics store to drum up sales. But what it did make me realize is that we are halfway to Christmas! And thinking that way, it also made me realize that we are halfway …

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Book Review- Startupland

In business, Reviews by Michael Michelini0 Comments

I was fortunate enough to attend Mikkel Svane’s (Zendesk founder and CEO) presentation of his startup journey founding the company in Denmark to relocating to SF and the recent IPO. I’m really happy he also stopped by Shenzhen on his China visit – as a lot of people are unaware of the size and ability of the tech community here. …

Adapt, Why Success Always Starts With Failure – Book Review

In business, motivation by Michael Michelini6 Comments

Committed my Sunday afternoon to finishing this book “Adapt, Why Success Always Starts with Failure” by Tim Harford, this excerpt really got my interest we are blinder than we think (page 17)….Humans cannot make the right decision every time, we have to learn by failure, we have to have courage to try, and have to have the right balance of …

Will Future Generations Go To University? Go to Classrooms?

In business, social media by Michael Michelini8 Comments

My friend Leon is applying for a work visa in Hong Kong, and one of the biggest criteria is a university degree. Unfortunately, as smart and capable of a programmer in today’s world, one of the best I have come across, but because of formal education, he is having problems. Is that the best way to measure someone’s capabilities? I …

I’m a Social Media Consultant! In China!

In business, social media by Michael Michelini8 Comments

uh oh! Its official, I’ve changed my email signature from “internet marketing consultant” to “social media consultant”. Changed my “job” by changing my email signature….pretty hilarious when you think about it….but we are who we make ourselves to be…or else others tell us who to be. Its our choice, I have said it not making a decision is making a …

Do Tech CEOs Need To Be %@#$@^& to Succeed?

In business, usa by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Again, unfortunately, I’m reading more news supporting the fact that “nice guys finish last”. This article I read, Why Are Tech Founders Such Assholes?, points out the negative things famous and successful businessmen have done in their career to get ahead. Sure, you can spin things in different ways, and life is always about perspective. There is that saying “history …

Feel More Equipped, More Professional Then Ever

In business, travel by Michael Michelini2 Comments

maybe its my turning 30, the fact that i have made commitments to my career and basic geographical location…and getting used to being in the constant moving….I am constantly having an internal battle about why I am traveling so much….its exhausting, but I think its important to what I’m trying to do….bridge cultures and connect people. Its the life I …

Crazy Dream -What may have kept me at my NY job!

In business, usa by Michael Michelini4 Comments

I’ve been thinking a lot, and with my big shift from fixed office to coworking and freelancing, I think back to my time four years ago at Deutsche Bank and when I put in my notice to leave my job. My manager I guess kind of expected it, I had already filed with them (per SEC regulations) that I had …

Managing When Everyone Wants to be a Freelancer!

In business by Michael Michelini14 Comments

Seriously today’s world is changing so quickly world is flat, technology is moving at lightening speed with tablets and mobile technology replacing the need for laptops (never mind archaic desktops!), coworking is the new modern office, and everyone is a independent contractor and freelancer! I have always wondered this since my day job at Deutsche Bank…so many people were not …

Update on Business Direction & Life

In business by Michael Michelini9 Comments

I always like Sunday to be the day I reflect and if I had my way I would not have any meetings or work scheduled…just to catch up on errands, clean up the “house” (where I am), reflect on the last week, and think about the upcoming week and get prepared to do the best I can do. Just keep …

Building an Awesome Team – Which Xmen Character Are You?

In business by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Maybe I’m such a nerd, but this movie “The Wolverine” recently made me think more about TEAMS and working in groups. And the most important thing I think about working with other people is UNDERSTANDING WHO YOU REALLY ARE….. I know, I think this is hard, to accept facts that we are born with some advantages, and over our childhood, …

Stuck on the Idea of Starting That We Never Actually Start?

In business by Michael Michelini8 Comments

I hesitate blogging on this topic, because I believe I am one of the extremes in this case….I have fallen in love with starting and making new ideas and new projects. This is a great article – Are You Afraid of Good Ideas? which spawned the idea for this blog. He titles the article towards people who are AFRAID TO …

Putting it up on the block, for real this time, newyorkbarstore

In corporate world, usa by Michael Michelini5 Comments

Kinda have played with the idea in the past, blogging if people wanted to buy / partner with newyorkbarstore, mentioning it to a few close friends or business colleagues in the bar products industry. I have listed it on a domain selling website flippa – 6 Year Old Bar Products, Supplies Ecommerce Site Page rank 5 domain, decent google rankings. …