Newsletter: Chinese Losing Weight To Build a Family

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Michael Michelini (@michelini) here. You’re getting this email because you requested my periodic thoughts on international business from Hong Kong.

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This week: new silk road bumps, email’s future, HK developer HR issues and more!

This newsletter has been renamed “GFA Pulse” and I am spending a lot more time adding new and interesting news in it each week. Hope you enjoy – also don’t forget to make it to the bottom of the email where we share our GFA podcast of the week and other news.

Our idea is to share other news first, then plug some of our stuff!

Welcome to GFA Pulse Number 125

Wondering how China’s new silk road is going?
Seems not so smooth at the moment as “Rift between Qatar and its neighbours could disrupt key projects in Beijing’s sprawling trade initiative”. Read more

Well, I did lose a lot of weight AFTER I got married, maybe not the same reason as this couple:
Never knew that the desire of starting a family can be so strong that give me the motives to lose 200kg’s weight! Check out this article here:
Morbidly obese Chinese couple loses 200kg between them so they can start a family

While in the West, many startups are trying to “kill” email…
Email has always been dead in China… this is a great article about why:
The Chinese person will take a few seconds to remember his email address. He’ll then scribble down a jumble of numbers, maybe with a single letter— The foreigner will be puzzled as to why this person has such a strange email account name. And she’ll also be puzzled when emails to her new acquaintance go unreplied.
Via Andre Martin

Shenzhen is all over the biggest Internet Trend report of the year
Lots of China info in this deck, including stuff specifically about Shenzhen
Via Chris Moore

I hope they are wrong here, let’s hope it doesn’t go that far
Hong Kong game developer that can’t find local talent says it’ll take a revolution for Hongkongers to see industry as a viable career

[Video] Maybe not Asia specific – but banking related….
Banks are lying to us – what else is new? This video shows us how Trump has a ton of Goldman Sachs alumni on his team, and 5 banks in USA hold 44% of the market – up from 25% before the 2008 financial crisis
Via Andre Martin

Is Hong Kong’s market really free? It doesn’t look so when looking at the major local industries, reports the Hong Kong Free Press
The world’s freest economy? Just take a look at Hong Kong’s supermarkets, utility firms or taxis!
Another great one via Andre Martin

HK Hotel Shakeup?
Mandarin Oriental International announced Monday it has plans to explore a potential sale of The Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong.

I was interviewed on the 80/20 podcast (link broken ) (investing theme) about my transition from Wall Street to China. Always a popular topic.

From the Global From Asia Media Desk

This week’s podcast we have Andrew Henderson from Nomad Capitalist. He was a speaker at this year’s Cross Border Summit and delivered a captivating speech on letting countries attract you to them, not the other way around. It is a general overview of global citizenship, the trends we have both seen since starting business and where things may go.
Check it out

Curious on Hong Kong Immigration? We shared a post for Karl, one of our GFAVIP members, on how To Make The HK Relocation Process Smooth 

Global From Asia Experts Meetup

This time Matthew Brennan will be in town for TechCrunch’s first ever event in Shenzhen and then he will share his expert knowledge in a personal WeChat marketing training workshop hosted by Global From Asia.

Market Listing of the Week

Want a tour of the famous Hua Qiang Bei electronic market in Shenzhen? We have Troublemaker offering a full service tour on our market here

Job of The Week

Guided Imports, headed up by one of our Cross Border Summit speakers, Sam Boyd, is looking for a sourcing agent 

Video of the Week

Being yourself, it is much harder than it sounds.


Reminder our member’s monthly private workshop is next Thursday morning 9am

Sent June 8, 2017

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American internet entrepreneur in China, Asia, and Hong Kong. Helping companies do business globally from Asia

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