Newsletter: Will Guys Stay out of the Women Only Subway Cars in China?

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This week: drone deliveries, moon delays, China doesn’t make fakes?, and more

Happy July 4th – independence day in America, Happy July 1 – 20 years of the Hong Kong handover to Mainland China, 2 historical events – one about separation, one about, let’s say “joining”. And to add a twist to it, we did a campaign you can check out here that we sent out a couple days ago.

GFA Pulse Number 129

When drone first was invented, I was always thinking of how it would deliver my e-commerce orders. And now, SF has already made it a reality! I thought this would be like 10 years away – But seems soon the drone will take over delivery guys sooner!
SF Express gets green light for drone package deliveries

Well this ruins my plan of moving to moon sooner. In contrast with the drone deliveries exceeding my expectation, this news just set me back from my moon target. Don’t worry, we’ll still go in our lifetime.
China’s most powerful rocket failed yesterday. What does that mean for the country’s space plans?

Pretty funny article as Shanghaiist links to tons of articles of fake product stories:
China condemns Europol report alleging that it is the source of 86% of world’s fake goods
Via Andre Martin

July First was the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to Mainland China from the British – so, here we go:
A big chunk of news here, but showing it all in the newsletter so you can’t say you missed this July 1st news
In a surprise announcement, China’s Foreign Ministry said the agreement between China and the UK was no longer relevant or binding.
“Now Hong Kong has returned to the motherland’s embrace for 20 years, the Sino-British Joint Declaration, as a historical document, no longer has any practical significance, and it is not at all binding for the central government’s management over Hong Kong,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.
“The UK has no sovereignty, no power to rule and no power to supervise Hong Kong after the handover.”
Via Jacob Miller

And while Hong Kong has its struggle, Shenzhen continues to soar.
I don’t know about you, but living in Shenzhen for last 10 years make me feel this is a super old headline. I hear it over and over again that Shenzhen is the next Silicon Valley and if you guys have ever been here, you will know what I am talking about:
Shenzhen Will Replace Silicon Valley

Shenzhen is offering ‘Female-Priority’ Subway Cars!!! Although the media loves it, I’ve heard a lot of my female friends complain to me that it does not actually make a difference and dudes are still filling up the train cars. Well, like anything else – it takes time? What do you think, will dudes really stay out of the female only subway train cars?

Shenzhen’s New ‘Female-Priority’ Subway Cars a Total Bust?

And the live streaming matures to a full blown business:
woah, didn’t know that they have agents, agencies, workplaces for live streaming influencers.. (I thought only cam stars would be that organized)
via Andrew Martin

From the Global From Asia Media Desk

We are working hard on a new program “Scale By Outsourcing”, massive deep dive into organizing, recruiting, and scaling online teams, stay tuned and get on the cutting edge of leveraging an online team at

This week’s podcast we have Nadine Eich, a German herself, she shares strategies and tips on Amazon German market. Stay in tune by subscribing us on itunes.

This week’s blog, it is about a creative marketing campaign that we run together with ITTIZ. We sent red envelopes containing the bills to 500 of the biggest companies in Shenzhen, including LENOVO, ZTE, MEIZU, HUAWEI, HAIER, OPPO, DJI, and others. All of the bills are actual U.S. currency notes, ranging in value from $1 to $100, with a removable sticker of a Chinese emperor covering the respective U.S. icon’s image. It went viral in China. Check it out and share!

We are also going to Rise Conference and host a event there on Wednesday July 12th

On July 13, we also having a e commerce startup demo night in Shenzhen, event details are here

Market Listing of the Week

Want to verify if you factory can actually do what they claim? Insight Quality Services does just that (and more) with this listing on our GFA Market

Job of The Week

Our GFAVIP member, TRNDlabs, is seeking a supply chain operation lead. TRNDlabs is growing faster than ever before! The coming years TRNDlabs aims to continue its meteoric rise. This ambition is fueled by the expansion of the collection with new stylish and innovative products, building their channels globally and providing the best customer service in the world. Apply here

GFA crew’s first meetup in Saigon was awesome! I had a great time there meeting like minded people and of course, meeting our lovely attendees for GFA first meetup ever there. Check out this video, we are growing the community and have more cities around the world opening up, let me know if you want to organize a GFA meetup in your city (backyards accepted too!)



We are having some of our GFAVIP member’s join in our podcast interview calls and get real interaction with our guests, trying to innovate and give more value to our members.
Join in our membership and start connecting with others today!

Sent July 6 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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