Ep 67 - Over $1 Million in 45 days - The Bento Bag Indiegogo Campaign w/ Kish

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Ep 67 - Over $1 Million in 45 days - The Bento Bag Indiegogo Campaign w/ Kish

A Fascinating story we have in this podcast episode, Rico gets to Interview good friend, Kish, Who along with his wife founded Nomad Lane. He graciously shared their success stories and how they were able to gather $1,000,000.00 in 45 days through crowdfunding with their indiegogo campaign and the challenges and strategies they had to endure along the way.

Topics incl:

  • Start in E-Commerce

  • Each partner's role using their respective skills and training 

  • Enter China Community

  • CrowdFunding

  • The Fast Company Article and how it made an impact.

  • Maximize Maximize Maximize

  • “Try to be something to Someone”

  • Canton Fair

  • Tips and Advices based from Experiences

    • Being Cautious

    • Do not Deviate from the Campaign

    • Have a solid foundation with a supplier

    • Plan well to meet Deliveries

    • Having A Good Support System

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Ep 66 -Importing into China with David Sheu Bears Nutrition

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Ep 66 -Importing into China with David Sheu Bears Nutrition

We are Back! In this Episode, Rico Chats with David Sheu, CEO and Co-founder of Bears Nutrition. Here they touch on topics mainly about Importing into China.

Topics incl:

  • Importing into instead of manufacturing in China

  • Business in China is like the wild west

  • Exotic food in China; "Kentucky Fried Snake"

  • History of Bears Nutrition and transitioning to the Chinese market

  • Challenges faced and the need to Develop Relationships, Trust and Lots of Networking.

  • Bears Nutrition Launch

  • Explaining its Distribution system; Warehousing. 

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Ep 65 - The “Rent a Foreigner” Industry in China

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Ep 65 - The “Rent a Foreigner” Industry in China

In this episode, which was taken from the Sourcefind asia youtube channel, Rico Sits down with his buddies Nick and Ben, to talk about how Ben got into the famous Chinese "acting" (Rent A Foreigner) industry.


Topics incl:

  • Acting for chinese business presentations

  • how ben got into the acting industry

  • getting repeat Gigs

  • Knowing the "Real Market Price"

  • Loving and Adpating with China 


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Ep 64 - How to find Meet-Ups in China?

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Ep 64 - How to find Meet-Ups in China?

In this episode, Chinamike and Rico connected to discuss about China's Meet ups in general. The good and advantages for sourcing entrepreneurs who are hoping to get educated or even grow their own personal network in the industry.


Topics incl:

  • Access to Information is Key

  • The importance of having Meet Ups

  • Digital Nomads in Chiangmai Vs China

  • After meet up-meetups

  • What would make an interesting and fun meetup

  • Digital Nomads Summit

  • TUNI TALKS

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Ep 63 -  Review of Reply All Podcast #124 The Magic Store (Amazon FBA)

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Ep 63 - Review of Reply All Podcast #124 The Magic Store (Amazon FBA)

Episode 63 covers the Interview of Harrison Bevin in one of Rico's favorite Podcast "Reply All by Gimlet". They share their reactions and expanded even further on Topics regarding the ugly side of Amazon's imperfect system that most consumers aren't aware about.


Topics incl:

  • Being interviewed at Reply All 

  • Drop Shipping

  • The dark side of Amazon 

  • Hi-Jacking

  • Price wars

  • The Cons of Being an Amazon Reseller

  • What Amazon can do to Improve and protect their sellers and consumers.

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 Introducing the Canton Fair Pre-Accelerator 2018

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Introducing the Canton Fair Pre-Accelerator 2018

Click here for more info: Canton Fair Pre-Accelerator 2018. 

Coming to China to source private label products around the Canton Fair?!? Well, don't you fret, cause our main man Rico will show you the way! Introducing the Canton Fair Pre-Accelerator 2018. You would not want to miss this!!

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Ep 62 - Leveraging Your Network (Guanxi) For China Business w/ Michael Michelini

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Ep 62 - Leveraging Your Network (Guanxi) For China Business w/ Michael Michelini

Welcoming back to the Made In China Podcats is Michael Michelini, The most "popular" guy Rico knows in China. A fellow podcaster, Digital Entrepreneur and Event Organizer specifically the "Cross Border- Summit". Here he chats about strategies on how to use the network you build, to help you with your businesses.


Topics incl:

  • "Enter China" Community

  • Transitioning to organizing events

  • Building your network

  • Bringing the locals and foreigners together

  • Cross border summit 

  • Challenges of going global 

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EP 61 - (Bonus Ep) Rico's Guest Interview at Global From Asia Podcast

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EP 61 - (Bonus Ep) Rico's Guest Interview at Global From Asia Podcast

BONUS!! BONUS!!

It's time  for our protagonist to shine, Rico was invited and interviewed by Michael Michelini, a business partner with "Enter China Community" on his Global From Asia Podcast. Here he talks about himself and how he ended up in China and reveals his own stories about learning and growing about the crowdfunding and sourcing business.

Topics incl:

  • Rico's Background and how he ended coming to China

  • Getting into Source Find Asia

  • Passion for Podcasting

  • How to achieve the best resulting Quality product from factories

  • Dealing with manufacturing mistakes; late orders and bad quailty.

  • Negotiating as a Team!

  • Motivations and Meditating

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Ep 60 - One Month in China: FBA, Canton Fair Sourcing w/ Ahmed Part 2

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Ep 60 - One Month in China: FBA, Canton Fair Sourcing w/ Ahmed Part 2

This episode is the 2nd part of a 2 hour conversation between Rico and his buddy Ahmad Abuleil, A globetrotter, E-Commerce Entrepreneur and current resident of Houston, Texas. He shares his experiences and observations from his first visit to China. A one month trip aimed at sourcing products at the Canton Fair, researching country's potential import markets, as well as immersing himself in the middle kingdom's customs

Topics incl:

  • What Ahmad love and hate about China

  • TEA and Chinese's business pratices

  • Recommendations before coming over to the Country

  • Networking in Guangzhou

  • China's banned websites and Internet issues

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Ep 59 - One Month in China: FBA, Canton Fair Sourcing w/ Ahmed Part 1

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Ep 59 - One Month in China: FBA, Canton Fair Sourcing w/ Ahmed Part 1

This episode is the 1st part of a 2 hour conversation between Rico and his buddy Ahmad Abuleil, A globetrotter, E-Commerce Entrepreneur and current resident of Houston, Texas. He shares his experiences and observations from his first visit to China. A one month trip aimed at sourcing products at the Canton Fair, researching country's potential import markets, as well as immersing himself in the middle kingdom's customs

Topics incl:

  • First Impressions of China

  • The importance of WeChat app

  • Tips on Canton Fair - Business Card Etiquette - Ideal attire

  • The Benefits of doing Squats

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Ep 58 - (Bonus Ep) #ThisisChina The Trilogy

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Ep 58 - (Bonus Ep) #ThisisChina The Trilogy

The Trilogy to the #ThisIsChina #T.I.C series. In this bonus episode, Rico and ChinaMike continue talking about random stories and funny situations they experience in China while adapting to the social culture and it's business practices.

Topics incl:

  • Chinese tourists in Chiang Mai

  • Factory Tales

  • Rico watches Chinese Movies

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Ep 57 - Opening a Restaurant in China w/ MiCasa's Mazen Dabbousi

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Ep 57 - Opening a Restaurant in China w/ MiCasa's Mazen Dabbousi

In this episode, Rico and ChinaMike interview restaurateur Mazen Daboussi a foreigner who opened a restaurant business in Guangzhou, China without any local partners. He shares his experiences, challenges and successes in operating a Mexican Fusion Resto in an old city whose locals have young pallets - slowly embracing International cuisine.

Topics incl:

  • The history of how Mazen founded MiCasa

  • How Guangzhou cuisine has progressed through the years.

  • Training and motivating long-term employees in China.

  • How to compromise personal taste to fit the local market.

  • Registering a business in China.

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Ep 56 - ChinaMike WildBall Update & Cirque Du Soleil

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Ep 56 - ChinaMike WildBall Update & Cirque Du Soleil

In this episode, Rico and ChinaMike talk about their current projects. Mainly Mike's progress with China basketball tours and plans to bring Chinese players to the US. 
Rico's developing, "Manufacturing accelerator program" - bringing people from the US and other countries to China to work out of his office sourcing their own products.

Topics incl:

* ChinaMike WildBall Tours Update

* Cirque Du Soleil

* NCAA players in China

* Chinese basketball players in the US

* Chiang Mai Life

* Rico's Manufacturing Accelerator Program test run

* Dealing with corporate clients

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Ep 55 - 2017 Goals vs 2018 Goals

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Ep 55 - 2017 Goals vs 2018 Goals

In this episode, Rico and ChinaMike review goals from 2017 and set new goals for 2018.
How did they do in 2017? What do they expect from 2018? Take a listen!

Topics incl:

* Mike's goals 2017 - Grade "Solid C" :)

* Mike's goals for 2018:
1. Become more social.

2. Lifestyle branch online sales.

3. Reading/listening to more books and audiobooks

* An awesome AD - Design for manufacturing service

* Rico's 2017 goals - Grade: A

* Rico's 2018 for goals:
1. Revenue goals.

2. Video and Podcast episode every week.

3. 1k Youtube subscribers.

4. Muscle Up!

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Ep 54 - Initial Communication - How to Build Relationships with Suppliers

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Ep 54 - Initial Communication - How to Build Relationships with Suppliers

Originally a SFA Youtube Channel video, in this episode Nick Nerov speaks with Rico and ChinaMike about the essential steps involved when building a lasting relationship with Chinese supplier from the initial research phase.

Topics Incl.

  • Insider vs outsider supplier research and the 4 best online resources
     
  • How to start and timeline progression
     
  • Best and worst case scenarios
     
  • ODM vs OEM Process
     
  • What is the best mindset a person can have to do business in China

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Ep 53 - The Whiskey Episode: Importing to China

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Ep 53 - The Whiskey Episode: Importing to China

In this episode, Rico meets Ray Chan from Guangzhou Golden Technology, one of the biggest Chinese whiskey import companies. Two passionate whiskey fans, discuss their favorite brands, best whiskey on the market and insanely expensive vintages.

Topics Incl:

* Karuizawa whiskey ($150.000 per bottle)

* Taiwanese whiskey, Kavalan - one of the top 3 whiskeys in the world

* How fake alcohol is made in China

* Jack Maa and Macallan

* Which Hollywood blockbuster made whiskey popular in China

* How to tell the difference between good and bad whiskey

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Ep 52 - Traveling in Yangshuo County, Guanxi

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Ep 52 - Traveling in Yangshuo County, Guanxi

In this episode Rico and Nick travel to Yangshou, a scenic mountain town with a lot of history.
Yangshuo lies to the southeast of Guilin and in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Since being introduced by 'Lonely Planet' in 1980, it greets an increasing number of visitors annually.

Topics Incl:

* "Bangers and Mash"

* Smelly blankets and other bus adventures.

* Prices in Yangshou

* Rico Approved food places

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Ep 51 - Advantages of Investing Time in China Now w/ Nick Nerov

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Ep 51 - Advantages of Investing Time in China Now w/ Nick Nerov

On a train from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, Nick Nerov, a rapidly expanding Amazon FBA player - shares him experiences globe trotting and explains his decision to move to China to kick his FBA business into 5th gear.

Topics Inc.

* The benefits of investing (time) in China in 2018

* Doing business in China just takes longer, be patient

* How being on the ground makes your a priority to suppliers

* Some of the "fuckery" that goes on behind the scenes

* Learning from people A few steps ahead of you

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Ep 50 - Rico & ChinaMike's Top 5 Episodes

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Ep 50 - Rico & ChinaMike's Top 5 Episodes

Happy 2018 & Happy Anniversary Made in China Podcast! Episode 50!

This time you will have a chance to hear Rico’s and ChinaMike’s choices for their top 5 episodes of the Made in China Podcast (Rico cheated with "honorable mentions"). You will hear what was the most fun for them, from whom they learned a lot and how their have guests affected their business and lives. Enjoy!

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Ep 49 - Rico & Noam Catch Up

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Ep 49 - Rico & Noam Catch Up

Rico and Noam strike again! In this episode, two old friends recap the period since their last podcast. They talk about business, vacations, health and life in Thailand/China.

Topics Incl:

*Rico & Noam's Company Updates

*When You Should Get A China Business Licence

*Revenue Growth

*Post-vacation Productivity

*The Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster Ride

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