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Ep 69 - Evolving your Business with Mark O' Connell Part 2

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Ep 69 - Evolving your Business with Mark O' Connell Part 2

In this sequel, Mark continues to share his experience importing from China and dealing with the Australia’s government’s strict customs policies. Later on the conversation, he gives positive details why he chose and continues to work with Rico.

Topics incl:

  • Customs Issues; “Tags on Bags”

  • What it means to be a Sourcefindasia Client.

  • Transparency needed between the client and supplier

  • Why he LOVES Working with Rico.

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Ep 68 - Evolving your Business with Mark O' Connell Part 1

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Ep 68 - Evolving your Business with Mark O' Connell Part 1

Over the years, Technological Advancement has progressed rapidly and has affected everyone including how you run your business system, from sharing files using floppy disks to sending files on the email. In this part 1 of 2 episodes, We have Mark O' Connell who has had a printing business since the 90s to share his overview of the transition to the digital age and how he had to adapt his business according to times.

Topics incl:

  • Starting the business during the 90s and to how it is now.

  • His Definition of an Entrepreneur

  • How digital changed his Printing Business "Innovating through the times"

  • From trading to Sourcing

  • Language barrier - Dealing with the chinese trading companies

  • "You make your own luck"

  • Shipping and Border Control

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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 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 46 - Our Marketing Intern/Aspriring Entrepreneur - Marcello

In this episode Rico interviews his marketing intern Marcello Di Pierro, aspiring entrepenur and future marketing expert.

Topics Incl:

  • Why China?
     
  • How did he came across Rico?
     
  • "Oh Fuck it! I`m going to China!"
     
  • First weeks in the office
     
  • The power of video
     
  • Plans for the future
     
  • What changes moving to another country brings

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Ep 45 - Rico & Noam Ruminations

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Ep 45 - Rico & Noam Ruminations

In this episode Rico and one of his best friends Noam Lightstone - Author, Entrepreneur, Digital nomad, ruminate about personal growth, philosophy and mindset.


Topics incl.

  • Becoming Batman
     
  • The Tao of the morning routine.
     
  • How to do more extra work and have fun with it.
     
  • How to achieve good balance in life
     
  • Automations and emotions
     
  • Getting Jacked Bro!

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Ep 44 - Finding Your Why w/ Nick Ramil Founder @ Enterchina.co Part 2

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Ep 44 - Finding Your Why w/ Nick Ramil Founder @ Enterchina.co Part 2

Second part of our interview with Nick Ramil, founder of Enter China and founding team member of Brinc.io

Topics incl:

  • Why Rico stepped down from Enter China
     
  • How to start networking in China
     
  • 4 pillars of entrepreneurship mindset
     
  • Reading people as a life skill
     
  • "To do Lists and MUST Do Lists"
     
  • Visualisation and Affirmation techniques
     
  • Journaling and Role Models

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Ep 43 - Finding Your Why w/ Nick Ramil Founder @ Enterchina.co Part 1

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Ep 43 - Finding Your Why w/ Nick Ramil Founder @ Enterchina.co Part 1

In this two part interview Rico talks with Nick Ramil founder of Enter China and founding team member of Brinc.io. Nick is one of Rico's China business mentors and one of the main reasons why he moved to China.

Topics Incl:

  • Who is Nick Ramil and why he is so awesome?
     
  • The Elevator Life and Enter China community.
     
  • Why Rico stepped down as a partner in Enter China?
     
  • Helping people and giving back through entrepreneurship.
     
  • Why run an IoT business in Hong Kong?
     
  • Focus on optimizing your main business before diversifying revenue.

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Ep 41 - (Bonus) 4S1F39 Four Seas One Family Podcast - Rico Interview

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Ep 41 - (Bonus) 4S1F39 Four Seas One Family Podcast - Rico Interview

"Lower your expectations so you can get results that you want in China," is one of the most memorable quotes from Rico's first ever turn as a podcast interviewee. 

In this special episode (originally posted by the Four Seas One Family Podcast) you'll get to learn a bit more about the personal elements throughout Rico's life - that led him to leave the comforts of Canada and head to China: 

Topics Incl:

  • Rico's preference of PS3 over exploration on his first trip to Guangzhou
     
  • How entrepreneurship is part of his DNA
     
  • The differences between "American" Chinese Food & ACTUAL Chinese food

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