Today´s guest is John Graham Harper, an Australian entrepreneur who started out in the fitness industry in Shenzhen around 18 years ago.
We talk about why China was the perfect spot for adventurers, how to cater to the Chinese as well as the expat community and how to create a sports platform like White Collar Fight Night.
It´s a very interesting interview where John shares some of the mistakes he made and tips on how to avoid them.
Coming to china and Unexpectedly Staying
Feeling invincible back in the day
White Collar Fight Night
Early Mistakes and what it takes to build a Gym Business
Gym Businesses functions on Debts
Conflict with the Lender
China's Justice System
Getting Sued, a common issue.
Tips on how to deal with legal issues
Crowd funding for a Lawyer
Foreigners are at a disadvantage when battling a case
China's Still a Land of Opportunity
Here is another repost from our SFA Youtube Channel Rico Advices on tips with. what other productive things you can do outside Canton Fair?
In this Episode, we listen to the conversation that Rico had with Felipe Arias, CEO of Itoo, who was a guest on episode 92. Here, he gives a more in depth view of the Fast Fashion and building sustainability within the Industry.
How Fashion Industry Affects the Environment
Sustainability in China
Corruption in the Industry
Advance Technology for Sustainability
Sustainablity in Fashion is Expensive
Implementing Safety in the Factories
Trust and Transparency
Lack of Workers in the Factory
Sourcing from India and Vietnam
Made in China vs Made in Italy
H&M and Zara
Marketing, YG Media
Selling in Canton Fair
Digital Marketing in China
Trips with the Europe Crew
In this week’s Video Cast, We sit down with Iris to talk about Neat HK, an Online Bank Service aimed to offer small businesses and startups the right technology to make life easier. Iris, who is now Head of Marketing Department was the First Employee of Neat, She shares us stories about the progression of the Company from it’s beginnings and later on Explains the Different platforms that Neat has to Offer.
Coming from a Finance Background
The Appeal of joining Neat
The HK Banking System still behind compared to Europe
The early challenges opening an Online Banking System in HK
Partnering with other Banks
Digitizing to minimize cost
Neat's Application Process
Company's challenges in the beginning
Neat Personal Account and Business Account
Multi Currency Account
Expansion Plan in China
China's Withdrawal Limit
Neat's Technical Support Team
Customers visiting the Office to check if they are Real
In this last part of our 3 hour long special podcast, Bryan and Rico Broke Down the workflow even further up to the 3rd production run. An episode that can help bring knowledge of what to expect when Sourcing for an Original Design. It was a Unique Experience especially having to produce 5 existing toys and simultaneously designing another 4 more. We will also get to know what advantages there are when Coming to China vs Working Remotely.
Being Detailed but not too specific on Instructions
Having a toy facing the wrong way
F.R.I -Final Random Inspection
Translating Western English "Idioms" to Chinese English
Designing a new toy after BIG HEX
The Difference of manufacturing a new toy vs Big Hex
When Factory Increase Per unit Cost
How The relationship Progessed Between ProdigyGame and SFA as they were growing respectively.
Coming to China for the First Time after Working remotely for 2 years
The progress of Prodigygame during the 2 year process of Manufacturing
Revenue from Toys Vs Revenue from Softwares
Observation on SFA during the 2 1/2 years as it Grew.
Continuing on the Podcast, We have the 2nd of 3 episodes with Bryan Paratian who was Lead Hardware Developer of ProdigyGame, An Educational Technology Company, which so happened to be the company that baptized Rico as his first Clients. Here they revisit their initial experiences that came with challenges they had to endure in order to have an Original Design Successfully Manufactured. On this sequel, they broke down the work flow of the process that took 6 months to a year for “BIG HEX’s” completion.
The issue with the team they were working with before finding the right personnel.
The problems with the first molding
Reaction to Kids Reviewing Big Hex on Youtube
Having the manufacturer guide you on the Financial and Quality Side
THE RELIEF of releasing BIG HEX after a year then manufacturing 4 more toys later.
Customer Lifetime Value
The Workflow of the Process, From it’s beginning to it’s end
Don't ignore the packaging!
Having the contract written in Chinese and English
The Chinese way of business Comparing to North America
Negotiation; the most intense process
Revising the production
Proceeding with the 2nd batch
Hiring a QC Team
This week on the Podcast, We have the 1st of 3 episodes with Bryan Paratian who was Lead Hardware Developer of ProdigyGame, An Educational Technology Company, which so happened to be the company that baptized Rico as his first Clients. Here they revisit their initial experiences that came with challenges they had to endure in order to have an Original Design Successfully Manufactured.
Changing Roles at ProdigyGame
Using Stress Sensors to Evaluate Gaming Experience
Hiring Freelance 3d artist on Behance
Sourcing from Alibaba
Finding the right suppliers
Data Science to help with analysis
Deciding to get help from Rico
Screening a company online is not enough
What SFA brought to the table
In This Video Cast Episode, Rico sits down with Felipe Arias, who mainly deals with Fashion and started his entrepreneurship in China since he was 19. Here he goes in depth about Fast Fashion, sourcing from different Regions and the tricks of the trade in the Fashion world.
Felipe's Beginning as an Young Entrepreneur
The learning process provided by China
The Mom's Influence on his Entrepreneur Blood
Fashion is not Something that you go to school and learn about. "Identifying the End Consumer"
Knowing the Regional Taste for Women
Early Mistakes and the Recovery after
Patience is a trait you need to run a business.
Building a team in China: Providing a good working environment
Being prepared for whats coming
Be Updated with the Technology of production
Welcoming in our Podcast is Mark Ramos, A Veteran FBA Amazon and Internet marketer. Here he chats with Rico, who he will be collaborating with in Future Projects. Talks about his experience living in Guangzhou before it emerged to what it is now and how he loves being the guy behind the scenes organizing business seminars and networking events.
Coming to China
The Emergence of Internet Marketing
Guangzhou, China in 2006
Introducing the concept of Internet Marketing to Chinese Clients and Factories at the Beginning
China's Control of the Internet
Selling in Amazon Then vs Now; Amazon Explosion on 2016
"Finding your focus as an entrepreneur"
Having a Chinese business partner and The strategy of presenting to clients as a foreigner
Consulting; Being in the country and present to the Factories is a benefit when sourcing
Networking in the Seminars
Build a Brand and an Audience First
Online Courses: Are they necessary for your business growth?
Black Cat Tactics that Chinese sellers employ
Having membership and maintaining monthly continuity
Future Plans for his Business in China
Bringing back Cross Border Summit in Guanzhou
Being Behind the Scenes
10 years in Guangzhou, Observation of Influx of Entrepreneurship
In this Episode Rico caught up with Michael Michelini, who you know from ChinaBusiness Cast, Global From Asia and the Organizer of Cross Border Summit. A Dadpreneur, He now lives in Chiangmai and he shares the experience of living in a more relaxed environment compared to China’s Hustle and Bustle Life, Letting Go of China Business Cast and Transitioning to life in Chiangmai especially now that his children made an impact with his priorities and approach to life. Enjoy the episode.
Selling China Business Cast
Finding a Replacement and Listeners Reaction
Life in Chiangmai, Level of Entrepreneurship compared to China
Meet Ups in Chiangmai
Manila Vs Chiangmai
Education, A priority and a Factor in Choosing where you live
Cross Border Summit Columbia
Doing the Youtube, Podcast and Blogging
For this week we are reposting a quick episode from the youtube channel where Rico interviews his project manager Immigen and ask her questions on how she feels working for a foreign company in China
What her role is as a project manager
Comparing working for a foreign company to a chinese company
What she thinks about the company from when it started to what it is now
The future of the sfa company
Organizing a client's company
Being systemized is a necessity
Here's a repost from Michael Michelini's podcast China Business Cast where Rico switch sides from Interviewer to the Interviewee. They touch on topics regarding Original Design Manufacturing from its process and the steps.
What it takes to run a company
Critical to have a clear and detailed communication with your employees or suppliers”
The importance of coming to china to meet your manufaturer/ supplier
The Process - step 1 come to china: DFM (design for manufacture)
Step 2 : Create a Sample
Step 3 : Full Mass Production
Warning!!! This conversation contains Explicit topics!!! NSFW! It's a first in this Podcast where sex is part of the topic which was heavily discussed between Rico and Leony Tan. Leony, who works for a company who specializes in sex toys called Lovach, Introduces Molly and gives a brief description and the benefits regards to the product as well as sharing more in depth issues about the sex toy industry, indiegogo crowd funding campaigns and the common challenges they experience when manufacturing products with chinese factories.
Starting out as a teacher in China.
"Focus on something you can control"
Product Features: 2 point stimulation
Benefits of sex toys in today's world and how it helps long distance relationships
Flaws from other products: Invading privacy and unregulated toys, “be careful what you put up in your @$%!
The Lovach Team and their roles
The steps to manufacturing the product
Issues with factory : best to get an industrial designer
Expectations on the campaign
Next product after "Molly"
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Start in E-Commerce
Each partner's role using their respective skills and training
Enter China Community
The Fast Company Article and how it made an impact.
Maximize Maximize Maximize
“Try to be something to Someone”
Tips and Advices based from Experiences
Do not Deviate from the Campaign
Have a solid foundation with a supplier
Plan well to meet Deliveries
Having A Good Support System
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Being interviewed at Reply All
The dark side of Amazon
The Cons of Being an Amazon Reseller
What Amazon can do to Improve and protect their sellers and consumers.