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.
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!!
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.
"Enter China" Community
Transitioning to organizing events
Building your network
Bringing the locals and foreigners together
Cross border summit
Challenges of going global
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.
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
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
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
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
First Impressions of China
The importance of WeChat app
Tips on Canton Fair - Business Card Etiquette - Ideal attire
The Benefits of doing Squats
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.
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.
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.
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.
* 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
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!
* 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!
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.
- 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
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.
* 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