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Hear the ins and outs of sourcing, procurement, product development, and brand building as two international entrepreneurs based in South China share a free-flowing conversation and bring experts on the show. Hosted by Michael and Rico, both of whom have lived and worked throughout the world before ending up in the world’s largest manufacturing hub, which is Guangdong province. Besides sharing their expertise in sourcing they focus on online & social media marketing, crowdfunding campaigns, ...
 
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Description: Rico talks to social entrepreneur Payman Lorenzo about the ethics of social enterprise. He also shares where to begin your social enterprise journey. This interview is part of the Source Find Asia Digital Summit. To know more about the summit, check out the link below.By Made in China Podcast
 
Description: When John Graham Harper started a gym business that took a loan to fund his business. Until he got scammed by the “buyer” or the person that had a deal with him. This is an update episode of that saga. Important Notes: Being stopped at the border because of an alleged court case Loaning his way to fund his gym business and everything w…
 
Description: Rico asks Michael Michelini about creative launch strategy for e-commerce businesses. Notes: Importance of Brand Story Content Creation and Brand Building Advantages of Western Sellers Recommendations on Affiliate Programs This interview is part of the Source Find Asia Digital Summit. To know more about the summit, check out the link b…
 
Description: Vance Lee talks about Kickstarter - how it works, difference with Amazon, and launching a successful campaign. This interview is part of the Source Find Asia Digital Summit. To know more about the summit, check out the link below.By Made in China Podcast
 
Description: Rico interviews Francois Jaffres of Noviland about shipping and logistics. He gives advice to first-time shippers and buyers about choosing freight forwarding companies, necessary paperwork from China to the US, among others. This interview is part of the Source Find Asia Digital Summit. To know more about the summit, check out the lin…
 
Description: Here is one of the topics that we will cover at the Summit. This videocast tackles on certain Product Compliance Policies and what is the impact of Amazon Business in COVID-19. Fredrik is a co-founder of Asiaimportal Limited. This interview is part of Source Find Asia Digital Summit. To know more about the summit, check out the link be…
 
Rico talks about how conscious are they when choosing their Outro Music in the early days of Made in China Podcast. In this bonus episode, they talk about how relevant it is to them and how would you understand them through music. Music in the Podcast: Fire and Desire by Drake Controlla by Drake Tell Me by RL Grime Flashing Lights by Kanye West…
 
Rico talks about how conscious are they when choosing their Outro Music in the early days of Made in China Podcast. In this bonus episode, they talk about how relevant it is to them and how would you understand them through music. Music in the Podcast: Lullabies Remix by Yuna We Rise by San Holo Grammys by Drake feat. Future…
 
Where have you been Rico? 2021 Update What is the SFA Digital Summit Why are we doing a Digital Summit Traveling in the Philippines during the Chinese New Year Transition internally in the Company I think I got COVID (not confirmed, though) Keeping myself healthy in the Pandemic Upcoming Podcast Episodes and more Video Content Getting a call from N…
 
Description: E-commerce leader Meghla Bhardwaj shares her expertise about Sourcing in India. In this sneak peek, she discusses some advantages and disadvantages of sourcing from India. Check this week’s episode for more information.By Made in China Podcast
 
Here is one of the topics that we will cover at the Summit. This videocast tackles on why being on the ground is not enough, how to deal with material prices mark up, Crowdfunding in COVID-19, and much more. Check it out!By Made in China Podcast
 
Description: Here is one of the topics that we will cover at the Summit. This videocast tackles on Creating SOPs in an uncertain time and what is the impact of Amazon Business in COVID-19. Check it out!By Made in China Podcast
 
Description: Here is one of the topics that we will cover at the Summit. This videocast tackles Launching a brand during a protest and a pandemic, partnering with Digital Marketers, and much more. Check it out!By Made in China Podcast
 
Description: Here is one of the topics that we will cover at the Summit. This videocast tackles the importance of Branding, Budgeting, and how to Create a Brand during COVID-19, and much more. Check it out!By Rico
 
Description: Here is one of the topics that we will cover at the Summit. This videocast tackles the importance of Market Research, Influencer Marketing, Crowdfunding in COVID-19, and much more. Check it out!By Made in China Podcast
 
This is the audio form of the series “On The Factory Floor.” This episode tackles on how to buy a Plastic Injection Mold Machine Important Notes: Rico’s unexpected bus ride and cancelled plans Spot if the factory has flow to the production How clean is the factory Are there instructions given to the workers Do the different workstations Who oversee…
 
This is the audio form of the series “On The Factory Floor.” In this episode, Rico visits a LED assembly house. NOTE: This is a videocast. For visual representation, please check our Youtube Channel. Important Notes: Spot if the factory has flow to the production How clean is the factory Are there instructions given to the workers Do the different …
 
This is the audio form of the series “On The Factory Floor.” In this episode, Rico looks at what’s inside a yoga & athleisure factory. NOTE: This is a videocast. For visual representation, please check our Youtube Channel. Important Notes: Spot if the factory has flow to the production How clean is the factory Are there instructions given to the wo…
 
This is the audio form of the series “On The Factory Floor.” This episode describes what’s inside a boutique plastic injection mold & CNC machine factory. NOTE: This is a videocast. For visual representation, please check our Youtube Channel. Important Notes: Spot if the factory has flow to the production How clean is the factory Are there instruct…
 
This is the first audio form of a series we’re calling “On The Factory Floor.” This episode describes what it’s like to be at the Guangzhou Textile Railroad Market. NOTE: This is a videocast. For visual representation, please check our Youtube Channel. Important Notes: What it’s like to be in the Guangzhou Project Bring Physical Samples with you wh…
 
This is the audio form of the series “On The Factory Floor.” This episode describes what’s inside a boutique plastic injection mold & CNC machine factory. Important Notes: spot if the factory has flowed to the production How clean is the factory Are there instructions given to the workers Do the different workstations Who oversees the production Di…
 
This is the first audio form of a series we’re calling “On The Factory Floor.” This episode describes what’s inside a high-end cigar & whiskey box manufacturer. Important Notes: spot if the factory has flowed to the production How clean is the factory Are there instructions given to the workers Do the different workstations Who oversees the product…
 
Obviously, 2017-2018 was a different time. Rico shares a fresh take on Negotiating too much with your factory. If you are talking to a factory right now, listen to this. By the we are launching a free evergreen conference that we’re running year-round. Along with enthralling topics in the physical manufacturing space. Sound off in the comments sect…
 
Description: Citing Coolest Cooler Crowdfunding in Kickstarter, Rico lays down some key-points that can help you prepare a successful Crowdfunding when launching your first ODM product in the market. Important Notes: - Focusing more on Marketing and not Sourcing - Don’t over complicate your first Product - Allocate Enough Time for Mass Production -…
 
Description: From their experience of inspecting many factories over the past, Rico shares subtleties and how to spot them when you are about to be fooled by an “Overnight Factory.” If you want to know more, make sure to listen to this podcast until the end. By the way, we are launching a free evergreen conference that we’re running year-round. Alo…
 
In this episode, Rico describes what it’s like to experience Chinese New Year in China. He shares the contrasts of the week-long holiday compared to the normal days in the country. Make sure to tune in and get some tips on what to do next year! By the way, we are launching a free evergreen conference that we’re running year-round. Along with enthra…
 
Description: Rico looks back to the previous employees he had, how he managed them. He also talks about transitioning from being a lone wolf to a manager. He also shares about how to let go of that control to someone that will manage a team in the company. - Previous employees, current employees, and high retention rates in SFA - The difficulties w…
 
- SFA very first project, Prodigy, manufacturing toys for a client - Feeling about not giving enough value to the project - Taking the steering wheel to the whole project - Vetting the factories that ChinaMike knew, visiting multiple factories - Trusting my gut for a sound decision for the project - Receiving bad samples from factories that a clien…
 
Description: Sits down and looks back on his early days in SFA. He talks about how to get by on bad decisions, selecting clients, and being blamed for failures on the project. - SFA being audited, being forced to look back on past projects - Not being proactive about dealing with products and selecting clients - Pressure on operational expenses, ge…
 
Description: Rico talks about how conscious are they when choosing their Outro Music in the early days of Made in China Podcast. In this bonus episode, they talk about how relevant it is to them and how would you understand them through music. Music in the Podcast: Middle Feat. Bipolar Sunshine by DJ Snake Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun Pa…
 
In this episode, Rico interviews Emma Schermer Tamir, the owner and founder of Marketing by Emma — an Amazon Listing Optimization company. She talks about how it is to transition from a passionate writer to a business person and how hard to give up the control in order for her business to move forward. Check out out the whole story below. Important…
 
Description: With her book releasing, Rico chats with Nicole Webb, author of the “China Blonde.” In this episode, they talk about the story behind the book, moving to a foreign country with no one but her family, and her sheer persistence to get to the life she wanted. Important Notes: - Moving out from New Zealand to Hong Kong, raising a kid in Ho…
 
Description: Rico talks about how conscious they are when choosing their Outro Music in the early days of Made in China Podcast. In this bonus episode, he talks about how relevant it is to them and how you would understand them through music. Music in the Podcast: 7 Days by Craig David Successful by Drake (feat. Trey Songz & Lil Wayne) Shumaya by D…
 
Description: Manila is back on lockdown and Rico sits down and shares his thoughts on the Sourcing climate. Tune in to know what are his thoughts and make sure to share this if you can relate. Important Notes: How is sourcing done by then? The “Anti-China” Sentiment/Stigma Globally Getting Online presence to attract customers Location-based Sourcin…
 
As mentioned in this episode, similar to the 2008 recession, a lot of products or businesses will be launched after the pandemic. If you are one of the people forced to work from home or work online, this is the best time to think about launching a business/product. Tune in to this episode to know more. Important Notes: - Being location-independent…
 
Rico talks about how conscious are they when choosing their Outro Music in the early days of Made in China Podcast. In this bonus episode, they talk about how relevant it is to them and how would you understand them through music. Music in the Podcast: Around the World by Daft Punk Grown Up by Danny Brown Miss U (Jai Wolf Remix) by Kitty…
 
Rico got to sit down with Eric Yang, Founder, and CEO of Lead Next Gen Summit. In this episode, they talk about China’s history of power, Starting from nothing, and why he thinks college is not for Entrepreneurs. Episode Notes: Moving to the West to pursue his Entrepreneurial dream, Living Like a King/Queen inexpensively Entrepreneurial Scene in As…
 
Rico and ChinaMike about how conscious are they when choosing their Outro Music in the early days of Made in China Podcast. In this bonus episode, they talk about how relevant it is to them and how would you understand them through music. Music in the Podcast: Murals by Lupe Fiasco I Wonder by Kanye West I Got U feat. Jax Jones by Duke Dumont…
 
Rico got to sit down with another female Entrepreneur, Debbie Arcangeles of The Offbeat Life. In this episode, they talk about growing up as an Immigrant in the West, Filipino Culture in General, and Create a living off of what you want to do. Episode Notes: Debbie on Digital Nomads, Difference between a Digital Nomad and a Location-Independent Ent…
 
Rico sits down and reflects on the decisions that he made, and the things that worked out after making those decisions. He also talks about believing in Karma, the current situation in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, moving to the Philippines right before it went on lockdown, and more. Episode Notes: Moving to the Philippines during the pandemic, …
 
As part of the Interview questions for MarketWatch’s Founder Spotlight, Rico shares his thoughts about where things are headed in the Next 5 Years. Episode Notes: Covid-19 caused a big shift to where things are headed His canceled travel plans for Network Expansion Strengthening SFA’s Services Approach in Marketing Building partnerships, and a whol…
 
In this mini-podcast episode, Rico talks about what would he have told himself when he was just starting. Based on what he knows now, he would have told himself the following: - Build more relationships with factories - Spend more time with the business partners and factory owners - Get their perspective, get their insight about the project - Respe…
 
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