Saturday, July 9, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
This week I happened to attend a Seminar on how to get started with eCommerce in China for foreigners. I have got you some key highlights of the event & some not so good snaps of the keynote, but useful ones :-)
Despite the opportunities that the fast growth of e-commerce presents to Foreign SME’s to access or expand their operations in China Market, there is still a lack of understanding concerning the establishment, development and maintenance of an online business. In this context, the set-up of an e-commerce platform should be tailor-made to attract online shoppers’ appeal, without overlooking China’s online legal and tax framework.
China loves foreign brands, but you need to consider the logistic part of where to import your products & how much tax you are supported to pay to the china government to assure you get the best price into the market & yet make your profit.Real cases will be used to simulate this journey, from the ideas conception to the execution, as well as the daily back-office operations of running an online shop. This seminar aims at showcasing the tools that a company needs to successfully run an online business. During the seminar direct and practical questions will be presented and covered, such as:
You should ask the right questions before you start you business:
- Are my products or services suitable for online business?
- What are the steps to take in order to open an online store?
- Can I open and run an online shop if I only have a representative company?
- How do I handle online transactions and what payment options do I have?
- Will my company be facing double taxation?
- Will my company be facing double taxation?
Last not the least - the Proz & Cons of getting started in China market:
1. China user base is very big, an interesting market which you can't ignore.
2. Instead of starting your own eCommerce website, use the china market place. Get started with TMall.com
3. Always work with Chinese vendors to get an easy start.Use Chinese marketing tools & langues to reach out to locals.
4. China government rules are very dynamic and are very different. Obey them to survive.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
I wonder at times how can someone be living such a perfect life when I heard & got to know Garrett Gee!
To introduce him in short – “He is an entrepreneur who sold his Scan app to Snapchat for $54 Million and is now travelling the world with his wife & two kids”
I wanted to share his inspiring story here with these beautiful visuals that I got from his Instagram account.
Garrett started Scan while he was a freshman at Brigham Young University together with his 2 other college mates. Scan is an app which is used to connect to real world with the digital universe through mobile scanning technology like QR code, bar codes, beacons & more.
He raised $8 million in funding for Scan, which had 50 million downloads worldwide.
Balancing Scan & Soccer:
He became the caption of BYU soccer team while he was chasing his dream with Scan. For him hard work doesn’t feel like hard work when you love what you do and you understand what you’re working towards.
The 20-something dropped out of BYU to develop the Scan app, after receiving funding from Google. Scan was considered so user friendly and popular that it knocked Angry Birds off the App Store top ten list.
Fell in love:
Life is meaningful when you find someone with whom you can share it. Jessica was just the right girl for him. He married her and they do everything together. She makes it all worth it & enjoyable.
Sold his company:
He & his co-founders then sold Snap to Snapchat for a reported $54 Millions in 2014. $30 Million in cash and the rest in equity in Snapchat.
Decided to sell his belongings:
Garrett Gee decided to ditch the regular lifestyle and travel the world after selling Scan. So he and his wife decided to sell most of their belongings, including their cars, furniture, TV and extra clothes, and are using money they made to fund their adventures.
Travelling the world:
Here’s the crazy & most inspiring part. The couple and their two young children, Dorsey and Manilla, call themselves "The Bucket List Family." So far, 25-year-old Garrett and 29-year-old Settie are travelling with their kids to a wide range of exotic spots, such as Turks and Caicos, Thailand, Australia, Tahiti and Hawaii.
It’s so important to follow your passion & not follow the rules but go with your own instinct. If you believe in something go hard chasing for it. You will meet success & always keep inspiring people around you by being the best form of yourself.
Look what just happened. I tweeted about him & he shows his like on Twitter. Life is magical go out & live it J
The Bucket List Family Youtube link
Garrett gee Instagram link
Thursday, June 2, 2016
The "Queen of the Internet" Mary Meeker's Internet Trends report released today at the 2016 General Assembly in the US.
Below is the quick summary of the report with the highlights:
The number of Internet users worldwide exceeded 3 billion, an increase of 9 percent over the previous year, the global Internet penetration rate reached 42%.
India's Internet users reached 277 million, up 40% over last year which makes India the second largest Internet market, after China.
The global smart phone users increased by 21% over the previous year, an increase of 31 percent last year, the growth rate slowed down; after a 5-year high growth in 2015 global smart phone shipments up 10%, up 28% last year.
Google and Facebook, the two companies together to eat 76 percent of the US online advertising market.
What do you think about this report & is this what you expect to be coming by?
Link to the complete video
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Me and couple of my friends in Shenzhen planned to visit today Green Room where they were hosting Instagreen Party!
I am writing this post not because we had lots of fun...because I loved the concept how Social element was well integrated in food & beverage space.
So the concept was very simple: Green Room which is a pure vegan restaurant had 3 Fuji Instax Mini's. We were asked to take pictures from the camera and decorate them with Fuji Instax sticker frames, write our name and hang them up on the sky curtain.
Each person had to take 4 pictures for each category: Food, Drinks, Person, Atmosphere
For this we had to order food & drinks. Once we got it on our table we started taking pictures from the camera.
As it was the first time I was trying out the camera - we got some bad focused pictures :(
The winners from each category will WIN 100rmb gift certificate to Green Room and the most voted for photo over all gets to take home a brand new Instax Mini 8!
At the end we manged to get our hands on Fuji camera & managed to click some cool & amazing pics. I fell in love with the Polaroid concept.As the photos started filling the wall the voting started!
I was amazed to see the kind of creative pictures people had clicked.
Concept: I never knew that while dinning involving oneself into an activity with a group will be so much fun. Plus Green House not only got new customers, more orders but smartly make their customers fall in love with the food & place.
This I would call a perfect art of marketing & sales via Gamification
Friday, April 15, 2016
Let me see, so much has been happening since my last post, which was about M2M. I can assure you I’m as random as ever. Lets go month by month and pick out the highlights!
I was very particular about not sharing too much personal stuff on my blog…guess I am becoming more of a private person and trying my best to protect the best things that are happening to me. I have also realised that I am not too found of attention and people talking about me.
In the month of Nov after I left OnePlus India, I learnt a very big career lesson. Its not important for which brand you are working, assure that you have good & inspiring leaders. So to all those who wondered why did I leave the company within a year you got my answer.
I also believe “Most companies fail because of leadership.. Never because of product”.
Since Nov my life has been very adventurous. I was working on a project with Vodafone in Chennai. Loving the people, food, beaches & roads of Chennai. Everything was just close to perfect & that’s when Chennai floods came in. That night the rain never stopped. It was pitch dark and no power throughout the city. I was locked in my flat & luckily my area had no water lock. The morning was a terror. I was hearing the news of what was going on in Chennai and to the death stories. I cant describe the pain the city went through ….nor can I hold back my tears as I go back to those days. I had to leave the city the very next day, but I have this regret that I wasn’t around to do my best for the people & the city.
So, from my learning - if you ever get a chance to do any community service for people please take up such opportunities.
For new years I along with my sister & dear friends travelled to Belum Caves and Gandikota. After seeing the negative side of nature in Chennai I got to see the beauty of nature.
Traveling is fun & more importantly for me it helps me re-defined my perceptions about things, places & people.
It was my first visit to Kolkata –some how I connected to the place very easily.
Well life was getting easy, less exciting & challenging. So the crazy part of me wanted to explore how life & career shapes up in Shenzhen. So here I am, blogging from my sweet home, road-facing apartment.
So far it has been an exciting journey. Yes, life is not easy here:
- I don’t have free open Internet to surf Google, FB, Twitter, Youtube & many more sites
- For a vegetarian like me, we have very less options to eat outside.
- Hardly people know to speak English & all the signboards are in Chinese text.
- I use an app to communicate with people here.
- Away from Family & Friends.
I left back a very comfortable life back in India, but guess what I love it all.
Do you wonder what makes me like China? Well my next blog post will have some very interesting stories from the life I am living here. Till than take care & love!