Author: shlomof

What Are Your Sleeping Goals and How You Can Hack Them?

Have you ever tried to hack yourself? But what hack yourself actually means you think…. It basically means optimizing your life for the goals you want to achieve and the ways to measure it. Fortunately, we have many ways to do it with today’s technology. Wearable technology is a hot subject in the last year! And […]

Why Headlines A/B Testing is Useless Sometimes?

It’s always good to measure performance and try to improve obviously. The hard thing is finding WHAT to measure. I decided therefore analyzing performance of my posts and which title works best. Blog titles are easy to test and measure as you will see. The result however, was very unexpected. The experiment I’ve decided to do an […]

Audio Books Are Bad Marketing

If you’ve never tried it, you should. Audio books are a great way utilizing your time. Still, some audio books experiences are not meant to be… I’ve been reading Think Traffic (Now Sparkline, which I don’t like) for 1-2 years now. I like the guys there. It’s a casual build your online business kind of […]

Everything in Life is a Product (Part 2)

Note from Shlomo: If you wish to get a glance on Israeli entrepreneurship, Roy Tertman is one worth following. He is working on an exciting startup which is about to change the way we buy shoes online. Check  FitFully.me Roy, take it from here!    This is the 2nd post of this series, and here we will talk […]

Do / Can Tech People From the US get Jobs in China?

Mayer Seidman (@mayerseidman), One of my readers, sent me this question: “Do/Can Tech People From the US get a Job in China?” ( Twitter has become much more prominent Since I started sharing the  content I read and not only the content I write ) I wrote about this subject almost a year ago here, but having lived […]

Everything in Life is a Product (Part 1)

Note from Shlomo: This is a guest post from Roy Tertman. Roy got in touch with me a couple of months ago. He was looking for partners for their startup, FootWare, an ideal fit for a huge consumer market like China. I got to know an open person, who happily share his own knowledge and experience in order to help others. […]

Learn About China Entrepreneurship Basics: Video Interview at China Radio International (CRI)

Around 3 months ago I got a request from a friend. He said that China Radio International started  interviewing experts in different industries for their new show in English called: “China Talks”. He asked me if I’m willing to speak about “Entrepreneurship in China” and he would forward my details to them. A couple of days later CRI […]

525,600 Minutes, How do You Measure a Year? The Story of SUN

How do you build a community using a blog? I asked myself this question and started working on Startup Noodle on April 2012. The official launch date was July 19th, and this is what I’m celebrating today, SUN 1st anniversary.       Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments […]

54分钟,31次干扰;如何战胜晨间例行事务中的创意流失?

  预览:人们总说早晨一睁开眼就应该开始你的清晨创意工作。随着时间推移,一天中会有越来越多的事情占据你的大脑并使你分心。我把这种现象叫做创意流失。 但是即使是你刚刚起床,你也需要战胜非常多干扰以专注于做你最重要也最需创意的工作。这些干扰都会使你无法集中精力。 以下就是我今早战胜干扰,实现创意的经过。     早晨7点10分写下这几行字的时候我已经感觉到我的写作创意正在慢慢溜走。我挣扎着把这个帖子写完(“今天要说些什么呢?毫无头绪!”)。   现在是7点11分了,从6点17分我起床算起,你知道已经出现了多少分散我注意力的事情了吗?   6点17分 醒来,关掉闹钟,扫了一眼电脑屏幕上的所有信息。 4条skype留言 2条What’sApp信息 1条LinkedIn更新 共计:7个干扰 由于我尚未养成早睡早起的作息习惯,我拼命努力控制自己别又躺下睡着。   6点22分 我已经把手机拿在手上了(猜猜我是从哪儿拿出来的……承认吧,你也一样!)我浏览了下新邮件。 5个半小时的睡眠中收到了13封新邮件,这算正常情况。浏览完毕,没什么真要紧的。删掉8封。 共计:13个干扰。   6点26分 走出浴室,发现今天北京天气不错,没什么污染。“那么,看看今天的污染指数吧。”只是想知道应用显示结果是不是跟我感觉的一样。74,还行! 共计:又多了一个干扰!   6点30分 冥想十分钟,尽力而为。思考今天要做的所有事情。实在困难。   6点42分 冲咖啡,清理厨房。把昨晚的汤放进冰箱。   6点47分 坐在电脑前,gmail已经打开了。该看看之前留下的5封邮件了。 共计:5个干扰   6点49分 还有一些昨晚打开的浏览器窗口。 -谷歌分析(“只是看一眼网站统计信息”) -Hootsuite(“有人转载我的帖子么?”) 共计:2个(很长的!!)干扰。   6点54分 打开Facebook(不!!!!),看看收到的消息。噢,以及页面上最新被赞的东西。 你猜怎么着:今早没有任何有意思的事儿。至少我还有过一分钟的一点儿期待心情呢。哎,好吧。 共计:4个干扰。1个好友申请,3条通知。   7点04分 思考我今天的任务并浏览Any.do上我各种待办事项清单的清单。   在我试图想要回归正轨,敦促自己写下这篇帖子的期间,我感觉越来越迟钝、越来越分心。   7点10分 我今早总算成功开始写这篇帖子了。很满意,明天又是新的一天! […]

为什么你需要很棒的沟通技能来获得投资?

在过去的三四年里,有太多关于创业者和创业公司的炒作。我其实找不到太多相关资料,除了以下这句来自2012年的话,虽然在网络时代2012这个年份看起来已经相当久远了,但是我听到越来越多的人这样说。看看我与Richard Robinson的访谈吧。   “太多人关注创业成功的光鲜外表,却不够了解创业其实是多么不性感。”   无论如何,重要在于越来越多的人在谈“创办”。我们看到太多公司非常离谱的评估报告蒙蔽创业者(以及投资人)并使他们开始想象着去触及成功的圣杯,即IPO。 其实也难怪。想想建立及开发一个产品起初并不昂贵。但是,事情总是开始容易坚持下来很难。 (当然我也赞同其他获得投资的渠道。是的,“投资”,并没有太快。获取关注,变得精简。如果你得到足够多的关注,投资便会更容易得到,估价也会更高。) 这其中,在写支票之前(大多数时候都是汇款,怎么会是支票?!)投资者的部分职责观察创业团队是如何工作的。更详细地说来,是联合创始人们如何一起工作与沟通。 有一个创业者告诉我,当他与创业者见面时,他总是会问同一个问题:“你们之间有过争执与相互之前的蔑视吗?你们是如何克服的?” 其实这个问题是有标准答案的。答案就是:“是的!我们有过。” 那位投资人说,如果他们说“不”,他们要么是在撒谎,要么就是个彼此之间没有足够交流的差劲团队! 原因如下。当你与你的联合创始人在同一条船上时,你们应该都具备朝着对方大吼的能力以及接下来彼此沟通和解决问题的能力。这是成为一个好的团队和成功的必要条件。 我无法过度强调创业有多么被高估,正如我之前提到过,而且又是如何成为了新一代的乐透彩票。创业真XX难!(是的,摘录我这句话吧发到推特上去) 对于真XX艰难的时期,你与你的合作伙伴之间需要非常棒的沟通,不是良好的沟通,是非常棒的沟通,在你们俩之间(或者更多人)。 你需要能大吼, 你需要能大叫, 你需要能产生分歧, 并且还得能搞定。 如果你采用简化的方法处理问题,那么这些问题不会消失,它们会随着时间逐渐变得更严重,变得更大然后瞬间爆炸。 这对于你和你的投资人都不是好事。 因此,投资人的这个问题其实很意味深长。它能反映你是否拥有一个强大的团队,以及你在一个安全带并未完全捆绑牢固的过山车上能存活得怎么样,这就是一个创业公司的感觉! 所以,请跟你的联合创始人透彻地聊聊你们的问题!这会是拯救你们的一步!   现在轮到你了! 你们的创业公司内部如何交流?你认为还可以提高吗? 你如何克服你们公开的艰难沟通时刻?   图片来自dalvenjah See how I run my businesses using these tools and resources. Check Them Out!

Why you need AMAZING communication skills to get an investment?

For the last 3-4 years there is a hype around entrepreneurship  and startups. Must say, I couldn’t find many resources about this, except of this from 2012, which in Internet terms is like the previous millennium, but I hear more and more people around me talking about this. Check my interview with Richard Robinson exactly on this point   […]

为什么创业者是差劲的登山者

创业即是一种自我成长与自我控制。  我敢说在今天的大环境下一些创业者之所以很难按时完成任务是因为他们所做的工作只需要对自己负责。现在是时候解决这个问题了。   为自己工作确实很自由,我非常能体会这种感觉。你很乐观并对自己说:“一切都会好的!”事实上人们确实应该这样想,否则创业者会更加难以坚持下来。 人们应该掌握并尽可能地控制自己的命运,我对此非常赞同。一份安稳的工作在当下看来只是种幻觉。雇主只是……雇佣你,一旦你对组织不再有利或太费钱,你马上就会被炒。 所幸目前看来,创业形势在全球范围内都是一片大好的。到2020年,美国百分之四十的劳动力都会是自由职业者。这是个庞大的数字!所以你现在已经在正确的道路上了! 但是当你做自己的老板时千万别以为一切真的都没问题。创业其实更像是攀登一座没有顶点的山峰而且你无法确定哪一条路是通往顶峰的正确道路。但是你必须选择及决定走哪条路。你决定方向,节奏,休息时间,一切! 当你每天做着这些决定不断攀登的时候,会出现什么情况呢?你如何让你自己时刻坚持?对我个人而言,坚持源于我知道我无从依赖、没人为我工作,所以我要负责。 但即使你需要为你的工作负责,一个人工作还是很困难。现在,你需要对除你之外的人负责吗?没其他人理会你攀登的这座山。 可惜“你”是一个微妙的负责人。如果你可以决定去做什么,你也可以决定不去做,或者决定去休息(当你确实需要的时候是可以的),或者漫无目的地闲逛。 漫无目的地闲逛,比如上Facebook或者在YouTube上“再看一段儿”在短期看来是可以做的。先做喜欢的事情,推迟困难的工作,就像先回避陡峭的路径。 但在长远看来,你将一事无成。你停滞不前,并对自己的状态非常不满。我承认,休息和拖延的界线暧昧不明,并且我相信你需要的是独自攀登时偶尔可以依靠的肩膀。你需要告诉一个人,你要走哪条路,你要去哪里。 科技正尝试解决这个问题。现在智能手机伴我们入睡,帮助我们攀登自己的山峰。(注释:去看看Leslie Perlow写的这本书吧。我还没读过,但你能在任何地方轻易找到它。) 所以,我们其实有这样一个“某个人”帮助我们登山,但问题是它们不足以满足我们的需求。你自己不行,do to list手机应用不行。我说过,你不应该再依赖工具。你需要一个真正的人来帮你解决这个问题!而不是工具! 我很高兴我开发出这样一项服务来帮助沮丧的创业者和自由职业者完成工作并因此更快乐!希望你们能试试看!   现在轮到你了 你如何看待这个问题?你如何面对独自登山的困难?你带着哪些工具?哪些人在帮你? 我的新服务会敦促你按时完成任务。试试看。   图片来自Margaret Keating See how I run my businesses using these tools and resources. Check Them Out!

Why Entrepreneurs are Bad Mountain Climbers?

Entrepreneurship is a lot about self growth and self control. I claim that in todays’ environment some entrepreneurs find it hard to get their job done on time because they are accountable on the things they do  only to themselves. It’s time to find a solution for this. It’s liberating to work for yourself, I know this feeling very well. You are optimistic […]

创业?!并不性感!——与友录网总裁Richard Robinson的一对一访谈

  Shlomo(张安龙)的笔记:我们今天发布诸多(希望如此)中国创业者访谈中的第一个。我发现有很多人对此感兴趣并一定能从中学到很多。因此我非常高兴现在能够发布第一个访谈。 你应该会好奇我为什么说“我们”。这是因为Kevin Lee的加入而且他会负责整个访谈项目。 简而言之,如果你希望从这些最棒的创业者学到东西并进行一对一的交流(就像与Richard访谈的这种方式) 你可以问任何你想问的问题,从最好的创业者身上学习。Kevin会帮你联络到你或者你的圈子感兴趣的创业者。 然后我们希望你可以把访谈视频(最好如此)、音频或文本发给我们以发布于此。 Kevin可以提供更多相关信息。带着你的问题去烦他吧:[email protected]     我与Richard Robinson的访谈非常愉快。 Richard是中国最早的外国科技创业者之一。这次访谈非常深入地分享了他在中国的创业历程。 我非常享受这次超棒的访谈,并从中学到很多东西,相信你也会如此。分享并点赞吧,绝对值得!   你会在这个访谈中了解到: 1. 他是如何停止与他的中文斗争的? 2. 当你没有中国员工时,怎样是最佳的管理运营方式? 3. 去哪儿网(最大的线上旅行商业销售平台之一)是如何诞生的? 4. 为什么职场社交网络创业优于一般社交网络? 以及其他很多很多问题!43分钟长但每一秒都很精彩!享受吧!   视频在这里:http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTg0NTA3NzA0.html See how I run my businesses using these tools and resources. Check Them Out!

Presentation and Video: Customer Development Hacking Tools Recipe

The biggest Barcamp event was held last Sunday in Beijing. They are holding one event every 3 month and on every event they add another speakers room. The organizers got to 5 speaker room on that last one! which consist of more than 40 speakers. I had rough time thinking what I should talk about and eventually I found […]

A Case Study: How I Failed Being Lean?

So, recently there was an awesome meeting of the lean startup group here in Beijing. There was a great show up, and I was tremendously glad that there was a really good mix of foreigners and locals, which improves the Startup Ecosystem. I’ve mentioned I’m working on an ebook and like every project it’s taking […]

How Helping Other Entrepreneurs Would Scale You up? (in No Time!)

There is a great post about helping other on their entrepreneurial quest,  that kevin Dewalt published a while ago. Kevin decided to have limited open office hours and help others entrepreneurs (And even developed a product around it…) . About the same time he started, I started doing the same thing, we still never met by then. We both learned […]

Some Thoughts on How to Acquire Good Habits

Summary: Every entrepreneur has this daily struggle as of flexible working hours and being self employed, many times still working from home. In the following post I share some of the things I realized about this process of acquiring a habit.  Unfortunately habits were never my strong side, and as a person that always trying to do things as efficiently as possible it’s […]

Angel Developers – bypassing the Founder’s Dilemma

Note from Shlomo: I’m very glad to present additional partners of Startup Noodle. I have the privilege to work with Steve on a couple of projects and I highly trust Ikura’s agile process and tech skills to deliver the best prototypes for start ups who begin their journey with a brand new idea coming up.   Take is away Steve!    Tech-based startups are facing a growing […]

How to build a startup ecosystem?

Last Sunday, I had the privilege to talk at Barcamp Beijing which was great and VERY exciting. I spoke about “How to Build a startup ecosystem”. As a foreigner in China I got to know the tech scene here in Beijing quite well I think. The atmosphere here for startups and entrepreneurship is great and thriving. Still, this startup ecosystem […]

Taking the VC role when raising funds for your startup

Note from Shlomo: The original post was written last week and took a couple of days to collect all materials for it. So, this didn’t really happen yesterday but a week ago.  ooouchh, yesterday was a tiring day. I got the chance to manage the largest class we ever had on SLP. This was a pretty […]

The Power of the Crowd When Planning Your Startup

A few weeks ago I started a new project. I decided to write a plan for building a startup and distribute it as an e-book (Now I have to do this project, and be accountable for it…it’s publicly announced) Over the time I’m entrepreneur, for the last 9-10 years, I’ve learned a lot on the process of being […]

Your Startup Pitch: The Simple Formula

Last week I had a very interesting meeting, where I learned the importance of the famous elevator pitch to the extreme! I like talking to other entrepreneurs and give my help to them, sometimes a simple advice can help a lot. I see various entrepreneurs with different mindsets and different problems and try to give my advice as possible. […]

Learn from my Customer Development…What Works, What Didn’t

Are you doing customer development right now? I want to learn from you! I’ve been working on Go Finish for a couple of months now. As with Lean startups, we are currently on the discovery stage. This means that we are trying to find what is the product we are actually want to develop that […]

Video Guide: Open an Account in the Largest Video Portal in China

Last March Youku announced that it buys Tudou, making it the largest Chinese video portal. There are several video portals in China out there and every large online player has it’s own. Youku is the largest though, at least for now. Recently I hear that since competition is fierce some of the smaller websites find it hard to survive. One strategy […]

Startups Should Learn to Walk by Themselves

A couple of days ago a CEO of a startup company called me for advice. This guy has a team of 5 developers and spending around $10K on his start up every month.  He came with the following request: “Help me raise money for my start up. If by the end of next month we don’t raise […]

How long should I work on my startup every day?

There are days, when you are saying to yourself: “Today will be a good day. I can accomplish so much. I’ve got tons of exciting things to do that will boost my Start up and take it to a whole new place. “ Here are some of the task you accomplish during your day: – Check website […]

How Foreigners Can Get Involved in a Tech Start-up in China

I’m proud to announce a partnership with a local Start up in Beijing; Koombah. Their tag line says it all: “Helping you find your ideal home rental in Beijing”. For the benefit of the foreigners coming to Beijing, we decided to partner, and help you have a soft landing.  This is a guest post by the co-founder Jason Lim.  […]

China High Tech jobs: Where the %#@$&% are they?!

Note from Shlomo: I added an updated post on this subject, with some solutions to the problem of finding a job in Beijing. Check this: Do / Can Tech People From the US get Jobs in China?   Why is it so hard to find talents in Beijing? I don’t get it! There are so many […]

Why Skritter App Makes me Spend $518.49?

Recently Technode gave their list for “15 Smartphone Apps to Teach Yourself Chinese“. I’m really not sure why they weren’t mentioning this Skritter on their list. The bottom line is that it’s a really great app that outperforms many many others in my opinion (Still, Id’ be glad to hear people thinking differently). BUT…read this story to the end! Endless of endless […]

The Best Students’ Chance for a Successful Startup in China

Entrepreneurs are not always highly skilled business people or corporate members. I know it’s a cliché, but what I actually mean to say is that every group has its entrepreneurs and scope of ideas (more on that later…) even when they are not so skilled. Last Sunday I attended the closing event of a students’ […]

10 Rules for a Successful Chinese Business Meeting

So, you’re invited for a welcome dinner, congrats! You are working in China now. As Said before Chinese companies are strict to some extent. Even going out can be an intimidating experience if you don’t know what to expect and even more scary if you are not fluent yet with the language. These rules also […]