Note from Shlomo: This post is published slightly late (read on to see why).
SUN anniversary is on July 19th, glad to celebrate the 2nd one and going into it’s 3rd year.
What a year! I’m looking at my plan for this year on last year’s summary and…mmm…well….things don’t always go as planned. Still, I feel I’m much more focused (but not enough) than I was last year.
I must say that it became harder for me to maintain a pace of more than 2 posts a month, largely due to lack of time especially when running AppinChina.co. This is much fewer posts than I’d like.
So, what have we had so far?
This year I’ve published 31 posts, of which 3 were guest posts. This is about 25% fewer posts than I posted last year, which I’m not happy about. Maintaining a writing routine is something I have tried to do over the past year, sometimes I succeeded, sometimes less so. Still, I care a lot about my readers and have tried to keep providing as much information and guidance as I can.
The comments & questions I get from the SUN community are what keep me motivated, so keep those coming guys. If you are a silent reader (one who doesn’t leave comments), leave a comment, share your thoughts and experiences. It’s a great booster for myself and the community!
Here is the most popular content on Startup Noodle after its 2nd year:
Interesting. Aside from the main page and the about page, 3 popular posts from the first year remained popular over the second year as well. It’s winning content, I guess, and I’m glad you like it.
Here they are:
Among the more popular posts were two new ones from the DimSum project, a project of ours in which students interview successful entrepreneurs in China. These particular interviews were respectively about running a nonprofit in China and running a food and beverage business in China (in this case, a bar).
Good Job guys!
I’m trying to sum up the major things that worked and didn’t work from the previous year. If you look at last year’s summary post
you’ll see a list of things I planned for the coming year; some worked and some didn’t.
Translating SUN (Startup Noodle) to Chinese was stopped because of a lack of resources as well as how I see SUN evolving (more on this coming up).
Also, I never got to develop the Udemy course I mentioned: “Entrepreneurship for non Entrepreneurs.”
There is a really good reason for this; AppinChina.co, which was then mentioned as a service I just started has become a thriving starutp!
Some other things have changed as well:
Last year, I had the privilege of working with Steve from ikuraMedia. Since then, as I said AppinChina.co has become very prominent in my life and Steve has moved from Beijing to Singapore. Steve is doing great(!!), BTW.
I moved my office into a shared space with the ever-helpful Richard.
This has been a major change for me. It’s not only a change of working space, which was great, it has also allowed me to achieve some work-life balance, separating my work and home to two different environments. Rich has become a good friend and partner who aids me in various matters. He is great for advice and for thinking through many aspects of the business.
We support each other personally as well; I feel I can rely on him for whatever I need and he will do his best and more to help me!
We have a weekly Monday morning talk where we share our thoughts about our businesses and personal life, understanding that these are connected, and this helps us to be more successful as entrepreneurs.
He has therefore also been added to our list of people on the team, and is quite deserving of this recognition!
Oh, and he also does a great imitation of Golom from the Lord of the Rings!
I’m still organizing the Lean startup Beijing meetup, which is a great community of entrepreneurs here in Beijing. Last year we had 450 members in our community, and we are now at almost 1000 members! It’s a vibrant community and we have lots of people coming to each event.
I’m very happy about this community and hope it will continue to grow and thrive.
I’ve read last year’s post to see what has changed.
As I mentioned AppinChina.co has developed into a startup. We are already at 3.5 employees.
A “ an App distribution service in China” is mentioned there. It didn’t really have a name yet. Since then AppinChina.co has become a real startup instead of a side business, and is now my primary endeavor.
We provide a top service for companies who have apps they wish to launch in the Chinese Android market. It’s been an exciting journey and we’ve gotten to work with some really awesome clients, such as Uber and Duolingo!
We are also expanding the set of services we are able to provide our clients, in order to provide a soft landing to app developers and publishers who want to bring their app to this huge market.
You also know that you are heading in the right direction when you start to be imitated. Every now and then we discover a new website copying our wording and graphics and opening a new website with the same services. Competition makes things harder, but it also encourages us to constantly strive to be the best of the best at what we do.
Here is how I want my next year to go (Hoping to stick to the plan this time):
Develop appinChina.co to be the best app distribution company for foreign developers and publishers, expanding our services even more to being able to enable our clients to navigate the Chinese Android Jungle without difficulty.
I want to continue growing the Lean Startup Meetup community and have a deeper integration between that and SUN.
I have realized in the last year that communities like this one, made up of both native-born and expat entrepreneurs, are needed in many places around the world. It’s important because it provides an opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other and create something unique to that place. It’s a way to make startups successful.
Essentially these communities consist of “moving entrepreneurs”. People who leave their home country to move to a new place and create their dream project, just as I have. It’s not only in China, it’s everywhere. I’d like SUN to be a home for these entrepreneurs and the locals who host these entrepreneurs in their countries.
SUN will become an online community of such people. That’s the plan.
Now over to you
This is a special thank you for reading and keeping up with SUN. It’s awesome getting emails and comments from people saying that they like something I published or that it helped somehow.
A special request I really look forward to getting your comments. Comments are a great way to stay relevant to my readers and being able to answer their questions. So please don’t hesitate to say what you think, and don’t be afraid to ask.
I hope to stay relevant for you in the coming year. See you on the other side!
Image credit by Hannah Nicole