It’s July again, Startup Noodle’s birthday celebration on July 19th! (My birthday is also coming up a few days apart…)
Every year, before writing the yearly summary post I read the previous one and it’s amazing to see the progress and changes happening from one year to another.
If you want to see the whole picture see the first two posts summarising my journey:
2nd Year: Growing! Startup Noodle 2nd year summary
So, what we have we had so far?
This year I published 15 posts on the blog. Not so many… one of them was a guest post. Still (Surprise!) traffic is now growing steadily , which is great!
Here are the 10 most popular ports after 3 years:
Looking at the most popular content of this year, two interesting things happened:
1. The post about how to use Gmail in China is killing it! (It’s a great post if you are looking for a VPN to use while in China).
In the 6 months that it’s up it managed to get massive amounts of traffic that even outnumber the main page. I get lots of traffic from searches like “How to use Gmail in China” ? This is a guest post from by Marcus Habert from BestVPNProvider.
2. The 3 most popular posts from last year stayed at the top 10 most popular posts this year but only one of them is at the top three.
Here are the 3 top performing posts this year:
First to the most significant change that happened, I had to move back to Israel because of family reasons, so I spend most of my time now around Tel Aviv and its vibrant entrepreneurs community. But, I do keep in close touch with Beijing and travel roughly every 3-4 months. I love those trips!
Looking back at my plans for this year, I definitely met two of my goals.
AppInChina.co is a stronger and larger company serving larger clients, with a better set of services.
It’s a live and kicking startup. Last year we were 3.5 people, and now we have 4 full time employees and 3 part time. Things change!
This year we served (and are still serving) companies like Microsoft, KLM, Wunderlist and Flipagram . I hope that next year will bring other brands recognising the value of our service. It’s a great feeling working with them and a great responsibility at the same time.
Also, LSM (Lean Startup Meetup) has also grown tremendously. It’s now the 2nd most active Lean Startup Meetup group after San Francisco.
I’m still running it though I now can’t attend every meeting now. We’ve grown to more than 1570 members! We now have more events going on; Besides our monthly event we also have 2 community dinners every month. We added this as we felt that people are able to connect on a more personal level and less stress over dinner rather than at a networking event. This has definitely proven itself.
We are also looking for sponsors for the group who wants to reach the local entrepreneur community in Beijing. Get in touch with me for more details. last thing regarding the group: Credits to Richard who runs the show when I’m not there. Thanks Rich!
Another change is that we moved to a new office. Richard opened Manning Co-working (曼宁地产） in a beautiful building in Beijing and we were one of the first companies to join. Here are some pics to share.
This is a tough one. Yes, growing AppInChina and LSM even more are my goals for the year, definitely. I do my best to keep them running professionally and diligently.
Another goal of mine is to release my first online course about the mobile market in China. I’ve been mentioning it several times during the last year and it’s still in the works. It’s going too slow in my opinion, and I hope to release it in the next few months.
For SUN, I still feel I don’t know my audience well enough and want to better understand how can I help my readers. I try to help as much as I can, but I think I need to find a more scalable way helping a larger audience…. This is where you come into the picture, let me know why you are here, what you are looking for and how I can help.
I kept the best for last though! Both AppInChina.co and SUN are going through a major design changes. SUN will be up very soon with a new design and AppInChina.co next month. It’s been a few months work and it will do good to both brands (If you read it after the new design is up: SUN doesn’t have a footer now…)
Now over to you
Also, If you are in Beijing come join our meetup or come say hello when you visit Israel.
Feature image credit by Emilio Küffe