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Black Business Owner In Korea Interview

Cultural Strides Abroad  Jason Holmes is a black-owned business owner who founded the online business Kimchi Socks LLC based out of America and here in South Korea, Songtan Mugs.  Kimchi Socks LLC is an accessories brand that focuses on selling socks tied to various community groups. In a similar space, Jason created Songtan Mugs, where he sells custom apparel and mugs. Recently, I spoke with … Continue reading Black Business Owner In Korea Interview

Escapism Amid Pandemic

Stay Safe, Stay Home Playlist Instead of blogging about business topics or what I’ve learned during a recent webinar or conference.  I want to share what videos I have been watching when I need a good laugh, to relax, or feel nostalgic.   So without further ado here’s my recent playlist of Youtube videos I can watch again and again.  *Closed captioning is available on most … Continue reading Escapism Amid Pandemic

Product Marketing Amidst Covid-19

Marketing Strategies In The “New Normal” Recently, I attended the TechInAsia PDC ‘20 virtual Product Development Conference.  This four-day virtual conference took place on July 1-2nd (Indonesia Series) and the 8-9th (Regional Series) via Asia/Singapore timezone.  The event focused on “How to build, scale, and pivot your product amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.    There were three webinars I want to share with everyone that I believe … Continue reading Product Marketing Amidst Covid-19

7 Tips for Applying To An Accelerator

Necessary Preparations To Apply The last three months I have been applying to business accelerators.  Since I’m trying my best to adhere to the stay in place order I now have more time to share what I’ve learned. It goes without saying, that it is important to make your application stand out. Here are the things I’ve learned as I research and apply for business accelerators/incubators. … Continue reading 7 Tips for Applying To An Accelerator

How To Create Products Customers Want

Customer Discovery Process Before I spend money on developing my mobile application I’ve been advised to find out what customers want. Reading various business articles many advisors believe this is a crucial first step.   Customer Development is defined by Steve Blank as:  In an existing market, Customer Development means not only understanding potential customers, but your competitors in detail – their product features, their sales … Continue reading How To Create Products Customers Want

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Overseas Venture Capitalist Investors

How To Find Startup Funding  So you want to start a business in Asia? Starting a business is hard wherever you’re located.  Add starting a business overseas to your to-do list and it seems like one more insurmountable hurdle to overcome.  According to the Global Startup, Ecosystems report the Global Startup Economy reached $2.3 trillion from 2015 to 2017.  Part of that success includes assistance … Continue reading Overseas Venture Capitalist Investors

How I Chose A Technical Bootcamp

Product Development Process: CAD & CAM Training Recently, I’ve been apart of the first APC Fellowship organized by (LACI) or the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.  Their mission states: “LACI is building a more diverse and inclusive ecosystem that integrates women, people of color and other under-represented groups into the cleantech sector.”. This whole experience gave me a lot more than an introduction to a CNC … Continue reading How I Chose A Technical Bootcamp

Jogong: International Fan Service

Coffee Carts, Subway Ads, and Flower Gift Sets South Korea has a long-standing subculture of Jogong.  What’s Jogong you may ask? According to The Korean Times “Jogong” is a culture of gift-giving to celebrities. You can read more on this article “Besotted Fans Splash Out On Cars, Watches For Their K-pop Idols” on The Korea Times website. I don’t believe in judging fandoms gifts for … Continue reading Jogong: International Fan Service

Korean Convenience Store Lessons

AS CONVENIENT AS POSSIBLE! Recently, there have been some questions as to why I suddenly posted a product vocabulary list written in Hangul and English. I want to share the reason why I created this list and my future plans. I first came across GRRRL Traveler blog post titled “Just Show Me The Pictures!  Dealing With Language Barriers In Korea.”  It resonated with my current … Continue reading Korean Convenience Store Lessons