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How is it like to be on business trip?

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So, what do you do for living? When people ask what do I do for work, usually the reply is "international business development for medical device company". And they are like "hmm, sounds advanced, you must travel a lot.." And quite often they think it is very cool. It can be, but it is not as simple as much fun. Business is business and let me share experience I have had so far over past almost two years.
I work in rehabilitation robotics industry, which is also in the category of "sunrise industry". In the whole world you find around 20 companies, which claim they do rehabilitation robots, but actually there are less than 10. In the past 16 month we have been three times to Germany, went also to Indonesia, Russia, Singapore, Brazil, Spain, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Romania, Italy, Greece, Belgium, the USA (also twice), UAE, Thailand, Israel, Ethiopia, Egypt and Turkey. Till end of November I am expected to visit Germany two more times. In total there ar…

Benefits of hiking

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First time I ever did hiking was at the beginning of 2009. Remember are that time my friend Lydmyla Kololchuk organized winter hiking to Carpathian Mountains for 5 days. Winters in Ukraine cold, especially in Carpathians with a lot of snow. Nevertheless it was my first and memorable experience with mountains, which I enjoyed so much. Later on, while doing studying exchange program in Seoul, South Korea, I did hiking with friends almost every weekend. And then, since I came to Hong Kong, a land with perfect combination of mountain and sea, try to catch every chance to hike.
Hiking always gave me some unique joy and satisfaction. This is not about the view (although to have a nice view from the peak is a good thing). This is more about the process, the challenge, the way how you think about reaching the top. While hiking I always keep in mind analogy with a career development, personal growth or achievement of a goal. You don't always necessarily need to see the peak in order to m…

the research project

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The date was 11th of May 2013. I was in Nanjing, China, joining networking event organized by EU Chamber of Commerce there. At that event it happened to meet people, exchange business cards and hold small talk. Nothing special, just networking event as usual. At that networking event happened to meet Pierra, a man in his 40-ies or early 50-ies, who was doing project for French oil company Total. While discussion what caused us to come to China I mentioned that would like to understand the world as it is. For example, why and how did it happened that Europeans conquer America, but not vice versa? Why not China? Why Asian societies tends to be more family focused, not individual-focused as it in in the USA? Why one countries are able to make a breakthrough and go through economic miracles, while others can not? How Chinese people think like? What is important to them?
On my surprise Pierre gave very profound and detailed answer - a reading list suggestion. Although that was handwritten i…

Monday, July 13th

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I have not done it for a while - a reflection on my life in Hong Kong. Every day like another day so similar in its own different way. The lifestyle has evolved from WES (Work-Eat-Sleep) to a bit more balanced one - add Toastmasters, JCI and dinners with new friends. Every single day I meet new people. Recently started to confuse people, their names and their strories. Is that too much? Shall I just pause and take some rest from this netowrking rally? What's the purpose?
Peter Thiel suggests you may see the future in four different ways. Consider this two on two matrix:
In Hong Kong most of the people see its future definitely pessimistic, where more China Mainland is coming, hosing prices rasing up and number of people rises. If you would like to get a better understanding of this model - check out here or read his book "From Zero to One" ("the first book aspiring or working entrepreneur must read"). Myself is more in present of the US - indefnite and optimis…

Events That Matter

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In October, November and December of last year I got a chance to participate in three stunning world-class events: The Economist Innovation Summit, China Summit and APAC Innovation Summit. Two of them were organized by The Economist and last one by Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. Here are my thoughts on these events.
Why do events matter?
In my believe, people join events for growth. At least I do. The growth can be personal (while learning something), financial (find prospective clients and/or maintaining company's goodwill), sociable (networking and meeting new friends). Ideally you want all three aspects, but it also depends on goals you carry before joining the event. For instance, while joining the events, I did not set up financial related goals, while focusing on Knowledge/Understanding and People/Networking. For most of us the progress of life is important. You want to be smarter next year, richer, know more people and try more new things. That's partly how you…