As I have noted before, I know the founder of ORIENTED.com. In the most recent issue of AsianWeek, the paper reports “The Global Handshake: Networking around the world with ORIENTED.com“:
“Is it possible to network with professionals in the Asia Pacific, North America and other regions, all at the same time? Yes, says Christine Hsu, founder of ORIENTED.com, a global network of more than 28,000 professionals interested in Asian businesses and partnerships. Its signature happy hours are held simultaneously every month in more than 12 cities, bringing together professionals in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, New York, Portland, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Business lunch hours and China industry tours are also in the works….Linda Kong, the group’s business development manager, said many members are affectionately referred to as “BMWs” — bilingual, mid-career, Western-trained professionals. “They are some of the most active movers and shakers in their communities, because they understand the importance of networking and building partnerships,” Kong said. “Through our online services and offline events, we have effectively created a global guanxi that is helping people to find jobs, new business opportunities and new friends, all over the world.” Guanxi means “network” or “connection” in Chinese…The group partners with businesses and organizations that serve Asia’s international business communities. “
There’s an ORIENTED.com happy hour event this coming Thursday in San Francisco. Check out the details here.