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New site uses Netflix themed streaming platform to teach Chinese through movies

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A new website which is being praised as the Netflix for language learners has become a hit with expats in Taiwan. Pinyin Cinema is a movie streaming site, not unlike Netflix or Hulu, but is themed towards learning Chinese. All of the movies on the site are Chinese-speaking, and the user is able to use select multiple different subtitle options to aid their learning experience, such as Hanyu Pinyin, which is the romanized form of Chinese, which many non-native speakers of Chinese use whilst learning the so called “hardest language in the world”.

Pinyin Cinema was created by Elliott Marc Jones, and his Taiwanese partner Stephenie. The pair, who have travelled the world together came up with the idea of the site in March whilst vacationing in Malaysia, and started work a few weeks later whilst in Jakarta, Indonesia on business. The language learning streaming site later launched in April. Since arriving back home in Taiwan, they have continued to support and update the platform with new features.

Elliott, who was already well known in the Taiwan expat community for the 2015 PC release of Redactem, which now has over 100,000 owners on the Steam store and was the highest rated game on IndieGameStand for over a year, said that although progress with Pinyin Cinema has been slow, he is extremely happy with the steady increase in users over the last few months.

Elliott agreed to answer a few questions about his experience as an entrepreneur in Taiwan.

How did you become an entrepreneur in Taiwan in the first place?

“When I first came to Taiwan in 2015, I was living off the little savings I had and couldn’t legally work due to restrictions on my visa at the time. I knew I had to make money on the internet if I wanted to stay in Taiwan, and so I used my knowledge of game development to create an indie game. Looking back at the title, I get a little embarrassed at how low the production quality was, but it made me a lot of money and helped me enter the world of business. Redactem now has over 100,000 owners on Steam, which is impressive for a game which originally retailed for £3 sterling. Today I have a spousal residence certificate in Taiwan, and am on my way to becoming a naturalised citizen. Two passports are better than one!”

Are there any restrictions in Taiwan for expats looking to start a business?

“Despite government efforts to ease the process and encourage foreigners to start businesses in Taiwan, it is still extremely difficult if you don’t have a Taiwanese friend or spouse who you can register the business under. Although I love Taiwan, I currently couldn’t recommend it as a place for startups to come to, which is a shame because Taiwan really needs foreign money.”

Do you have any regrets on starting a new life in Taiwan?

“No, Taiwan is a wonderful place, and if I hadn’t of came here, I would never of met my partner, and never had the financial motivation to start any of my successful businesses.”

Visit Pinyin Cinema’s site at: ​https://pinyincinema.com/

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Interview with Todd Denkin from DigiPath

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We recently had the opportunity to talk to Todd Denkin the CEO and Founder of DigiPath. Since joining Digipath, Inc., in 2014 Todd Denkin has transformed the company from a pure digital pathology solution provider into a leader in the medical and recreational cannabis testing market. Digipath Labs’ Las Vegas cannabis testing facility is the number-one testing lab in Nevada, seeing a steady increase in clients and revenues since opening in May of 2015. While maintaining the highest standard for cannabis testing, Todd also focuses on expanding the business through licensing agreements and partnerships that will bring the reliability, experience, and customer service Digipath Labs is known for to cannabis markets across the country. While doing all of that, Todd also co-founded TNMNews Corp. where he serves as it’s president and on-air host.

Denkin’s career has been defined by foresight––the ability to spot and take advantage of emerging market trends and navigate new companies into lucrative markets. In 2009, Todd identified a trend in grow-your-own hydroponic systems and co-founded the self-contained hydroponic system leader Phototron Holdings, helping take the company public and serving as its president. At the time it was one of the very first publicly traded cannabis companies.

He also founded 10 Mile Farms, a hydroponic vegetable growing company dedicated to sprouting locally grown vertical indoor organic produce farms in communities across the country.

Starting in the television and film production business since attending the University of Florida, Denkin became a 25-year show business veteran making TV shows, commercials, infomercials music videos and films. It was another natural fit for Denkin to shift to the Internet in 2000 with a streaming video dot com startup in Las Vegas, NV. He helped take that company public in 2003 and was instrumental in building it to a $300 million market cap.

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Glenn Parada & Darwin Roman from Latino Wealth Movement on ParadaWorks

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On this episode of ParadaWorks, Glenn Parada sits down to interview Darwin Roman founder of the Latino Wealth Movement to discuss everything from business to leadership. Buckle your seatbelts you are not going to want to miss this episode. Enjoy.

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The Advantages Of Working With An Executive Search Firm

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Hiring for an executive role at your company is a lot more challenging than hiring for a lower level position. To make the process easier, you may want to work with an executive search firm. These firms provide a number of benefits including the following:

1. They can introduce you to a wider group of applicants, connecting you with potential hires who may not have discovered the opening on their own.

Posting an ad on a traditional job board will only allow you to reach people who are actively searching for a job. In many cases, however, the best person for the position may already be employed by a competing company. An executive search service can get your job in front of these potential candidates.

2. The skills, knowledge, and expertise of the executives at your business play a key role in your company’s overall success.

Even though it costs more to hire top talent for your business, it is an investment that almost always pays off. The right candidate can help your company increase profits and can help secure your future success, more than paying for themselves over time. By using an executive search firm, you can find someone who is perfectly suited for the role that you need to fill.

3. The best candidates may not actively be looking for a job.

Most methods that companies use to advertise job openings are passive in nature. For instance, if you post an ad on a job board, you need people to take action in order to see it. With an executive search firm, on the other hand, they reach out to potential candidates for you, letting them know about the opening at your company. This can help you reach people who aren’t currently searching job boards.

4. Executive search providers actively look for the best candidate for the role instead of waiting for people to come to them.

Oftentimes, companies that market themselves as recruiting services don’t actually go out and recruit talent. Instead, they post ads and wait for people to reply, sorting through the applicants to find the best ones. With an executive search firm, the process is quite a bit different. Instead of passively waiting for applications, they go out and search for qualified candidates, giving you a variety of options to select from. Here are some more tips on how to partner with an executive recruiter

5. Working with the right firm decreases wasted time by weeding out unqualified applicants.

When you post a job opening, you may get hundreds of responses. Initially, that may seem like a good thing. As you dig deeper, however, you may discover that most of the applicants aren’t qualified for the role. Instead, all of the time that you spent reviewing those applications was wasted when it could have been better spent on other aspects of your business. When you work with an executive search company, they will present you with a small group of prescreened candidates who are qualified for the position. That means that you only have to review a few different applications rather than hundreds, saving you a lot of time.

6. No need to settle for mediocre talent.

Executive search firms go above and beyond to find the most qualified candidates for any position. That means that you don’t have to settle for someone who is just okay. Instead, you can get the top talent in the industry.

7. Candidates are evaluated on their future potential as well as their current abilities.

The last thing that you want is to have to hire new people over and over again. To avoid high turnover rates, executive search firms evaluate candidates based not only on how they will perform today but also how likely they are to stick around in the future. The ideal candidate is someone who is qualified for the job and who is excited about contributing to your business and helping it grow for a long time to come.

8. Executive search firms focus on what candidates can actually do for your company rather than on the bullet points listed on their resume.

Before they begin their search, an executive search company will meet with you to talk about the particular role you are trying to fill as well as about the long-term goals of your business. Based on the information they gather, they will actively search for candidates that have the potential to take your company where you want it to go. That involves a lot more than just reading resumes. Instead, it is about matching up the talents of the candidates with the requirements of the position.

9. Working with an executive search firm provides you with more options and access to uniquely qualified candidates.

Hiring someone for an executive role is about more than just reading resumes. Instead, it is about finding someone whose talents and objectives closely align with the goals of your company so that they can help your business succeed.

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