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More Joel for sale at unbeatable prices

Due to popular demand, I've put up a portfolio of my software and web development projects at jr-code.com.  Drop me a line if you or someone you know needs a website or other customized web application.
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chinadecoder.com

I made a new website for translating Chinese news into English at chinadecoder.com.  I know from the front it just looks like any old Wordpress installation, but behind the scenes is an awesome Django app that automatically pulls news from a number of Chinese sources, and provides a really convenient translation interface.

The idea is that I'll have an excuse to keep up to date with what's going on in China, and the articles I translate will provide some good content to drive traffic to my consulting business.  Features I'm considering adding in the future include automatic Google translation of all the articles that get pulled in, just for the super curious, and user contributed translations for other likeminded people who enjoy translating stuff like this.

Still not quite sure whether I like China Decoder, chinadecoder, or chinadecoder.com as a brand.  Actually I was hoping to get chinachina.com but it is being squatted.

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Google thinks my China consulting business is a good idea

I was just curious what I could do to boost traffic to my site (Joel Rosen China Consulting), so I did a little keyword search on Google Insights to see what people are searching for when they need a China consultant.  The findings are encouraging:

1. Massachusetts ranks highest for searches on "china consulting," even beating out California.
2. "china consulting" isn't nearly as popular a set of keywords as "china business," but handily beats keyword sets "china market research," "china market entry," and "china advisory".
3. Most popular searches with the "china consulting" keywords are "consulting in china" and "china business consulting" - the latter of which is rising in popularity.


Looks like I may be Jewish after all.

Joel Rosen China Consulting

I've moved back to Boston and I'm starting up a little consulting business to help companies around here get stuff done in China. After agonizing over what to name it for over a week, I settled on Joel Rosen China Consulting. Yes, I'm as professional as I am creative.



As you can see here I've made sort of a logo. It doesn't really have any particular meaning. I was just playing around in Pixelmator and I was feeling triangles and red. Do you like it?

Well I don't actually expect anybody will read this post, but for some reason Google seems to respect links from this blog, so hopefully this will help boost my pagerank :)

The China Greentech Report 2011 and other exciting things

Dear friends, family, and secret admirers:



I'm pleased to announce the release of the first somewhat significant production that has my name on it since The Kite Runner:

The China Greentech Report 2011

PwC says this about the report:
The China Greentech Report 2011 analyses recent developments in the greentech sector in China and examines existing and emerging opportunities in six key sectors: cleaner conventional energy, renewable energy, electric power infrastructure, green building, cleaner transportation, and clean water. The report provides comprehensive analysis and insight into the trends that are contributing to China's rapid rise to global greentech leader and the solutions supporting it.
I'm credited as lead writer for the Cleaner Transportation chapter. It's a good introduction into what's going on in the way of greentech in China's road and rail transportation industries, and also provides key insights into what I've been doing at work for the …

Google, let's just be friends from now on

Ah, Google, you have truly reached a new low...