China

  • China Revving Up For The iPad

    Apple has just pushed the iPad through China Compulsory Certification by the China Quality Certification Center in, get this, China. This means the iPad will be landing on those misty shores sooner than later, although the 3G model may not arrive for some time. Read More

  • Opportunities In The Patent-Free Zone


    China may overtake Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy this year. On its heels is India, and countries such as Brazil and Russia are not far behind. What does this mean for entrepreneurs? That, increasingly, the big opportunities lie outside the U.S. Most people aren’t aware of another advantage in emerging markets: you can freely leverage the wealth of proven… Read More

  • Is It Real, Or Is It A Bootleg Sony Vaio?

    It’s all pretty formulaic. “Company in China releases [knockoff product] that looks so much like the real thing.” See: iPed. Now: some Sony Vaio. Read More

  • China now the world's top energy consumer (but the U.S. has become more energy efficient)

    Is there a green movement in China? Maybe there ought to be, considering the numbers that have just come out. China is now the planet’s number one consumer of energy, overtaking the U.S. in the process. But at the same time, the U.S. has improved its energy efficient more so than China, meaning that the U.S. can get the same amount of work done while consuming less, say, coal or oil. Read More

  • Android Poised For Dominance In China, With Global Implications

    Despite Android’s growth since 2007, many refuse to declare a winner in the battle between Apple and Google for supremacy in the West. However, Android seems ready to leapfrog competitors to grab dominance in China, the world’s largest mobile market. A combination of drastic price drops on Android phones and custom Chinese mobile applications supported by the massive domestic… Read More

  • Dear Mr. President: Immigration Reform Won’t Be Enough To Stop The Brain Drain

    Dear Mr. President: Immigration Reform Won’t Be Enough To Stop The Brain Drain

    In a speech at the American University last Thursday, President Obama highlighted the incredible economic rewards that America has gained from its immigrants. He spoke of new waves of immigrants—from places like Ireland, Italy, Poland, and China—challenging the generations before them, and consequently being subjected to “rank discrimination and ugly stereotypes”. Yet… Read More

  • CleanTech Venture Investments Total $2 Billion In Q2, Exits Reach More Than $8 Billion

    Clean technology remains one of the hottest areas of venture funding. In the second quarter, cleantech venture investments worldwide totaled $2.02 billion across 140 companies, according to market research firm Cleantech Group and Deloitte. The numbers are in line with last quarter’s $2.04 billion, but 43% higher than one year ago. Exits for the quarter totaled more than $8 billion… Read More

  • What Valley Companies Should Know about Tencent

    What Valley Companies Should Know about Tencent

    Quick quiz: Who are the three largest Internet companies in the world by market capitalization? If you guessed Google and Amazon you got two right, but I’m betting few of our American readers guessed the third. I certainly wouldn’t have a year ago. It’s not eBay or Yahoo; it’s Tencent. If you are in the Web space and haven’t heard of them, read this post… Read More

  • How the Chinese Internet Needs to Up Its Game

    Back in March I thought that Google pulling out of China would hurt Google’s Chinese employees and shareholders more than anyone. The search engine was a distant number two in the market to Baidu, and many of the people already using Google in China, I assumed, were doing so through VPNs anyway, meaning the government blocking it wouldn’t immediately change much in terms of… Read More

  • What Has Kai-fu Lee Done Since October?

    I visited Kai-fu Lee’s Innovation Works while I was in Beijing last week to see how things are going. When I last visited the ex-Google China CEO’s incubator, it was little more than empty, expensive office space. (Next to Google…prime poaching?) Now, the offices are teeming with more than 100 people, most of whom are clustered in a nine very early-stage startups. Most of them… Read More

  • Chinese Internet addicts escape, then are returned to, treatment center

    A daring escape plan ended with parental scolding. Three patients (or “inmates,” if you prefer) at a Chinese Internet addiction center staged a coup of sorts, overpowering guards and fleeing the area. All went according to plan until they hopped in a taxi and were unable to pay. The driver became annoyed, called the authorities, drawing the adventure to a close. Read More

  • Web 2.0 to China: Ok, Let’s Try This Again…

    Yesterday, I had lunch with one of the top people in the Chinese Internet scene who said, “We have a saying here, ‘Internet multinationals all fail in China, Google was just the last one to go.’” As sayings go, that’s not especially catchy. But it is devastating. And true even if you count Google’s recent actions as a China morally-based forfeit. The… Read More

  • Will The iPad Land In China Next August?

    Pan Shiyi, an affluent Chinese businessman and real estate mogul with a large following on social networking sites, has accidentally shared the news of an impending China launch for Apple’s iPad come August, writes DigiCha. It appears mr. Pan got the news straight from Apple China head honcho Lu Lei, posted about it on a micro-blogging service to an audience of close to a million… Read More

  • iPed: A bootleg iPad grows in China

    The iPed? Well that’s fine then. If it had been iPid, well, then I would have thrown a fit—that’s my idea! It’s in China, of course. You know, the land of bootleg electronics. Read More

  • Hi Lux Pico Projector phone for $174? OK, I'll bite

    This Chinese phone is trying desperately to look like a Vertu but features one of the most massive pico projectors I’ve ever seen. The NCBC 888 phone with a built in pico projector takes media on a mobile phone to the next level. Anyone who has ever had to stare at a smallish screen (even if it is up to 4 inches) knows that after a while there eyes will begin to tire. Not with the… Read More

  • Computer virus mucks up Russia-China border crossing

    This isn’t the best time to be a traveler. Europe is still fighting plumes of volcanic ash—FC Barcelona had to take a bus from Barcelona to Milan for tomorrow’s game against Inter!—and now there’s word that a computer virus has wrecked a Russia-China border crossing. Some 2,000 Russians visiting the Chinese city of Heihe found themselves stranded when the… Read More

  • Microsoft in hot water over China factory conditions

    Yet another scandal coming out of China relating to its factories. Last time it was Apple that got in trouble, now it’s Microsoft. An undercover investigation, carried out by the National Labor Committee over a period of three years, discovered that several factories there, including ones used by Microsoft to produce things like webcams and mice, were treating their workers like garbage. Read More

  • Going It Alone: How to Make Your Stuff In China, Part 2

    Adam Hocherman, 34, is an entrepreneur and founder of the consumer electronics company American Innovative in Boston, MA. Adam founded the company in 2003 with the help of the US Government’s SBA loan program and is currently the 100% owner. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, both from Cornell University. Adam’s writings can be found on his blog at… Read More

  • Going It Alone: How to Make Your Stuff In China


    Adam Hocherman, 34, is an entrepreneur and founder of the consumer electronics company American Innovative in Boston, MA. Adam founded the company in 2003 with the help of the US Government’s SBA loan program and is currently the 100% owner. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, both from Cornell University. Adam’s writings can be found on his blog at… Read More

  • Sorry, China's 3D TVs are no less expensive

    Incoming, Chinese 3D TVs! A couple of Chinese manufacturers have announced details of their very own 3D TVs. There’s really nothing too crazy, so I don’t even know why I’m mentioning it. Oh, yes: trying to avoid talking about that… thing. Read More