Lots of things have happened during the silent days of Chuan’r blog. Hong Kong’s democratic demonstration was the biggest shock to Chinese government, but not to most Chinese mainlanders due to mainland’s very effective censorship job. Firechat, an application that allows users to connect without internet (when the government shut down the connection) became a new headache for the authority. But technology can also be used to spy on the protestors, like a newly discovered iOS malware. The competition will go on for a while.
The other hot topic on Chinese social media is why Japan can produce so many Nobel Prize winners Continue reading 22% of China’s GDP growth to be driven by web apps
It’s all settled! Chuan’r’s second party will be held on 7pm, 15th October.
Our second guest speaker, James Dougherty, is a perfect representative of a new group of international young entrepreneurs studied and worked in China. Together with some global-minded Chinese partners, he co-founded Capvision, “one of the few Chinese service companies with truly global ambitions, competing head to head with western counterparts on their home turf in Europe and the US and taking market share from these well established firms”. Continue reading Chuan’r Party #2: Leading a Chinese private global company as an American
Dear Chuan’rs, thank you all for coming to the opening ceremony! You made Chuan’r just as it should be: warm, inspiring, curious and relaxed. The whole evening was full of laughter and lively discussion/chitchat and promises to dine out together. I cannot imagine a better crowd in Berlin!
A big THANK YOU to Pallavi Aiyar for her exhilarating and very inspiring talk on China-India relations and the “good-smelled crisis” of Europe.
Another big THANK YOU, to our very generous and gentle owner of Shakespeare and Sons, Roman Kratochvila.
Continue reading Chuan’r’s Opening Party
From today onwards I will add in more Chinese news links in my blog, because so many important and interesting news in China are not yet covered by English media. If you are really curious about certain article but cannot read Chinese, just send me an email and I can explain the gist of it to you.
These two weeks iPhone 6 remains the new star in Chinese media. Apple Pay immediately attracts some big Chinese suitors: China UnionPay, the Chinese counterpart of PayPal, is said to have reached an agreement with Apple to bring its new smartphone payment option to China. UnionPay is trying to gain an upper hand in its competition with its fearsome Chinese competitor Alipay, Continue reading Shoving money into Apple store in China
The grand IFA in Berlin, the global trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances brought one cousin of mine from Taiwan and one friend from Beijing to meet me for the Moon Festival. Since the whole point of Moon Festival is to dine happily together with family and friends, I was very grateful to IFA. We shared one last remaining moon cake, and discussed about the variations of new media.
One of our topics was: will Huawei really make it, as it has announced on IFA, that it will overtake Apple in the world smartphone market in the coming two to three years? Continue reading A Moon Festival fulfilled by Berlin IFA
A friend sent a photo she took at Shanghai Exhibition Center today. It looks very much like Chuan’r has hanged a logo up there.
昨天参加了“柏林创业周Berlin Startup Safary” 的两个活动，了解了柏林活泼的创业生态的两个小例子。
Darius Moeini 是专门为柏林创业公司提供咨询的Berlin Startup Consulting公司的总经理。他给听众介绍了创业公司可以使用的各种筹资渠道及其利弊，从bootstrapping（自我积累），自投家产，政府专项资金，亲友资助，公共创业基金，众筹，天使投资到风险投资。而Berlin Startup Consulting目前的盈利模式也很有意思，因为自身也是创业公司，而客户们都缺乏资金，所以他们帮助其他创业公司筹资，成功之后提成，也算是一种激励机制。
这个活动的参与方之一，造雨空间（Rainmaking Loft），则是另一个有趣的尝试。这个占地逾千米的空间位于柏林相对昂贵的米特区，前方开咖啡馆，后方是一个Bootcamp工作空间。 Continue reading 柏林创业周2014：造雨空间
Microsoft has 19 days to explain to Chinese government the “compatibility and bundling issues with its software”. This round of “anti-foreign-companies’-trust blitz” has achieved its intended dramatic effect, but on Chinese social media, many internet users have left sarcastic comments demanding for the same investigation on Chinese state-owned enterprises.
Old-tech sectors are in storm, but new sectors look bright. Continue reading 3D-printing Skull and “Lufthansa Cemetery”
The anti-trust blitz we mentioned on Wednesday is going to bring Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Beijing in late September. China has banned the clumsy and user-hostile Windows 8 from government computers (not because it is clumsy and user-hostile though), and the government is determined to breed an authentic “made-in-China” OS (not sure how authentic it would be). Continue reading Richest Man in China
Hello Chuan’rs and Chuan’r watchers, time to stream the stories from China in Chuan’r style as our first event is in sight.
Many in Europe have heard about the antitrust blitz against foreign firms in China, which resulted in a restrained protest from the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC). Some like WSJ blogger Andrew Browne, would acknowledge “some multinationals have adopted sales practices in China that might be ill tolerated by customers—or regulators–in Europe or the U.S.”, but Continue reading Silver Time