Category Archives: General

What have Chinese Venture Capitalists invested in 2014?

Chinese venture capitalists have made 1756 investments of over a hundred billion yuan from January to late November 2014, according to a  report by 199it.com.

As seen from the chart below, mobile internet startups took the biggest chunk of investment, followed by e-commerce and gaming. After them, financial service, industry service, education and training, and so on.

2014 investments

22% of China’s GDP growth to be driven by web apps

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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

Shoving money into Apple store in China

中国和苹果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

A Moon Festival fulfilled by Berlin IFA

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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

柏林创业周2014:造雨空间

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bootcamp wall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

3D-printing Skull and “Lufthansa Cemetery”

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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”

Richest Man in China

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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