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3 Tips to Keep Your Top Chinese Talent

October 11, 2010 - 8:39 pm in Archive, Companies to Observe

“If you’re not switching jobs every two years, then you’re doing something wrong.” I continue to hear Asia Pacific-based senior executives echo the same sentiment about the career mindset of young Chinese white-collar workers in China. When I worked…

The New ‘FronTier’ – How These Domestic Companies Have Achieved Success Beyond China’s First Tier

September 6, 2010 - 6:58 pm in Archive, Companies to Observe

“What is the best way to approach China’s many markets?” “How do I effectively identify and build relationships with local distributors to gain…

Unicom Will Bring iPhone to China…Isn’t It Already There?

September 3, 2009 - 9:24 pm in Archive, Companies to Observe

  The big news last week was China Unicom’s announcement that it will officially launch the iPhone in China in Q4 2009.  Is this really a big story?…

Bad Taste, Great Results – TongRenTang Traditional Chinese Medicine

January 12, 2009 - 10:51 am in Archive, Companies to Observe, Cultural Observations

“Whatever you do, do not add more than a little bit of water,” my Chinese friend told me while we were out to lunch last week. She had just handed me a packet of a type of traditional Chinese medicine called 感冒清热颗粒…

When Will Mobile Internet In China Be Widespread? (Updated)

January 6, 2009 - 9:16 am in Archive, Companies to Observe, Cultural Observations

Last year I went off on a part business part pleasure trip to Japan. One of the highlights of my ten-day adventure was when I met up with Bill, an alumnus of my alma mater who has been working as a web designer in Osaka for almost twenty years. The laowai…

There’s Still Hope for Focus Media After Sina Acquisition

December 25, 2008 - 9:34 am in Archive, Companies to Observe

The following is an article I recently published on Seeking Alpha. To read the original article click here. Over the past few years Focus Media built a name for itself as a leader in China's outdoor advertising market through use of strategically placed framed…

The Language and Branding of QQ in China

Last week Josh left the following comment on my post, “An Introduction to Virtual Currency in China”: “Speaking of QQ, I’m pretty interested in the company behind that brand. I’ve seen the QQ logo everywhere from candy to cars.…

Peer-to-Peer Lending In China: A College Education For Everyone

December 17, 2008 - 8:33 am in Archive, Companies to Observe, Cultural Observations

This past summer I took some time off to visit my family in Boston. Even though I was on the other side of the world, I still felt as though I had a special link to China. On one of the rare opportunities I had to watch American TV, I happened to turn on the…

Four Promising Names in China’s Internet Space

December 16, 2008 - 7:47 am in Archive, Companies to Observe

The following is an article I recently published on SeekingAlpha.com. It is a bit more investor oriented than most posts, but it provides a great summary of four Chinese Internet firms worth observing. To view the original article on SeekingAlpha.com please…

An Introduction to Virtual Currency in China

December 15, 2008 - 7:30 am in Archive, Companies to Observe, Cultural Observations

After a long week of overtime with my eyes glued to the computer screen, I needed some time away from the monitor. On Saturday morning I walked from my apartment to the newspaper stand down the street and picked up a copy of the only print Chinese publication…