[FoRK] why China isn't the next Silicon Valley

HK Pang hkpang at gmail.com
Tue Jun 2 10:48:41 PDT 2009

On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 12:19 PM, Ian Andrew Bell <hello at ianbell.com> wrote:
> Chinese business/technology culture simply doesn't have the maturity to
> build evolved, functional, consumer-facing services.  I say this from
> personal experience but also those of at least a dozen friends and business
> associates who have tried to outsource components or entire projects to
> engineering teams in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.  All projects
> failed because of extremely poor attention to detail, a refusal by Chinese
> engineers to participate in quality control exercises, and a general
> ignorance of any sort of best practises.  Unfortunately, China is a culture
> which has over the course of decades de-emphasized pride-of-workmanship
> (witness the presence of melamine and other toxins in most of their food
> supply) but which is currently swept by greed and the desire for a fast
> buck.  It is also a society where people think nothing of intellectual
> property theft, or outright theft, and these are crimes for which there is
> no effective legal recourse.
> There will be exceptions to this rule, of course.  But 100% of the companies
> I know that have tried to Tango with the Chinese have come away singed -- or
> worse.
> -Ian.
> On 2-Jun-09, at 6:59 AM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
>> Sounds quite interesting, if true. Can anyone deny/confirm?
>> http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/06/01/why-china-isn’t-“the-next-silicon-valley”/
>> Why China Isn’t “The Next Silicon Valley”
>> by Sarah Lacy on June 1, 2009
>> Since I got home from China last week, I’ve found myself in a lot of
>> conversations where phrases like “the next Silicon Valley,” or “just like
>> Silicon Valley used to be,” keep coming up. But while China is swimming in
>> capital and littered with start-ups, I’m going to argue it’s not the next
>> Silicon Valley. In fact, it’s something far different than I’ve ever seen
>> before.
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