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

HK Pang hkpang at gmail.com
Tue Jun 2 10:56:58 PDT 2009

I think the Chinese economy is simply not yet there to do what Silicon
Valley can do. The electronic gadgets that seem disposable to us are
still considered major purchases there.

If you want to measure quality and innovation, I think food industry
or entertainment inustry are better comparison. I think China has made
tremendous progress in those two industriese and the same level of
quality and innovation can be expected in the consumer electronic
industry once the general income moves up.

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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