Category Archives: innovation

Fast internet key for innovation in China – Bill Dodson

Author Bill Dodson muses in his hot pot podcast whether real innovation in China is possible when the internet has the slowest possible speed and keeps information away from the people who need it. He believes the censored internet curtails innovation.

Innovation in China – Benjamin Joffe

Digital veteran Benjamin Joffe explains how innovation in China’s digital scene develops. How are China’s winning IT companies developing in a very competitive market, and how they make money.

Can China become a leading global innovator? – Bill Fischer

After becoming the shop floor of the world, China is now focusing on its position as global innovator. IMD-professor Bill Fischer examines in Forbes whether those ambitions can become true. Counting patents is certainly not the way.

Silver Hawk UAV made test flight – Wendell Minnick

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted on June 1 its first test flight with the Silver Hawk UAV in the Binhai area, targeting commucation between navy vessels at sea, writes Wendell Minnick in Defense News.

Google Streetview gets a local competitor – Marc van der Chijs

Google might still be hoping to get another foot into the China market, but internet entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs reports now on his weblog that a local company is successfully filling the void for Google Streetview, already covering 41 cities.

China relaxes procurement rules on innovation – Shaun Rein

China’s regulators have been scrapping preferential treatment of local firm to win procurement contracts from the government, originally meant to strengthen indigenous innovation. “It is a sign the government is listening to the needs of foreign companies,” says Shaun Rein in the China Daily.

Legal reform and more needed for innovation – Paul French

The lack of an independent legal system is holding back China’s innovative power; protecting the rights of entrepreneurs and innovators is key, business analyst Paul French tells in NPR. And then there is social welfare, health care pensions and a few other things.

China’s green energy gains from Fukushima – Bill Dodson

The chain of disasters at the nuclear plan in Fukushima have caused a shock in China’s energy policies, but solar and wind power industries in particular are beneficiaries of Japan’s nuclear tragedy, writes energy expert Bill Dodson.
“The Chinese alternative energy business has found ways to turn danger into opportunity.”

Social media fight zombie users – Sam Flemming

Most social media users know these non-human ‘followers’, who increase traffic without participating in a real conversation. Sam Flemming reports that his company CIC has analyzed these skeleton or zombie users. News: internet celebrity Lee Kaifu has a million of them.

Chinese firms listen better than its competitors – Bill Fischer

Competitors from China are becoming better, IMD-professor Bill Fischer concludes in Forbes. Cheap labor and competitive pricing are replaced by a far greater asset: listening better to their clients. Fischer zooms in on UnionPay, China’s only electronic retail network.