Category Archives: investments

A festival of broken start-up dreams – Marc van der Chijs

Shanghai-based VC Marc van der Chijs has a brilliant idea. Why not use the many failed business ideas and technology of start-ups and create an online market of broken dreams? He has not the time to execute, he writes on his weblog, so he hopes somebody steals his idea.

Weibo-Alibaba teaming up is a good idea – Wei Gu

The announcement that Alibaba, the China’s largest e-commerce company, buys a minority share into Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, is a win-win situation for both, writes financial analyst Wei Gu in Reuters’ Breakingviews.

China’s Amazon is heading for trouble – Wei Gu

The investment climate might be bearish, 360buy – China’s Amazon – is still making a loss, but picked up a US$ 300 million round of capital and saw its value skyrocket. Reuters’ Breaking News analyst Wei tells why this might go wrong for the company and its investors.

Withdrawing from investment policies – Arthur Kroeber

China’s GDP has depended largely on huge investments in infrastructure, rather than consumption. Economic analyst Arthur Kroeber argues in IBNLive that this policy is not longer possible, although ending it might be a tough call as the political transition asks for stability.

Chinese investors expect high risks, high returns – Rupert Hoogewerf

The economic boom in China of the past 30 years has Chinese investors made used to getting high returns on their investments, tells China Rich list founder Rupert Hoogewerf to the BBC.

When Tudou and Youku merged – Marc van der Chijs

“Yes, it felt weird,” summerizes Tudou-founder Marc van der Chijs the decision in March to merge with rival Youku, the numbers one and two on China’s competitive video hosting market. But it was the right way to go forward, he tells The Pandodaily.

Watch out, while picking a business angle – William Bao Bean

Getting a business angle, an entrepreneur who provides your start-up with first capital, is hard enough in China, tells William Bao Bean of SingTel Innov8 in Tech in Asia. You should avoid especially the famous ones.

The End of Cheap China hits US book shelves – Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein’s long-awaited book on The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that will Disrupt the World has reached the shelves of US book stores. Key lessons on change in China.

New controls on wind and solar power – Bill Dodson

Premier Wen Jiabao spelled out China’s new energy initiatives during the meeting of the National Power Congress. Energy specialist Bill Dodson summarizes on his weblog strict control of wind and solar power, and the resumption of approvals of nuclear power projects.

Life start-ups tougher in China than in Silicon Valley – Marc van der Chijs

Compared to Silicon Valley, foreign entrepreneurs setting up start-ups have a tougher life in China, says Shanghai-based serial entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs in ZDNetasia. Having good partners and network connections is key, he adds.