Chinese Outsourcing Worth A Try

On October 29, 2011, in Raw Materials, by Tan Yinglan

Outsourcing Service Locations


How entrepreneurs can take advantage of software outsourcing from China

A major issue that software entrepreneurs from various western markets is how they can launch their product or service into global markets without taking a huge impact to their bottomline costs.

Black Cat and White Cat of Cleantech Innovation

On September 27, 2011, in Chinnovation, Raw Materials, Requirements, Restrictions, by Tan Yinglan

This article is written by a guru (and valued friend) Pei -fu Hsieh. I have also submitted this article to China Daily (so you might see a slightly edited version) but I thought the original version is brilliantly written. He knows what he is talking about, in his previous job as KPCB China, he has made investments in a couple of cleantech companies.

Roundup of ‘How Asia Can Shape The World – Poorly Made in China or The Chinese Dream”

On August 25, 2011, in China Business Forum, Chinnovation, Events, Raw Materials, Restrictions, by Tan Yinglan

Saturday, August 20, 2011 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM    Key Points   Asia will redraw the map of economic progress over the next twenty-five years. Growth is necessary to solve economic and social problems, but harder to achieve as the age of plenty gives way to the age of scarcities. China is obviously a […]

“China as an Innovation Center? Not So Fast,” The Wall Street Journal, July 28, 2011

On August 4, 2011, in Chinnovation, Raw Materials, by Tan Yinglan

I really like their view although the better proxy would be amount of smart money injected into the China economy. You see that the amount of venture capital dollars has dipped by 17% from 2006 – 2010 while that going into China has increased by 2.5x.   Anil Gupta & Haiyan Wang, “China as an […]

China’s Economity Growth and The Era of Scarcities

On June 23, 2011, in Chinnovation, Raw Materials, by Tan Yinglan

Joergen is one of several gurus whom I truly respect regarding his commentaries about the global economy. In the words of our foreign Minister, he is a “favourite website that he never fails to check-in when he meets Jorgen at a party”. So we are especially delighted that he agreed to write for us. I […]

Why are Chinnovators like Sportsmen?

On January 31, 2011, in Raw Materials, by Tan Yinglan
Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo at the 2009-2010 Gran...
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Improvisational, quick, clever, resourceful, and inventive all describe good entrepreneurs. Likewise, innumerable metaphors from other parts of life can describe the complex world of the entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial process. From music it is jazz, with its uniquely impromptu flair. From sports many metaphors exist: From sports many metaphors exist: Yi Jianlian‘s (易建联)agility, the broken-field running of Liu Xiang(刘翔), the wizardry on ice of Sun Xue(孙雪) and Zhao Hongbo(赵宏博), or the competitiveness of Zhang Yining(张怡宁). Even more fascinating are the unprecedented comebacks of athletic greats such as Xiong Ni(熊倪), Zhang Shan(张山) and Chen Yanqing(陈艳青)

Perhaps the game of golf, more than any other, replicates the complex and dynamic nature of managing risk and reward, including all the intricate mental challenges faced in entrepreneuring. No other sport, at one time, demands so much physically, is so complex, intricate, and delicate, and is simultaneously so rewarding and punishing; and none tests one’s will, patience, self-discipline, and self-control like golf. Entrepreneurs face these challenges and remunerations as well. And what about the relationship between the caddy and golfer?

An entrepreneur also faces challenges like a symphony conductor or a coach, who must blend and balance a group of diverse people with different skills, talents, and personalities into a superb team. On many occasions it demands all the talents and agility of a juggler who must, under great stress, keep many balls in the air at once, making sure if one comes down it belongs to someone else.

The complex decisions and numerous alternatives facing the entrepreneur also have many parallels with the game of chess. As in chess, the victory goes to the most creative player, who can imagine several alternative moves in advance and anticipate possible defenses. This kind of mental agility is frequently demanded in entrepreneurial decision making.

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