Fireside Chat With Marc van der Chijs:  China’s UnitedStyles May Become Etsy of Fashion Design

On March 21, 2012, in Cathy Tao, Design, Marc van der Chijs, Reproductions, Technology, by Tan Yinglan

What could be every woman’s worst nightmare?   How about going to a cocktail party, private reception, or charity gala where you plan to network and impress and being one of two in the room wearing the exact same dress from probably the same mass retailer?  This is not a far-fetched statement:  Many women shun social gatherings important for them to attend because they don’t have anything suitable to wear.  They can’t afford clothing with the exclusive, eye-catching flair befitting of the occasion, and they don’t have well-heeled, fashion conscious friends to borrow haute couture from.

Top Mobile Trends in Asia

On February 15, 2012, in China Business Forum, Chinnovation, Mobile, Mohit Garg, by Tan Yinglan

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In the past couple of years, mobiles have emerged as the single largest attraction of innovator’s, entrepreneurs and obviously, the consumers. The smart phone rush has already taken the world by a storm (Apple shipped 250,000 iPhones a day in 2011), and the end seems nowhere in sight. As the world is trying to fish out the smartest products and their corresponding business models, I list trends that are likely to form the basis of future companies or even industries.

Future of manufacturing (done at home with software, small robot, and 3D printer)

On February 6, 2012, in Electronics, Remix, by Tan Yinglan
Objet Eden 250 3D printer in Sopron. This prin...
Thanks to Cathy Tao for pointing out this trend
It is not far from the future where manufacturing is done by robots  (as Foxconn has already piloted) and 3D printing.
3D printing is an additive technology in which objects are built up in layers and usually over several hours. Remix it with software and robots and you have potential for massive disruption.
A new startup called My Robot Nation has come up with a particularly whimsical use for 3D printing technology. The startup can build custom robots based on detailed specifications.  It is only a matter of time when very fine components will be manufactured using these mechanisms.

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Innovations in Groupbuying Industry

On January 21, 2012, in China Business Forum, Chinnovation, Retail, Tan Yinglan, Yeo Tee Hsien, by Tan Yinglan
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 The Groupbuying Industry has grown exponentially and probably reached its peak in 2011. Over the years, the industry has witnessed a significant number of Groupon clones come and go. To survive in this cutthroat and competitive space, companies have to constantly innovate and maintain an edge over its competitors. Let us take a look at some of the more interesting innovations that took place, as well as other potential evolving trends:

Investing in Social Technologies: which of the leading applications would an investor bet on and why

On December 16, 2011, in China Business Forum, Chinnovation, Mobile, Wireless Accessories, by Tan Yinglan

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This is a guest post by valued friend, Zi Qian, who practices law at Singaporean Law Firm Rajah and Tann and is a commentator on technopreneurship in East-Asia. An adapted version is pending publication by China Daily.

We are witnessing the start of a migration movement for our generation, where individuals seek to find an online equivalent for what they do offline. Finding friends online, sharing music, shopping, chatting, singing and most importantly, doing business online. Emerging social networks today are what caves were to Homosapiens when they migrate out of Africa 50,000 years ago – a platform to congregate and consolidate.

Profile of Chinese Luxury Shoppers

On September 9, 2011, in Health and Personal Care, Retail, by Tan Yinglan

Profile of Chinese Luxury Shoppers Anyone who has visited Chengdu, a second-tier city in western China, cannot miss the ostentatious signs of Louis Vuitton and Cartier in its downtown. According to Chengdu Retail Industry Association, Chengdu is home to 80 percent of international luxury brands and ranked third behind Beijing and Shanghai in luxury sales. […]