China faces an environmental crisis, but many buildings are still criminally inefficient in their use of energy. So where can one find a startup that’s tackling this problem?
Earlier in the Summer I caught a special event organized by China Axlr8r, a 90-day startup accelerator program based in Dalian, China, which coaches 10 teams through [...]
Austin, Texas headquartered Appconomy arrived in Shanghai just 18 months ago, but is already looking like an old China hand. Through its unique vision and close partnership with Neusoft, China’s largest software company, Appconomy has built a suite of mobile services and cloud infrastructure with the potential to revolutionize how retailers and customers interact—not only [...]
Mary Meeker of the prominent VC Firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfied Byers released her annual Internet Trends slide deck at the D11 Conference on May 29th. Meeker’s report highlighted a number of compelling trends, including the astounding growth of Android and iOS mobile market share (now a combined 88% globally from 5% in 2005), mobile traffic [...]
The Staggering Rate of Smartphone Adoption
In a LinkedIn post from November of 2012, former Director of Google China and head of Beijing-based venture firm Innnovation Works Kai Fu Lee predicted that the installed base of smartphones in China would double to 500 million by the end of 2013 (note that Mobithinking [...]
Whether providing software-as-a-service (SaaS) for enterprise resource planning (ERP), on-premise ERP, infrastructure-as-a-service (e.g. offsite servers and storage), security or something else, enterprise tech companies have been a relative bright spot in U.S. markets compared to overly-hyped consumer facing companies such as Groupon (77% of value lost since IPO), Zynga (66% of value lost since IPO) [...]
1. The Bursting Strategy
In the “bursting strategy,” a company will pay for downloads via a third party service like Tapjoy to effectively earn [...]
CEO of Beijing-based game developer CMUNE Ludovic Bodin recently spoke at the China Game Developer’s Conference on what he views as the rise of a combination of hardcore social and mobile gaming. CMUNE’s most prominent title is the 3D First Person Shooter (FPS) called Uberstrike, which was ranked the #1 browser-based FPS game worldwide with [...]
One of the highlights of last weekend’s China Game Developers Conference in Shanghai was the talk given by Kabam Games co-founder, chief technology officer and current Beijing office manager Michael Li, who told the story of the company’s journey to producing the #1 grossing iOS game (both overall and in 26 different countries) and #2 [...]
Despite the high-end ambitions of Xiaomi’s larger domestic rivals like ZTE and Huawei, Xiaomi and its colorful founder Lei Jun are often called the Chinese answer to Apple’s iPhone. Similarities between the two smart phone makers include highly knowledgeable, devout followers and a belief that user experience transcends the phone itself. There is also [...]
A panel of prominent investors at the Silicon Dragon conference in Shanghai see big changes for China’s VC industry in the coming years.
GGV Capital’s Jenny Lee (Portfolio: Tudou, Alibaba Group, Qunar) believes the day of grand slams (’25x returns’) and easy homeruns (‘10x returns’) are over and that “all of [the VC funds] will [...]
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