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SXSW Interactive 2014

China Tech 101 - Innovation & Internationalization

Today, China is already the world's largest Internet, smartphone and e-commerce market. Yet, most people outside the "Great Firewall" would have difficulty naming even 3 Chinese technology brands. Furthermore, there are frequent misperceptions around China's capacity for innovation and creativity.
Chinese technology companies are not just derivative or inspired "copies" of US businesses. Rather, they are increasingly pioneering indigenous innovations and unique models that focus first at home, and then globally.
In a world of two Internets -- this talk will demystify the technology landscape behind China's Great Firewall, debunk the myths of "cheap China" and explore both the challenges and sizable opportunities of bridging innovation between China and the US.

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Justin Tsang, Partner, Pacific Technology Ventures

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  • Tags: china
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Diversity and Emerging Markets
  • Level: Intermediate
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