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These Facts About The Chinese Startup Scene Will Blow Your Mind

     
1:42 am on Nov 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Some interesting take-aways about the Chinese start-up scene from an American perspective.

These Facts About The Chinese Startup Scene Will Blow Your Mind [businessinsider.com]

  • Competition is insane.
  • Chinese users have a completely different baseline of experience.
  • Setting up a company is a "nightmare."
  • Technically, startups there are way behind.
  • Startups spend a lot of money on office space.
  • Ugly Web sites perform better.
  • Angel investors from outside don't have a chance.
  • 7:27 pm on Nov 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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    Each of those points are also relevant to European and North American startups. Well, the second last point is only relevant maybe 5% of the time... Craigslist comes to mind.
    7:53 pm on Nov 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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    Doesn't really blow my mind considering I had to block China just to keep my IP safe and stop the river of spam.

    My mind was however blown in New Dehli a few years back with rooms full of batteries just to keep the hardware running while the backup generator kicked on about 30x/day as the electricity kept going off.

    Craigslist comes to mind


    It's like WebmasterWorld, simple, easy to read, gets the job done ;)
    1:40 pm on Nov 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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    It's like WebmasterWorld, simple, easy to read, gets the job done

    There isn't anything wrong with web2.0 technology. But it's relatively new and many developers are still learning and costs of development are way higher than making a plain site. Then there is lot of unnecessary code/bloat when scripting is integrated and in many cases there is no testing for cross-browser or different environments compatibility. That introduces lots of latency and bad user experience.

    Web2.0 improves performance for many site navigation aspects and reduces resource consumption. For instance if the server does 100 database queries to service a different topic page, using ajax you could only make 10 queries as various layout parts of the page will stay the same anyways. The problem is of course compatibility, spiders won't see the topic if there is no alternative route, so the site has to support both methods.