Creating a Web Startup in China – The Yunio Way

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By Jochen Schanbacher

Jun. 27 – Not many foreigners are brave enough to start a company in China, especially an internet business. Willing to try are the people of Yunio (云诺), who have created a cloud storage service much like Dropbox, but with an advantage the competition doesn’t have: access to the Chinese market. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Yunio’s Founder Chris Mathews and Operations Director Joey Gu in their office here in Shanghai.

“If you were to put the creation of an internet startup into a video game, setting up in Silicon Valley would be like playing on ‘normal’ mode while creating a company in China is like playing on ‘difficult’ mode,” according to Chris, who has experience doing both. “Every aspect of a tech startup is tougher in China than in the United States – from the regulatory environment to the inherent limitations of the Chinese internet backbone – and you are doing it all on your own.” Continue reading…

Asia Briefing Report: An Introduction to Doing Business in China

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Asia Briefing’s new report touches on everything you need to know about doing business in China, and is now available as a complimentary PDF download!

Jun. 13 – Asia Briefing, in cooperation with its parent firm Dezan Shira & Associates, has just released a new 40-page report introducing everything that a foreign investor should be familiar with when establishing and operating a business in China. This guide, titled “An Introduction to Doing Business in China,” is immediately available as a complimentary PDF download on the Asia Briefing Bookstore.

With little to no growth in many western nations and the pull of Chinese domestic consumption, the profile of companies investing in China is indeed expanding. China is now experiencing a “second wave” of foreign investment – while the first wave was primarily from big multinationals, the second wave brings with it greater quantities of foreign investment from small and medium-sized enterprises.

This publication is designed to introduce the fundamentals of investing in China to everyone considering investing in the opportunities this rising nation presents. As such, it is divided into three chapters and broken down by common investor questions, which can be seen below. Continue reading…

China Briefing Releases New Business Guide for the Greater Pearl River Delta

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Dec. 14 – China Briefing has just released the fourth edition of its regional business guide “The Greater Pearl River Delta: Business Guide to South China” – offering business-minded individuals an up-to-date reference source for all of the key issues concerning setting up and successfully operating a business in South China.

By leveraging its proximity to the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, the Pearl River Delta (PRD) became the “Greater PRD” – China’s manufacturing heart and a region connected not only through financial ties but through a web of government initiatives to encourage its integration. This has included Closer Economic Partnership Arrangements and massive infrastructure developments such as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

Having risen to prominence around the pillar cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen, the Greater PRD today is the home of high-technology in China. While Hong Kong is the regional management center for many high-technology firms, Shenzhen, Dongguan, and Guangzhou are being joined by Zhuhai and Huizhou as centers for the manufacturing of high-technology goods. Continue reading…

Social Insurance Law Implementation Differences across China

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By Adam Livermore

Oct. 7 – As experienced China-watchers will be aware, the real challenge for the Chinese government comes in implementation of laws. The new Social Insurance Law and the inclusion of foreigners in the country’s social insurance system is no exception. Although the law was promulgated in October 2010 and actually came into effect this past July, most cities have still made no visible progress in transitioning to the new system.

A good example of the confusion that can arise during implementation is Dalian, a popular city for foreign investment in the northeast and one of China’s largest port cities. At the end of August, a document was issued by the local social insurance bureau announcing changes to the system for collection of social insurance from September. Continue reading…

China Briefing Releases New Business Guide for Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta

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Sept. 20 – China Briefing has just released the fourth edition of its regional business guide “The Yangtze River Delta: Business Guide to the Shanghai Region” – offering business-minded individuals an up-to-date reference source for all of the key issues concerning setting up and successfully operating a business in East China.

With its proximity to suppliers, easy access to ports and well-developed infrastructure, the Yangtze River Delta region continues to draw large quantities of foreign investment.

Cities in the Yangtze River Delta dominated the Forbes Magazine “Best Cities for Business in Mainland China” list in 2010, filling six of the top ten slots. This guide walks you through the major players in the region. Continue reading…

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