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