“If there was a Chinese equivalent of TechCrunch, Gang Lu’s MOBINODE will probably be it“, this is what Rick Martin, blogger of CNET Asia told Thomas Crampton who also blogs for No.1 French blog Loiclemeur.com.
I am absolutely flattered, and it is also such a pressure on me. Thank you, Rick. It is really a great honour. I keep thinking of this, but the fact is: China web is not ready for a TechCrunch.
– There is no Silicon Valley in China
Thanks to web2.0, there are many startups popping up everyday in China. China has such a massive Internet market, and I should have been overwhelmed by the stories. But if you know there are plenty of YouTubes and SNSs, and most of these sites including some very popular ones I don’t even want to spend 1 second on, I have to tell you that sometime I feel nothing to blog about. China Internet is still a follower of Silicon Valley and lacks of innovation, I am very positive the future is brilliant, but that is the fact we have to face right now.
– TechCrunch is to broadcast, what China needs is to bridge
Because TechCrunch is written in English language and also because people all know Silicon Valley is the hottest place of web2.0, what Michael Arrington is doing is to broadcast the breaking news to the world. But China, needs the Bridging more than a Broadcasting. The language barrier, the culture difference, the different Internet atmosphere and so on, all these factors made one fact, Chinese Internet market is isolated to the world. (Sometime we are just happy with being isolated as the local market is big enough to deal with. It is another story to tell.) MOBINODE is written first in English talking about Chinese stories, and the reason to launch it is to create a channel through which the western can have some fresh ideas about Dragon’s web, i.e. to bridge the Chinese web with the global market.
– TechCrunch is the best showstage of western Big Names, how many Chinese Names you know and you seriously care about
If I remember it right, the first milestone for TechCrunch is that it is the first source breaking the news of Google buying YouTube. We all know Yahoo, we all know Microsoft… Which startup has secured its funding, which company has been acquired by a big name, which startup is founded by a well-known entrepreneur… Any news potentially can be Breaking for the global readers. However, if I tell you Tudou, the No.1 video-sharing site is acquired by Baidu, No.1 Chinese web search, how many readers from the global will care? If I did not write a post about Chinese BBS phenomenon, I bet few of non-Chinese can understand what an important role the company Comsenz, owner of Discuz! BBS system plays in China.
MOBINODE is growing, and I will try my most to bring it to a higher level. If a true Chinese equivalent of TechCrunch can be delivered, it counts on everyone, the business leaders, the venture capital guys and the users!
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