I was chatting with someone earlier and he was interviewed with Gaopeng for a job. He said “it is totally insane.”

Just like many Western internet companies, Groupon is using a foreigner to head its China division – a recipe for disaster. “If they want to hire a foreigner, at least they should hire someone who has been living in China for a while,” said the person, “These people have no clue of what is going on.”

Gaopeng, Tencent and Groupon’s China group buying joint venture, is headed by two persons from Groupon’s German office. He was interviewed by the younger guy (about twenty something). The guy said they plan to hire a total of 2,000 people. And just on that day, he was going to hire 100 to support 4 cities. “They have not done e-commerce before. They seems to be from some management consulting firms. They don’t even have an organisation chat for Gaopeng,” said the person

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Sherman So

Author of Red Wired: China's Internet Revolution, the first book to completely survey the nature of China's internet. (http://redwiredrevolution.com/) She previously was the lead China technology reporter...