[This article is written by Anna Maybank, a MBA at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. She’s conducting a series of interviews with Chinese and China-based software entrepreneurs and VCs, with the aim of better understanding the Chinese startup ecosystem.]

As I’ve come to the end of my first week in Beijing I’ve learnt to take the phrase ‘it’s the INSERT WELL-KNOWN WESTERN EXAMPLE HERE of China’ with a pinch of salt.

This week, I’ve trekked around the Silicon Valley of China; visited the Y-Combinator of China and attended a product launch of the Facebook of China.

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