The industry of tech is supposed to be innovative and creative, but copycats just keep on springing up in China and most users seldom care whether their favorite pick is a total clone or purely original. Copycats lack originality and imagination, and to some extent they’re also blamable for the bubbles in the startup ecosystem.

In previous reports, we once interviewed the Founder and CEO of Qihoo 360, Zhou Hongyi. Zhou thought that many Chinese startups copy because they are scared of failing, and copying gives a proven business model and a greater chance of succeeding. Seems true with Taohuayuan, the latest one of a flurry of Path clones in China. What’s interesting is their frankness about copycatting.

Yes, we are 100% copying Path, At Pixel-Level

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Charlie Sheng

动点科技驻湾区记者. Charlie is an entrepreneur based in San Francisco and Hong Kong who calls herself the undefeated caffeine champion. You can reach her at charlie.sheng (at) technode.com