Australia-based crowdfunding site Pozible was co-founded by Alan Crabbe, an Irish, and Rick Chen, a Chinese, in 2010. Now the site has landed in the home country of one of the founders, China, to help Chinese projects reach audiences outside China. Pozible said they had had backers for the 6,000+ projects featured on the site from 104 countries or regions.

While the service is widely used by Australian arts community to raise funding, Pozible’s focus in China is smart hardware. No wonder given the rise of maker movement in China and zealous backers around the world.

But the reason that Pozible didn’t move to China earlier, according to co-founder Rick Chen, was, unlike the wild times of Shanzhan products — low-quality, cheap, knockoff electronics by Chinese manufacturers, some well-designed and -made smart hardware products currently are emerging in China. Also, those new gadgets have wide appeal in the rest of the world.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com