Most of us assume that if there is anything to learn in tech, it will probably come from Silicon Valley. China, however, is quickly proving this assumption dead wrong. While the Middle Kingdom may have been innovating slower than the Valley just a few years ago, companies here are now proving they are actually much better in certain areas than their older, Western counterparts.

“The entire Internet economics in the West is very much powered by advertising. In China, the way that commerce operates and the way you can actually buy things in apps is just amazing. It’s far, far more evolved and advanced than the way things operate in the States,” says Jason Costa, entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) at GGV Capital.

Jason recently visited China looking for ways he can apply his product development and management experience to GGV’s broad portfolio on both sides of the Pacific. Perhaps the most surprising discovery for him was how much companies like Facebook are borrowing from their Chinese counterparts.

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John Artman

John Artman is the Editor in Chief for TechNode, the leading English information source for news and insight into China’s tech and startups, and co-host of the China Tech Talk podcast, a regular discussion...