How to Start a Business in Taiwan: An Interview with Elias Ek

How to Start a Business in Taiwan: An Interview with Elias Ek

  In this article, LCB’s managing editor, Aaron Posehn, sits down with Elias Ek, founder of Enspyre, to discuss his experience building a B2B telemarketing company in Taiwan. This post is the second in a series of interviews on entrepreneurship in Greater China. A listing of all interviews are currently...
Founding a Chinese Podcast in Taiwan: An Interview with Adam Menon

Founding a Chinese Podcast in Taiwan: An Interview with Adam Menon

  In this article, LCB’s managing editor, Aaron Posehn, sits down with Adam Menon, founder of Chinese Learn Online, to discuss his experience building a Chinese-language podcasting business in Taiwan over the last decade. This post is the first in a series on entrepreneurship in Greater China. A listing of all...
Marketing on WeChat: An Interview with WalktheChat Co-Founder, Thomas Graziani

Marketing on WeChat: An Interview with WalktheChat Co-Founder, Thomas Graziani

Guest post by Thibaud Andre   I recently met with Thomas Graziani, co-founder of marketing & IT agency WalktheChat. I talked with him about the development of WeChat and the payment war with Alibaba and Apple.   Andre: Hi Thomas. You co-founded WalktheChat, which focuses on helping companies to use WeChat to promote...
An Increasingly Open China: A Talk with Dr. Stephane Grand

An Increasingly Open China: A Talk with Dr. Stephane Grand

By Thibaud Andre   I recently met with Dr. Stephane Grand, founder of the accounting and financial firm SJ Grand in China. Dr. Grand was recently invited to the European Commission to prepare for the visit of Xi Jinping, and he is one of the foremost experts on the economic...
Cosmetic brands in China : naming is branding

Cosmetic brands in China : naming is branding

Guest article by Céline Chen Dior, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent… All these successful designers have given their family brands an eponymous name, making it sound elegant, luxurious, glamorous. What happens in China, when the language doesn’t allow its original pronunciation to sound as graceful as it actually is ? In order to...
Pay via WeChat

Pay via WeChat

Featured article from Digital Jungle  WeChat recently opened its online payment platform to its users, which promises a great success in the future for consumers and for brands. 37% of Chinese social network use all of Weibo, WeChat and SNS. This is 79% of Whatsapp’s total global monthly active users....
Book Review: China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global

Book Review: China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global

  Book Review: China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global by Joel Backaler, pp. 208, Palgrave Macmillan Review by Peter Kovas My grandfather visited China with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1973. He wasn’t a musician, he was a retired businessman who accompanied the Orchestra as...
Treachery: Four Stories to Make You Watch Your Back in China

Treachery: Four Stories to Make You Watch Your Back in China

  By Ward Chartier In the six countries in which I’ve worked, I’ve experienced in my operations or witnessed instances of theft, graft, drug dealing, or false accusations of serious malfeasance.  These occurred in all but one of the countries.  The frequency of such acts was at least twice as...
Book Review: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

Book Review: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

  Book Review: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos, pp. 417, Macmillan Review by Peter Kovas What happens to the People’s Party when all the people get together and don’t invite the Party? The Chinese Communist Party has been sweating this question for...
Understanding China’s Countryside Market

Understanding China’s Countryside Market

Featured article from Digital Jungle   In 2012, the Telegraph reported that for the first time in history, China’s urban population exceeded that of its rural countryside.Even though China’s cities now hold approximately 51.27% of China’s nearly 1.35 billion people, the over 650 million rural dwellers should not be forgotten...
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Former LCB Editor Interviewed on BBC World Following Zuckerberg’s Chinese Q&A

As the Internet has now exhaustively documented, on October 22, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Tsinghua University in Beijing and gave an interview entirely in Mandarin, demonstrating an impressive verbal comprehension ability despite some tonal and grammar mistakes and other slip-ups.  A veritable frenzy of international coverage ensued, prompting critiques that perhaps Americans’...

LCB Entrepreneurship Interview Series List

Learn Chinese Business has recently started to conduct a series of interviews on entrepreneurship in Greater China with the intention of helping individuals to learn what doing business in the region is like, and especially if they have thoughts of starting their own businesses there. Below is the list of interviews as it currently stands,...
Success in Your China Career via Learn Chinese Business

Success in Your China Career via Learn Chinese Business

A Message from LCB’s Core Team Dear Learn Chinese Business Community, Please join us in congratulating our lead editor Aaron Posehn who, as some of you already know, is now moving to Taiwan to begin a new job as an academic editor with a company in Taipei. Aaron is the latest in a succession of LCB Core...

How Franchising Works in China

By Thibaud Andre Franchising in China has gained momentum Franchising in China has already been on its way for the last decade with a lot of international companies entering the market. It is easy to find such famous brands as H&M, MacDonald, L’Oreal, IKEA or Starbucks in metropolitan Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Beijing....
China Business Course Scheduled at Galen University

China Business Course Scheduled at Galen University

As a key player in the world economy, China is a good subject for discussion at any business school. Galen University in Belize is no different, especially with the recent inroads China has made in the Caribbean. The other year, Galen University partnered with China business expert, Jonathan Poston M.E., to develop a course titled,...

The Bad Business of Intellectual Property Theft

Guest post by Courtney Gordner   There are many things at the heart of ongoing complaints about China and intellectual property theft. As a long and often contentious history between the United States and China exists, some of the negative perceptions of Chinese and Western businesses can in fact be blamed on a combination of...

What’s New in LCB – June 2014

Here at LCB we’re always staying current with the pulse of Chinese business activity around the globe, and the following is a short update to communicate with our readers on some recent happenings.  We’ll be experimenting with this format and other ways of keeping our community members in the know on a regular basis, so...

Interview: The CareVoice Looks to Mobile to Enhance Patient Experience

Guest article by Thibaud Andre   In the dynamic business environment of Shanghai, several French startups are creating new trends and have caught the attention of the digital market. The CareVoice is one of these startups that are quickly evolving thanks to an innovative idea adapted to the market, a mobile application that offers the...
4 Lessons You Can Learn from eBay’s Failure in China

4 Lessons You Can Learn from eBay’s Failure in China

. Guest post by Courtney Gordner   When it comes to companies expanding into foreign markets for the first time, there is no such thing as “too big to fail.” Instead, the observer may find that this old adage instead holds true: the bigger they are, the harder they fall. In this way, an American...
Does Alibaba IPO Signal China Has Surpassed US Economy?

Does Alibaba IPO Signal China Has Surpassed US Economy?

Guest post by Courtney Gordner   Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant is set to become the largest initial public offering in American history. Many feel that the future of investment by Americans in Chinese businesses hinges on its success or failure as an IPO. Thus far, all signs point to success. During its filing, the...
The One Hour China Book: Two Financier-cum-Professors Attempt the Impossible

The One Hour China Book: Two Financier-cum-Professors Attempt the Impossible

Book Review: The One Hour China Book: Two Peking University Professors Explain All of China Business in Six Short Stories by Jeffrey Towson and Jonathan Woetzel, pp. 132, Towson Group LLC Every few months it seems, another well-regarded journalist or veteran businessman goes on a two week trip to China, and comes back ready to slather...
Did US Company Herbalife Take the Pyramid Scheme to China?

Did US Company Herbalife Take the Pyramid Scheme to China?

Guest post by Courtney Gordner   US company Herbalife Ltd. has had a great deal of success recently expanding into China. This is worrying for some Chinese business analysts as Herbalife is considered to be little more than a scam. It’s possible that would-be Chinese entrepreneurs are being taken advantage of. In the United States,...