Business Basics
Establishing a Literary Agency in Taiwan: An Interview with Gray Tan

Establishing a Literary Agency in Taiwan: An Interview with Gray Tan

In this article, LCB’s managing editor, Aaron Posehn, sits down with Gray Tan (譚光磊), president of The Grayhawk Agency (光磊國際版權經紀有限公司), to discuss his experience establishing a literary agency in Taiwan. This post is the fifth in a series of interviews on entrepreneurship in Greater China. A listing of all interviews can be found here.  ...

Store Checking Solutions in China

Retail outlets in China have been known to employ “creative” pricing strategies, but a new app has been launched that presents an equally creative solution: crowd-sourcing store checks. The Store Checkers, a China-based group of young entrepreneurs, have identified the two greatest problems in providing supplier and manufacturers the feedback they need from their retailers: first,...

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,...
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 interviews are currently listed here. –...

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...

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...
Live Music in China and the Importance of Giving Face

Live Music in China and the Importance of Giving Face

  Photo credit: Andy Best, Kungfuology Guest article by Michael Hurwitz China is home to an increasingly diverse array of foreign nationals. As it began opening up to the world in the 1970’s and 1980’s, business executives, students, and technical specialists were generally the only types of foreigners to be found here, but with globalization...

Shopping for Items at Chinese Online Marketplaces: Is It Safe?

Guest article by Courtney Gordner   It’s hard to keep your eyes from getting as big as saucers when you first get a glimpse of the discount prices on some consumer items in China, which range from tablets, to jewelry, to the latest fashions. Many of these can also be found on Chinese shopping sites...
Why Racist Business Practices Will Hurt You in the Global Market

Why Racist Business Practices Will Hurt You in the Global Market

Guest post by Courtney Gordner  Earlier this year, General Motors was forced to apologize and pull an ad that referred to China as “The Land of Fu Manchu.” If you’re unaware, Fu Manchu is a fictional character depicted as a criminal mastermind in a 1932 film who convinces other Asian men to kill off white...

Recognizing the Difference Between American and Chinese Consumers

Guest post by Courtney Gordner For American businesses reaching out into the global market, it’s important to understand that what moves consumers in one country does not necessarily draw consumers in another. Many international brands have seen success by marketing to consumers in ways that might puzzle customers in their home countries. After all, ethnocentrism...
Dining and Business in China (饭局)

Dining and Business in China (饭局)

The author, Sean Upton-McLaughlin, is a China-focused business consultant with over five years’ experience living and working in Mainland China. He consults on strategy, marketing, and cross-cultural issues. For more of Sean’s insights into Chinese culture, please visit http://chinaculturecorner.com/.   When doing business in China, business meals and banquets are an important issue that cannot be...