Tech news is incredible. The real founder comments he is not Dorian, Dorian denies he is the real founder, major publisher Newsweek caught in the middle.. seems as is if it were straight out of a script!
In my case, for example, most of my friends are not born americans but rather people that lived in south america that moved to the US or still live in south america. In Colombia/Vzla EVERYONE uses whatsapp. At first it was because SMS has charges per text sent so a free, better way to communicate (whatsapp) quickly became the norm. Network effects pushed through boundaries and now I use it more than anything else to communicate with friends and family. I have groups with my immediate family and with friends across borders. Mind you, I've lived in the US most of my life so I use iMessage with all americans and whatsapp with the rest.
I think it comes as a surprise to most people in the USA because here we never had to deal with SMS charges (plans were for the most part unlimited). In other parts of the world, the opposite is true, which is where whatsapp gained it foundation. Add to that cross platform, free, awesome ux, network effects and the fact that IT WORKS PERFECTLY and boom, 19B. Cheers.
He's purporting an ideology that says by starting your own company, you are simply engaging in your own indentured servitude. You're giving up your precious life to customers, shareholders, whatever just so you can buy "shiny things," anything but participating in capitalism. It's just think kind hippy idealism and moralizing.
I've been living in China for the past 4 months and plan on staying until May. It really is two different worlds. Having traveled through the more modern cities (Shanghai and Beijing for example) and contrasting those to Hangzhou that I'm currently in, it truly is marvelous to see the progress and more importantly the WHY to all this. The Chinese culture and gives one a fresh outlook on life. I would recommend anyone and everyone to take a trip here, it is really inexpensive and very much worth it.
Looking at the pictures, I actually felt the opposite of "a fresh outlook on life"!
Contrasting the old and the new, I feel like the fake Thames town, the roman columns, the gaudiness of all the buildings loses a lot of the old Chinese culture: the designs of the old and how they relate to the philosophy of the past... but now there's a lot of fake touristy stuff to cover up where the Chinese actually came from.
Anyways, there's no right or wrong here, I just found it interesting =)
The funny thing is that Chinese think exactly the opposite. For them, the fake touristy stuff are the old buildings and traditional Chinese architecture. It reminds me of people who visit Canada and want to see the real Canada: the remote farms, igloos and virgin forests. For us Canadians, it's a bit ridiculous.
But if you look at the adobe housing in Kashgar that is getting torn down for garish apartment blocks, its very depressing (tip: go see Kashgar now before its too late!).
My favorite is when they tear down the old and rebuild a "new old town" like in Lijiang or Fenghuang, or even when the "renovate" sections of the great wall. You can tell its fake, and it feels like Disney Land. But there is still a lot of old architecture left, people in China still "live like that;" e.g. its not totally ridiculous to expect real hutongs in Beijing.
Perhaps they'll build a "Canada town" in Inner Mongolia, complete with virgin forests, igloos, and totem poles.
Foreign governments make it very hard for Chinese citizens to travel abroad (not to mention their own government doing the same thing to them, once they rise to a certain level). Solution? Build replicas of the things so they can see them in China instead.
It really depends where you go. If you're in the big cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hefei, etc.), you'll be fine without Chinese. If you go into more rural areas, Chinese would certainly help, but you'll certainly still be able to buy food, live in hotels, and ask for directions (look for the younger crowd; they've had mandatory English classes).
I know very few expats in China who can really speak Chinese. I've been here for about 2 years (Shenzhen) and barely know a few words. You should at least make a Chinese friend who can help you out when you really need it.
Not at all. As long as you know the ones you'll be using a lot (food, water, thank you, how much, etc.) you'll be more than fine. Honestly, all you need is body language. I actually have a couple of Korean friends whom I whent out to eat with and without us having a common language. This was back when I knew very little mandarin.
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