Note: Originally published at SANDIOS.
What first comes to mind when you think of China: Communism? Cheap products? Knock-offs? Piracy?
I recently had the great fortune of accompanying a group of investors, bloggers, and entrepreneurs on a whirl-wind tour of East Asia to meet our Japanese and Chinese counterparts, and learn what's shaping their high tech industries. "Geeks on a Plane" traveled to Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai over a 10 day period, meeting with the locals and ex-pats building the Internet, Mobile & Gaming markets.
To say the least, it was an eye-opening experience.
The first day on the ground in Beijing challenged my preconceptions. Not that cheap products and knock-offs don't exist. They do. (One session we used plastic badges on which the left tab kept breaking off. By day's end, the floor was littered with them.) The point is that this is neither a complete picture nor an accurate summary of China's economy. China is teeming with entrepreneurship, innovation and believe me, only quality product can sustain the stunning architecture of Shanghai.