By Clay Shirky
Clay Shirky, the most influential and unique thinkers at the internet's results on society, spends a yr in Shanghai chronicling China's try and turn into a tech originator--and what it potential for the long run process globalization.
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Xiaomi thus sits at the intersection of cheap copies and investment in innovation, local and global demands, market opportunity and political restriction, and freedom and control. The story of Xiaomi is entwined with the spread of global communications. Xiaomi For all the elegance of the hardware, Xiaomi is at heart a software firm. Its CEO and all of its original co-founders came from software firms, and the company’s first product (and only product for the first year of its existence) was an operating system for a mobile phone.
Meanwhile, Vietnam, with a more tourist-driven economy, allows significantly fewer restrictions in areas where Vietnamese and outsiders interact. ”) China, the Middle Kingdom, is in the middle on this as well, constantly titrating what they allow and deny in order to remain open for business and closed to criticism. A mobile phone is a kind of lens that makes the importance and contradictions of modern China easier to see. Every year, The Economist calculates the price of a single item—a Big Mac hamburger—across every country where it is sold, as a way to compare the relative strength or weakness of those countries’ currencies.
I just installed MIUI, my phone became much more easy to use immediately. ”) This combination of treating users as both sources of feedback and as amateur marketers continues to this day. Hugo Barra, the Google executive in charge of Android who joined Xiaomi in 2013 to spearhead international expansion, boasts that the company spends almost nothing on traditional advertising, preferring to stage launch events that the press will cover, and helping their users proselytize on behalf of the company.