Really fired up to see a terrific article from Hamish Mckenzie (Pando Daily) on China’s Mobile Internet leader UCWeb.
First, we (GGV Capital) have been saying for several years now that it is only a matter of time until the US tech community becomes aware of innovative technology and business models invented in China. UCWeb is one example, YY is another (both are GGV portfolio companies).
Innovation in China is taking pace at a blistering pace. We are now seeing a second generation of web entrepreneurs, having built incredibly successful companies like Alibaba, Baidu, TenCent, Sina, raising venture capital and launching new companies that will be hitting US radar screens a few years down the road.
I might add – by the way – that we are also seeing a massive uptick in active dialogue and efforts by US companies to do business in China. I met with two US players in the mobile space this past week who now have 10% and 16% of their business in China, respectively (and both are still in the “startup” phase – <$20M in revenue).
Second, I was really impressed that Hamish took the time to understand UCWeb. Many US writers will instantly look to write a story that says “______ is the ______ of China…” and not take the time to understand the nuances of the company and its business that are actually radically different from anything in the US (Tudou/Youku is not the “YouTube of China,” RenRen is not the “Facebook of China,” etc.). Kudos to Hamish for a great article.