Beijing Daxing International Airport: Worthy of Speculation

There are approximately 137 Starbucks in Beijing International Airport, but only two inside of Terminal 3: the waiting area for international flights (1). In Terminal 2, there are none. How do I know this, well, because I like to drink coffee when I write. That’s just one example of how Beijing’s main international hub has … Read moreBeijing Daxing International Airport: Worthy of Speculation

Language Learning Documentation: Translating an App Notification

Interested in learning a language outside of the traditional, sugarcoated world of textbooks and classrooms? Why not try using your phone? Today I used a notification from the update of my bank app as an opportunity to study some more Chinese (note: bank is 农业银行 – Agriculture Bank of China). I’ve documented my translation process … Read moreLanguage Learning Documentation: Translating an App Notification

Will Digital ELL Products Eat Print?

Will Digital ELL Products Eat Print? A lot of people believe that digitization is going to destroy print. But is that really true, at least in the context of the ESL industry? Recently, I came upon a report by Ambient Insight (now Metaari), which forecasted the outlook of Digital ELL products from 2015-2020. In this … Read moreWill Digital ELL Products Eat Print?

Business Lessons from Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡)

Business Lessons from Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡) The rise of Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡) in 2018 has everything that you’d want in a good China business case. A homegrown company that has leveraged technology and other assets to build a strong brand early on. So, what can we learn from Luckin Coffee about doing business in China? … Read moreBusiness Lessons from Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡)

Beijing Loves Hacking: Angelhack Returns After Two Year Absence

Beijing Loves Hacking: Angelhack Returns After Two Year Absence Angelhack, a US-based “global hackathon organization” held its first ever event in Beijing, China, since 2014 this past weekend at the naked Hub co-working space located near Dongdaqiao Subway Station in Chaoyang District (6/2/2018-6/3/2018). Coders, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts alike all met to code, pitch, and ultimately … Read moreBeijing Loves Hacking: Angelhack Returns After Two Year Absence

Want to Learn About Blockchain? Caner Ipek Has Got You Covered.

Want to Learn About Blockchain? Caner Ipek Has Got You Covered. The Chinese government built Tsinghua University in 1911 to the northwest of the Forbidden City in Peking (modern day Beijing). They built the school using US reparation money, paid to China to compensate for the damages endured during the Boxer Rebellion. Originally a preparatory … Read moreWant to Learn About Blockchain? Caner Ipek Has Got You Covered.

Jack Ma Talks Big Data and Poverty in Guiyang

Jack Ma Talks Big Data and Poverty in Guiyang Executive staff from Chinese organizations like Alibaba, Tencent, the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Mengniu Dairy Group came together this past Sunday (5/27) at Guiyang’s third annual China International Big Data Expo to discuss the important topic of how to use big data to eradicate poverty. … Read moreJack Ma Talks Big Data and Poverty in Guiyang

Politics, Technology, and Business Come Together in Guiyang

Politics, Technology, and Business Come Together in Guiyang This past weekend, the capital city of Guizhou province, Guiyang, held its third annual China International Big Data Expo. Since its inception three years ago, the expo has held the broad theme of “Data Create More Value, Innovation Brings Better Future” (“数据创造价值 创新驱动未来”). Chinese government officials, high-profile … Read morePolitics, Technology, and Business Come Together in Guiyang

Y Combinator Targets Startups in Beijing

Y Combinator Targets Startups in Beijing Beijing, China This past Saturday, May 19th, 2018, Silicon Valley start-up incubator, Y Combinator (commonly referred to as YC), held their first ever China event, “Startup School Beijing”, at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China The event allowed YC partners and founders a chance to speak to an audience of … Read moreY Combinator Targets Startups in Beijing

Zhongguancun: A Gateway into Modern China

Zhongguancun: A Gateway into Modern China The Mandarin word, 中关村 (Zhongguancun) is composed of three simple characters. The first, 中 (zhong), means middle or center. The second, 关 (guan), means gateway or pass. Finally, 村 (cun) is the character for village. It also suggests inferiority and low-level quality, characteristic of a society where city dwellers … Read moreZhongguancun: A Gateway into Modern China