Another Tech Iconoclast

Starbucks Pinnacle Plaza, Houshayu Village

Ahh, spring

1025 hrs.

Many of us non-Chinese (and a healthy percentage of Chinese returning from abroad) indulge ourselves with the conceit that we are somehow helping to build a bridge (or, really, many bridges) between China and the rest of the world. And to be fair, some of us are doing a better job than others.

For his part, Ken Carroll of Chinesepod has discovered a new and brilliant way to do so, and Patti Waldmeir of the Financial Times does a profile on Ken and his work that I found inspiring on this chilly early spring morning in Beijing.

Innovation doesn’t just happen in labs, and it doesn’t always need mountains of capital or government edict.

Just a good idea, strong execution, and a little word of mouth.


About David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.
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