Why Global Internet Companies Fail in China

In the Hutong
Last Working Day Before CNY
1448 hrs.

The matter of Google in China is a growing hairball of issues that will, undoubtedly, become the subject of a book one day. Rather than try to take on the entire mess in a single go, I am going to pull it apart strand by strand to assess each of the problems in turn.

A previous employer and mentor, Mme. J.M. Claydon-Gescher, OBE, once told me that the wisest way to attack such a complex matter was to start with the biggest issue first. I haven’t done that, because the biggest issue is the entire matter China’s hospitality to foreign companies, which is a hairball unto itself that I will take on when I am done with Google.

So I decided to take on the next-biggest issue, which is why global Internet giants fail in China, and the result is on the Advertising Age site here.

If for some reason you can’t read it, let me know and I’ll repost.

A big thanks to Normandy Madden at AdAgeChina.com.

And while you’re over there, check out the free legal advice ChinaLawBlog’s Dan Harris is offering to marketers in China.


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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