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Richard: It’s interesting. Feedback is always different than analytics. Feedback can sometimes be the loud minority. So on some things feedback has been more on controversial issues, whereas analytics would say something like Kakao Talk or the clone apps similar to the ones in the US. But other big stories like TicketMonster selling to LivingSocial, stuff with connections to the Valley that people feel they can relate to, those have hit big analytics. But what’s really interesting is, the stories that get the most engagement, are the insider’s insights into the market, like, how to actually do advertising on Naver, which is the number one search engine in Korea. It’s always a great anecdote to say that Google, which is dominant everywhere, has only a two percent market share in Korea, after ten years. That’s kind of a shocker for a lot of people, and reframes the conversation as to what’s going on. These kinds of things have been touch points and taglines of interest for many, so we’re really trying to focus on a good variety of just reporting on what’s going on. (Korea) is such a mystery that if you report on anything here, people are fascinated by it.
Kai: I think, in terms of feedback, I really only hear, or hear mostly – certainly — from the visitors from China, just because that’s where I’m located. So maybe that skews the particular feedback that I get. The posts that tend to be the most popular are analysis pieces about the Chinese start-up environment, or pieces about foreign Internet companies attempting to operate in China. So we wrote one particularly popular series on “Why Facebook Would Have Won If China Were a Free Market.” They’re blocked by the great firewall as is. And that did very well, as well as a piece on why MySpace failed in China, and questions about, you know, whether Facebook was going to come here via a partnership with Baidu. Also the analytics on (TechRice) is 40 percent visitors from China, 40 percent visitors from the US, and 20 percent the rest of the world.
On the side of local Chinese start-ups, some of the more culturally oriented coverage tends to do quite well. So telling the story of individual Chinese entrepreneurs, we wrote one piece called “The Story of W&L: China’s Great Internet Divide,” a translation of an original Chinese piece, but it portrays one entrepreneur, W, who caters to high-end, white-collar, urbanite Chinese, and another, L, who sells simple games for feature phones, for Chinese migrant workers and factory workers in third-tier cities. The article compares and contrasts those two worlds.
I also get really passionate about telling the story of individual Chinese entrepreneurs, because a lot of them have a hell of a story, like Jack Xu of Diandian, for instance, who got to university and had never seen a computer before. He realized he had to figure out how to type, so he drew up a keyboard on a piece of paper, and because he didn’t have computer access all the time, he used that in his dorm room to practice typing. He was CTO at RenRen, the Chinese social network, kind of similar to Facebook, and now he is leading his own light blogging start-up Diandian, that’s similar to Tumblr in the US.