China On The Brink - technology http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/taxonomy/term/52/0 en With A Little Help from Vacuum Tubes, Rural China Gets Back to Nature http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/with-a-little-help-vacuum-tubes-rural-china-gets-back-nature <p>The homes are impressive right away in the mountain village of <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=30%C2%B0+17'+33+N,+119%C2%B0+16'+27+E&amp;mrt=all&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=30.292127,119.278736&amp;spn=0.073222,0.105228&amp;t=h&amp;z=13&amp;iwloc=addr" target="_blank">Xiejiaqiao</a>, with their ornate columns, shiny brass window fixtures and decorative lightning rods that look as if they might beam messages directly from some orbiting mother ship.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/with-a-little-help-vacuum-tubes-rural-china-gets-back-nature">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/with-a-little-help-vacuum-tubes-rural-china-gets-back-nature#comments Travel Diary energy environment Growing Pains rural technology Xiejiaqiao Thu, 19 Jun 2008 01:03:02 -0600 Patrick Michels 277 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com In Search of a Chinese Silicon Valley http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/in-search-a-chinese-silicon-valley <p>Morgan Su, the founder and CEO of a young Internet search outfit called Makepolo.com, is sitting in the dark, plugging away at his keyboard late on a Friday afternoon. The darkness lends the room a quiet calm, but one gets the impression it’s either the cost-cutting decision of a lean, young technology operation, or, as an old tech startup romantic might tell it, maybe Su had arrived that morning too eager for coding to dally with something so trivial as light.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/in-search-a-chinese-silicon-valley">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/in-search-a-chinese-silicon-valley#comments Beijing business Growing Pains On The World Stage technology Sat, 07 Jun 2008 03:58:27 -0600 Patrick Michels 185 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Web Startups and the Wudaokou Power Breakfast http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/web-startups-and-wudaokou-power-breakfast <p>This morning I took a cab and, thanks to intense road construction, walked the last five blocks, out to Beijing’s hopping Wudaokou district, home to more techie types than anywhere else I’ve seen in Beijing. Entering through a cozy bookstore as it opened for the day, I climbed a flight of stairs up to Lush, an international student hangout—with pancakes and great coffee, at last—to meet Calvin Chin, the guy behind the Web startup <a href="http://www.qifang.cn" target="_blank">Qifang.cn</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/web-startups-and-wudaokou-power-breakfast">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/web-startups-and-wudaokou-power-breakfast#comments Travel Diary Beijing business On The World Stage technology Fri, 30 May 2008 04:07:12 -0600 Patrick Michels 103 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com