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Reach the largest mobile market in the world - How to tackle Asia and China

Care to reach more than 500 million smartphone users? This meetup is for you.

In April, a group of developers and entrepreneurs from the MoDev community went to Hong Kong and China for the first annual MoDevAsia Conference. What the group learned and the partnerships formed are invaluable to anyone hoping to expand their business into the largest smartphone market in the World.

View this video interview with Sze Wong and Pete Erickson while in Hong Kong: http://www.hktdc.com/info/webcast/v/en/en/1X04BQHD/

This event will cover the following:

-- Where to start - Hong Kong and entering Asia
-- How to sell apps in China
-- Co-locating in Hong Kong
-- Partnerships & opportunities


Agenda:

6:30PM - Doors
7:00PM - Opening remarks
7:15PM - Panel
Panelists:
Sze Wong, founder of iFormBuilder
Andrew Glover, CTO of App47
Barg Upender, founder of Mobomo
Pete Erickson, organizer, MoDev

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  • Nevin H.

    Terrific that the MoDev fact-finding mission shared their insights on doing business with China in such a candid manner, thank you. It's been over 30 years since my college trip through China, and things have certainly changed dramatically since then. At the time, "Japan is Number One" was a bestselling textbook, and the Asia Pacific rim was cranking out top notch technology for cars and the brave new world of PCs. Japan has had its real estate bubble burst and some unfortunate hits from Godzilla, but China is the superpower tech giant of the region AND Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, etc. are 30 years more advanced in their hardware skills. They build a better mouse trap over there, so all you have to do is let them decide they like the way you practice your Ching-glish. MoDev is quite an adventure for us all; I'm sure there are many interesting times ahead.

    2 · May 24, 2013

  • Startup C.

    Thanks Sze and Andy for a wonderful discussion based on your recent experiences in China. Justin had mentioned that iPhones are considered a symbol of status in China. The same goes for India, but that may change pretty soon. Here is the article I mentioned. http://www.zdnet.com/in/apple-doles-out-schemes-to-make-iphone-more-affordable-in-india-7000015591/. Also mentioned was the ongoing battle for Apple and China mobile to work out there differences (compatability issues and other stuff) . Here is the latest on that saga http://appadvice.com/appnn/2013/05/apple-and-china-mobile-are-getting-closer-to-an-iphone-deal.

    I also would like to add, if you want to get a foot hold in this and other Asian markets, it may be best to work with someone, here, in the US who has not only established a relationship with manufacturers and other companies in China, but has formed deep relationships. I wonder if there is an "Agency" that helps with that process.

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Steve J.

    Thanks Sze and Andy for a great meetup! Thanks to Justin for your insights at the end. Another great meetup from MoDev (imho)

    May 23, 2013

  • Justin F.

    I spoke towards the end of the event about my company's experiences selling in China. Here are some books I'd recommend for further reading:

    Country Driving by Peter Hessler
    Poorly Made in China by Paul Midler
    Factory Girls by Leslie Chang
    The End of Cheap China by Shaun Rein

    The first three give some insight into how factories and production work in China, including the mentality. The last one is more about the Chinese consumer. If you have time to read only one, pick the Hessler book.

    An interesting feed to follow on Twitter is China Smack @ChinaSmack to see what average Chinese netizens think about various topics.

    On the legal side, China Law Blog http://www.chinalawblog.com is a good read about legal issues foreign enterprises have faced when entering China.

    3 · May 23, 2013

  • Jen M.

    Audio transcripts for this meetup is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZZItw0UU-Y. Some other video highlights will be shared later once they are completely processed.

    May 22, 2013

  • Sze W.

    Also, there is a great event called: Think Asia Think Hong Kong on 6/11 and 6/14 in NY and LA respectively. You can register here: http://www.thinkasiathinkhk.com/usa/en/index.html

    I will be presenting in the LA session.

    May 22, 2013

  • Sze W.

    Hi all,

    Thanks for attending. It was great sharing tonight. Double thank to Tony and Andy for making it happen. Again, Andy and I wasn't trying to pretend we know about China. We were just sharing what we learn from the trip. If you have done business in China and want to share your success, please do so.

    Let me know if you want to join our next trip which is likely to be in Shanghai. If you want to help organize another MoDevWorldWide, please do speak up.

    Linked in me at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/szewong

    Thanks

    Sze

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • James S.

    Outside of the normal scope of MoDev but I liked it.

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Daniel W.

    I appreciated the opportunity to coordinate with like-minded people. Informative session. Look forward to the next meetup.

    May 22, 2013

  • Jennifer

    So looking forward to this one :)

    May 17, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Can't wait for this event.

    May 17, 2013

  • Imran M.

    Looking forward to it

    May 16, 2013

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