The 2 biggest things Silicon Valley misunderstands about China, according to a top Alibaba exec

Thursday, May 24, 2018

By Matthew Michaels and Harrison Jacobs

Over the past several decades, China’s technology industry has gained a reputation in Western media for being full of cheap copycat products.

In a recent interview with Business Insider, Brian Wong, vice president of global initiatives at the Chinese tech giant Alibaba, said that view was wildly outdated.

“It is very clear now that true innovation is emerging from these markets,” said Wong, who grew up in Palo Alto, California, and has worked at Alibaba for more than a decade.

“The capabilities, innovation, and creativity that is coming from China should be an inspiration to companies in the Valley about creating products that are relevant and applicable to emerging markets,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Magill.

Source: Business Insider (link opens in a new window)