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Nisha Kulkarni

Communications Consultant, Self-employed

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How would you describe China's startup culture & its social entrepreneurship landscape?

My work has provided me with firsthand insight into the social entrepreneurship landscape of India, as well as rising stars in Africa and South America. There is a wealth of information and resources available for those countries, but not the same breadth is available for China.

I am really curious to learn more about what the landscape is like in China: what is the startup scene like? And with regard to social enterprises, how has the landscape matured in recent years? What are the (common and singular) needs and challenges that startups and social enterprises are facing? What tools are they using to reach their customers?

If you could share any of your personal stories for insight, or point me in the direction of people you think I should speak to/resources I should study, I would greatly appreciate it!

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    Aug 3 2013: Even 3 years ago, non of Chinese people knows Social entrepreneur, nowdays, it's quite different. I will suggest you watch a TV show which had interview with some of chinese social entrepreneur´╝Ü(http://video.sina.com.cn/v/b/111369582-1798570034.html) Dialogue in the Dark in China; InterCultural Education, Shokay, fair trade.... there is more and more Social Entrepreneur are coming to China.... it's quite positive singal
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    Jul 30 2013: The leadership paradigm in China is to allow thriving commerce, development, and individual accumulation of wealth, but all under the firm grip of Communist command and control. It is an experiment in Amost Free Enterprise. I call it Das Capitalism.
  • Jul 30 2013: 2500 years of history and experience and knowledge just does not go away.
    • Jul 30 2013: Hi Dear george lockwood,it is five thousands years of history...
      • Jul 31 2013: Then I stand corrected. The course I received on CD's only went back to the Whou dynasty.
        • Jul 31 2013: Hi Dear george lockwood,your enthusiasm to know more about China history touching me very much.I should feel ashamed myself I seldom paid so much attention to watch CD to know more about China history.

          To be honest,I am not interested in history,even I think it is very necessary to know more about my country's history.Now I reflect myself:what caused that?If I can say I lack of potencial to learn history knowledge?

          You know there are very stricte subjects been divided into"art and science' two majors.When I was studying at university,I majored in Computer Education.So I am poor in 'geography and history 'subjects.

          But I like to listen to those geography and history experts talking,I admire them very much,because I think they can be very eloquent in talking the subjects I sound like an illiteracy in them.

          I am aware of it a defect of knowledge in my life,it is hardly for me to repaire them.
      • Jul 31 2013: I was a physics guy who later earned a JD and MBA so I didn't know much about such things. Fortunately, there is PBS. TED, NPR, and the Teaching Company sells recordings of many University lectures. I went through one Teaching Company set of lectures on China. I really enjoyed it and did some reading on many things. My asian travels were a year out of the three that I served in the Marines. I got to work in Japanese jurisdiction when I was stationed in Okinawa. Anyway this is interesting to me. Enoughfrom me.
        • Jul 31 2013: Hi Dear george lockwood,I think Japan and China are quite different two countries.Have you traveled in China?
          Welcome you to China,The traveling deserves:)
      • Jul 31 2013: Okay I didn't explain it well but I did spend a few days in Tipai. Japan and China are different but i do remember a Huge wooden Hitai statue in Naha. Chinese influence is in Korea and Japan.