Ed: Regular readers will recall numerous articles we have written on the importance of hardware startups moving to shenzhen for the first 6-12 months of their startup. In my day job we prototype hardware. I now have an engineer living in Shenzhen and we are turning round prototypes in 3-10 days vs 4-6 weeks locally and at much lower cost. Raising money for hardware startups is hard enough, wasting it by trying to build hardware in Australia where we don’t have sufficient manufacturing and assembly capability or component supply is just crazy.
Its not easy to get a foothold in China from the outside, relationships are much more important than in Australia so events such [...]
Guest Post: Martin Pasquier
If you were waiting for a sign that China has changed and is an amazing huge thing adapting to the new industrial revolution, Shenzhen hosting a Maker Faire is probably a good sign.
Take what was a fishing village 30 years ago, with 200-300 000 inhabitants.
Credit: Chris CC
Create a special economic zone to attract migrants from all over the country.
Make it the biggest factory-city in the world. Wait a few years.
When you feel the internet wave hitting the hardware and manufacturing industry, turn it into a capital city for prototypers and makers of all [...]
Shenzhen is the best city in the world for Makers, Hackers and anyone who needs to build physical product. After two visits I am convinced you are crazy to build electronics or hardware in any other part of the world.
I just returned from a trip to Hong Kong and Shenzhen. It was my first time into China, I found Hong Kong exciting but exhausting and despite the stories I had heard about Chinese cities I found Shenzhen to be very clean, safe and it just seemed to work really well as a city, traffic was ok, the metro was very efficient, streets were clean and the people [...]