China’s Internet Demographics

Smart Mobs quotes a study from CNNIC in The People’s Daily:

The survey has found that China ranks the second in the world in terms of the number of netizens and those surfing on the Internet through broadband which is the main access to Internet for Chinese netizens.The Chinese mainland has the world third largest number of IP addresses”.The Internet “is more popular among well-educated young males who make good money than in any other groups.9.7 percent of males log on line while 7.3 percent of females do.28.6 percent of the younger generation between 18 to 24 years old,which accounts for 10 percent of the nation’s total,surf on the Internet”.It also found a “considerable gap between urban and rural areas in Internet spread-out.The 19.3 million rural netizens represents 2.6 percent of the rural population while 16.9 percent of urban residents,or nearly 92 million,are Internet users.The similar gap can also be seen between the east and the mid-west.13 percent of Chinese living in the east use Internet,which doubles the figure in the mid-west.Chinese netizens spend 15.9 hours a week on average,an increase by 2.7 hours year-on-year.Experts view that as an main trend that the Internet has an increasing influence on people’s daily life.

Yahoo’s Social Search

Business Week writes: “By cultivating online communities — and encouraging people to tap into the collective knowledge of these groups — Yahoo is hoping to change the way people find information online. Known in industry parlance as ‘social search,’ it presents a significant departure from Google’s main approach, which relies on complicated mathematical models to help users find sites.”

Device Convergence…or Not

Stuart Mudie writes about his experience:

I’m a big believer in mobile convergence. I don’t want to carry two or three different devices around with me when I can have a “phone” that does everything I want it to, if not quite as well as a specialist device, then at least well enough for my needs. The cameraphone on my Nokia 6630 has already replaced my digital camera, for instance, as the photos it takes are more than good enough for professional printing. And my PDA, the Handspring Visor, was retired from active service a long time ago.

Until a couple of weeks ago, I would have said without hesitation to anyone who asked that convergence was definitely the way to go.

So what changed? Well, I was given a 1GB iPod Shuffle for Christmas.

Crafting the Elevator Pitch

David Cowan offers some suggestions. Among them: “The primary goal of an elevator pitch is to intrigue someone to learn more. Like that novel you buy on impulse at the airport, the first sentence has to grab you. One way to do that is to highlight the enormity of the problem you are tackling.”

Tello and Presence

WSJ writes about Jeff Pulver’s new company:

Beginning today, closely held Tello will offer a service that will let workers see on their computers or mobile devices whether the person they are trying to reach is on an office phone or cellphone or is logged on to instant messaging. If the person is off the office phone, Tello can let others know how long ago he or she last made a call.

Mr. Pulver says Tello aims to extend the “presence” feature that users of instant messaging have come to rely on, letting them know when other users are logged on and available. “For the last three years, I’ve been telling people that presence is a $25 billion industry that we don’t know how to describe,” said Mr. Pulver, a co-founder of Vonage Holdings Corp.

Om Malik has more.

TECH TALK: India Rising: Other Positives

There are a number of other positive developments taking place in India.

Increased Capital Availability: A combination of venture capital and private equity funds are making available money for Indian entrepreneurs to grow. Over the past few months, most US-based venture capital funds have visited India and some have already started making investments. The private equity funds are also flush with cash for Indian opportunities. What is now needed is the vision on the part of Indian companies to think big and expand. There has also been a sharp increase in the foreign direct investment into India. Companies like Intel, Cisco and Microsoft have all announced billion-dollar investments into India addressing both their development needs and the domestic market.

Growth beyond Metros: The growth in India this time around is not limited to just the major cities. Second- and third-tier cities and towns are also seeing rising incomes and increasing opportunities.

Bharat Beckons: Rural India (labeled as Bharat by some to distinguish it from urban India) is also being noticed. A good monsoon has helped. The government has also announced various schemes for rural India. All of this is making more money available in the hands of people. Indian companies facing some saturation in urban areas are now expanding into rural India.

Services Boom Continues: Outsourcing to India now runs deep and wide. Thomas Friedmans book The World is Flat showcased Indias strengths in a world where technology is breaking down barriers. India has strengthened its position as the premier destination for outsourced services. It started with price arbitrage but now companies have also started migrating higher-end work to India. A cover story on the future of outsourcing in the latest issue of Business Week highlights this trend: Have a cool new telecom or medical device but lack market researchers? For about $5,000, analytics outfits such as New Delhi-based Evalueserve Inc. will, within a day, assemble a team of Indian patent attorneys, engineers, and business analysts, start mining global databases, and call dozens of U.S. experts and wholesalers to provide an independent appraisalWant to market quickly a new mutual fund or insurance policy? IT services providers such as India’s Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. are building software platforms that furnish every business process needed and secure all regulatory approvals. A sister company, Tata Technologies, boasts 2,000 Indian engineers and recently bought 700-employee Novi (Mich.) auto- and aerospace-engineering firm Incat International PLC. Tata Technologies can now handle everything from turning a conceptual design into detailed specs for interiors, chassis, and electrical systems to designing the tooling and factory-floor layout.

Media Mania: The past year or so has seen a dramatic rise in the media options available for our already fragmented attention. TV channels are sprouting like weeds. Newspapers, flush with capital from IPOs and investments, are expanding operations. FM radio is hot. The Internet is seeing a second coming. The mobile beckons.

Put it all together and it boils down to one thing a heightened confidence among people that tomorrow will be better than today. This positive attitude and optimism makes all the difference. But there are many challenges.

Tomorrow: Challenges

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