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E-book exclusive: David Sheff's "Address to the First Annual Chengwei Conference, 2000."China's dynamic entrepreneurs are using technology to radically transform business and cultural life in China. They are fighting not only outdated business models and a tumultuous economy but also an unpredictable government. In China Dawn, Wired's David Sheff takes readers into the hurly-burly of the Chinese technology revolution.Imagine living through the breakthrough moments of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and the other icons of today's new economy. The kind of technological revolution that they led in Silicon Valley is now sweeping through China, but with much more dramatic implications. The dynamic entrepreneurs who are using technology to radically transform business and cultural life in China are fighting not only outdated business models and a tumultuous economy but also an unpredictable government that has a love-hate relationship with the Net, at once pushing its expansion at a feverish pace and censoring it. As Duncan Clark, cofounder of BDA, an Internet consulting company in Beijing, told author David Sheff, "This environment -- the regulations, the competition, the political uncertainties -- makes these the fastest, most courageous, nimblest-thinking people globally. To deal with this level of risk and still sleep is no small accomplishment. But they're hooked on it like some Chinese are becoming hooked on Starbucks cappuccino." In this irresistible, groundbreaking book, Sheff takes us into the trenches of the Chinese technology revolution, introducing the major and minor players who are leading China into the twenty-first century. Players like Bo Feng, the charismatic former sushi chef who is now one of the leading venture capitalists in China. And Edward Tian, a national hero who has been described as China's Steve Jobs and Bill Gates combined, who left his own start-up on the eve of its IPO in order to lead the government's attempt

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									China Dawn
Author: David Sheff
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E-book exclusive: David Sheff's "Address to the First Annual Chengwei Conference, 2000."

China's dynamic entrepreneurs are using technology to radically transform business and cultural life in
China. They are fighting not only outdated business models and a tumultuous economy but also an
unpredictable government. In China Dawn, Wired's David Sheff takes readers into the hurly-burly of the
Chinese technology revolution.

Imagine living through the breakthrough moments of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and the other icons of today's
new economy. The kind of technological revolution that they led in Silicon Valley is now sweeping through
China, but with much more dramatic implications. The dynamic entrepreneurs who are using technology
to radically transform business and cultural life in China are fighting not only outdated business models
and a tumultuous economy but also an unpredictable government that has a love-hate relationship with
the Net, at once pushing its expansion at a feverish pace and censoring it. As Duncan Clark, cofounder of
BDA, an Internet consulting company in Beijing, told author David Sheff, "This environment -- the
regulations, the competition, the political uncertainties -- makes these the fastest, most courageous,
nimblest-thinking people globally. To deal with this level of risk and still sleep is no small
accomplishment. But they're hooked on it like some Chinese are becoming hooked on Starbucks
cappuccino."



In this irresistible, groundbreaking book, Sheff takes us into the trenches of the Chinese technology
revolution, introducing the major and minor players who are leading China into the twenty-first century.
Players like Bo Feng, the charismatic former sushi chef who is now one of the leading venture capitalists
in China. And Edward Tian, a national hero who has been described as China's Steve Jobs and Bill Gates
combined, who left his own start-up on the eve of its IPO in order to lead the government's attempt to
bring broadband to the entire nation, in the process leapfrogging the United States, Europe, and the rest
of Asia with the longest and fastest network in the world.



As the U.S. technological revolution wanes, business leaders will be looking to the billion-plus potential
customers in China for new growth. In addition, the world's newest member of the World Trade
Organization will no longer be a bystander in the global economy; it will be a fierce competitor. And when
hundreds of million Chinese have access to unprecedented information and communication, China itself
will be profoundly altered. Jay Chang, an analyst who covers China for Credit Suisse First Boston, sums
the seismic nature of the changes: "What happens when China successfully transforms from a mainly
agrarian/industrial nation into one that has significant input from the information technology industry?
What happens when eighty percent of the state-owned enterprises in China are able to link economically
to the global Internet on fast pipes? What happens when China's engineering talent pool is able to gain
access to high-end computing resources and exchange ideas and information easily with their global
peers? What happens when fifty percent of the Chinese population gets wired in ten years -- six hundred
million people, the largest number of Internet users in the world?" With its compelling, character-driven
story, researched over the course of three years, China Dawn will be the definitive book on the subject.
Excerpt

It is the summer of 1998, when the futuristic Capital Airport is under construction across the tarmac, so
our 747 parks at old Beijing Terminal, a blocky warehouse with the unmistakable design flair of Stalinist
China: emaciated green. After maneuvering through immigration, I am met by a chauffeur. As instructed, I
follow him outside to a scuffed charcoal Buick. He holds open the rear door and speaks a rehearsed
greeting in English: “Welcome to China. Fasten your seat belt.”Rarely have I received advice that is more
prescient. The driver, like the mass of Beijing drivers, attacks the gas pedal and horn with equal glee,
untroubled by lanes, one-way signs, or roadway shoulders. A small jade charm, like a glass LifeSaver,
dangles on a red string from the rearview mirror. For safety. Over the course of the harrowing drive along
tree-lined highways, we narrowly miss a man on a rickshaw, a van that transports people and split pork
carcasses, a truck spilling green melons, and hundreds of bicyclists, including one who is balancing
sheets of corrugated metal on his head.The car speeds by a building-long sign of the times, a mural
depicting a farmer with a hoe alongside a technician soldering an integrated circuit. The title painted in
slanted red lettering: agriculture, technology'hand in hand working for the country. Mottoes like this one,
ubiquitous on billboards and banners, are as stilted as the slogans from the Cultural Revolution that
implored the Chinese to embrace Mao Zedong Thought and denounce the imperialists (us!), “capitalist
roaders,” and their running dogs.Pedestrians leaping for their lives, the car tears into the financial district
of Beijing with its wide boulevards lined by buildings shimmering in the sunlight. (They are sparkly on this
ultrabright, almost luminescent day. I will see them soon enough in their more normal state, clouded by
grimy brown Beijing haze.) The car skids to a stop on'that's on'the curb of a crowded street lit up with
megawatts of street lamps and blinking ads for noodles and dot-coms (click and get sick reads an
inexplicable billboard). I jump out and duck into a traditional restaurant with red balloon lanterns with
yellow tassels and a round doorway. Inside, there's Bo.Facing three men around a cuneiform dining table
in an undecorated private room, Bo sticks out among the gathering. He has a fresh buzz haircut,
titanium-framed glasses, and an improbable Nike ensemble, while the others wear short-sleeved shirts,
dark pants, and black shoes.Bo introduces me. Sitting at the corner of the wedge is Edward Tian. Next to
him is Liu Yadong, a slightly taller and thinner man with high cheekbones and a pinched face, a pale
complexion, and a floppy pompadour. Bo says that Liu is Edward's old friend and his company's chief
operating officer. The other man is Gong Hongjia, youthful in his mid-twenties with a broad face and a
thick broom of jet-black hair. Gong, I'm told, is the founder of a successful start-up. He founded Dekang
to market software he developed to bill telephone calls just as the wireless boom began in China. He has
30 percent of the market and sales of $6 million. “Gong Hongjia's company is the leader in its field, but
there is growing competition from abroad,” says Bo.Gong looks up and half smiles. “Yes,” he says. “We
are fighting harder. We are fighting with rice and rifles.”
Author Bio
David Sheff
David Sheff is a contributing editor to Wired, Playboy, and Yahoo! Internet Life and a writer for Fortune,
Vanity Fair, and other magazines. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed Game Over. He lives
with his wife and children in the San Francisco Bay area.
Reviews

"David Sheff has written a fascinating study of go-getting businessmen in a revived China bound to shape
our future."



"China Dawn is an arresting read, with a level of detail about China and the Internet unduplicated
anywhere else."

								
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