Tuesday, July 06, 2010

A Chinese Corporate Leader Thanks Apple's Steve Jobs For Having A "No China Mandate"

From the technology blog "Engadget":

We're guessing that Lenovo chairman Liu Chaunzhi didn't intend spark a slew of sensational headlines when he spoke briefly with the Financial Times this week, but he did make a few statements that are hard to ignore (yet easily misinterpreted).
The standout is that he reportedly said Lenovo is "lucky that Steve Jobs has such a bad temper and doesn't care about China," and that if "Apple were to spend the same effort on the Chinese consumer as we do, we would be in trouble."
Of course, what's easily lost following the "bad temper" bit is that Chaunzhi is actually sort of praising Apple (albeit in a roundabout way), and he even later goes on to describe Jobs as "a genius," and the exception to his rule that a manager "needs to be the string on which he puts one pearl after another" -- he says Jobs is instead "a big pearl." For its part, while Apple hasn't commented on Chaunzhi's comments directly, it did point out that it's opening a new store in Shanghai this Saturday, and that it's on track to have 25 stores in the country by the end of next year

A company that has a focus upon their target market is thankful that a "mainstream" corporation is ignoring that market.  This leaves this market demand for their own cultivation.  This is the consciousness that will one day allow Lenovo to be a power amongst the 2 billion people in China and several other billion around the world instead of worrying about any perceived slight that Apple's neglect of this market indicates.

It seems to me that the best way forward in pursuit of one's own interests is to have a set of organized resources by which this penned up demand and claims of equal value can be expressed using these resources.

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