Another Tech Iconoclast

Starbucks Pinnacle Plaza, Houshayu Village

Ahh, spring

1025 hrs.

Many of us non-Chinese (and a healthy percentage of Chinese returning from abroad) indulge ourselves with the conceit that we are somehow helping to build a bridge (or, really, many bridges) between China and the rest of the world. And to be fair, some of us are doing a better job than others.

For his part, Ken Carroll of Chinesepod has discovered a new and brilliant way to do so, and Patti Waldmeir of the Financial Times does a profile on Ken and his work that I found inspiring on this chilly early spring morning in Beijing.

Innovation doesn’t just happen in labs, and it doesn’t always need mountains of capital or government edict.

Just a good idea, strong execution, and a little word of mouth.